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Having embarked on their own journeys to discover their biological families, TV personalities Chris Jacobs and Lisa Joyner help others try to track down loved ones. Each episode features two emotional stories of people who have suffered a lifetime of separation and are yearning to be reunited with their birthparents and biological families or find children they had to give up for adoption long ago. In addition to providing emotional support and guidance, Chris and Lisa conduct painstaking searches through public records and utilize current DNA technology in their search for answers. The things they discover and who they find are anything but expected.

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A dramatic turn of events takes place as Chris and Lisa investigate two seemingly different cases; a chance discovery raises the tantalizing prospect that the mother and son they are helping may be looking for one another.
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Lisa helps a man find his birth mother, hoping to answer why she placed him for adoption, but kept his three brothers; after turning to psychics for answers, a woman seeking details about her birth mom hopes Chris can separate truth from fiction.
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Lisa faces many challenges when she helps a woman locate her father -- starting with his identity; a woman seeks Chris' help to find her mother, hoping the similarities she read in her adoption paperwork are not just a fantasy.
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After learning of her own adoption at a late age, Chris aids a woman determined to unlock the mystery behind her birth story; a desperate mother enlists Lisa's help to locate her first-born son, hoping to reunite him with his full-blooded siblings.
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Chris and Lisa join forces in an attempt to solve the childhood mystery of why a woman was separated from her birth family at the age of two.
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A woman enlists Lisa's help to find her birth mother, but unearths a 40-year-old secret in the process.
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Chris unwraps the mystery of a woman's origins, which at a Korean orphanage; Lisa desperately searches for a woman's only child, hoping it will heal her.
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Lisa helps a man find answers about his adoption; a breast cancer survivor searches for her birth mother.
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The recent revelation of a 49-year-old man's adoption sends Chris searching for answers to a secret his adoptive parents took to the grave; a biracial woman enlists Lisa's help to find her birth family, revealing some unfortunate tragedies.
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Lisa helps a man yearning to discover his biological roots, but fearful of rejection from the family he has never met; Chris reveals the truth to a woman who has felt guilty that her birth might have devastated the life of her 14-year-old mom.
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Weeding through rumors for 15 years, a woman is determined to uncover the truth of her biological mother, only to reveal more unexpected family secrets; identical twin sisters search for their biological mother, unsure if she's even alive.
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Siblings searching for their sperm donor father have their worlds turned upside down when Lisa reveals shocking news; Chris embarks on a journey to find the family of a woman abandoned as a baby on an Amish family's porch.
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A man seeking redemption from his troubled past longs to reunite with the grown son he only got to hold for a few minutes; 46 years after placing her daughter up for adoption, a woman still carries the feeling of guilt for being an unwed mother.
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Lisa meets a woman who was left on a curb by her mother when she was just four years old; Chris uncovers stunning information for a woman searching for her family that leads to an unexpected reunion.
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Photo evidence suggests that an adoptee and mother may have been unknowingly connected for years; a woman discovers some shocking news about her biological family.
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A mother forced to give up her baby 31 years ago still holds onto his baby blanket and hopes to see him again; an adopted woman suspects mysterious circumstances surrounding her birth and wants to find answers.
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Chris tries to solve the 50-year-old mystery of why a woman was abandoned at a laundromat days after being born; a family enlists Lisa's help to track down the firstborn son that was placed for adoption, hoping to fulfill a father's dying wish.
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Chris aids a woman's search for her father after being shuffled through 28 foster homes; two radically different sisters, adopted into the same family, seek Lisa's help to search for their biological mother.
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Lisa tackles the challenging mystery of why a woman was abandoned in a trash can as a baby; unexpected DNA results throw a woman's entire identity into question.
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A tough Texas lawman seeks Lisa's help to tackle the one investigation he's never been able to solve: the story of his own birth and adoption.
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A man searches for his birth mother, whose disappearance when he was 5 years old has haunted him for his entire life; a woman hoping to meet a member of her biological family faces certain realities about her true past.

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In TLC's "Long Lost Family," TV personalities Chris Jacobs and Lisa Joyner help people who have been separated for decades and are longing to be reconnected with lost loved ones. In addition to providing emotional support and guidance, Chris and Lisa conduct painstaking searches through public records and utilize current DNA technology in their search for answers. The spinoff series "What Happened Next" follows up with participants after reunions. Relationships become more complicated, new truths come to light, and never-before-known family members come forward. The spinoff tracks the developments in several of the most talked about stories featured in previous episodes.
Celebrities go on an emotional journey to trace their family tree with the help of historians and experts, discovering surprising -- and sometimes shocking -- secrets, mysteries and details about where they came from and who they really are. The well-known stars who explore their ancestry include Matthew Broderick, Spike Lee, Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rashida Jones, Rob Lowe, Alfre Woodard, Kelly Clarkson, Aisha Tyler, Jim Parsons, Mandy Moore, Laverne Cox and many more. Lisa Kudrow serves as an executive producer.
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"Our Little Family" joins TLC's growing list of reality shows spotlighting people who are short in stature. Or, as the network says, individuals not from a "typical family." The Hamills -- parents Dan and Michelle, 6-year-old son Jack and 2-year-old twin daughters Cate and CeCe -- have a genetic condition called achondroplasia, a form of short-limbed dwarfism. The series details how Dan and Michelle help guide the kids to overcome physical challenges and learn to adapt to a world built for folks of average size.