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A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.
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1977  
Top Rated TV #186 | Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 16 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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 Mathilda (6 episodes, 1977)
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 Dr. William Reynolds (5 episodes, 1977)
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 Bell Reynolds (5 episodes, 1977)
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 'Chicken' George Moore (5 episodes, 1977)
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 Fiddler (5 episodes, 1977)
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 Mrs. Reynolds (4 episodes, 1977)
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 Kizzy Reynolds (4 episodes, 1977)
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 Mrs. Moore (4 episodes, 1977)
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 Missy Anne Reynolds (4 episodes, 1977)
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 Tom Moore (4 episodes, 1977)
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 Capt. Thomas Davies (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Wrestler (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Slater (3 episodes, 1977)
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 John Reynolds (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Harlan (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Mingo (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Stephen Bennett (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Sam Bennett (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Evan Brent (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Tom Harvey (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Ol' George Johnson (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Lewis (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Irene Harvey (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Martha Johnson (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Virgil (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Omoro (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Gardner (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Fanta (2 episodes, 1977)
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 John Carrington (2 episodes, 1977)
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A saga of African-American life, based on Alex Haley's family history. Kunta Kinte is abducted from his African village, sold into slavery, and taken to America. He makes several escape attempts until he is finally caught and maimed. He marries Bell, his plantation's cook, and they have a daughter, Kizzy, who is eventually sold away from them. Kizzy has a son by her new master, and the boy grows up to become Chicken George, a legendary cock fighter who leads his family into freedom. Throughout the series, the family observes notable events in U.S. history, such as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings, and emancipation. Written by Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>

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Trivia

The show was programmed by ABC to air on several consecutive nights in prime time. It was considered a revolutionary approach to programming a mini-series, since most minis were aired once or twice a week over several weeks' time. It was revealed years later that the reason the network did this was so that they get the show "out of the way" in a hurry because they felt, nobody would watch the story if it aired over a longer period of time. See more »

Goofs

In Episode 3, when Fiddler is playing for the outdoor party, he looks in the direction Toby has fled. In the background is a large California mountain, the kind that doesn't exist in Virginia. See more »

Quotes

Kunta Kinti: Chains ain't right for niggers, Fiddler!
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Version of Roots (2016) See more »

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Oluwa
by Quincy Jones
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Remember this is a work of fiction
26 December 2009 | by (Auckland, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Too many people still believe that Roots is the true story of Alex Haley's ancestors. It is their story, all right, but almost entirely a work of fiction.

Mr Haley's claims to have spent 20 years under-covering his family history were quickly found to be false. The book (even Haley admitted it was a novel, and "largely" fiction) is a work of the imagination, not history. And not even his own imagination. It was freely plagiarized - whole pages intact -from the work of Harold Courlander - who incidentally wasn't an African-American.

Roots is compelling TV, but like Frankenstein or The Shawshank Redemption, it is a work of fiction, and a mistake to read too much into it.


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