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 #215 | Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 16 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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 Bud Harvey (8 episodes, 1977)
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 Dr. William Reynolds (5 episodes, 1977)
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 Older Kunta Kinte / ... (5 episodes, 1977)
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 Bell Reynolds (5 episodes, 1977)
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 Fiddler (5 episodes, 1977)
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 Ames (5 episodes, 1977)
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 Ol' George Johnson / ... (4 episodes, 1977)
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 Kunta Kinte / ... (4 episodes, 1977)
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 Mrs. Reynolds (4 episodes, 1977)
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 Mathilda / ... (4 episodes, 1977)
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 'Chicken' George Moore / ... (4 episodes, 1977)
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 Mrs. Moore (4 episodes, 1977)
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 Kizzy Reynolds / ... (4 episodes, 1977)
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 Tom Moore (4 episodes, 1977)
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 Missy Anne Reynolds (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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 Evan Brent (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Tom Harvey (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Nyo Boto / ... (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Kintango (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Omoro (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Lewis Harvey (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Brima Cesay (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Gardner (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Irene Harvey (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Fanta (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Sam Harvey (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Lila Harvey (2 episodes, 1977)
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 John Carrington (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Grill (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Virgil Harvey (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Martha Johnson (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Trumbull (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Fanta / ... (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Genelva (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Noah (2 episodes, 1977)
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 The Drummer (2 episodes, 1977)
Pat Corley ...
 Referee (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Mingo (2 episodes, 1977)
Stan Haze ...
 Field Singer / ... (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Man at Cockfight (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Ordell (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Stephen Bennett (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Melissa (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Sam Bennett (2 episodes, 1977)
Elma V. Jackson ...
 Mama Ada (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Sister Sara (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Leonard (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Jemmy Brent / ... (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Binta (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Aurelia (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Kailuba (2 episodes, 1977)
Ann Weldon ...
 Mary (2 episodes, 1977)
Rebecca Bess ...
 Girl on Ship (2 episodes, 1977)
Fred Covington ...
 Auctioneer (2 episodes, 1977)
Joe Dorsey ...
 Calvert (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Slaver (2 episodes, 1977)
Rachel Longaker ...
 Caroline (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Young Missy Reynolds (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. He's 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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The Saga of an American Family.


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$6,600,000 (estimated)
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(8 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Lillian Randolph's final TV appearance. See more »

Goofs

While in the empty hold of the Lord Ligonier with Mr. Slater, Captain Davies lights a friction match to light two cigars. These were not invented until 1805; the scene was in 1767. See more »

Quotes

Omoro, Kunta's father: [holding his infant son up to starry sky] Kunta Kinte, behold the only thing greater than yourself!
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Referenced in Psych: Deez Nups (2013) See more »

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Oluwa
by Quincy Jones
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Among the Finest Mini-series
13 April 2013 | by (Charlotte NC) – See all my reviews

One of the best mini-series to grace the small screen. Told through span of several generations of writer Authur Haley's ancestors. The depiction of the slave era is at times hard to watch but should be seen by all. The stellar cast brings both young (at that time) talent and many veteran stars of both the big and small screen. Both Levar Burton, and John Amos bring to life the story of Mandinka tribesman Kunta Kinte who is taken into chains from his African homeland to Colonial America and sold into slavery.

This series does not hold back either the depiction of native African life nor the language and violence of slave life in America. If you have a younger audience you might want to talk some about the content but nothing is presented in the series that is not done to the highest standard and quality.


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