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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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 Ames (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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 Kintango (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Omoro (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Brima Cesay (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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 Grill (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Trumbull (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Noah (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Ordell (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Mama Ada (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Sam Harvey (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Binta (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Aurelia (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Mary (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Girl on Ship (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Auctioneer (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Referee (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

One ABC executive explained the blockbuster ratings by saying "One third of America was snowed in, one third of America is black and one third watches ABC anyway" See more »

Goofs

Right after Kunta Kente is bought by Mr.Reynolds in Episode 2 and Fiddler is about to take Kunta, before the next scene is cutaway, there is a white vehicle passing in front of the gray building in the background, in the back left corner. Automobiles weren't in existence back in the 1700. See more »

Quotes

Kunta Kinti: What Christmas, Fiddlah?
Fiddler: Christmas is when White folk give each other stuff don't neither of em need.
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Referenced in Players: Grand Re-opening (2010) See more »

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Oluwa
by Quincy Jones
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Amazing
25 January 2002 | by (Springfield, IL) – See all my reviews

I recently viewed all of this Mini series on the Hallmark Channel, and let me say, it was amazing! I was born 3 years after Roots was on television and never had the chance to see it growing up. I knew that Hallmark was showing it, so I made plans to see all 6 parts this week. It made me angry, it made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me happy, it made me open my eyes. The range of emotions ran the table this week. Now I know why it got all the acclaim that it rightly deserves.


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