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Season: 1
Year: 1977

Season 1

Season 1, Episode 1: Part I

28 March 1977
In Gambia, West Africa, Kunta Kinte, son of Omoro and Binta, distinguishes himself in manhood training rituals. But he does not enjoy his new status long: slave traders sweeping the countryside seize him. Chained with other captives, Kunta begins an agonized odyssey to the New World.

Season 1, Episode 2: Part II

Despite a violent rebellion, the slave ship Lord Ligonier completes its voyage and Kunta Kinte endures the indiginity of an Annapolis slave auction. Fiddler, the slave in charge of Kunta's training, becomes his only friend ? a friendship that's tested when Kunta plans an escape so he can be with Fanta

Season 1, Episode 3: Part III

The adult Kunta Kinte meets his match in Belle Reynolds, his future bride and mother to daughter Kizzy.

John Amos ... Older Kunta Kinte / Toby

Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Wrestler

Lynda Day George ... Mrs. Reynolds

Louis Gossett Jr. ... Fiddler

Lorne Greene ... John Reynolds

Vic Morrow ... Ames

Robert Reed ... Dr. William Reynolds

Madge Sinclair ... Bell Reynolds

LeVar Burton ... Kunta Kinte / Toby

Gary Collins ... Grill

Raymond St. Jacques ... The Drummer

Edward Asner ... Capt. Thomas Davies

Beverly Todd ... Fanta Touray / Maggie Calvert
Lee de Broux ... Trumbull (as Lee Jones-de Broux)
Tanya Boyd ... Genelva

Ralph Waite ... Slater
Lee Kessler ... Miss Constable

Thayer David ... Harlan
Hank Rolike ... John
Allen Williams ... Robert Calvert

Helen Martin ... Aunt Sukey
Stan Haze ... Singer

Paul Shenar ... John Carrington

Todd Bridges ... Bud Harvey
Fred Covington ... Auctioneer
Ann Weldon ... Mary

Season 1, Episode 4: Part IV

Kunta Kinte's only child, Kizzy, is on the Moore's ranch, older, and with an 18-year old son, George. He is the opposite of Kunta, as Kizzy says, "a slave through and through" and his father's (The Master) top cock fighter - the means of income for the whole property. George takes great pride in his master's approval but Kizzy looks down on it; but wants him settled down and married. George believes the way to do that is by being the Master's right hand man. He anticipates this will provide him with the opportunity to make a name for himself and eventually buy his own freedom. Still, Master Moore owns him and thus controls everything in George's life. Kizzy warns her son not to trust the Master. Meanwhile, Kizzy meets a handsome "fancy" man who drives his own master over for the week. Similarly, Kizzy views him as glad-handing slave whose entire personality is geared toward pleasing the Master in order to rate decent and even special treatment. He asks her to marry him and though, despite herself, she falls in love with him.

Season 1, Episode 5: Part V

Follow Chicken George and the story of his son, Tom.

Season 1, Episode 6: Part VI

The war is over, the Confederacy having surrendered, freeing the slaves. Mr. Harvey invites the slaves to stay if they wish, maybe sharecropping. The rest of the plantation owners, a senator and the sheriff have a meeting to discuss options, with the senator declaring that he's come to buy a lot of land. When tempers flare, the sheriff leaves as he is "bound to uphold the law". President Lincoln is dead, shot by a white man. The former Harvey slaves' encampment is visited by masked men with torches on horses and Harvey is warned to "keep out of it".

Season 1, Episode 7: Part VII

Chicken Moore returns home to guide his family to freedom from tyranny.

Season 1, Episode 8: Part VIII


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