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

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Series cast summary:
...  Dr. William Reynolds 4 episodes, 1977
...  Older Kunta Kinte / ... 3 episodes, 1977
...  Fiddler 3 episodes, 1977
...  Mrs. Reynolds 3 episodes, 1977
...  Mathilda / ... 3 episodes, 1977
...  Bell Reynolds 3 episodes, 1977
...  'Chicken' George Moore / ... 3 episodes, 1977
...  Evan Brent 2 episodes, 1977
...  Tom Harvey 2 episodes, 1977
...  Tom Moore 2 episodes, 1977
...  John Reynolds 2 episodes, 1977
...  Missy Anne Reynolds 2 episodes, 1977
...  Slater 2 episodes, 1977
...  Old George 2 episodes, 1977
...  Capt. Thomas Davies 2 episodes, 1977
...  Wrestler 2 episodes, 1977
...  Lewis Harvey 2 episodes, 1977
...  Ames 2 episodes, 1977
...  Irene Harvey 2 episodes, 1977
...  Sister Sara 2 episodes, 1977
...  Kizzy Reynolds Moore / ... 2 episodes, 1977
...  Genelva 2 episodes, 1977
...  Sam Harvey 2 episodes, 1977
...  Fanta 2 episodes, 1977
...  Lila Harvey 2 episodes, 1977
...  Kunta Kinte / ... 2 episodes, 1977
...  Harlan 2 episodes, 1977
...  Virgil Harvey 2 episodes, 1977
...  Martha Johnson 2 episodes, 1977
...  Field Singer / ... 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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23 January 1977 (USA)  »

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$6,600,000 (estimated)
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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

When Kunta holds baby Kizzy for the first time, Kunta's mouth is visible at the left edge of the screen. He speaks, but his mouth doesn't move. See more »

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John Carrington: Uh, did you have a good voyage, Captain?
Captain Thomas Davies: My First Officer is dead, ten seaman and the ship's boy... more than a third of my crew.
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Referenced in The Larry Sanders Show: Pilots and Pens Lost (1998) 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 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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