Roots Poster

(1977)

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Season 1

23 Jan. 1977
Part I
In 1750, in Gambia, West Africa, Kunta Kinte, son of Omoro and Binta, distinguishes himself among his tribesmen 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.
 
24 Jan. 1977
Part II
Despite a violent rebellion, the slave ship Lord Ligonier completes its voyage in 1767, and Kunta Kinte endures the indignity of an Annapolis slave auction. Fiddler, the slave in charge of Kunta's training, becomes his only friend, but Kunta's plans to escape and be with Fanta eventually put their friendship to the test.The events of Roots: The Gift (1988) are set between this and the next episode.
 
25 Jan. 1977
Part III
In 1776, John Reynolds sells the now adult Kunta Kinte to his brother William. Kunta tries to escape again, this time with dire consequences. He also meets his match in Belle Reynolds, the slave who cooks for William's family.
 
26 Jan. 1977
Part IV
Although the series was originally aired in 8 parts in the US, it was reedited into 6 parts for its UK release. This is part of episode 3 in the UK version. By 1780, Kunta accepts his fate, settles down with Bell and they have a daughter named Kizzy. Several years later, Kizzy befriends Anne, the young girl who was the result of a secret affair between Kizzy's master, Dr. William Reynolds, and the wife of his cuckold brother John, the previous Kunta's owner. The girls quickly, and secretly, become best friends, which ends up having unintended serious consequences ...
 
27 Jan. 1977
Part V
Although the series was originally aired in 8 parts in the US, it was reedited into 6 parts for its UK release. This is part of episode 4 in the UK version. In 1806, Kizzy is brutally punished for helping the slave she loves escape.
 
28 Jan. 1977
Part VI
Although the series was originally aired in 8 parts in the US, it was reedited into 6 parts for its UK release. This is part of both episodes 4 and 5 in the UK version of the show. In 1824, Kizzy is allowed to visit the plantation of her previous owner, Dr. William Reynolds, and learn the ultimate fate of her parents. Meanwhile, old slave Mingo teaches Kizzy's son George how to become a great cockfighting trainer. This eventually leads to huge unexpected changes in George's status.
 
29 Jan. 1977
Part VII
Although the series was originally aired in 8 parts in the US, it was reedited into 6 parts for its UK release. This was part of episode 5 in the UK version. In 1861, "Chicken George" returns home hoping to free his enslaved family.
 
30 Jan. 1977
Part VIII
Although the series was originally aired in 8 parts in the US, it was reedited into 6 parts for its UK release. This is the final episode in both versions. 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 ...
 

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