Roots (TV Mini-Series 1977) Poster



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Followed by 

Roots: The Next Generations (1979) (TV Mini-Series)
Roots: The Gift (1988) (TV Movie)

Version of 

Roots (2016) (TV Mini-Series)

Referenced in 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Buddy Hackett/Cindy Williams/Sander Vanocur (1977) (TV Episode)
Discussed in the monologue and by all three guests
Saturday Night Live: Live from Mardi Gras (1977) (TV Episode)
Roots II book held up by Garret Morris during end credits
All in the Family: Archie the Liberal (1977) (TV Episode)
Roots is mentioned
Good Times: J.J. in Business (1977) (TV Episode)
JJ mentions TV series by name
Barney Miller: Group Home (1977) (TV Episode)
Captain Miller and Detective Harris are discussing Harris' interest in geneology
Sanford and Son: Funny, You Don't Look It (1977) (TV Episode)
Alex Haley's inspiring story sparks Fred's research into his own roots.
Good Times: Love Has a Spot on His Lung: Part 2 (1977) (TV Episode)
Painter mentions TV series by name
Saturday Night Live: Shelley Duvall/Joan Armatrading (1977) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Black Educational Conference promo
The Love Boat: Captain & the Lady/Centerfold/One if by Land... (1977) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Ronald
All in the Family: Archie Gets the Business (1977) (TV Episode)
"We've come a long way from Roots. Haven't we?"
Soap: Episode #1.25 (1978) (TV Episode)
Mary references the miniseries when Burt begins describing distant relatives.
Convoy (1978)
Bell's Trucking Co. on Widow Woman's truck refers to Madge Sinclair's role as Bell in this TV mini-series.
Same Time, Next Year (1978)
Still photo of Kunta Kinte in transitional montage
Disco Beaver from Outer Space (1978) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by name.
Deep Roots (1978)
The "Roots" in the title references this historic miniseries.
All in the Family: The Family Next Door (1979) (TV Episode)
Archie is compared to a character in this series.
Bob & Ray, Jane, Laraine & Gilda (TV Special) (1979)
Title mentioned by Bob & Ray during money giveaway set-up.
Love at First Bite (1979)
One of the black thugs and Judge Thomas refer to the series. Lt. Ferguson says that Ben Vereen is a great dancer.
Los bingueros (1979)
In one scene, Fermín mentions Kunta Kinte.
WKRP in Cincinnati: Jennifer Falls in Love (1979) (TV Episode)
Les mentions the show by name.
Diff'rent Strokes: The Adoption: Part 1 (1979) (TV Episode)
Willis compares meeting the boys long lost cousin to the show roots
Nothing Personal (1980)
They mentioned it.
Can't Stop the Music (1980)
Seems Like Old Times (1980)
Glenda asks her driver: Didn't you see Roots?
Are You Being Served?: Roots? (1981) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Fame: But Seriously Folks (1982) (TV Episode)
Doris says: Why do I feel like I'm in the Caucasian version of Roots?
Saturday Night Live: Ed Asner/The Kinks (1984) (TV Episode)
Title mentoned during the monologue
Miami Vice: Made for Each Other (1985) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Noogie
Night Court: Mac and Quon Le: No Reservations (1985) (TV Episode)
Quon Le: "I loved Roots."
Twins (1988)
mentioned by Vincent to Linda before their trip
Murphy Brown: Set Me Free (1988) (TV Episode)
Miles says "I was this close to being that first episode of Roots"
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Mookie says "I'm not Kunta Kinte"
Laat maar zitten: Pillen en knoeiers (1989) (TV Episode)
Faber is reading a the book Roots with pictures from the TV series on the cover
Acropolis Now: Black Ain't Black (1990) (TV Episode)
Jim compares Ula to Kunta Kinte in Roots.
Designing Women: The Bachelor Auction (1990) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name.
Misery (1990)
Video seen in display in the General Store, which also contains a scene where the main character is "hobbled"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1991) (TV Episode)
Forrester's responds
Harry and the Hendersons: Roots: The Herb (1991) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Will Gets a Job (1991) (TV Episode)
Will mentions Kunta Kinte.
House Party 2 (1991)
"Ms. Kunta Kinte"
Samurai Cop (1991)
Alex Haley's original novel is shown.
Saturday Night Live Goes Commercial (1991) (TV Special)
named as an example of an expensive television event
Empty Nest: Roots (1992) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Diggstown (1992)
During the fight between rounds, Gabriel Caine (James Woods) made a racial comment in order to motivate Roy Palmer (Louis Gossett Jr.). The comment was about the TV mini-series Roots, which Gossett starred in.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Mama's Baby, Carlton's Maybe (1992) (TV Episode)
William 'Will' Smith trys to talk Carlton Banks out of getting married and tells him that he isen't going to do to him what they did to Kunta Kinte, cut off his foot.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Bundle of Joy (1993) (TV Episode)
"The last time we sat together like this was when they re-ran Roots"
The Larry Sanders Show: Larry's Birthday (1993) (TV Episode)
Mentioned once.
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)
Mentioned by Frankie on the school bus
The Lion King (1994)
The Nanny: Pishke Business (1994) (TV Episode)
Fran says to Ben Vereen, "Do Roots! Do Roots!"
Picket Fences: Elective Conduct (1994) (TV Episode)
Zach imparts John that he saw Roots as the latter is visiting him.
Greater Tuna (1994)
One of the characters mentions that "Roots" should be banned because of its anti-slavery content.
Friday (1995)
Jeffrey (1995)
The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1995) (TV Special)
Mentioned during Candice Bergen's introduction to the Best Miniseries category
Flirting with Disaster (1996)
Mrs. Coplin can't understand "this 'Roots' thing" with her son trying to find his biological parents
Ride (1998)
Casper calls Indigo Kunta Kinte
The Larry Sanders Show: Pilots and Pens Lost (1998) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Dave Chappelle.
Go (1999)
Action: Re-Enter the Dragon (1999) (TV Episode)
Peter calls Adam 'Kunta Kinte'
Flawless (1999)
Leonard tries to placate the black physical therapist by saying he saw the movie.
The Color of Friendship (2000) (TV Movie)
Chlopaki nie placza (2000)
Fred accuses Bolec of behaving like Kunta Kinte
Creation Science 101: Class 1 (2000) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Kent.
The PJs: What's Eating Juicy Hudson (2000) (TV Episode)
when Juicy's dad holds him up and says "The only thing greater than you"
Bait (2000)
The PJs: The Last Affirmative Action Hero (2000) (TV Episode)
Mrs Avery and Jimmy rehearse the scene where Kunta Kinte refuses his slave name
Bamboozled (2000)
One World: Roots (2000) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
That '70s Show: Canadian Road Trip (2001) (TV Episode)
Red wants to tape Roots, Kitty wants to just watch it.
A Huey P. Newton Story (2001) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by Newton
Rush Hour 2 (2001)
Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Thong (2001) (TV Episode)
Richard Lewis: "What is this? 'Roots'?"
Saturday Night Live: Jack Black/The Strokes (2002) (TV Episode)
Referenced on Weekend Update
The Shield: Pay in Pain (2002) (TV Episode)
Kunta Kinte mentioned
Pink Floyd The Wall Redux (2002)
A still photo of Kunta Kinte is shown.
Barbershop (2002)
The Simpsons: Pray Anything (2003) (TV Episode)
The plumber says, "Your pipes have more roots than the list of all-time top-rated TV shows."
The Wire: Hot Shots (2003) (TV Episode)
Bunk says "Kunta Kinte" when arguing with the foreign sailors.
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
gag with Tweety
The N Word (2004)
"I don't like that whole 'Roots' thing..."
Simon (2004)
Simon calls Tubbs a fake Kunte Kinte.
Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Shield: A Thousand Deaths (2005) (TV Episode)
Kunta Kinte mentioned
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Halloween (2005) (TV Episode)
The narrator says that he once dressed as Kunta Kinte's foot
The Boondocks: The Garden Party (2005) (TV Episode)
"Out of the way, Kunta Kinte"
Creation Seminar: Questions and Answers: Part 4 (2005) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Kent.
Scrubs: Her Story II (2006) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates the Gout (2006) (TV Episode)
caruso calls chris Toby
Wordplay (2006)
crossword puzzle hint: " 'Roots', for example" (answer: SAGA)
Mr. Hell (2006)
black man called Kunta Kinte
Prison Break: Tonight (2006) (TV Episode)
black guy called "Kinte" (as in "Kunta")
Family Guy: The Griffin Family History (2006) (TV Episode)
Scenes are recreated as Peter tells the story of his black ancestor.
Outrageous Fortune: The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven (2006) (TV Episode)
According to Munter, the members of 'Hitler's Henchmen' keep referring to him as Kunta Kinte.
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Superstition (2006) (TV Episode)
Ms. Morello gives Chris "Roots 4"
Get a Life (2006) (Video)
character named "Kunta, the illegal alien"
Death Row (2007) (Video)
black prisoner called "Kunta"
My Name Is Earl: The Birthday Party (2007) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Carl in a flashback
Shanghai Kiss (2007)
"I gotta go back to my roots." "Slow down, Kunta Kinte."
Private Practice: In Which Sam Receives an Unexpected Visitor... (2007) (TV Episode)
Sam mentions Kunta Kinte and Roots
The Boondocks: The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show (2008) (TV Episode)
title mentioned; scene recreated
Men in Trees: A Tale of Two Kidneys (2008) (TV Episode)
Ivan mentions that Annie looks like a young Sandy Duncan in 'Roots'.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 10 June 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
This was referenced during 'The Great American Culture Quiz' segment.
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Someone is called Chicken George
Bill Burr: Why Do I Do This? (2008) (TV Special)
Burr jokes about the series
Weltspiegel: Episode dated 31 August 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
Mentioned severeal times in interviews and voice-over during the Gambia segment.
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Tattaglia (2008) (TV Episode)
title mentioned
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
Marty says "This is just like Roots"
Notorious (2009)
"dick black like Toby" (rap lyrics)
In the Loop (2009)
Kunta Kinte mentioned
Family Guy: The Juice Is Loose! (2009) (TV Episode)
Peter mention this movie
Crank: High Voltage (2009)
mentioned by Orlando when Chev is being whipped
The Bill Engvall Show: Give Me a Break (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Bill.
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards (2009) (TV Special)
Mentioned by Neil Patrick Harris when introducing miniseries and movie categories.
When in Rome (2010)
While waiting for Nick to come and play cards, Puck says, "We watched 'Roots' while you were gone."
Players: Grand Re-opening (2010) (TV Episode)
Ken says their parents were very insistent that he and his brother watch "Roots".
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.130 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $400 clue in the category "Pop Culture"
Undisputed 3: Redemption (2010) (Video)
"This ain't 'Roots' "
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Episode #2.190 (2010) (TV Episode)
Anne Meara asks if The Roots took their name from the series
The Cleveland Show: Ain't Nothin' But Mutton Bustin' (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Cleveland
Conan: Houston, We Have a Murder (2011) (TV Episode)
While Conan O'Brien is talking about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, in a joke Jimmy Vivino's thoughts are being heard and he mentions this tv mini series
Community: Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking (2011) (TV Episode)
Britta refers to LeVar Burton as "Kunta Kinte."
Conan: Eat, Love, Lather, Rinse, Repeat (2011) (TV Episode)
Conan and Andy compare the quality of tonights show to Roots and The Sopranos
Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain (2011)
Taraji mentions Kunta Kinte.
Good Bad Flicks: Masters of the Universe (2011) (TV Episode)
dialouge heard
Mongrels: Destiny and the V.E.T.S (2011) (TV Episode)
Nelson is shown with the DVD
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.21 (2011) (TV Episode)
Gene mentions that LeVar Burton was in the miniseries
Half in the Bag: Red Tails (2012) (TV Episode)
another great story of people of color that was told, despite what Spike Lee says
Nostalgia Critic: Star Trek: Generations (2012) (TV Episode)
Critic imitates Geordie (played by LeVar Burton) saying "They tried changing my name to Toby"
Jarls quizshow: Episode #1.8 (2012) (TV Episode)
Answer to a question
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.53 (2012) (TV Episode)
Loni mentions the show by name.
DVD-R Hell: Mr. T's Be Somebody or Be Somebody's Fool (2012) (TV Episode)
"...he actually thinks the tree is powered by VHs copies of the movie 'Roots.'"
Black Dynamite: A Crisis for Christmas or The Dark Side of the Dark Side of the Moon (2012) (TV Episode)
O.J. Simpson mentions being in Roots.
The ABCs of Death (2012)
Kunta Kinte mentioned
The Cinema Snob Movie (2012) (Video)
Referenced in dialogue
Bum Reviews: Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) (TV Episode)
"Your name is Hunter" "Kuntakinte!"
Brickleberry: Race Off (2012) (TV Episode)
watched at theater
Mike & Molly: Thanksgiving Is Canceled (2012) (TV Episode)
Carl's grandma refers to Samuel as "Kunta Kinte".
Charm (2012)
Kunta Kinte mentioned
A Haunted House (2013)
Kunta Kinte mentioned
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.90 (2013) (TV Episode)
Seth MacFarlane says he watched the miniseries when he was sick with the flu
One Hit Wonderland: Party All the Time by Eddie Murphy (2013) (TV Episode)
Todd assumes Eddie Murphy watched this miniseries before writing "I Was a King."
The Big Bang Theory: The Tenure Turbulence (2013) (TV Episode)
Sheldon gives the DVD of the miniseries as a gift to Janine Davis.
Psych: Deez Nups (2013) (TV Episode)
"I feel like Kunta Kinte."
Nostalgia Critic: A.I: Artificial Intelligence (2013) (TV Episode)
"Teddy is my slave name. You can call me Cuddly Kinte."
Brickleberry: Trailer Park (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
American Horror Story: Head (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Queenie
Dear White People (2014)
Character points out that Geordi of Star Trek used to be Kunta Kinte.
Wish I Was Here (2014)
Mentioned in dialogue
Black-ish: Pilot (2014) (TV Episode)
Pops says Junior would be better off watching it to learn about being black
Brickleberry: High Stakes (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Cinema Snob: Black Rage (2014) (TV Episode)
"...like they listened to the soundtrack of Roots and thought it wasn't funky enough."
The Big Bang Theory: The Champagne Reflection (2014) (TV Episode)
Sheldon mentions the character Kunta Kinte in relation to LeVar Burton..
The Cinema Snob: Miami Connection (2015) (TV Episode)
"I was gonna say this movie is exactly like Roots."
Straight Outta Compton (2015)
Kunta Kinte mentioned in song lyric
American Dad!: Roots (2016) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Saturday Night Live: Melissa McCarthy/Kanye West (2016) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned several times in Bus sketch
Chikara Aniversario: The Chamber of Secrets (2016) (Video)
Chuck Taylor TM says that he was the baby that Kunta Kinte held up in "Roots"
The Cinema Snob: Ghost Fever (2016) (TV Episode)
"Now we're just stealing lines from Roots."
Coronation Street: Episode #1.8978 (2016) (TV Episode)
The show is referenced.
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.20 (2016) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "Television" category
The Cinema Snob: Dr. Strange (2016) (TV Episode)
named as being Dr. Strange's competition
Thomas and Ian: The Return of Thomas and Ian: Man with a Plan (2017) (TV Episode)
Thomas and Ian talk about it throughout the episode.
Empire: Bleeding War (2017) (TV Episode)
Cookie says they aren't making the remix of Ziggy Stardust and Kunta Kinte
The Cinema Snob: Marci X (2018) (TV Episode)
The 'Will it Fit' host mentions it.

Featured in 

Roots: One Year Later (1978) (TV Movie)
clips are shown
Remembering 'Roots' (2002) (Video)
Extra about the series
Roots: Celebrating 25 Years (2002) (TV Movie)
Documentary about this series.
Good Fences (2003) (TV Movie)
Family watch one of the first parts on TV.
ABC's 50th Anniversary Celebration (2003) (TV Special)
Showing Top Rating Shows
I Love the '70s: 1977 (2003) (TV Episode)
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (2004) (Video)
The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments (2004) (TV Mini-Series)
It is number 7 in the greatest moments in TV
Screenwipe: Screenwipe USA (2006) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards (2007) (TV Special)
Clips featured during tribute for program's 30th anniversary.
Roots Remembered (2007) (TV Movie)
Documentary exploring this mini-series.
Black to the Future: Hour 1: The 70s (2009) (TV Episode)
clips, discussed
Good Bad Flicks: Masters of the Universe (2011) (TV Episode)
audio clip
Propaganda (2012)
Clips shown
DVD-R Hell: The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer (2012) (TV Episode)
Brad says he would rather watch a 24-hour Roots marathon on Christmas than 24 hours of A Christmas Story.
Pioneers of Television: Miniseries (2013) (TV Episode)
Ted 2 (2015)
Ted watches it on TV.
O.J.: Made in America (2016)
clips used
Maya Angelou and Still I Rise (2016)
Clips of the mini-series are shown
Content Cop: Tana Mongeau (2017) (TV Episode)
Clip shown to mock Tana's exaggerated claims of victimhood

Spoofed in 

The Sonny and Cher Show: Episode #2.20 (1977) (TV Episode)
spoofed as Rootless
Saturday Night Live: Steve Martin/The Kinks (1977) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in 'Roots II'
Chappelle's Show: Episode #1.3 (2003) (TV Episode)
a sketch about bloopers from the show
Robot Chicken: Adoption's an Option (2006) (TV Episode)
Girl whips Pegasus into accepting his new name.
The Cleveland Show: How Cleveland Got His Groove Back (2010) (TV Episode)
"Roots 2: Reparations"
W/ Bob and David: Episode #1.1 (2015) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as "Better Roots"

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