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Roots 

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An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African man sold to slavery in America, and his descendants.
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2016  
Nominated for 7 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 43 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Herbert Cavalier Jr. Herbert Cavalier Jr. ...  Town Folk 4 episodes, 2016
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ...  Tom Lea 3 episodes, 2016
Malachi Kirby ...  Kunta Kinte 3 episodes, 2016
Forest Whitaker ...  Fiddler 3 episodes, 2016
Laurence Fishburne ...  Alex Haley 3 episodes, 2016
Babs Olusanmokun ...  Omoro Kinte 3 episodes, 2016
Tevin Paul ...  Freed Slave Soldier / ... 3 episodes, 2016
Kerry Sims Kerry Sims ...  Slave 3 episodes, 2016
Matthew Goode ...  Dr. William Waller 2 episodes, 2016
Regé-Jean Page ...  Chicken George 2 episodes, 2016
Emayatzy Corinealdi ...  Belle 2 episodes, 2016
Shannon Lucio ...  Patricia Lea 2 episodes, 2016
James Purefoy ...  John Waller 2 episodes, 2016
Erica Tazel ...  Matilda 2 episodes, 2016
Derek Luke ...  Silla Ba Dibba 2 episodes, 2016
Katie McGuinness ...  Elizabeth Waller 2 episodes, 2016
Anika Noni Rose ...  Kizzy 2 episodes, 2016
Tony Curran ...  Connelly 2 episodes, 2016
Adam Fergus ...  Sir Eric Russell 2 episodes, 2016
Nokuthula Ledwaba Nokuthula Ledwaba ...  Binta Kinte 2 episodes, 2016
Carol Sutton ...  Miss Malizy 2 episodes, 2016
Chris Obi ...  Kintango 2 episodes, 2016
Roman Armstrong Roman Armstrong ...  Kunta Kinte Dbl / ... 2 episodes, 2016
Cortney McClelland Jr. Cortney McClelland Jr. ...  Newborn Chicken George 2 episodes, 2016
David Shiflett ...  Chicken Fight Gambler 2 episodes, 2016
Darrell L. Shuler Darrell L. Shuler ...  Waller Slave 2 episodes, 2016
Calvin Williams Calvin Williams ...  Waller Slave / ... 2 episodes, 2016
Sam Woodworth Sam Woodworth ...  Confederate Soldier / ... 2 episodes, 2016
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An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African man sold to slavery in America, and his descendants.

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The groundbreaking series reimagined See more »

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Drama | History

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USA

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English

Release Date:

30 May 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

LeVar Burton makes a cameo as the slave Ephraim, being transported in the caged wagon from the Waller plantation. He stares at Kunta Kinte. Burton played Kunta Kinte in the 1977 mini-series. See more »

Goofs

(From the trailer) when the cannon is exploding, all the gun crew are wearing wide red stripes on their trouser kegs. The stripe was only worn by sergeants. However in the scene the cannon is being tested, ALL the crew are specialist NCOs and the scene comes at the very beginning of the Civil War, before there has been much action. Hence the artillerymen are carrying no personal weapons and their uniforms are particularly clean (before the explosion) and all have red trouser stripes. See more »

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A great show about America's sad and dark history
31 May 2016 | by aman_knowledgeSee all my reviews

This show is absolutely brilliant. It really shows America's sad and dark history with slavery. The beginning sort of reminded me of the Amistad movie starring Djimon Hounsou and Anthony Hopkins, the gore violence and details really showed how people back then lived like mere products simply because of their skin color. I especially liked how it shows the lives of these slaves back in their homeland from where they were kidnapped from; the lives they once had but were ripped apart from at no warning. It's a part in history no one likes remembering, a part in history we'd all rather forget than remember. Movies and shows like these are very violent and filled with so much gore details, but it is a remembrance of the hard reality people once faced, lived, and died in.


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