Watch Enslaved

  • TV-MA
  • 2020
  • 1 Season
  • 6.5  (660)

Enslaved is a new documentary series on Epix that provides an in-depth, eye-opening look into one of the darkest periods of human history: the transatlantic slave trade. The six-part series is hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, with Kinga Philipps and Simcha Jacobovici playing supporting roles.

The show is unique in the sense that it doesn't only focus on the suffering and atrocities that were inflicted on enslaved people, but it also highlights the stories of the people that fought against slavery, and the incredible journey of their descendants as they try to trace their origins.

One of the most fascinating aspects of Enslaved is how it relies on cutting-edge technology such as deep sea diving, 3D mapping, and genetic analysis to shed new light on the history of the slave trade. It is important to note that Samuel L. Jackson himself is an avid deep-sea diver and therefore adds a personal touch to the journey. Viewers can expect to be transported to some of the most remote and forbidding locations in the world, as the team of experts use advanced technology to unearth the painful history buried beneath the ocean.

The show takes the viewer on a journey through West Africa, where the slave trade began, and also to various locations in the Americas, where countless lives were lost and destroyed in the name of profit. We get to see the legacy of slavery in the modern-day, particularly in the USA, where systemic racism and inequality continue to plague communities of color.

One of the most powerful elements of Enslaved is the personal stories of the individuals that are featured throughout the series. From the descendants of enslaved people in the US who are trying to trace their ancestry, to the divers and archaeologists who are on a mission to uncover the history of the trade, their stories are both heartbreaking and inspiring.

It's worth noting that the show doesn't shy away from the horrific details of the slave trade, including the brutal treatment of individuals as well as the long-lasting effects of the trade on societies and cultures. The story of the slave trade is painted vividly, bringing to life the true ugliness of this inhumane practice.

Overall, Enslaved is a captivating and important piece of television that provides new insight into a dark chapter of human history. Samuel L. Jackson's dynamic presence as host along with the incorporation of advanced technology and intensely personal stories create a memorable and educational watch. The series is a significant reminder of the atrocities that have been inflicted upon marginalized groups, and the continued battle for equity and justice.

Enslaved is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on September 14, 2020.

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6. Abolition
October 19, 2020
The final episode explores the politics that brought the enslavement of Africans in the West to an end. Diving with a Purpose divers search for “The London,” a ship that re-enslaved freed Africans from St. Lucia and illegally trafficked them to England.
5. Resistance
October 12, 2020
This episode investigates African resistance to slavery in Africa and the Underground Railroad." The Diving With a Purpose divers embark on an investigation to positively identify a preserved wreck that ferried African Americans to freedom.
New World Cultures
4. New World Cultures
October 5, 2020
Samuel L. Jackson visits Africatown, Alabama, the only African town established in America. The Diving With a Purpose divers help youths in Costa Rica discover their African heritage, by diving and identifying a sunken slave ship off their coast.
Follow the Money
3. Follow the Money
September 28, 2020
Shot on location in Suriname, Brazil, Portugal and the UK, this episode investigates the economics of the slave trade, while searching for a sunken slave ship that represents the single greatest loss of life during the entire slave trade.
2. Rationalization
September 21, 2020
Samuel L. Jackson recruits two award-winning journalists to go on a mission to understand the process that led Europeans to see slavery as profitable, rational and justified. Diving With a Purpose divers locate the earliest slave wreck ever found.
Cultures Left Behind
1. Cultures Left Behind
September 14, 2020
Episode 1 launches the epic story of the transatlantic slave trade. Divers from Diving With a Purpose go in search of sunken slave ships. Hollywood icon Samuel L. Jackson goes on a personal journey to meet the tribe of his ancestors for the first time.
A People Stolen
101. A People Stolen
October 11, 2020
Samuel L. Jackson travels with Afua Hirsch and learns how technology enabled slavers.
A Precious Cargo
102. A Precious Cargo
October 11, 2020
Samuel and a team of journalists and divers explore how the slave trade drove the global economy.
103. Resistance
October 18, 2020
The team travels the U.S. to tell stories of those who resisted slavery and their dangerous journeys.
Our People
104. Our People
October 25, 2020
The team examines the end of the slave trade and its legacy for the descendants of those enslaved.
Where to Watch Enslaved
Enslaved is available for streaming on the Epix website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Enslaved on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Philo, EPIX and FuboTV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 14, 2020
  • IMDB Rating
    6.5  (660)