Roots (2016 Miniseries)

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  • TV-MA
  • 2016
  • 1 Season
  • 7.9  (8,415)

Roots is a miniseries that is set in the 18th century and is based on the novel of the same name by Alex Haley. The show tells the story of Kunta Kinte (Malachi Kirby), a young man who is sold into slavery in the United States. The show deals with themes such as identity, family, and race relations.

The show begins with Kunta Kinte's birth in West Africa and shows how his family and community live in peace and harmony until one day, they are attacked by slave traders. Kunta is taken captive and transported to America, where he is put up for sale. He is sold to a plantation owner named John Waller (James Purefoy) and renamed "Toby".

The show then follows Kunta's life on the plantation as he struggles to maintain his identity and culture in a foreign land. He forms a relationship with a fellow slave named Belle (Emayatzy Corinealdi), and together they have a daughter, Kizzy (Anika Noni Rose).

Kizzy is sold to a new owner, Tom Lea (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), who is obsessed with power and control. Lea rapes Kizzy and she becomes pregnant with his child. Kizzy gives birth to a son named George (Regé-Jean Page), who she raises to be a smart and strong young man.

The show then follows George's life as he becomes involved in the fight for freedom and equality. He marries a young woman named Matilda (Erica Tazel), and together they have a daughter named Cynthia (Mekhi Phifer). George becomes a member of the Union army during the Civil War and finds himself fighting alongside other African American soldiers for the rights and freedoms that have been denied to them for so long.

The show concludes with Cynthia's life in the 20th century as she discovers her family's roots and learns about their history.

Roots is a powerful and emotional show that tackles difficult subject matter with grace and respect. The acting in the show is outstanding, with Malachi Kirby delivering a standout performance as Kunta Kinte. Forest Whitaker is also excellent as Fiddler, a slave who becomes Kunta's mentor and friend.

The show does not shy away from the brutality of slavery, and there are many difficult and heartbreaking scenes throughout. However, the show also highlights the resilience and strength of the human spirit, and the importance of family and community.

Overall, Roots is a must-watch for anyone interested in American history or social justice issues. The show is a powerful reminder of our shared humanity and the need for understanding and empathy in a world that is often cruel and unjust.

Roots (2016 Miniseries) is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (7 episodes). The series first aired on May 30, 2016.

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Part VI
6. Part VI
January 1, 1976
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Part 4
4. Part 4
June 2, 2016
Chicken George returns to the Lea farm after 2 decades; George's son, Tom, nurses a grudge against his father; George and Cyrus join the Memphis Colored Battery; Tom returns home after the war to embark on a new life with his family.
Part 3
3. Part 3
June 1, 2016
George becomes an accomplished trainer of gamecocks and earns the nickname of Chicken George; George marries Matilda, a preacher's daughter, and fathers many children; Tom Lea loses a wager with an Englishman and sells George to save his farm.
Part 2
2. Part 2
May 31, 2016
Redcoats attempt to persuade slaves to run away and join the English army; Kunta escapes but slave catchers apprehend him and amputate half of his foot to ensure he never runs off again; John Waller sells Kunta to his younger brother, William.
Part 1
1. Part 1
May 30, 2016
In the river region of The Gambia in 1750, Omoro Kinte and his wife, Binta, give birth to a son, Kunta; Kunta is kidnapped in 1767 and sold to British slave traders; after arriving in Maryland, Virginia planter John Waller purchases Kunta.
Roots: A History Revealed
1. Roots: A History Revealed
June 3, 2016
A one hour, unblinking and fact-filled look at the real history of slavery, as revealed in Roots.
Roots: A New Vision: Behind the Scenes
101. Roots: A New Vision: Behind the Scenes
June 6, 2016
A one hour "behind the scenes" special featuring the stars of Roots, as well as interviews with producers and historians.
Where to Watch Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Roots (2016 Miniseries) is available for streaming on the History website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Roots (2016 Miniseries) on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Google Play, Apple TV and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    May 30, 2016
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (8,415)