Roots (2016 Miniseries)

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  • TV-MA
  • 2016
  • 1 Season
  • 7.9  (7,636)

Roots is a miniseries made for American television that traces the life of a West African warrior named Kunta Kinte. This drama series delves into the intricacies that faced native peoples and the European forces that colonized the area. Kinta is a Mandinka, and each episode tells his own story, as well as that of his family's legacy as they try to face and rebel against local authorities. Local families often faced off against each other in order to gain favor with the colonizing authorities, but this meant that many, like Kunta Kinte ended up being sold and traded as property.

Roots (2016 Miniseries)
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Seasons
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.
Roots: Kunta Rides
Roots: Kunta Rides

Clip - 1 min 10 sec

Roots: Naming Kizzy
Roots: Naming Kizzy

Clip - 1 min 5 sec

Roots: I'll Kill You
Roots: I'll Kill You

Clip - 47 sec

Roots: Bless Us This Earth
Roots: Bless Us This Earth

Clip - 1 min 29 sec

Roots: Toby
Roots: Toby

Clip - 1 min 6 sec

Roots: Can't Make No Plans
Roots: Can't Make No Plans

Clip - 1 min 25 sec

Description

Roots is a miniseries made for American television that traces the life of a West African warrior named Kunta Kinte. This drama series delves into the intricacies that faced native peoples and the European forces that colonized the area. Kinta is a Mandinka, and each episode tells his own story, as well as that of his family's legacy as they try to face and rebel against local authorities. Local families often faced off against each other in order to gain favor with the colonizing authorities, but this meant that many, like Kunta Kinte ended up being sold and traded as property.

Roots (2016 Miniseries) is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on May 30, 2016.

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, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    May 30, 2016
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (7,636)