Roots: The Complete Miniseries

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  • TV-14
  • 1977
  • 1 Season
  • 8.4  (16,471)

Roots: The Complete Miniseries is based on author Alex Haley's Pulitzer Prize winning novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The story is a chronological dramatization of Alex Haley's family roots, starting with his ancestors that were brought into the slave trade and ending with their liberation and freedom. This miniseries was separated into 8 episodes for a total of 12 hours. It was produced by David L. Wolper Productions and Warner Bros. Television in 1977. The story begins in 1750, with the birth of Kunta Kinte in Gambia, West Africa. At the age of 15, he was captured, sold to a slave trader and traveled aboard a ship for three months to America. As he was bought and sold to various plantation owners he refused to accept his new fate and held strong by his Mandinka roots. As he grew into an adult Kunta refused to give up his heritage and accept being a chattel slave. The miniseries follows Kunta and his family through the years of brutality and oppression that slaves faced on a daily basis, especially when they refused to give up their native roots. It also includes the perspective of the slave owners and the diversity among them. Following generations of Kunta's family; the story concludes with slavery finally being abolished in the United States. . Roots featured an all-star cast with over 50 actors and actresses. Some of the actors and actresses that starred in this miniseries includes: Ben Vereen, LeVar Burton, John Amos, Leslie Uggams, Carolyn Jones, Louis Gossett Jr., Chuck Connors, Edward Asner, Robert Reed, Lynda Day George, Scatman Crothers, George Hamilton and Maya Angelou. Roots became the most watched miniseries of all time and became the record holder for most Emmys won in a single season. In total it received a Golden Globe Award, a Peabody Award and 9 Emmy Awards.

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Episode 8
8. Episode 8
January 30, 1977
1865: The Civil War and slavery ends while the system of sharecropping is born. Chicken George returns allowing the family to safely leave and settle on their own land in Henning, Tennessee.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
January 29, 1977
1861. The nation erupts into Civil War as Chicken George returns to find his sons married with families but the law will forfeit his status as a free man if he stays more than 60 days.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
January 29, 1977
The Civil War is over but night riders terrorize ex-slaves. By marking his clients' horseshoes, Tom identifies the raiders but endangers his own life. Chicken George, who fought for the Union, rejoins his family. He leads them to a new home in Tennessee.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
January 27, 1977
Chicken George is sent to England as payment for his owner's gambling debt. Fourteen years later, he returns home a free man, a status that has a profound effect on the family begun by Kunta Kinte. The Civil War erupts; at last the era of slavery draws to an end.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
January 26, 1977
At age 16, Kizzy is sold and bears her new master's son, who grows up to become fun-loving Chicken George. Yearning to see her parents, Kizzy is comforted by Samuel Bennett, but they are ill-matched. When she returns to her birthplace, Kizzy learns of her parents' fates.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
January 25, 1977
In 1776, a nation fights for freedom - but not for all. Kunta Kinte escapes again and is crippled by slave catchers. He marries, gains a daughter and loses his long-time friend Fiddler. Another chance for escape arises, but Kunta sacrifices it to care for his wife and the newborn he names Kizzy, an African word for "stay put."
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
January 24, 1977
Despite a violent rebellion, the slave ship Lord Ligonier completes its voyage and Kunta Kinte endures the indiginity of an Annapolis slave auction. Fiddler, the slave in charge of Kunta's training, becomes his only friend ? a friendship that's tested when Kunta plans an escape so he can be with Fanta
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
January 23, 1977
In Gambia, West Africa, Kunta Kinte, son of Omoro and Binta, distinguishes himself in manhood training rituals. But he does not enjoy his new status long: slave traders sweeping the countryside seize him. Chained with other captives, Kunta begins an agonized odyssey to the New World.
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Roots: The Complete Miniseries is based on author Alex Haley's Pulitzer Prize winning novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The story is a chronological dramatization of Alex Haley's family roots, starting with his ancestors that were brought into the slave trade and ending with their liberation and freedom. This miniseries was separated into 8 episodes for a total of 12 hours. It was produced by David L. Wolper Productions and Warner Bros. Television in 1977.

The story begins in 1750, with the birth of Kunta Kinte in Gambia, West Africa. At the age of 15, he was captured, sold to a slave trader and traveled aboard a ship for three months to America. As he was bought and sold to various plantation owners he refused to accept his new fate and held strong by his Mandinka roots. As he grew into an adult Kunta refused to give up his heritage and accept being a chattel slave. The miniseries follows Kunta and his family through the years of brutality and oppression that slaves faced on a daily basis, especially when they refused to give up their native roots. It also includes the perspective of the slave owners and the diversity among them. Following generations of Kunta's family; the story concludes with slavery finally being abolished in the United States. .

Roots featured an all-star cast with over 50 actors and actresses. Some of the actors and actresses that starred in this miniseries includes: Ben Vereen, LeVar Burton, John Amos, Leslie Uggams, Carolyn Jones, Louis Gossett Jr., Chuck Connors, Edward Asner, Robert Reed, Lynda Day George, Scatman Crothers, George Hamilton and Maya Angelou. Roots became the most watched miniseries of all time and became the record holder for most Emmys won in a single season. In total it received a Golden Globe Award, a Peabody Award and 9 Emmy Awards.

Roots: The Complete Miniseries is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on January 23, 1977.

Where to Watch Roots: The Complete Miniseries

Roots: The Complete Miniseries is available for streaming on the Warner Bros. website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Roots: The Complete Miniseries on demand at HBO Max, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    January 23, 1977
  • IMDB Rating
    8.4  (16,471)