Jan. 23, 1977
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1Season 1 Jan. 23, 1977


Alex Haley


John Amos isOlder Kunta Kinte
Older Kunta Kinte
Madge Sinclair isBell Reynolds
Bell Reynolds
LeVar Burton isKunta Kinte
Kunta Kinte
Olivia Cole isMathilda
Ben Vereen isChicken George Moore
Chicken George Moore
Robert Reed isDr. William Reynolds
Dr. William Reynolds

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The epic tale of celebrated Pulitzer-prize winning author Alex Haley’s ancestors as portrayed in the acclaimed twelve hour mini-series Roots, was first told in his 1976 bestseller Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The docu-drama covers a period of history that begins in mid-1700s Gambia, West Africa and concludes during post-Civil War United States, over 100 years later. This 1977 miniseries eventually won 9 Emmy awards, a Golden Globe award, and a Peabody award, and still stands as the most watched miniseries in U.S. history.

Original title Roots
TMDb Rating 7.4 197 votes
First air date Jan. 23, 1977
Last air date Jan. 30, 1977
Seasons 1
Episodes 8
Average Duration 90 minutes

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