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Roots (1977 - 1977)

Roots (1977 - 1977)





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Series Info

The landmark dramatization of Alex Haley's classic saga followed his ancestors from Africa into slavery and then to their freedom in the post-Civil War South. Americans watched in record numbers as the epic aired on eight consecutive nights and went on to receive an unprecedented 37 Emmy nominations (winning for nine, including Outstanding Limited Series). Haley wrote in TV Guide: ` `Roots' speaks of the American human drama, in which ancestrally we all came from somewhere across the ocean.'

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Critics Consensus: Roots may shave off the nuances of Alex Haley's landmark book for the sake of slicker storytelling, but excellent performances and the intrinsic power of this generational tale make for revelatory television.

1977, ABC, 7 episodes


LeVar Burton
as Kunta Kinte (as a young man)
John Amos
as Kunta Kinte/Toby (as an adult)
Maya Angelou
as Nyo Boto
O.J. Simpson
as Kadi Touray
Ji-Tu Cumbuka
as The Wrestler
Moses Gunn
as Kintango
Hari Rhodes
as Brima Cesay
Ren Woods
as Fanta
Beverly Todd
as Fanta (later)
Edward Asner
as Capt. Davis
Ralph Waite
as Third Mate Slater
Lorne Greene
as John Reynolds
Lynda Day George
as Mrs. Reynolds
Paul Shenar
as Carrington
Robert Reed
as Dr. William Reynolds
Chuck Connors
as Tom Moore
Sandy Duncan
as Missy Anne
Macdonald Carey
as Squire James
Olivia Cole
as Mathilda
George Hamilton
as Stephen Bennett
Carolyn Jones
as Mrs. Moore
Ian McShane
as Sir Eric Russell
Lillian Randolph
as Sister Sara
Richard Roundtree
as Sam Bennett
Ben Vereen
as Chicken George
Lloyd Bridges
as Evan Brent
Brad Davis
as Ol' George Johnson
Doug McClure
as Jemmy Brent
Burl Ives
as Justin
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Series Details

TV Network: ABC
Premiere Date: Jan 23, 1977
Genre: Drama
Executive Producer: David L. Wolper
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