Roots: Miniseries (2016)


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Roots

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A powerfully impressive -- and still relevant -- update on a television classic, Roots boasts remarkable performances, deep emotion, and occasionally jarring beauty.

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User Ratings: 197

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Episodes

Air date: May 30, 2016

Kunta Kinte is born.

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Air date: May 31, 2016

Kunta Kinte's childhood is spotlighted, including his kidnapping and subsequent slavery.

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Air date: May 31, 2016

Kunta meets British soldiers who convince him to escape, but he soon finds they are no better than his American slave family and attempts to run away.

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Air date: Jun 1, 2016

A doctor takes Kunta in and he begins courting the doctor's daughter.

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Air date: Jun 2, 2016

George begins maturing as his adolescence is spotlighted.

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Air date: Jun 2, 2016

George vows to buy freedom for him and his family, but his master loses a wager and needs to sell George to save the farm.

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Air date: Jun 2, 2016

George earns his freedom after spending 20 years in England and returns to the Lea farm to find his family was sold to a North Carolina owner in his absence. Later: he reunites with his family and tries to mend relationships and lead them to freedom.

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Air date: Jun 2, 2016

George earns his freedom after spending 20 years in England and returns to the Lea farm to find his family was sold to a North Carolina owner in his absence.

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Air date: Jun 3, 2016

George reunites with his family and tries to mend relationships and lead them to freedom.

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A family tries to overcome the hardships of slavery to survive and build a legacy.

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Audience Reviews for Roots: Miniseries

  • May 22, 2017
    a superb production and I believe this to stand equal to the original
  • Aug 22, 2016
    http://www.thebluspot.com/single-post/2016/08/22/Roots-2016-A-New-Telling-for-a-New-Generation-Blu-ray
  • Aug 16, 2016
    great movie , loved every minute of it
  • Aug 16, 2016
    I have not yet seen the original roots but this remake was undeniably a masterpiece well done. Great and perfect casting, faithful to the original source material and evocatively true to its core. One of the best mini-series you will ever see.
  • Aug 03, 2016
    The moment it came on TV I was hooked. Absolutely amazing!
  • Jul 25, 2016
    One of the most powerful and disturbing mini-series I have watched recently, Roots is based on Alex Haley's book of the same name about his family's disturbing past through four generations of slavery. There were times — and so many of them — throughout the series that made me gasp and hold the table firmly to be able to see the violence and inhumanity being displayed in front of me. There were moments from the show that re-occurred in my dream and I woke up feeling miserable coming to terms with the terrible things man is capable of. The series also holds a mirror to America's violent past and so many of these undercurrents are still seen in today's society and American politics. Slavery is still not abolished completely from the world but the suffering of slaves and all the people associated with those times finds a resonance with this brilliantly made show.
  • Jul 08, 2016
    Now more than ever people should watch Roots and think about equality and freedom. Wonderful show, extremely poignant lessons.
  • Jun 13, 2016
    Excellent. Rivals the original series. Very intense. Important history lesson.
  • Jun 11, 2016
    So excruciatingly boring, I couldn't watch it.
  • Jun 10, 2016
    Terrible and should have never remade it

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