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Roots: Miniseries (2016)



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


Anna Paquin
as Nancy Holt
as Cyrus
Matthew Goode
as Dr. William Waller
Mekhi Phifer
as Jerusalem
James Purefoy
as John Waller
Rege-Jean Page
as Chicken George
Malachi Kirby
as Kunta Kinte
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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (19)

Wisely, Haley bought the rights back and decided the story needed the canvas that only TV can offer. It makes for fuller presentation and a larger audience. He made a wise choice, and so did ABC in showing it on consecutive nights.

January 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Highlights -- a queasy word to use here -- include a revolt on the slave ship and the flogging of Kinte to make him acknowledge his new English name.

April 25, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As Kunta/Toby, Malachi Kirby has a magnetic presence and brilliantly negotiates the transition from foolish young pup to stern rebel who makes his bid for freedom on a white charger. He's the most compelling reason to keep faith with this new adaptation.

February 9, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Whether you're a proponent or a critic of the new Roots, it's unlikely you'll quickly shake the image of Malachi Kirby's burning rage-filled eyes.

May 31, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Just as the original Roots had a powerful emotional impact on Americans, the new one is likely to do so as well, especially given that questions of race are at the forefront of discussion as much now as ever.

May 30, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The new series brings new light to the misperception that popular culture has done a good job telling stories about slavery and black history in the decades since Roots first gripped the U.S.

May 30, 2016 | Full Review…

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