Roots: Miniseries (2016)

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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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Air date: May 30, 2016
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Air date: May 31, 2016
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Air date: May 31, 2016
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Air date: Jun 1, 2016
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Air date: Jun 2, 2016
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Air date: Jun 2, 2016
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Air date: Jun 2, 2016
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Air date: Jun 2, 2016
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Air date: Jun 3, 2016

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

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Critic Reviews for Roots Miniseries

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (23)

The History network, in on-air partnership with Lifetime and A&E, has brought forth a Roots that stands tall on its own, but without surpassing the production that once gripped a nation and should still be seen by viewers of all ages.

Jun 12, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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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.

Jan 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.

Apr 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.

Feb 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…

It is unlikely that the four-night event will capture audiences the same way the original series did when it premiered in 1977, thanks to the advent of the DVR.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

For the viewers, and how much more so for the actors involved, the knowledge of that past only heightens the involvement in this nuanced and poetic telling of America's (and Britain's) most shameful history.

Apr 4, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This new adaptation of Roots may have a fair amount of downtime throughout its six and a half hours, but it rises on the strengths of its emotionally powerful narrative and outstanding cast, making this a version that does justice to its source material.

Aug 22, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The effort put forth by the writers, actors, and filmmakers have updated and reimagined the miniseries to be a powerful reminder of the past and how stories like Roots deserve to be retold.

May 31, 2016 | Full Review…

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