Roots: Miniseries Reviews

June 12, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 18, 2018
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.
June 6, 2016
This is a more intimate series, with extended looks at the personal relationships of the characters.
May 30, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 30, 2016
History's new vision of Roots justifies its existence almost immediately, reinforcing its worthiness through amazing performances and a tweaked narrative that puts more focus on the interior lives of the slaves.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 30, 2016
After spending about eight hours embedded with four generations of men and women, beaten down but not broken, bonded by blood and tradition, I feel genuinely affected. With so much storytelling out there, that's no small feat.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 30, 2016
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 29, 2016
Ably polishes the story for a new audience that might find the old production dated and slow.
May 27, 2016
Roots reminds us, as the first did, that their long fight to be free is the most American story of all.
May 27, 2016
The new Roots is more passionate, more sweeping, considerably angrier, and more disgusted by the physical and moral atrocities it depicts.