Roots: Miniseries (1977)


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Episodes

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Air date: Jan 23, 1977
2
Air date: Jan 24, 1977
3
Air date: Jan 25, 1977
4
Air date: Jan 26, 1977
5
Air date: Jan 27, 1977
6
Air date: Jan 28, 1977

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Cast

LeVar Burton
as Kunta Kinte
John Amos
as Kunta Kinte (as an adult)
Edward Asner
as Capt. Davies
Ralph Waite
as First Mate Slater
O.J. Simpson
as Kadi Touray
Ji-Tu Cumbuka
as The Wrestler
Hari Rhodes
as Brima Cesay
Lorne Greene
as John Reynolds
Lynda Day George
as Mrs. Reynolds
Ben Vereen
as Chicken George
Lloyd Bridges
as Evan Brent
Doug McClure
as Jemmy Brent
Robert Reed
as Dr. William Reynolds
Olivia Cole
as Mathilda
Brad Davis
as Ol' George Johnson
Macdonald Carey
as Squire James
Ian McShane
as Sir Eric Russell
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Critic Reviews for Roots Miniseries

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (8)

Good as this new Roots is, for those who saw the original, it probably won't have the same impact.

Nov 26, 2019 | Full Review…
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The good thing about the eight consecutive nights approach is that it gives you something to look forward to on TV every night. The experience is like reading one of those books you can't put down until you are finished.

Jan 31, 2018 | Full Review…
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We will all, by next Sunday night, when the extensive drama concludes, feel close to the Haley clan.

Jan 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Roots landed a slew of awards but its lasting legacy is in bringing its unflinching portrayal of American slavery into a nation's living rooms.

Aug 14, 2018 | Full Review…

We are watching more than a drama. We are witnessing an experience.

Apr 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Doubtlessly, all concerned with this enormous, expensively cast and heavily flacked "prestige" production were earnestly anxious to make a vivid, powerful statement about this central American historical drama.

Jan 31, 2018 | Full Review…

American actors, whose brilliance is too often overlooked, prove to be equal to their BBC counterparts in this magnificent vehicle.

Jan 23, 2018 | Full Review…

The production and performances are strong, with newcomer LeVar Burton effective as the African youngster trapped into slavery. Edward Asner, as he did in Rich Man, Poor Man a year ago, dominates the screen in his opening scenes.

Jan 12, 2018 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Roots: Miniseries

  • Aug 06, 2018
    This must have been a big eye opener for the soft hearted racists. Great series.
  • Feb 07, 2018
    Roots is one of the best tv series I've ever seen! Just great!

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