Roots

  • 1977
  • TV Show
  • None

The landmark dramatization of Alex Haley's classic saga followed his ancestors from Africa into slavery and then to their freedom in the post-Civil War South. Americans watched in record numbers as the epic aired on eight consecutive nights and went on to receive an unprecedented 37 Emmy nominations (winning for nine, including Outstanding Limited Serie (more…)

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Episode 5 Season 1, Episode 5 Jan 27, 1977 Paid

1806. The teenage Kizzy, well-versed in Mandinka history thanks to her father, and educated to read and write through her friendship with Missy Anne, falls in love with young Noah, who’s determined to escape. He eventually does with Kizzy's help, but is quickly caught and forced to reveal Kizzy's role in his escape. This prompts Dr. Reynolds to send Kizzy away to his rough-hewn cock-breeder neighbor Tom Moore.

Part 4 Season 1, Episode 4 Jan 26, 1977 $2.99

After more than 20 years in England, Chicken George is given his freedom and he returns to the Lea farm..

Part 3 Season 1, Episode 3 Jan 25, 1977 Subscription

As George grows to manhood, he exhibits traits of both parents. Like Tom Lea, he loves cockfighting and carousing; an accomplished trainer of gamecocks, he earns the nickname "Chicken George."

Part 2 Season 1, Episode 2 Jan 24, 1977 $5.99

In 1775, Kunta is working on the Waller farm when he meets English Redcoats encouraging slaves to run away and join the English army.

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Cultural Connector
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Empowerment
01:32 — Watch an exclusive trailer for the epic 4-part miniseries.
The Middle Passage
02:20 — Historians talk about our changing understanding of the horrors of the slave trade's "middle passage" from Africa to America.
The Slave Auction
02:48 — The slave auction was the epitome of the system's dehumanization.

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  • Premiered: January 23, 1977
  • Rating: None
  • Premise: The landmark dramatization of Alex Haley's classic saga followed his ancestors from Africa into slavery and then to their freedom in the post-Civil War South. Americans watched in record numbers as the epic aired on eight consecutive nights and went on to… (more)

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