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 6 Season 1, Episode 6 Jan 28, 1977 Paid

1824: Kizzy's son George has become skilled at cock-fighting earing him the name “Chicken George”. Courted by carriage driver Sam Bennett, Kizzy gets a chance to return to the plantation where she was born. There she learns her father has died and her mother has been sold off. While at Kunta's grave, his haunting words prompt her to call off her marriage. 1841: Promoted to Tom Moore’s head trainer, Chicken George grows in reputation and hopes to earn enough to free himself and his family. But a loss in the ring results in George being sent to England to pay off a debt.

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.

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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."

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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.
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02:48 — The slave auction was the epitome of the system's dehumanization.
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02:22 — Historians and experts discuss the importance of the family unit in the lives of enslaved people.

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Mon Feb 19 10:00am
Part 1 SUND

Part 1 of 8. Kunta Kinte is born in 1750 in West Africa. Later, at the age of 17, he's taken prisoner by slave-catchers and shipped to America on a vessel, where he encounters a conscience-stricken Capt. Davies and the unscrupulous Slater.

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Mon Feb 19 12:15pm
Part 2 SUND

Part 2 of 8. A rebellion ensues on the slave ship before Kunta's arrival at Annapolis, where he's sold and meets a friend in Fiddler. Kunta attempts an escape after learning that the owner of his friend Fanta lives nearby.

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Mon Feb 19 2:30pm
Part 3 SUND

Part 3 of 8. The adult Kunta Kinte has lost none of his rebellious will in 1776. When he's seriously injured in an escape attempt, a slave woman named Bell attempts to nurse him back to health.

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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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