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.

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."

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Empowerment
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A four-night, eight-hour event series, "Roots" is a historical portrait of one family's journey through American slavery and their will to survive and (more…)
The Civil War and Its Legacy
02:58 — Historians and experts look at the role of slavery in the Civil War and its effect on the U.S. from Reconstruction through the present day.
The System of American Slavery
02:43 — Historians and experts examine the American system of racialized slavery and the hypocrisy it relied on to function.

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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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