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Genre: Drama, Mini-Series
Channel: ABC (US)
Status: Ended
8.2/10(14 votes)
LeVar Burton LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte
John Amos John Amos as Toby
Louis Gossett Jr. Louis Gossett Jr. as Fiddler
Ben Vereen Ben Vereen as 'Chicken' George Moore
Leslie Uggams Leslie Uggams as Kizzy Reynolds
Chuck Connors Chuck Connors as Tom Moore
Edward Asner Edward Asner as Capt. Thomas Davies
Lloyd Bridges Lloyd Bridges as Evan Brent
Lynda Day George Lynda Day George as Mrs. Reynolds
Madge Sinclair Madge Sinclair as Bell Reynolds

The epic tale of celebrated Pulitzer-prize winning author Alex Haley's ancestors as portrayed in the acclaimed nine-and-a-half-hour mini-series Roots, was first told in his 1976 bestseller Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The docu-drama covers a period of history that begins in mid-1700s Gambia, West Africa and concludes during post-Civil War United States, over 100 years later. This 1977 miniseries eventually won 9 Emmy awards, a Golden Globe award, and a Peabody award, and still stands as the most watched miniseries in U.S. history.

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