• Thu. Feb 9th, 2023
Genre Historical drama
Based on Roots: The Saga of an American Family
by Alex Haley
Written by Alex Haley
Screenplay by Alex Haley
James Lee
Directed by
Starring Ben Vereen LeVar Burton Louis Gossett Jr. Leslie Uggams Georg Stanford Brown
Theme music composer Gerald Fried
Quincy Jones (episode 1)
Country of origin United States
Original language English
No. of episodes 8 (re-edited to 6 for video)
Executive producer
Producer Stan Margulies
Cinematography Stevan Larner, ASC
Running time 45/90 minutes per episode
Production company Wolper Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television
Budget US$6.6 million
Original network ABC
Picture format SDTV 480p (original broadcast) HDTV 1080i (remastered version)
Original release January 23 –
January 30, 1977
Followed by Roots: The Next Generations

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