Roots (1977)

GenreHistorical drama
Based onRoots: The Saga of an American Family
by Alex Haley
Written byAlex Haley
Screenplay byAlex Haley
James Lee
Directed by
Starring Ben Vereen LeVar Burton Louis Gossett Jr. Leslie Uggams Georg Stanford Brown
Theme music composerGerald Fried
Quincy Jones (episode 1)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes8 (re-edited to 6 for video)
Executive producer
ProducerStan Margulies
CinematographyStevan Larner, ASC
Running time45/90 minutes per episode
Production companyWolper Productions
DistributorWarner Bros. Television
BudgetUS$6.6 million
Original networkABC
Picture formatSDTV 480p (original broadcast) HDTV 1080i (remastered version)
Original releaseJanuary 23 –
January 30, 1977
Followed byRoots: The Next Generations

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