• Fri. Mar 31st, 2023

“Roots” is a television miniseries based on the novel “Roots: The Saga of an American Family” by Alex Haley. The series was first broadcast on ABC in 1977 and became a cultural phenomenon, drawing record-breaking ratings and earning numerous awards.

“Roots” tells the story of Kunta Kinte, an African man who is taken from his village in Gambia and sold into slavery in America. The series follows Kunta and his descendants over several generations as they struggle to survive and maintain their cultural identity in the face of slavery, racism, and oppression.

The series features an ensemble cast of well-known actors, including LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte, Ben Vereen as Chicken George, and as Kunta's father, Toby. The series was praised for its historical accuracy and emotional impact, and it helped to raise awareness of the African American experience and the legacy of slavery in America.

“Roots” was followed by a sequel, “Roots: The Next Generations,” which aired in 1979 and continued the story of Kunta Kinte's descendants through the Civil War and into the 20th century.

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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