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Roots 

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An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African man sold to slavery in America, and his descendants.
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Nominated for 7 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 44 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Herbert Cavalier Jr. ...  Town Folk 4 episodes, 2016
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ...  Tom Lea 3 episodes, 2016
Malachi Kirby ...  Kunta Kinte 3 episodes, 2016
Forest Whitaker ...  Fiddler 3 episodes, 2016
Laurence Fishburne ...  Alex Haley 3 episodes, 2016
Babs Olusanmokun ...  Omoro Kinte 3 episodes, 2016
Tevin Paul ...  Freed Slave Soldier / ... 3 episodes, 2016
Kerry Sims Kerry Sims ...  Slave 3 episodes, 2016
Matthew Goode ...  Dr. William Waller 2 episodes, 2016
Regé-Jean Page ...  Chicken George 2 episodes, 2016
Emayatzy Corinealdi ...  Belle 2 episodes, 2016
Shannon Lucio ...  Patricia Lea 2 episodes, 2016
James Purefoy ...  John Waller 2 episodes, 2016
Erica Tazel ...  Matilda 2 episodes, 2016
Derek Luke ...  Silla Ba Dibba 2 episodes, 2016
Katie McGuinness ...  Elizabeth Waller 2 episodes, 2016
Anika Noni Rose ...  Kizzy 2 episodes, 2016
Tony Curran ...  Connelly 2 episodes, 2016
Adam Fergus ...  Sir Eric Russell 2 episodes, 2016
Nokuthula Ledwaba Nokuthula Ledwaba ...  Binta Kinte 2 episodes, 2016
Carol Sutton ...  Miss Malizy 2 episodes, 2016
Chris Obi ...  Kintango 2 episodes, 2016
Roman L. Armstrong ...  Kunta Kinte Dbl / ... 2 episodes, 2016
Cortney McClelland Jr. Cortney McClelland Jr. ...  Newborn Chicken George 2 episodes, 2016
David Shiflett David Shiflett ...  Chicken Fight Gambler 2 episodes, 2016
Darrell L. Shuler Darrell L. Shuler ...  Waller Slave 2 episodes, 2016
Calvin Williams Calvin Williams ...  Waller Slave / ... 2 episodes, 2016
Sam Woodworth Sam Woodworth ...  Confederate Soldier / ... 2 episodes, 2016
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An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African man sold to slavery in America, and his descendants.

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LeVar Burton makes a cameo as the slave Ephraim, who is being transported in the caged wagon from the Waller plantation. He stares at Kunta Kinte. Burton played Kunta Kinte in both Roots (1977) and Roots: The Gift (1988). See more »

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(From the trailer) when the cannon is exploding, all the gun crew are wearing wide red stripes on their trouser kegs. The stripe was only worn by sergeants. However in the scene the cannon is being tested, ALL the crew are specialist NCOs and the scene comes at the very beginning of the Civil War, before there has been much action. Hence the artillerymen are carrying no personal weapons and their uniforms are particularly clean (before the explosion) and all have red trouser stripes. See more »

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So Moving (And Accurate)
3 June 2016 | by killbarbie-18671See all my reviews

The Roots reboot (it's not a remake) was such an amazing piece of television that, despite several users' reviews, was (sadly) historically accurate. Decades of additional research has gone into slavery since the original Roots which allows for a more historically accurate depiction of slavery, although that means it's not necessarily as true to Alex Haley's book (a fair trade-off, if you ask me). Regardless, it is a compelling piece of storytelling based on the facts of the US's shameful past.

That said, some of the negative reviews on here are stunning in their idiocy. My two favorite being the one who asks why there's no depiction of the "good Christian slave owner" and the one who claims there are historical inaccuracies and claims the fact that he "lives with a black woman" as proof that he is an expert on the subject. Basically, what I'm saying is that you should take that 7.whatever overall rating with a grain of salt. Pretty sure the rating for this miniseries should be nearer a 9 overall.


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30 May 2016 (USA) See more »

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