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Roots

TV14 • Black Stories, Drama • TV Series • 2016

A four-night, eight-hour event series, "Roots" is a historical portrait of one family's journey through American slavery and their will to survive and...more

A four-night, eight-hour event series, "Roots" is a historical portrait of one family's journey through American slavery and their will to survive and...more

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1 season available (4 episodes)

1 season available

(4 episodes)

Season1
Episode 1

Part 1

Kunta Kinte, a headstrong and clever teenager growing up in the Kingdom of Niumi in the 1760s debates whether to follow in the footsteps of his father and become a Mandinka warrior or forge his own path as a student in Timbuktu.
Episode 2

Part 2

After landing in America, Kunta is sold to an ill-tempered tobacco plantation owner named John Waller. Waller assigns Fiddler, the talented violinist and favored slave, to break Kunta of his pride and accept his slave identity.
Episode 3

Part 3

After a few years on Waller’s farm, Kunta Kinte’s spirit and thirst for freedom remain unbroken. When the Revolutionary War breaks out, he joins the British in pursuit of emancipation.
Episode 4

Part 4

Kizzy is an extremely bright and curious child. She learns to read from her master’s niece, Missy, but must hide her knowledge since it is illegal for slaves to be literate.

Amir "Questlove" Thompson

Casting the New Kunta Kinte

Hair and Makeup

Meet the Cast: Tip "T.I." Harris As Cyrus

The Music

The Slave Ship

Roots: A New Vision

Roots: A History Revealed

Meet the Cast: Anika Noni Rose As Kizzy

Meet the Cast: Anna Paquin As Nancy Holt

Meet the Cast: Emayatzy Corinealdi As Belle

Meet the Cast: Forest Whitaker As Fiddler

Meet the Cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers As Tom Lea

Meet the Cast: Laurence Fishburne As Alex Haley

Meet the Cast: Malachi Kirby As Kunta Kinte

Meet the Cast: Regé-Jean Page As Chicken George

Meet the Cast: Sedale Threatt, Jr. As Young Tom

The Power of Family

The Power of Identity

The Power of Legacy

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