Roots (1977)

The Saga of an American Family.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Creator: Alex Haley
  • First Air Date: 1977-01-23
  • Last Air Date: 1977-01-30
  • Total Seasons: 1
  • Total Episodes: 8
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 90 min.
  • Networks: ABC
  • Directors: Marvin J. Chomsky, David Greene, John Erman, Gilbert Moses.
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The epic tale of celebrated Pulitzer-prize winning author Alex Haley's ancestors as portrayed in the acclaimed twelve hour mini-series Roots, was first told in his 1976 bestseller Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The docu-drama covers a period of history that begins in mid-1700s Gambia, West Africa and concludes during post-Civil War United States, over 100 years later. This 1977 miniseries eventually won 9 Emmy awards, a Golden Globe award, and a Peabody award, and still stands as the most watched miniseries in U.S. history.


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Roots Seasons

Season 0

First Air Date:
8 Episodes

Season 1

First Air Date: 1977-01-23
8 Episodes

Roots Episodes

Title Air Date Duration
Season 1Episode 1Part I120 min
Season 1Episode 2Part II120 min
Season 1Episode 3Part III120 min
Season 1Episode 4Part IV120 min
Season 1Episode 5Part V120 min
Season 1Episode 6Part VI120 min
Season 1Episode 7Part VII120 min
Season 1Episode 8Part VIII120 min
  • John Amos

    as Older Kunta Kinte
  • Madge Sinclair

    as Bell Reynolds
  • LeVar Burton

    as Kunta Kinte
  • Olivia Cole

    as Mathilda
  • Ben Vereen

    as Chicken George Moore
  • Robert Reed

    as Dr. William Reynolds
Directing Marvin J. Chomsky Director
Directing David Greene Director
Directing John Erman Director
Directing Gilbert Moses Director
Writing Alex Haley Writer
Editing James T. Heckert Editor
Editing Peter Kirby Editor
Editing Neil Travis Editor
Camera Joseph M. Wilcots Camera Technician
Sound Gerald Fried Original Music Composer
Sound Quincy Jones Music
Writing James Lee Screenplay
Writing William Blinn Screenplay
Writing M. Charles Cohen Screenplay
Writing Ernest Kinoy Screenplay
Camera Stevan Larner Camera Supervisor