Type
Scripted
Premiered
Jan. 23, 1977
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
720 min.
Country
USA
Network
ABC TV Network

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Roots

A ship full of white slave traders come and hunt down all of the natives to be sold into slavery, and forced to wear the name Toby. During the course of their forced journey, a group of slaves rebel, but fail to take over the ship. After weeks of travel, the ship lands in America, where the captured people are sold as slaves...

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01x08 Part VIII Aired: Jan. 30, 1977

The 1860's: After the Civil War, freedom has come for Chicken George and other slaves. Chicken George and his family move to Henning, Tennessee …

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Canceled/Ended
The show had 1 season and 8 episodes air in 1977.

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History Channel To Remake Landmark Mini-Series 'Roots'
History has greenlit a remake of the classic, landmark 1977 miniseries 'Roots,' adapted from the novel by Alex Haley. This is no small feat; the original miniseries remains one of the most acclaimed and celebrated television productions of all time. Back in the Seventies, 'Roots' won an incredible nine Emmy Awards, along with a Golden Globe for good measure.


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  • One ABC executive explained the blockbuster ratings by saying "One third of America was snowed in, one third of America is black and one third watches ABC anyway"
  • The installment which aired in 30 January 1977 in the USA was the most-watched TV show in US history (since surpassed by the M*A*S*H finale in 1983 and "Who Shot J.R.?" episode of Dallas) in…
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    The installment which aired in 30 January 1977 in the USA was the most-watched TV show in US history (since surpassed by the M*A*S*H finale in 1983 and "Who Shot J.R.?" episode of Dallas) in 1980. In the US 36.38 million households or 51.1% watched it giving it a Neilsen share of 71%.
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  • Goof (errors in geography): Much of the topography and flora throughout the series is simply wrong for the areas in which it was set. This is especially true for the Reynolds plantation,…
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    Goof (errors in geography): Much of the topography and flora throughout the series is simply wrong for the areas in which it was set. This is especially true for the Reynolds plantation, located in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, which is shown to be mountainous with a lot of plants native to arid areas (e.g. Southern California). Spotsylvania is neither.
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