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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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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  • The show was programmed by ABC to air on several consecutive nights in prime time. It was considered a revolutionary approach to programming a mini-series, since most minis were aired once or…
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    The show was programmed by ABC to air on several consecutive nights in prime time. It was considered a revolutionary approach to programming a mini-series, since most minis were aired once or twice a week over several weeks' time. It was revealed years later that the reason the network did this was so that they get the show "out of the way" in a hurry because they felt, nobody would watch the story if it aired over a longer period of time.
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  • Goof (revealing mistake): When Toby escapes from Mr. Reynolds and wakes to snow, the "snow" looks to be foam, of some sort and drips off onto the blanket. It also sticks to his hands without…
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    Goof (revealing mistake): When Toby escapes from Mr. Reynolds and wakes to snow, the "snow" looks to be foam, of some sort and drips off onto the blanket. It also sticks to his hands without melting.
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  • Goof (audio/visual unsynchronized): When Kunta holds baby Kizzy for the first time, we see her in close up. At the left edge of the screen we can see Kunta's mouth. We hear him speaking, but…
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    Goof (audio/visual unsynchronized): When Kunta holds baby Kizzy for the first time, we see her in close up. At the left edge of the screen we can see Kunta's mouth. We hear him speaking, but his mouth isn't moving.
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