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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  • Goof (anachronisms): The Akan and Kunte Kinte discussed running north to the safety of the abolitionist movement in the supposed late 1700's (according to the story's timeline). The…
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    Goof (anachronisms): The Akan and Kunte Kinte discussed running north to the safety of the abolitionist movement in the supposed late 1700's (according to the story's timeline). The abolitionist movement did not reach crusading proportions until the early 19th century.
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  • The author Alex Haley was sued successfully for plagiarizing by novelist Harold Courlander. The works he plagiarized led to the book that served as the basis for the mini-series Roots. Haley…
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    The author Alex Haley was sued successfully for plagiarizing by novelist Harold Courlander. The works he plagiarized led to the book that served as the basis for the mini-series Roots. Haley paid $650,000 in an out of court settlement.
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  • Goof (factual errors): The ship "Lord Ligonier" is flying a White Ensign flag even though this is a merchant ship. The White Ensign is only flown by ships of the Royal Navy. Merchant ships…
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    Goof (factual errors): The ship "Lord Ligonier" is flying a White Ensign flag even though this is a merchant ship. The White Ensign is only flown by ships of the Royal Navy. Merchant ships fly the Red Ensign.
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