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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 23, 1977
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: LeVar Burton, Ren Woods, Raymond St. Jacques
  • Summary: 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.
    Roots set the record for most Emmys won in a single season.
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  • Genre(s): Drama
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