• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 23, 1977
  • Season #: 1
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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.
Network: ABC
Genre(s): Drama
Seasons: 1
Cast Credit
LeVar Burton Kunta Kinte
Ren Woods Fanta
Raymond St. Jacques The Drummer
Moses Gunn The Kintango
Richard McKenzie Sam Harvey
Thalmus Rasulala Omoro
Gary Collins Grill
Lee Jones-deBroux Trumbull
Paul Shenar John Carrington
Beverly Todd Genelva
Maya Angelou Nyo Boto
Harry Rhodes Brima Cesay
Liam Watson Mr. Gardner
Linda Day George Mrs. Reynolds
Vic Morrow Mr. Ames
Olivia Cole Mathilde
Lane Binkley Martha Johnson
Sally Kemp Lila Harvey
Austin Stoker Virgil Harvey
John Quade Sheriff Biggs
Joe Dorsey Calvert
Wally Taylor Reverend
Charles Cyphers Drake
Ji-Tu Cumbuka Okiyu The Wrestler
William Watson Mr. Gardner