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Roots

Part I (Season 1, Episode 1)
TV Episode | 97 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1750, in Gambia, West Africa, Kunta Kinte, son of Omoro and Binta, distinguishes himself among his tribesmen in manhood training rituals. But he does not enjoy his new status long: slave traders sweeping the countryside seize him. ...See moreIn 1750, in Gambia, West Africa, Kunta Kinte, son of Omoro and Binta, distinguishes himself among his tribesmen in manhood training rituals. But he does not enjoy his new status long: slave traders sweeping the countryside seize him. Chained with other captives, Kunta begins an agonized odyssey to the New World. Written by Anonymous See less
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Writers
William Blinn (adaptation) (written for television by) | Alex Haley (book) | Ernest Kinoy
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Status
Edit Released
Updated Jan 23, 1977

Release date
Jan 23, 1977 (United States)

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Edward Asner
Capt. Thomas Davies Capt. Thomas Davies   See fewer
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O.J. Simpson
Kadi Touray Kadi Touray   See fewer
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Ralph Waite
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Ji-Tu Cumbuka
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Moses Gunn
Kintango Kintango   See fewer
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Hari Rhodes
Brima Cesay (as Harry Rhodes) Brima Cesay (as Harry Rhodes)   See fewer
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William Watson
Gardner Gardner   See fewer
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Renn Woods
Fanta (as Ren Woods) Fanta (as Ren Woods)   See fewer
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LeVar Burton
Kunta Kinte / Toby Kunta Kinte / Toby   See fewer
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Ernest Thomas
Kailuba Kailuba   See fewer
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Rebecca Bess
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Henry Butts
Sitafa Sitafa   See fewer
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Kermit Echols
Vilars Vilars   See fewer
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Tajh Abdul-Samad
Baby Kunta Kinte Baby Kunta Kinte   See fewer
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Ratings Breakdown

8.3 / 10 | 213 votes