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Roots: The Next Generations

Part I (1882-1883) (Season 1, Episode 1)
TV Episode | 99 min | Biography, Drama, History

It's now April 1882, 12 years later. Chicken George returns to live with Tom Harvey and his wife Irene. Tom travels to Memphis to attend a Republican convention but soon learns that his first class ticket for the train has little meaning ...See moreIt's now April 1882, 12 years later. Chicken George returns to live with Tom Harvey and his wife Irene. Tom travels to Memphis to attend a Republican convention but soon learns that his first class ticket for the train has little meaning to the conductor who refuses to let him on and tells him to ride in the baggage car. Colonel Frederick Warner is also traveling to Memphis and intercedes on Tom's behalf. At the home of Beeman Jones, Tom is pressed to support the Democratic party in return for a guarantee to protect civil rights. Carrie Barden is a black teacher who borrows books from the Warner's library and meets the Colonel's son, Jim. Carrie is a college graduate and the two have much in common, including poetry and literature. They are soon spending a good deal of time together and Jim quickly falls in love with her. When he asks her to marry him, she runs away. Col. Warner won't hear of it however and approaches Tom Warner to have her removed from her teaching position. It all becomes moot when Jim and Carrie run off to be married but when the newlyweds return to town, it generates a harsh reaction from the townsfolk and from the Colonel who disowns Jim. Elizabeth Harvey is seeing John Dolan and her mother tells her that if she wants to keep company with a boy, she needs to ask her father's permission. He refuses after meeting the boy and deciding his father was most likely a white man. She decides she wants to become a teacher. One generation comes to an end when Chicken George dies after an accident. Written by garykmcd See less
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Director
Writers
Alex Haley (books "Roots" and "Search") | Ernest Kinoy (developed for television by) (teleplay)
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Status
Edit Released
Updated Feb 18, 1979

Release date
Feb 18, 1979 (United States)

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30 cast members
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Georg Stanford Brown
Tom Harvey Tom Harvey   See fewer
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Olivia de Havilland
Mrs. Warner (as Olivia De Havilland) Mrs. Warner (as Olivia De Havilland)   See fewer
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Henry Fonda
Colonel Frederick Warner Colonel Frederick Warner   See fewer
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Paul Koslo
Earl Crowther Earl Crowther   See fewer
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Avon Long
Chicken George Moore Chicken George Moore   See fewer
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Lynne Moody
Irene Harvey Irene Harvey   See fewer
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Greg Morris
Beeman Jones Beeman Jones   See fewer
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Marc Singer
Andy Warner Andy Warner   See fewer
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Richard Thomas
Jim Warner Jim Warner   See fewer
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Fay Hauser
Carrie Barden Carrie Barden   See fewer
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Brian Stokes Mitchell
John Dolan (as Brian Mitchell) John Dolan (as Brian Mitchell)   See fewer
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Debbi Morgan
Elizabeth Harvey Elizabeth Harvey   See fewer
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Kathleen Doyle
Lucy Damson Lucy Damson   See fewer
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Ja'net DuBois
Sally Harvey Sally Harvey   See fewer
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Lou Frizzell
Conductor (as Lou Frizzel) Conductor (as Lou Frizzel)   See fewer
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Don Keefer
Mr. Hapgood Mr. Hapgood   See fewer
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Cynthia Sye
Cynthia Harvey Cynthia Harvey   See fewer
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Royce Wallace
Minnie Minnie   See fewer
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Wendy Glass
Patience Patience   See fewer
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Luise Heath
Mrs. Jones Mrs. Jones   See fewer
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Albert Reed
J. W. Boyd J. W. Boyd   See fewer
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Essex Smith
Servant Servant   See fewer
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Ray Hemphill
Engineer Engineer   See fewer
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Morgan Roberts
Mourner Mourner   See fewer
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Frances E. Nealy
Mourner (as Frances Nealy) Mourner (as Frances Nealy)   See fewer
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Al Fann
Boy (as Al 'Jocko' Fann) Boy (as Al 'Jocko' Fann)   See fewer
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Marcus Chong
Frankie Warner (uncredited) Frankie Warner (uncredited)   See fewer
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Arnold Roberts
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eddie Smith
Mourner (uncredited) Mourner (uncredited)   See fewer
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Arthur Tovey
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.2 / 10 | 46 votes