Roots

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Roots is an American television miniseries based on Alex Haley's 1976 novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The series first aired on ABC in January 1977. Roots received 37 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and won nine. It also won a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award. read more
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Roots is an American television miniseries based on Alex Haley's 1976 novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The series first aired on ABC in January 1977. Roots received 37 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and won nine. It also won a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award. It received unprecedented Nielsen ratings for the finale, which still holds a record as the third-highest-rated episode for any type of television series, and the second-most watched overall series finale in U.S. television history. It was produced on a budget of $6.6 million. The series introduced LeVar Burton in the role of Kunta Kinte.

Original Release

01/23/1977 on ABC

Cast

Todd Bridges Bud Harvey
Chuck Connors Tom Moore
Sandy Duncan Missy Anne Reynolds
Vic Morrow Ames
Louis Gossett Jr. Fiddler
Madge Sinclair Bell Reynolds
Carolyn Jones Mrs. Moore
Robert Reed Dr. William Reynolds
Georg Stanford Brown Tom Harvey
Austin Stoker Virgil Harvey
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 Part I Sunday, 23 January 1977
2 Part II Monday, 24 January 1977
3 Part III Tuesday, 25 January 1977
4 Part IV Wednesday, 26 January 1977
5 Part V Thursday, 27 January 1977
6 Part VI Friday, 28 January 1977
7 Part VII Saturday, 29 January 1977
8 Part VIII Sunday, 30 January 1977

Directors

Marvin J. Chomsky, David Greene, John Erman, Gilbert Moses

Writers

Alex Haley, James Lee, James Lee, William Blinn, Ernest Kinoy, M. Charles Cohen

Cast

Todd Bridges Bud Harvey
Chuck Connors Tom Moore
Sandy Duncan Missy Anne Reynolds
Vic Morrow Ames
Louis Gossett Jr. Fiddler
Madge Sinclair Bell Reynolds
Carolyn Jones Mrs. Moore
Robert Reed Dr. William Reynolds
Georg Stanford Brown Tom Harvey
Austin Stoker Virgil Harvey
LeVar Burton Kunta Kinte / Toby
Lynne Moody Irene Harvey
Thayer David Harlan
Lynda Day George Mrs. Reynolds
Leslie Uggams Kizzy Reynolds
Richard McKenzie Sam Harvey
Hilly Hicks Lewis Harvey
Lane Binkley Martha Johnson
Pat Corley Referee
Lorne Greene John Reynolds

Producers

Editors

Neil Travis, James T. Heckert, Peter Kirby

1978 Golden Globe Best Television Series - Drama Won
1978 Golden Globe Best Actress in a Television Series - Drama Nominated
1977 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design for a Drama or Comedy Series Nominated
1977 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Editing for a Series Won
1977 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Mixing Nominated
1977 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Mixing Nominated
1977 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Mixing Nominated
1977 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Mixing Nominated
1977 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) Won
1977 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) Nominated
1977 Emmy Outstanding Art Direction or Scenic Design for a Drama Series Nominated
1977 Emmy Outstanding Art Direction or Scenic Design for a Drama Series Nominated
1977 Emmy Outstanding Cinematography in Entertainment Programming for a Series Nominated
1977 Emmy Outstanding Cinematography in Entertainment Programming for a Series Nominated
1977 Emmy Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series Won
1977 Emmy Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series Nominated
1977 Emmy Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series Nominated
1977 Emmy Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series Nominated
1977 Emmy Outstanding Film Editing in a Drama Series Won
1977 Emmy Outstanding Film Editing in a Drama Series Nominated
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