Based on Alex Haley's best-selling novel about his African ancestors, "Roots" followed several generations in the lives of a slave family. The saga began with Kunta Kinte (LeVar Burton), a West African youth captured by slave raiders and shipped to America in the 1700s. The family's saga is depicted up until the Civil War where Kunte Kinte's grandson gained emancipation. "Roots" made its greatest impression on the ratings and widespread popularity it garnered. On average, 80 million people watched each of the episodes and over 100 million - almost half the country at the time - saw the final episode.
"Remembering Roots" featurette, Video highlights with cast relaying stories about filming particular scenes, Audio commentary, "Crossing Over: How Roots Captivated a Nation" (2007), Documentary "Roots: One Year Later" (1978)
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