was a 1977 miniseries based on Alex Haley's book Roots: The Saga of an American Family
, his critically acclaimed genealogical novel. The show followed Haley's family through generations starting with slave Kunta Kinte.
Roots remains one of television's landmark programs. The twelve-hour mini-series aired on ABC from 23-30 January 1977. For eight consecutive nights it riveted the country. The finale still stands as the 3rd highest rated U.S. program ever.
In 1979, a sequel series Roots: The Next Generations