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Season 1

1 :01x01 - Part I

Jan/23/1977
Gambia, West Africa 1767: A young 17 year old named Kunte Kinte is taken by slave traders and transported to America, facing an uncertain future.
Guest Stars: Ji-Tu Cumbuka as Wrestler | Hari Rhodes as Brima Cesay | Renn Woods as Fanta | William Watson (2) as Gardner | Maya Angelou as Nyo | O.J. Simpson as Kadi Touray | Thalmus Rasulala as Omoro | Moses Gunn as Kintango

2 :01x02 - Part II

Jan/24/1977
After a failed attempt at revolting, Kunte Kinte lands in America where he is sold into slavery. There he befriends fellow slave Fiddler.
Guest Stars: Renn Woods as Fanta | Paul Shenar as Carrington | Ji-Tu Cumbuka as Wrestler | Robert Reed (1) as Dr William Reynolds

3 :01x03 - Part III

Jan/25/1977
America 1776: A now older Kunte Kinte's final attempt to escape causes his owners to amputate his right foot.
Guest Stars: Beverly Todd as Fanta | Gary Collins as Grill | Madge Sinclair as Bell | Robert Reynolds (2) as Dr William Reynolds | Lee De Broux as McClung
Director: Marvin Chomsky

4 :01x04 - Part IV

Jan/26/1977
1778: Now working with the plantation master as his wagon driver, Kunte marries Bell (who nursed him after he lost his foot) and fathers Kizzy.
Guest Stars: Stan Haze as Singer | Helen Martin (1) as Aunt Sukey | Tanya Boyd as Genelva | Raymond St. Jacques as Drummer | Robert Reynolds (2) as Dr William Reynolds | Thayer David as Harlan
Director: Marvin Chomsky

5 :01x05 - Part V

Jan/27/1977
1806: Kunte's daughter Kizzy is grown and is immediately raped by new owner Tom Moore after she is sold.
Guest Stars: Brion James as Slaver | Elma V. Jackson as Mama Ada | Roxie Roker as Malizy | Madge Sinclair as Bell | John Schuck as Ordell | Robert Reed (1) as Dr William Reynolds | Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as Noah
Director: Marvin Chomsky

6 :01x06 - Part VI

Jan/28/1977
1824: Kizzy has a son named Chicken George and his father is plantation owner Tom Moore. Chicken George grows up to be a fighting rooster trainer and is sent to England.
Guest Stars: John Dennis Johnston as Man at Cockfight | Pat Corley as Referee | Davis Roberts as Leonard | Lillian Randolph as Sister Sara | Wally Taylor as Marcellus | Richard Roundtree as Sam Bennett | Olivia Cole as Matilda | Ian McShane as Sir Eric Russell | Carolyn Jones (1) as Mrs Moore | George Hamilton as Stephen Bennett

7 :01x07 - Part VII

Jan/29/1977
1859: Chicken George returns home a free man and finds his son Tom married. Tom is later sent to fight in the Civil War.
Guest Stars: Richard McKenzie (1) as Massa Harvey | Sally Kemp as Mrs Harvey | Austin Stoker as Virgil | Lane Binkley as Matha | Lynne Moody as Irene | Doug McClure as Jemmy Brent | Hilly Hicks as Lewis | Brad Davis as Ol' George Johnson | Olivia Cole as Matilda | Georg Stanford Brown as Tom Murray
Director: Gilbert Moses

8 :01x08 - Part VIII

Jan/30/1977
The 1860's: After the Civil War, freedom has come for Chicken George and other slaves. Chicken George and his family move to Henning, Tennessee to start a new life.
Guest Stars: Lane Binkley as Matha | Sally Kemp as Mrs Harvey | Richard McKenzie (1) as Massa Harvey | Lynne Moody as Irene | Austin Stoker as Virgil | Burl Ives as Justin | Hilly Hicks as Lewis | Brad Davis as Ol' George Johnson | Georg Stanford Brown as Tom Murray | Charles Cyphers as Drake
Warning: Roots (US) guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Mini-Series
Genre: Drama
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: ABC ( USA)
Runtime: 90 Minutes
Premiere: January 23, 1977
Ended: January 30, 1977
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