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Roots

Roots

ABC-TV’s landmark adaptation of Alex Haley’s novel was the TV event of 1977, bringing the name Kunta Kinte into global parlance and exploring the horror of slavery in the American south in quite unprecedented detail. As the aforementioned slave, future Star Trek regular LeVar Burton proved unforgettable and the movie stormed both awards ceremonies and ratings (the finale remains the second most-watched in American TV series history). The show has recently been remade to acclaimed effect by the History Channel with Malachi Kirby in the title role and an all-star supporting cast including Forest Whitaker and Laurence Fishburne.

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