Roots: The Next Generations

Roots: The Next Generations

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Could there be a worthy follow-up to the most-watched miniseries ever? "We felt the other did so well," Alex Haley said, "that we should just let it hang there." But Haley began carrying around a tape recorder, dictating more of his family's tales as they came to his memory. Those remembrances filled a 1,000-page transcript: raw material for Roots: The Next Generations. Winner of the Emmy for Best Limited Series, this landmark continuation of a landmark event - with 53 stars and 235 speaking parts - "is in many respects a superior achievement," Newsweek said in comparing this to Roots. Twenty-five years later, it has lost none of its dramatic and emotional power to make us confront history and examine ourselves. One man's family remains everyone's!
Could there be a worthy follow-up to the most-watched miniseries ever? "We felt the other did so well," Alex Haley said, "that we should just let it hang there." But Haley began carrying around a tape recorder, dictating more of his family's tales as they came to his memory. Those remembrances filled a 1,000-page transcript: raw material for Roots: The Next Generations. Winner of the Emmy for Best Limited Series, this landmark continuation of a landmark event - with 53 stars and 235 speaking parts - "is in many respects a superior achievement," Newsweek said in comparing this to Roots. Twenty-five years later, it has lost none of its dramatic and emotional power to make us confront history and examine ourselves. One man's family remains everyone's!

Season 1 (7 episodes)

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  • 1. Part 1

    Original air date: 02/18/1979 Runtime: 96:54 min.

    Original air date: 02/18/1979 Runtime: 96:54 min. Tom Harvey (GEORG STANFORD BROWN) assumes the leadership of the black community in Henning, Tennessee from his aging father, Chicken George (AVON LONG).

  • 2. Part 2

    Original air date: 02/19/1979 Runtime: 93:38 min.

    Original air date: 02/19/1979 Runtime: 93:38 min. Tom Harvey's daughter, Cynthia falls in love with Will Palmer a railroad worker who soon lands a job at the lumber company. Tensions meanwhile mount in Henning as the white community seeks to strip the blacks of their rights.

  • 3. Part 3

    Original air date: 02/20/1979 Runtime: 98:39 min.

    Original air date: 02/20/1979 Runtime: 98:39 min. Seventeen years later: Will Palmer prospers as the owner of the lumber company. His daughter Bertha goes to college where she falls in love with Simon Haley, a poor sharecropper's son.

  • 4. Part 4

    Original air date: 02/21/1979 Runtime: 97:40 min.

    Original air date: 02/21/1979 Runtime: 97:40 min. Simon Haley spends World War I with the 92nd Infantry, Colored, in France. On his return to the States, Simon and his buddies Doxey and Haywood are greeted by a lynch mob in Knoxville, Tennessee.

  • 5. Part 5

    Original air date: 02/22/1979 Runtime: 95:49 min.

    Original air date: 02/22/1979 Runtime: 95:49 min. 12-year-old Alex Haley (CHRISTOFF ST. JOHN) learns his family history from grandfather Will Palmer (STAN SHAW).

  • 6. Part 6

    Original air date: 02/23/1979 Runtime: 97:12 min.

    Original air date: 02/23/1979 Runtime: 97:12 min. Alex Haley (DAMON EVANS) joins the Coast Guard after leaving college. He meets and marries Nan Branch (DEBBIE ALLEN) before being sent to the South Pacific during WW II.

  • 7. Part 7

    Original air date: 02/24/1979 Runtime: 100:27 min.

    Original air date: 02/24/1979 Runtime: 100:27 min. Alex Haley (JAMES EARL JONES) is now a successful magazine writer; his latest assignment: an interview with Malcolm X.