The series introduced LeVar Burton in the role ofKunta Kinte, Haley's maternal fourth great-grandfather. A sequel, Roots: The Next Generations, was broadcast in 1979, and a second sequel, Roots: The Gift, was produced as a Christmas movie which starred LeVar Burton and Louis Gossett, Jr.
Following the success of the original novel and the miniseries, Haley was sued by author Harold Courlander, who asserted that Roots was plagiarized from his own novel The African, published nine years prior to Roots in 1967. The resulting trial ended with an out-of-court settlement and Haley's admission that some passages within Roots had been copied from Courlander's work. Separately, researchers refuted Haley's claims that, as the basis for Roots, he had successfully traced his own ancestry back through slavery to a specific individual and village in Africa.
|Produced by||Stan Margulies|
|Written by||Alex Haley|
Louis Gossett, Jr.
Georg Stanford Brown
|Music by||Gerald Fried|
Quincy Jones (ep. 1)
|Original run||January 23, 1977 – January 30, 1977|
|Running time||570 minutes (90 minutes each)|
|No. of episodes||8 (re-edited for VHS and DVD to 6)|
|Followed by||Roots: The Next Generations|