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On January 23 1977 Roots premiered on TVs ABC Purchased by ABC two years before the books publication and aired shortly after its release Roots was not only recognized for its popularity but also for its form and subject matter The cast fit the shows content The oppressed were predominantly black while the oppressors were white Thus fitting the period of history in Haleys ancestors life Roots was a moving story about an African American familys search for the past Adapted by Alex Haleys best seller Roots the mini series dramatizes a century in Haleys life in eighteenth century Tribal Africa The eight part mini-series began with the birth of Kunta Kinte Haleys fourth great grand father At the age of 17 he Kunta Kinte was captured from West Africa by slave traders and taken to the Americas The twelve hour miniseries which included four two hour and one 1 hour was said to be one of the highest-rated mini series The AC Nelson company estimated that about 130 million viewers watched at least part of Roots It was reported that mayors from over 30 cities proclaimed the week to be Roots Week After viewing the program officials in over 250 colleges and universities offered to develop courses dealing with the filmsbooks subject matter The eighth episode of Roots averaged a 449 rating and a 66 share of audience far surpass any previous series of programs The seven episodes following the opening show took the top seven spots in the ratings for that week The final two-hour telecast notched at 511 rating and 71 share making it the leader in all-time number of TV homes with 3698 million as compared to 3365 million for Gone with The WindNY Times encyclopedia of TV Roots was produced by Stan Marguiles and assisted by David L wholper It was distributed by time life videos The saga ended on Sunday January 30 1977
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