TV episodes

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!

  1. Season 1, episode 1,

    Tom Harvey (GEORG STANFORD BROWN) assumes the leadership of the black community in Henning, Tennessee from his aging father, Chicken George (AVON LONG).

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  2. Season 1, episode 2,

    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.

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  3. Season 1, episode 3,

    12-year-old Alex Haley (CHRISTOFF ST. JOHN) learns his family history from grandfather Will Palmer (STAN SHAW).

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  4. Season 1, episode 4,

    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.

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  5. Season 1, episode 5,

    Alex Haley (JAMES EARL JONES) is now a successful magazine writer; his latest assignment: an interview with Malcolm X.

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  6. Season 1, episode 6,

    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.

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  7. Season 1, episode 7,

    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.

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