Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte

A landmark HISTORY production based on the best-selling novel by AlexHaley, Roots recounts the story of one family's will to survive and carry on their legacy in the face of enormous hardship and inhumanity. Spanning multiple generations, the lineage begins with young Kunta Kinte, who is captured in his homeland of the Gambia and sold into slavery. Throughout the series, the family continues to face adversity that reveals powerful truths about the universal resilience of the human spirit. Starringintheseries areAcademyAward®winners Forest Whitaker (Fiddler) and Anna Paquin (Nancy Holt), Academy Award® nominee and Emmy Award winner Laurence Fishburne (Alex Haley), and Golden Globe winning and Emmy Award nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers (TomLea). The series introduces Regé-Jean Page (Chicken George) and Malachi Kirby (Kunta Kinte)