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Roots

  • Season 1
  • 4 episodes
  • Drama
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Episode 3: Roots

Summary

Young George, the son of Kizzy and slave owner Tom Lea, grows up to become involved in cockfighting. His flamboyancy and impressive bird-training skills earn him the nickname of Chicken George, and he starts to win many fights for Tom Lea, acquiring a taste for becoming a free man one day. However, Lea loses a wager with an Englishman and sells George to save his farm.

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This series has already given us memorable characters and drama that shreds the emotions. But this episode is the best yet, a sweeping, powerful mini-movie in its own right, charting the story of Chicken George, Kunta Kinte’s mixed-race grandson.

Don’t read on if you haven’t seen how last week’s chapter ended, with Kizzie raped by her new owner, Tom Lea. Young George is the result, but doesn’t know his master is also his father. As he grows up, he takes an interest in the farm’s birds and develops a useful talent for training cockerels to fight.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers gives a terrific turn as Massa Tom, the embittered North Carolina farmer, dreaming of a shortcut to wealth via cockfighting. And as sunny, silver-tongued George, British actor Rege-Jean Page is a star in the making.

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Cast

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Chicken GeorgeRege-Jean Page
KizzyAnika Noni Rose
Alex Haley/NarratorLaurence Fishburne
Tom LeaJonathan Rhys Meyers
MingoChad Coleman
MatildaErica Tazel
MarcellusMichael James Shaw
William ByrdBrett Rice
Patricia LeaShannon Lucio
Kunta KinteMalachi Kirby
Sir Eric RussellAdam Fergus
Little Chicken GeorgeJaylin Ogle

Crew

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DirectorThomas Carter
Executive producerMark Wolper
Executive producerMarc Toberoff
Executive producerWill Packer
Executive producerKorin Huggins

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  • Episode 3

    Roots

    Summary

    Young George, the son of Kizzy and slave owner Tom Lea, grows up to become involved in cockfighting. His flamboyancy and impressive bird-training skills earn him the nickname of Chicken George, and he starts to win many fights for Tom Lea, acquiring a taste for becoming a free man one day. However, Lea loses a wager with an Englishman and sells George to save his farm.

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    This series has already given us memorable characters and drama that shreds the emotions. But this episode is the best yet, a sweeping, powerful mini-movie in its own right, charting the story of Chicken George, Kunta Kinte’s mixed-race grandson.

    Don’t read on if you haven’t seen how last week’s chapter ended, with Kizzie raped by her new owner, Tom Lea. Young George is the result, but doesn’t know his master is also his father. As he grows up, he takes an interest in the farm’s birds and develops a useful talent for training cockerels to fight.

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers gives a terrific turn as Massa Tom, the embittered North Carolina farmer, dreaming of a shortcut to wealth via cockfighting. And as sunny, silver-tongued George, British actor Rege-Jean Page is a star in the making.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Chicken GeorgeRege-Jean Page
    KizzyAnika Noni Rose
    Alex Haley/NarratorLaurence Fishburne
    Tom LeaJonathan Rhys Meyers
    MingoChad Coleman
    MatildaErica Tazel
    MarcellusMichael James Shaw
    William ByrdBrett Rice
    Patricia LeaShannon Lucio
    Kunta KinteMalachi Kirby
    Sir Eric RussellAdam Fergus
    Little Chicken GeorgeJaylin Ogle

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorThomas Carter
    Executive producerMark Wolper
    Executive producerMarc Toberoff
    Executive producerWill Packer
    Executive producerKorin Huggins
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