Roots (2016)
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Part 4 

Chicken George returns to the Lea farm after 20 years; Tom, nurses a grudge against his father; George and Cyrus join the Memphis Colored Battery; Tom returns home after the war to embark on a new life with his family.


Bruce Beresford


Alex Haley (based upon the book by), Lawrence Konner (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Fishburne ... Alex Haley
Herman Netzhammer Herman Netzhammer ... Braggart townfolk
Lane Garrison ... Frederick Murray
T.I. ... Cyrus (as Tip 'T.I.' Harris)
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Tom Lea
Regé-Jean Page ... Chicken George
Anna Paquin ... Nancy Holt
Mekhi Phifer ... Jerusalem
Erica Tazel ... Matilda
Sedale Threatt Jr. ... Tom
Emayatzy Corinealdi ... Belle
Malachi Kirby ... Kunta Kinte
Nokuthula Ledwaba Nokuthula Ledwaba ... Binta Kinte (as Nokuthula Nonozi Ledwaba)
Derek Luke ... Silla Ba Dibba
Babs Olusanmokun ... Omoro Kinte (as Babatunde Olusanmokun)


Chicken George spends 20 years in England, before being set free and returning to America. He finds out his mother, Kizzy has passed, and his wife and children were sold off. He finds four of his kids and his wife,Matilda aka Mourning Dove, on Ben Murray's farm in North Carolina. Chicken George and his youngest son, Tom Murray don't hit it off as they get to know one another again. Chicken George and Tom join the fighting in the Civil War in the hopes of FREEDOM~ the dream of every slave. Written by Cheri Hoffman RN

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Did You Know?


Chicken George is dragged off to slavery in England for decades in around 1830 but slavery was abolished in England from late 1700's with acts of Parliament outlawing it in 1807, 1824 and 1833. You couldn't keep a slave in England at that time. See more »


New Beginning
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Written and Produced by Jared Gutstadt for Jingle Punks and Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd
Performed by Bear and a Banjo
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Bloodlust & gore soap opera
13 January 2020 | by Always_ForwardSee all my reviews

13Jan2020 {1/10 stars = F} Recommend? No

I did not choose to watch this series. I happened to be present while it was playing. While preoccupied doing other things online I passively paid attention so I could review it. Like many movies and tv shows that have been remade, this series is a disaster compared to the original Roots. This version has made-up events and storylines that are not factual history or true to the original 12 Years A Slave book. For added shock value there is a lot of gore, violence, screaming, fighting and loud brutal physical fighting.

CONTENT ADVISORY: Gore and graphic violence abounds with dismemberment, impaling, suffocation, rape that results in children, partial nudity of women's breasts, sexual activity without full nudity, gruesome dueling scene that lasts several minutes with two men shooting and running each other through with swords, gruesome Civil War reenactments and more. Many bullets and swords shown piercing human flesh up close so the moment of impact and release of a lot of blood can be seen in detail. A LOT of blood and blood splatter is shown from MANY injuries and deaths in every episode, this might as well be a horror movie.

Black and white people shown fighting for their lives and being hanged well above the ground. Numerous times slaves are shown brutally attacking and killing their masters and other people. Gambling for rooster fighting that is shown frequently. A rooster appears to be killed by another rooster during a fight. A slow motion close up is shown of the roosters throat being slit by a talon, blood spilling out, the rooster collapsing and shown lying dead for a minute while the other rooster pecks at it to see if it is still alive.

{1=F 2=D- 3=D 4=C- 5=C 6=B- 7=B 8=A- 9=A 10=A+}

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