2016 NR 1 season


2016 NR 1 season
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In this remake of the 1970s miniseries based on Alex Haley's novel, a new generation of actors retraces the roots of American slavery through the saga of Kunta Kinte -- a young man taken from a Gambian village and brought to America to serve.
Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anna Paquin, Anika Noni Rose, Malachi Kirby, Derek Luke, Erica Tazel, Chad L. Coleman, Rege-Jean Page, Mekhi Phifer, T.I., James Purefoy, Emayatzy E. Corinealdi, Matthew Goode
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2016) - 3 discs

When Kunta Kinte was snatched from his village in Gambia and shipped to Colonial America, he began a life of servitude. Through his family's story -- from the American Revolution through the Civil War -- a portrait of slavery in America emerges.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Roots (2016) is a remake of the critically acclaimed 1977 miniseries of the same name that won nine Emmys, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody Award. (Both miniseries are based on Alex Haley's 1976 novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family.) The visuals are graphically violent and painfully realistic and range from whippings, hangings, amputations, and human branding to battle scenes involving shootings, stabbings, explosions, and executions. Sexual violence, including rape, is strongly suggested, but no sensitive parts are shown, and audible language includes the "N" word. Some characters drink socially to the point of drunkenness. As brutal as the content is, this update is an excellent conversation starter for families to use to discuss slavery.

Sexual Content

Kissing, implied sex, and simulated rape, though no sensitive parts are shown; discussion of "breeding" human beings like animals.


Violent imagery includes crude amputations, decapitations, hangings, beatings, whippings, and the branding of human beings like cattle; several key scenes are graphic in nature, with spurting blood, vomit, and open wounds.


Audible language includes "damn," "bastard," and the "N" word.

Social Behavior

Love, survival, and family are major themes that rise above the series' otherwise sobering realities. The series also stresses the importance of honoring the past as a means to moving forward.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social drinking; some characters drink to the point of drunkenness.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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