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14 Things You Didn’t Know About the Original ‘Roots’ Miniseries

7. Initially producers thought it would flop

They proved to be quite wrong, but initially the producers thought that the show wouldn’t appeal to a wide audience. Slavery was a bit of a taboo topic, and exposing some of the brutal horrors of this reality was a risky subject for an entertainment medium. It ended up attracting almost 85 percent of all television viewers for either part or all of the series. It was a galvanizing cultural event that the whole country was buzzing about.


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