This harrowing miniseries, based on the 1977 original, tracks a West African man from diaspora to slavery in America through the end of the Civil War. The original epic changed the game for historical miniseries, and sadly, 39 years later, race and slavery are as relevant as ever. The original Kunta Kinte, LeVar Burton, is co-executive producing this time around, ceding his career-making role to English actor Malachi Kirby (EastEnders, Doctor Who). Other boldface names involved with the project: Anika Noni Rose, Forest Whitaker, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, T.I., Laurence Fishburne, Mekhi Phifer; music produced by Questlove... to call these eight episodes required viewing is an understatement.
Premiere date: May 30th (History)
How much to catch up on: Stream the six-episode, nine-and-a-half-hour original on Amazon, where the first episode is free. It's also available for purchase on iTunes.
Watch the trailer