Advertisements I had not heard about the remake until this past weekend. We've watched the first episode (it's a 4 part miniseries). The first hour or so was very slow. I almost gave up. But we pressed on, and it got a little more interesting the last half, and Tuesday's episode looks like there is a lot happening in it. I remember watching the original 1977 Roots - and read an article that 50% of households with TV watched it back in 1977 - of course there were like 4 channels back then... But it was one of the iconic TV moments of my age.