The premiere screening of "Night One" of the four night epic event series, "Roots," hosted by HISTORY at Alice Tully Hall on May 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/HISTORY/Getty)

Why the stakes for new 'Roots' are raised

On Monday, nearly 40 years after the original miniseries became a cultural phenomenon, a new version of author Alex Haley's epic family drama "Roots" debuted on three networks simultaneously amid considerable hype and host of rave reviews. ...

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