Popular television miniseries from the 1960s and 1970s include “The Forsythe Saga,” “Rich Man, Poor Man” and “Roots.” “The Forsythe Saga” is a 1967 BBC adaptation of the John Galsworthy series of novels of the same name. It follows the aristocratic Forsythe family between 1879 and 1926. The series aired on PBS over a 26-week period in the United States, with 160 million worldwide viewers. It became the first BBC series shown in the Soviet Union.
“Rich Man, Poor Man” is a 1976 adaptation of Irwin Shaw’s 1969 novel following the disparate lives of two brothers from the end of World War II through the 1960s. It starred Nick Nolte and Peter Strauss and featured Ed Asner, Susan Blakely and Dorothy McGuire as well as Oscar winners Ray Milland, Gloria Grahame and Dorothy Malone. The series received 23 Emmy Award nominations and won four.
“Roots” is a semi-biographical account of author Alex Haley's ancestry that aired over eight consecutive nights in 1977. The series traces the capture and enslavement of Mandingo warrior Kunta Kinte and follows his family’s struggle for freedom over the next 100 years. It introduced LeVar Burton and starred John Amos, Cicely Tyson, and Leslie Uggams. "Roots" is the most-watched miniseries of all time as of 2015, with the final episode capturing a 71 percent viewing share. The series received 37 Emmy award nominations and won nine.