When it comes to on-screen portrayals of slavery, typically what’s not shown is the bravery and fierceness of our enslaved ancestors. While Nate Parker’s film about Nat Turner promises to offer another perspective to the historical genre, WGN’s new series, Underground, aims to highlight some of the harrowing moments from the Underground Railroad.

Starring Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Christopher Meloni, Mykelti Williamson, Amirah Vann, Reed Diamond, Alano Miller, Adina Porter, Johnny Ray Gill, and Theodus Crane, Underground follows a group of enslaved men and women who attempt the greatest escape in history. While the plot could get them all killed, the men and women are willing to pay the ultimate price for their freedom.

Underground is produced by John Legend and will begin its 10-episode run on WGN America on March 9, 2016.

Take a look at the first two trailers from the series. 


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  • K_

    it looks interesting but something is rubbing me the wrong way maybe the “action film” type vibe?? idk.. Also I have a question, is this suppose to be a mini-series or a new drama series? I ask because Im curious how they are going to keep this going after the slaves escape? so i can see this whole first season being about this group, introducing us to them, showing their escape but then what? are there going to be new slaves every season? following these through reconstruction? Im confused. And something about seeing slavery portrayed as this mission impossible type..i just… oh hell ..idk i just dont know how i feel about this so ill watch..but again something is rubbing me wrong that i cant put my finger on

  • Guest

    What is it with all these damn slave narratives? And they are going to re-do Roots too. Why now? What are they trying to do–get us ready for re-enslavement?