Following in the footsteps of Toni Morrison, John Legend and the creators of WGN’s ‘Underground’ take a bold, brave and nuanced look into the human implications of African-American chattel slavery.
Now, supported by a stirring performance by ‘Empire‘s Jussie Smollet, the show’s remarkable players have learned that its first season moved mountains on a number of fronts…long before its finale.
Good news before it returns for a second season below…
When ratings from its first six episodes are thrown together its cast and crew can boast that it has been watched 6 million times since March 9th 2016.
This figure rises to the 7,071,000 point when the 992,000 viewers who tuned into its eighth episode are thrown into the equation and leaps over the 20 million mark when streaming and video on demand units are attached.
Legend said of the show:
I think we have to confront our history. We have to understand it and how it relates to what’s happening in the world now. So when we talk about the issues of race and how we interact with each other in this country, we can’t talk about American history, we can’t talk about how this country was built, and we can’t talk about the politics of this country without understanding that so much of our history involves slavery.