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  • Premiered: 
    March 9, 2016
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  • Network: WGN America
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Misha Green & Joe Pokaski 
  • Subject Matter: Historical
  • Tags: slavery

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  • Season 1
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  • Season 1 & 2 [Limited Edition]
    • Amazon
  • Season 2
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Plot Synopsis

UNDERGROUND is a one-hour drama series that tells the story of revolutionaries of the Underground Railroad who use their ingenuity, power and perseverance to attempt the greatest escape in history despite the dire consequences that awaited them on the other side. The provocative and compelling series focuses on a group of courageous men and women who band together for the fight of their lives -- for their families, their future and their freedom. Driven, perceptive and restless, Noah is known on the plantation for his dexterity as a blacksmith... and the telltale marks on his back that reveal a history of his dreams of freedom. Noah's young love interest, the shy Rosalee, has been sheltered away in the "big house" as a slave to the Macon family, and hasn't seen much beyond the edges of the plantation. She will soon discover another side to her that no one would have ever predicted...including herself. The main title theme, "Heaven's Door," is produced by John Legend, an executive producer of the series who also oversees the show's musical score, which connects the past to the present. Two weeks before the series premiere -- on Monday, February 22 -- UNDERGROUND was screened at the White House, as part of the White House Office of Public Engagement's Black History Month event, "These Hallowed Grounds," highlighting landmarks and monuments around the country significant to the African American community, including stops on the Underground Railroad. Prior to the screening were panel discussions with the UNDERGROUND cast and creative team, including Legend, creators and executive producers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, executive producer Akiva Goldsman and director and executive producer Anthony Hemingway, and stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Christopher Meloni, Alano Miller, Jessica de Gouw and Amirah Vann.

The 10-episode second season of UNDERGROUND premiered on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT on WGN America, immediately follow an encore presentation of the entire first season from Noon-10pm. Set in the aftermath of the Macon 7's daring attempt to stage the greatest escape in history, this group of American heroes continues on their harrowing journey to freedom, with legendary abolitionist Harriet Tubman blazing the trail. In Season 2, John Legend guest stars as iconic abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and new, recurring guest star Aisha Hinds portrays the pioneering Harriet Tubman. In the season opener, "Contraband," the remaining members of the Macon 7 have made it North, but they've learned that freedom is not as simple as crossing a line. Plus, the season premiere features a new, original song from series executive producer John Legend entitled, "In America," and Beyonce's Grammy-nominated smash single "Freedom."
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network premieres "Revisiting Underground," an all-new half-hour UNDERGROUND special, immediately following the January 5 premiere on OWN of the historical drama UNDERGROUND ON OWN at 9pm ET/PT. The series, acquired from Sony Pictures Television, will have a revitalized presentation on OWN, with newly filmed episodic introductions by cast members, never-before-seen behind the scenes footage and more. The premiere episode has been expanded to 90 minutes, with "Revisiting Underground" debuting at 10:30pm ET/PT.

Grounded in this moment of cultural shift, "Revisiting Underground" reminds us of the importance of taking history off of the shelves and bringing it into our daily lives. Executive Producers John Legend, Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, along with the cast and crew, share personal stories, reflect on their time working on the show, and discuss the power of activism and the relevance of the show today. We'll look at the research everyone did to prepare for their roles, hear their personal stories of challenges and triumphs from their time working on these intense stories, and explore the music of the show. Finally, we'll share how the cast honors the heroes of the Underground with the activism in their daily lives.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Sony Pictures Television
  • Produced by Tribune Studios