August 30, 1982 12:00 PM

NBC (9-11 p.m. ET)

Muhammad Ali lurches through this meandering miniseries (based on Howard Fast’s novel) as a former slave who becomes a Senator during the Reconstruction. Kris Kristofferson is better as Ali’s sharecropper pal but can’t carry the champ’s dead weight. Concludes tomorrow. (Repeat)

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