Mini-Series TV Shows


About Mini-Series

There was a time in the 1970s and 1980s when the TV mini series was the go-to form for blockbuster network programming. Often used as a way to adapt best-selling novels into TV films, the mini series offered an alternative format for a subject that was too big to fit into the framework of a feature film and yet closed-ended, as opposed to the subject matter of an episodic series that could, theoretically, go on forever.

Among the most popular early mini series were ratings giants base on novels such as Alex Haley's "Roots," James Michener's "Centennial," Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove," Colleen McCullough's "The Thorn Birds," and James Clavell's "Shogun," the latter two of which starred mini series favorite Richard Chamberlain.

Many modern mini series are still based on novels, but the nonfiction mini series has become a popular form, too; Neil deGrasse Tyson's 2014 reboot of Carl Sagan's 1980 "Cosmos" mini series is an example. The relatively short seasons of contemporary episodic series, as compared to series seasons of two or more decades ago, also tends to blur the line between true mini series and episodic series that end after a few dozen episodes.

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Liar
Liar
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
The Night Of
The Night Of
The Tudors
The Tudors
The Durrells
The Durrells
The Challenge
The Challenge
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
Rillington Place
Rillington Place
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail
Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail
Long Strange Trip
Long Strange Trip
MAR
MAR
Women in Prison
Women in Prison
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
TUT
TUT
The Prisoner
The Prisoner
Undercover
Undercover
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
Alice
Alice
Scarlett
Scarlett
Book of Negroes
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway
The Kennedys
George Lopez: The Wall, Live from Washington D.C.
Taboo
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
The Women of Brewster Place
World Without End
The Making of The Mob
Suspicion
Fire Chasers
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
The Pillars Of The Earth
Dinotopia
Princess Diana: Tragedy or Treason?
The Guilty
The Holy Family
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Epitafios
The Winds of War
A Very British Coup
Le Mans: Racing is Everything
The Great Train Robbery
Behaving Badly
Thin Ice
The Last Nazis
Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial
Empire
Rosemary's Baby
American Occult
Life on the Reef
The Heavy Water War
Witness
Manhunt
Edward and Mrs Simpson
A Dance to the Music of Time
Casanova
Ring of Fire
Wild North
Drugs, Inc.
The Jinx
Twice Born: Stories From the Special Delivery Unit
Heidi
Under Capricorn
Black in Latin America
The Count of Monte Cristo
Jamaica Inn Mini-Series
Wolf Hall
Orangutan Island
Arabian Nights
Angels Among Us
The 10th Kingdom
Prison Women
The Phantom
A.D.
Castlevania
Nazi Hunters
The Stand
The Five
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
The Churchills
Show Me a Hero
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Wild Alaska Live
What is Love?
The Wives Did It
The Vietnam War (2017)
A Dinner of Herbs
Centennial
Rise Up
Appropriate Adult
The State (2017)
Rugged Justice
GOO RU STYLE
Torn
The Silence
Comanche Moon
The Titanic