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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The Tudors
The Tudors
The Durrells
The Durrells
The Long Road Home
The Long Road Home
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
The Night Of
The Night Of
Liar
Liar
The Challenge
The Challenge
Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography
Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks
Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Alias Grace
Alias Grace
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
Women in Prison
Women in Prison
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
Taboo
Taboo
Scarlett
Scarlett
The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway
The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway
The Women of Brewster Place
The Women of Brewster Place
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Tia Mowry at Home
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
The World Wars
Dinotopia
Rillington Place
Long Strange Trip
The Prisoner
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Red Tent
TUT
The Silence
Fearless
The Great Train Robbery
Prison Women
MAR
Show Me a Hero
Wild North
Undercover
The Jinx
Heidi
The Pillars Of The Earth
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
The Winds of War
Kids Baking Championship
Marvel's The Defenders
A Very British Coup
The Last Nazis
The Churchills
Epitafios
Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial
Empire
Alice
American Occult
Life on the Reef
The Heavy Water War
Witness
Le Mans: Racing is Everything
Manhunt
Edward and Mrs Simpson
A Dance to the Music of Time
Behaving Badly
Casanova
Ring of Fire
Twice Born: Stories From the Special Delivery Unit
Under Capricorn
Black in Latin America
The Count of Monte Cristo
Ill Behaviour
Jamaica Inn Mini-Series
Wolf Hall
Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail
The Vietnam War (2017)
The Titanic
The Stand
The Starter Wife
The Last Templar
Maneater
Arabian Nights
Dinosaurs: The Untold Story
World Without End
The 10th Kingdom
Frankenstein
Real GOT7
Appropriate Adult
The American Revolution
American Canvas
The Making of The Mob
Princess Diana: Tragedy or Treason?
Britz
Castlevania
Torn
Inside Nature's Giants
Nazi Hunters
Sons of Liberty
Comanche Moon
The Beautiful Lie
Human Trafficking
George Lopez: The Wall, Live from Washington D.C.
Orangutan Island