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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Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
The Tudors
The Tudors
Liar
Liar
The Long Road Home
The Long Road Home
The Night Of
The Night Of
The Challenge
The Challenge
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
Godless
Godless
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Jinx
The Jinx
Ill Behaviour
Ill Behaviour
Taboo
Taboo
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
The Prisoner
The Prisoner
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography
Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography
TUT
TUT
Drugs, Inc.
The Durrells
The Titanic
The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway
Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial
Long Strange Trip
Dinotopia
Moby Dick
Mighty Planes
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Empire
Back
Rillington Place
The Last Nazis
The Stand
Undercover
Heidi
Lonesome Dove
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Women in Prison
The Women of Brewster Place
Alias Grace
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
A Very British Coup
Epitafios
American Occult
Life on the Reef
The Heavy Water War
Fearless
MAR
Witness
Le Mans: Racing is Everything
Manhunt
Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail
Edward and Mrs Simpson
A Dance to the Music of Time
Behaving Badly
Show Me a Hero
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge
Casanova
Serial Thriller
Ring of Fire
Wild North
Twice Born: Stories From the Special Delivery Unit
Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks
Under Capricorn
Black in Latin America
The Count of Monte Cristo
Jamaica Inn Mini-Series
Alice
The Vietnam War (2017)
Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist
The Winds of War
Angels Among Us
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
The Pillars Of The Earth
Prison Women
The Phantom
The Kennedys
Scarlett
Orangutan Island
Fire Chasers
Seven Deadly Sins (2010)
Riverworld
Talking to Heaven
Merlin
The Churchills
Chelsea Does
Alice in Wonderland
When Rome Ruled
Frankenstein
Dinosaur Revolution
Man-Eating Python
The Last Templar
The Red Tent
The State (2017)
Sons of Liberty
Comanche Moon
Biblical Conspiracies
Airplane Repo: Wheels Up