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
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
The Challenge
The Challenge
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Waco
Waco
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
The Durrells
The Durrells
The Long Road Home
The Long Road Home
Liar
Liar
The Prisoner
The Prisoner
The Radical Story of Patty Hearst
The Radical Story of Patty Hearst
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
Death Row Chronicles
Death Row Chronicles
Undercover
Undercover
Gunpowder
Gunpowder
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking
Le Mans: Racing is Everything
Le Mans: Racing is Everything
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
TUT
TUT
Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Scarlett
A.D. Kingdom and Empire
Drugs, Inc.
Tesla's Death Ray: A Murder Declassified
The Kennedys
The Night Of
Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography
The Guilty
Taboo
Sons of Liberty
Comanche Moon
The Phantom
Hatfields & McCoys
The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway
The American West
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
The Titanic
Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery
Dinotopia
Marvel's The Defenders
Tia Mowry at Home
World Without End
The Great Train Robbery
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Long Strange Trip
The Jinx
15: A Quinceanera Story
Ill Behaviour
PyeongChang 2018: XXIII Olympic Winter Games
The Stand
Alice
Empire
Women in Prison
Back
A Dance to the Music of Time
A Very British Coup
The Last Nazis
The Churchills
The Pillars Of The Earth
Epitafios
Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial
American Occult
Life on the Reef
The Heavy Water War
Fearless
Alias Grace
MAR
Witness
Manhunt
Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Behaving Badly
Rillington Place
Show Me a Hero
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge
Casanova
Serial Thriller
Merlin's Apprentice
Barabbas
Ring of Fire
Dear Murderer
Wild North
Twice Born: Stories From the Special Delivery Unit
Heidi
Under Capricorn
Morocco to Timbuktu: An Arabian Adventure
Black in Latin America
Jamaica Inn Mini-Series
Centennial
Torn
Lonesome Dove
Citizen Rose
Orangutan Island
Godless
Rosemary's Baby
The American Revolution
Nazi Hunters
The Same Sky