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
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Epitafios
Epitafios
Scarlett
Scarlett
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Book of Negroes
Book of Negroes
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
The World Wars
The World Wars
The Women of Brewster Place
The Women of Brewster Place
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Pillars Of The Earth
Alice
Alice
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
MAR
MAR
The Prisoner
The Prisoner
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
TUT
TUT
Angels Among Us
Angels Among Us
The Making Of The Mob: New York
The Making Of The Mob: New York
Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking
Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
Moby Dick
Moby Dick
Tia Mowry at Home
Tia Mowry at Home
High School Musical
High School Musical
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
Texas Rising
Texas Rising
The Phantom
The Phantom
Inside Nature's Giants
Inside Nature's Giants
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Casanova
Casanova
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
Chelsea Does
Chelsea Does
Manhunt
Manhunt
Masha and the Bear
Masha and the Bear
Prison Women
Prison Women
The Titanic
The Titanic
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Torn
Torn
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
Ben Hur
Ben Hur
Comanche Moon
Comanche Moon
Nazi Hunters
Nazi Hunters
Britz
Britz
Mighty Planes
Mighty Planes
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
Dinosaurs: The Untold Story
Dinosaurs: The Untold Story
Inside Mayweather vs Pacquiao
Inside Mayweather vs Pacquiao
The Grizzly Man Diaries
The Grizzly Man Diaries
King Tut Unwrapped
King Tut Unwrapped
Seven Deadly Sins
Seven Deadly Sins
Break It Down
Break It Down
Third Reich
Third Reich
Carlos
Carlos
Catherine Cookson's The Glass Virgin
Catherine Cookson's The Glass Virgin
Suspicion
Suspicion
The Winds of War
The Winds of War
The Catherine Cookson Anthology: The Cinder Path
The Catherine Cookson Anthology: The Cinder Path
The Catherine Cookson Anthology: Tilly Trotter
The Catherine Cookson Anthology: Tilly Trotter
The Guilty
The Guilty
Doomsday Bunkers
Doomsday Bunkers
Category 6: Day of Destruction
Category 6: Day of Destruction
10.5
10.5
Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights
Appropriate Adult
Appropriate Adult
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire
Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde
The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery
Soundclash
Soundclash
Biblical Conspiracies
Biblical Conspiracies
A.D.
A.D.
Kingdom of the North
Kingdom of the North
Serial Thriller
Serial Thriller
Freedom Run
Freedom Run
Women in Prison
Women in Prison
Sex with Brody
Sex with Brody
Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail
Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail
The Principal
The Principal
Better Man
Better Man
Out 1
Out 1
Witness
Witness
Show Me a Hero
Show Me a Hero
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
A Young Doctor's Notebook
A Young Doctor's Notebook
Meteor
Meteor
Wild Russia
Wild Russia
A Dance to the Music of Time
A Dance to the Music of Time
Nightline Prime
Nightline Prime
World Without End
World Without End
Rugged Justice
Rugged Justice
Life on the Reef
Life on the Reef