Mini-Series TV Shows

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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
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
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Band of Brothers
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
Book of Negroes
Book of Negroes
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
High School Musical
High School Musical
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
Inside Nature's Giants
Inside Nature's Giants
Sons of Liberty
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Scarlett
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Mankind: The Story of All of Us
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Human Trafficking
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Dinotopia
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The World Wars
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Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
Orangutan Island
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Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
Alice
Alice
Big Sexy
Big Sexy
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Moby Dick
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The Prisoner
The Prisoner
The Women of Brewster Place
The Women of Brewster Place
A.D.
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World Without End
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Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Prison Women
Prison Women
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Twice Born: Stories From the Special Delivery Unit
Twice Born: Stories From the Special Delivery Unit
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
Edward the King
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Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde
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Kids Baking Championship
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The Titanic
The Titanic
The Grizzly Man Diaries
The Grizzly Man Diaries
Mississippi River Quest
Mississippi River Quest
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Powering the Future
Angels Among Us
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Ring of Fire
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Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Masha and the Bear
Masha and the Bear
The Last Templar
The Last Templar
Comanche Moon
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Impact
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Thin Ice
Thin Ice
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
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The Pillars Of The Earth
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Epitafios
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American Occult
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Third Reich
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Alaska Wing Men
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Catherine Cookson's The Dwelling Place
Catherine Cookson's The Dwelling Place
Catherine Cookson's The Moth
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P.D. James: Devices and Desires
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A Child Called Jesus
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Casanova
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The Reagans
The Reagans
Sea Wolf
Sea Wolf
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
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Crooked House
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Ben Hur
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The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo
Biblical Conspiracies
Biblical Conspiracies
Les Petits Meurtes D'Agatha Christie
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The Starter Wife
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Blue Submarine No. 6
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XIII: The Conspiracy
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When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
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Maneater
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Meteor
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Wild Russia
Wild Russia
Super Dave's Spike-Tacular
Super Dave's Spike-Tacular
Ultimate Power Builders
Ultimate Power Builders
Clash of the Dinosaurs
Clash of the Dinosaurs
Burn Up
Burn Up
Cosplayers: The Movie
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Savile Row
Savile Row
King Tut Unwrapped
King Tut Unwrapped
Atlas 4D
Atlas 4D
Biblical Plagues
Biblical Plagues
A Dance to the Music of Time
A Dance to the Music of Time
Riverworld
Riverworld
Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
Storm Worlds
Storm Worlds
Delta Divers
Delta Divers
UFC Primetime
UFC Primetime
Seven Deadly Sins (2010)
Seven Deadly Sins (2010)
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
The Phantom
The Phantom
Break It Down
Break It Down
Nightline Prime
Nightline Prime
Blood Dolphins
Blood Dolphins
The Lion Ranger
The Lion Ranger
Underground War
Underground War
Hero Factory
Hero Factory
Taylor Swift's Journey To Fearless
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A Very British Coup
A Very British Coup
When Rome Ruled
When Rome Ruled
The Beatles on Record
The Beatles on Record
Nazi Hunters
Nazi Hunters
Living in the Time of Jesus
Living in the Time of Jesus
Behaving Badly
Behaving Badly
Britz
Britz
Underwater Universe
Underwater Universe
Heidi (1993)
Heidi (1993)
Blonde vs. Bear
Blonde vs. Bear
Saving the Bay
Saving the Bay
Black in Latin America
Black in Latin America
Animal Mega Moves
Animal Mega Moves
50 Documentaries To See Before You Die
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100 Hollywood Crimes, Misdemeanors and Dirty Deeds
100 Hollywood Crimes, Misdemeanors and Dirty Deeds
Perisher: Do or Die
Perisher: Do or Die
Dinosaur Revolution
Dinosaur Revolution
Rise Up
Rise Up
William & Kate: A Royal Love Story
William & Kate: A Royal Love Story
I Faked My Own Death
I Faked My Own Death
King - The Miniseries
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Carlos
Carlos
Catherine Cookson's The Gambling Man
Catherine Cookson's The Gambling Man
Catherine Cookson's The Glass Virgin
Catherine Cookson's The Glass Virgin
Catherine Cookson's The Man Who Cried
Catherine Cookson's The Man Who Cried
Catherine Cookson's The Rag Nymph
Catherine Cookson's The Rag Nymph
Catherine Cookson's The Wingless Bird
Catherine Cookson's The Wingless Bird
Dick Francis Mysteries
Dick Francis Mysteries
The Dick Francis Thriller: The Racing Game
The Dick Francis Thriller: The Racing Game
A Dinner of Herbs
A Dinner of Herbs
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Edward and Mrs Simpson
I Remember Nelson
I Remember Nelson
P.D. James: A Taste for Death
P.D. James: A Taste for Death
P.D. James: Cover Her Face
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P.D. James: Shroud for a Nightingale
P.D. James: Shroud for a Nightingale
P.D. James: The Black Tower
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Suspicion
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The Winds of War
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The Catherine Cookson Anthology: The Secret
The Catherine Cookson Anthology: The Secret
The Catherine Cookson Anthology: Tilly Trotter
The Catherine Cookson Anthology: Tilly Trotter
The Crown Prince
The Crown Prince
The Guilty
The Guilty
Scarlet and Black
Scarlet and Black
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The Stand
The Holy Family
The Holy Family
Doomsday Bunkers
Doomsday Bunkers
Mighty Planes
Mighty Planes
Braving the Elements
Braving the Elements
Edens Lost and Found
Edens Lost and Found
Earthsea
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Category 6: Day of Destruction
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Final Days of Planet Earth
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10.5
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Merlin's Apprentice
Merlin's Apprentice
Arabian Nights
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Love in a Cold Climate
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Merlin (1998)
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The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Untamed Americas
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Frankenstein
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Coma
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Witness
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Appropriate Adult
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The Silence
The Silence
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A Young Doctor's Notebook
Barabbas
Barabbas
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The Queen of Office
The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery
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Talking to Heaven
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WWI: The First Modern War
Soundclash
Soundclash
Rugged Justice
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The Tower: Tales from a Vanished Land
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American Canvas
American Canvas
Hack//Liminality
Hack//Liminality
Humanly Impossible
Humanly Impossible
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Spring Watch USA
Treehugger TV
Treehugger TV
America's Deadliest Season
America's Deadliest Season
Turmoil and Triumph: The George Schultz Years
Turmoil and Triumph: The George Schultz Years
Hollywood's Hottest Car Chases
Hollywood's Hottest Car Chases
Swarm Chasers
Swarm Chasers
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Cameramen Who Dare
Civil Warriors
Civil Warriors
Dance for Eternity
Dance for Eternity
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Detroit in Overdrive
Ultimate Travel
Ultimate Travel
First Among Equals
First Among Equals
Lines of Wellington
Lines of Wellington
The Manipulation Game
The Manipulation Game
Dinosaurs: The Untold Story
Dinosaurs: The Untold Story
Sherlock Holmes: The Incident at Victoria Falls
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