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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Book of Negroes
Book of Negroes
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
The Tudors
The Tudors
High School Musical
High School Musical
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
The Women of Brewster Place
The Women of Brewster Place
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Pillars Of The Earth
Scarlett
Scarlett
Inside Nature's Giants
Inside Nature's Giants
Black in Latin America
Black in Latin America
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
Alice
Alice
The World Wars
The World Wars
The Queen of Office
The Queen of Office
Angels Among Us
Angels Among Us
Prison Women
Prison Women
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
Moby Dick
Moby Dick
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking
World Without End
World Without End
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
A Young Doctor's Notebook
A Young Doctor's Notebook
Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Rugged Justice
Rugged Justice
Earthsea
Earthsea
Mighty Planes
Mighty Planes
Catherine Cookson's The Dwelling Place
Catherine Cookson's The Dwelling Place
The Titanic
The Titanic
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Edward the King
Edward the King
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
Big Sexy
Big Sexy
The Prisoner
The Prisoner
MAR
MAR
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
Casanova
Casanova
Dinosaur Revolution
Dinosaur Revolution
Alaska Wing Men
Alaska Wing Men
The Phantom
The Phantom
A Dance to the Music of Time
A Dance to the Music of Time
Comanche Moon
Comanche Moon
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire
Powering the Future
Powering the Future
Saving the Bay
Saving the Bay
The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery
The Reagans
The Reagans
The Catherine Cookson Anthology: The Secret
The Catherine Cookson Anthology: The Secret
Category 6: Day of Destruction
Category 6: Day of Destruction
Crooked House
Crooked House
Untamed Americas
Untamed Americas
The Winds of War
The Winds of War
P.D. James: Shroud for a Nightingale
P.D. James: Shroud for a Nightingale
P.D. James: Devices and Desires
P.D. James: Devices and Desires
P.D. James: Death of an Expert Witness
P.D. James: Death of an Expert Witness
Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights
Catherine Cookson's The Moth
Catherine Cookson's The Moth
Behaving Badly
Behaving Badly
King Tut Unwrapped
King Tut Unwrapped
The Starter Wife
The Starter Wife
American Occult
American Occult
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
The Last Templar
The Last Templar
Thin Ice
Thin Ice
Mississippi River Quest
Mississippi River Quest
Love in a Cold Climate
Love in a Cold Climate
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
Merlin (1998)
Merlin (1998)
Riverworld
Riverworld
The Stand
The Stand
What to do When Someone Dies
What to do When Someone Dies
Frankenstein
Frankenstein
Coma
Coma
Merlin's Apprentice
Merlin's Apprentice
Sea Wolf
Sea Wolf
10.5
10.5
The Holy Family
The Holy Family
Doomsday Bunkers
Doomsday Bunkers
A Child Called Jesus
A Child Called Jesus
Braving the Elements
Braving the Elements
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
Edens Lost and Found
Edens Lost and Found
Seven Deadly Sins (2010)
Seven Deadly Sins (2010)
UFC Primetime
UFC Primetime
Delta Divers
Delta Divers
Storm Worlds
Storm Worlds
Final Days of Planet Earth
Final Days of Planet Earth
Biblical Plagues
Biblical Plagues