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
The Night Of
The Night Of
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
Masha and the Bear
Masha and the Bear
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
The Women of Brewster Place
The Women of Brewster Place
Scarlett
Scarlett
The Durrells
The Durrells
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
TUT
TUT
Angels Among Us
Angels Among Us
The Prisoner
The Prisoner
The Making of The Mob
The Making of The Mob
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Book of Negroes
Book of Negroes
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
Prison Women
Prison Women
Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
Comanche Moon
Comanche Moon
Alice
Alice
Appropriate Adult
Appropriate Adult
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo
Twice Born: Stories From the Special Delivery Unit
Twice Born: Stories From the Special Delivery Unit
Tia Mowry at Home
Tia Mowry at Home
Demons
Demons
The American West
The American West
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Women in Prison
Women in Prison
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Suspicion
Suspicion
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
New Series
New Series
High School Musical
High School Musical
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Pillars Of The Earth
Nightline Prime
Nightline Prime
Moby Dick
Moby Dick
Big Sexy
Big Sexy
I Faked My Own Death
I Faked My Own Death
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Manhunt
Manhunt
The Grizzly Man Diaries
The Grizzly Man Diaries
Carlos
Carlos
The Winds of War
The Winds of War
Ben Hur
Ben Hur
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
Meteor
Meteor
Wild Russia
Wild Russia
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
The Phantom
The Phantom
The Lion Ranger
The Lion Ranger
Epitafios
Epitafios
Inside Nature's Giants
Inside Nature's Giants
Catherine Cookson's The Moth
Catherine Cookson's The Moth
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Edward the King
Edward the King
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
The Guilty
The Guilty
Scarlet and Black
Scarlet and Black
JFK: Reckless Youth
JFK: Reckless Youth
The Stand
The Stand
Doomsday Bunkers
Doomsday Bunkers
10.5
10.5
Sea Wolf
Sea Wolf
Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
Torn
Torn
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire
Talking to Heaven
Talking to Heaven
Under Capricorn
Under Capricorn
Lost in the West
Lost in the West
MAR
MAR
Nazi Hunters
Nazi Hunters
Original Sin: Sex
Original Sin: Sex
The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery
The Starter Wife
The Starter Wife
Blue Submarine No. 6
Blue Submarine No. 6
Hack//Liminality
Hack//Liminality
The Last Templar
The Last Templar
XIII: The Conspiracy
XIII: The Conspiracy
Maneater
Maneater
Impact
Impact
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
Humanly Impossible
Humanly Impossible
Cosplayers: The Movie
Cosplayers: The Movie
Savile Row
Savile Row
King Tut Unwrapped
King Tut Unwrapped