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 Night Of
The Night Of
The Tudors
The Tudors
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Taboo
Taboo
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
The Women of Brewster Place
The Women of Brewster Place
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Women in Prison
Women in Prison
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Tia Mowry at Home
Tia Mowry at Home
The Guilty
The Guilty
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Pillars Of The Earth
TUT
TUT
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
Alice
Alice
Prison Women
Prison Women
Torn
Torn
The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery
Scarlett
Scarlett
Show Me a Hero
Show Me a Hero
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
The Starter Wife
The Starter Wife
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Earthsea
Earthsea
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Edward and Mrs Simpson
The Jinx
The Jinx
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
The Stand
The Stand
Book of Negroes
Book of Negroes
The Making of The Mob
The Making of The Mob
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
MAR
MAR
Epitafios
Epitafios
Heidi
Heidi
Edward the King
Edward the King
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Durrells
The Durrells
The Winds of War
The Winds of War
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
Comanche Moon
Comanche Moon
The Prisoner
The Prisoner
A Dance to the Music of Time
A Dance to the Music of Time
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
The Phantom
The Phantom
American Occult
American Occult
A Very British Coup
A Very British Coup
Behaving Badly
Behaving Badly
JFK: Reckless Youth
JFK: Reckless Youth
Casanova
Casanova
Witness
Witness
WWI: The First Modern War
WWI: The First Modern War
Under Capricorn
Under Capricorn
Jamaica Inn Mini-Series
Jamaica Inn Mini-Series
Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial
Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial
The Heavy Water War
The Heavy Water War
Empire
Empire
New Series
New Series
Call Me Francis
Call Me Francis
The Titanic
The Titanic
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
Better Man
Better Man
Nobel
Nobel
The Grizzly Man Diaries
The Grizzly Man Diaries
Savile Row
Savile Row
Atlas 4D
Atlas 4D
Britz
Britz
50 Documentaries To See Before You Die
50 Documentaries To See Before You Die
Catherine Cookson's The Man Who Cried
Catherine Cookson's The Man Who Cried
Catherine Cookson's The Wingless Bird
Catherine Cookson's The Wingless Bird
Dick Francis Mysteries
Dick Francis Mysteries
First Among Equals
First Among Equals
P.D. James: A Taste for Death
P.D. James: A Taste for Death
P.D. James: Cover Her Face
P.D. James: Cover Her Face
P.D. James: The Black Tower
P.D. James: The Black Tower
Suspicion
Suspicion
Scarlet and Black
Scarlet and Black
The Holy Family
The Holy Family
Category 6: Day of Destruction
Category 6: Day of Destruction
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Appropriate Adult
Appropriate Adult
Ben Hur
Ben Hur
The Queen of Office
The Queen of Office
Masha and the Bear
Masha and the Bear
Demons
Demons
Wild North
Wild North
Marvel Video Comics
Marvel Video Comics
Hip-Hop Evolution
Hip-Hop Evolution
What is Love?
What is Love?
Nazi Hunters
Nazi Hunters
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
The Silence
The Silence
A Young Doctor's Notebook
A Young Doctor's Notebook
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
The American Revolution
The American Revolution