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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TUT
TUT
Texas Rising
Texas Rising
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
The Making Of The Mob: New York
The Making Of The Mob: New York
The Tudors
The Tudors
Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking
High School Musical
High School Musical
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
Alice
Alice
Scarlett
Scarlett
Moby Dick
Moby Dick
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
The Titanic
The Titanic
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
Inside Nature's Giants
Inside Nature's Giants
King Tut Unwrapped
King Tut Unwrapped
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Dragons: Race to the Edge
The Prisoner
The Prisoner
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
Book of Negroes
Book of Negroes
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Women of Brewster Place
The Women of Brewster Place
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
Masha and the Bear
Masha and the Bear
MAR
MAR
Prison Women
Prison Women
World Without End
World Without End
A Young Doctor's Notebook
A Young Doctor's Notebook
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Comanche Moon
Comanche Moon
The World Wars
The World Wars
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
The Starter Wife
The Starter Wife
Thin Ice
Thin Ice
Merlin (1998)
Merlin (1998)
Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde
Blue Submarine No. 6
Blue Submarine No. 6
Impact
Impact
Meteor
Meteor
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Nazi Hunters
Nazi Hunters
Britz
Britz
Angels Among Us
Angels Among Us
Dinosaur Revolution
Dinosaur Revolution
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Edward and Mrs Simpson
I Remember Nelson
I Remember Nelson
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
The Crown Prince
The Crown Prince
The Holy Family
The Holy Family
Mighty Planes
Mighty Planes
The Reagans
The Reagans
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Love in a Cold Climate
Love in a Cold Climate
Coma
Coma
Torn
Torn
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Queen of Office
The Queen of Office
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
A.D.
A.D.
Kingdom of the North
Kingdom of the North
Tia Mowry at Home
Tia Mowry at Home
Serial Thriller
Serial Thriller
Freedom Run
Freedom Run
101 Amazing Thrills
101 Amazing Thrills
The Last Templar
The Last Templar
XIII: The Conspiracy
XIII: The Conspiracy
The Grizzly Man Diaries
The Grizzly Man Diaries
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
Wild Russia
Wild Russia
Burn Up
Burn Up
Cosplayers: The Movie
Cosplayers: The Movie
Savile Row
Savile Row
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
Seven Deadly Sins (2010)
Seven Deadly Sins (2010)
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
The Phantom
The Phantom
Epitafios
Epitafios
Hero Factory
Hero Factory
A Very British Coup
A Very British Coup
Third Reich
Third Reich
Behaving Badly
Behaving Badly
Heidi (1993)
Heidi (1993)
Black in Latin America
Black in Latin America
Big Sexy
Big Sexy
Rise Up
Rise Up
I Faked My Own Death
I Faked My Own Death
Carlos
Carlos
Catherine Cookson's The Dwelling Place
Catherine Cookson's The Dwelling Place
Catherine Cookson's The Gambling Man
Catherine Cookson's The Gambling Man