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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Texas Rising
Texas Rising
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
The Tudors
The Tudors
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
High School Musical
High School Musical
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Alice
Alice
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking
Scarlett
Scarlett
Lost in Transmission
Lost in Transmission
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
Serial Thriller
Serial Thriller
Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
Book of Negroes
Book of Negroes
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
Masha and the Bear
Masha and the Bear
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
Mighty Planes
Mighty Planes
The World Wars
The World Wars
Tia Mowry at Home
Tia Mowry at Home
Moby Dick
Moby Dick
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
A Young Doctor's Notebook
A Young Doctor's Notebook
Prison Women
Prison Women
MAR
MAR
Inside Nature's Giants
Inside Nature's Giants
Big Sexy
Big Sexy
Dinosaur Revolution
Dinosaur Revolution
A.D.
A.D.
The Women of Brewster Place
The Women of Brewster Place
The Winds of War
The Winds of War
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
The Titanic
The Titanic
The Making Of The Mob: New York
The Making Of The Mob: New York
The Starter Wife
The Starter Wife
The Prisoner
The Prisoner
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Pillars Of The Earth
Nazi Hunters
Nazi Hunters
Doomsday Bunkers
Doomsday Bunkers
Women in Prison
Women in Prison
Blue Submarine No. 6
Blue Submarine No. 6
Impact
Impact
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
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Hero Factory
Hero Factory
Britz
Britz
Angels Among Us
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I Remember Nelson
I Remember Nelson
The Holy Family
The Holy Family
Casanova
Casanova
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Witness
Witness
World Without End
World Without End
The Queen of Office
The Queen of Office
Talking to Heaven
Talking to Heaven
Freedom Run
Freedom Run
XIII: The Conspiracy
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Comanche Moon
Comanche Moon
The Grizzly Man Diaries
The Grizzly Man Diaries
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
Burn Up
Burn Up
King Tut Unwrapped
King Tut Unwrapped
A Dance to the Music of Time
A Dance to the Music of Time
Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
The Phantom
The Phantom
Epitafios
Epitafios
A Very British Coup
A Very British Coup
Third Reich
Third Reich
Behaving Badly
Behaving Badly
Black in Latin America
Black in Latin America
Carlos
Carlos
Catherine Cookson's The Glass Virgin
Catherine Cookson's The Glass Virgin
Who Was Jesus?
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The Catherine Cookson Anthology: The Secret
The Catherine Cookson Anthology: The Secret
JFK: Reckless Youth
JFK: Reckless Youth
The Stand
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Earthsea
Earthsea
Final Days of Planet Earth
Final Days of Planet Earth
Merlin's Apprentice
Merlin's Apprentice
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
What to do When Someone Dies
What to do When Someone Dies
Appropriate Adult
Appropriate Adult
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
Rugged Justice
Rugged Justice
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
Les Petits Meurtes D'Agatha Christie
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Manhunt
Manhunt
Hack//Liminality
Hack//Liminality
The Last Templar
The Last Templar
Maneater
Maneater
Meteor
Meteor
Wild Russia
Wild Russia