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 Night Of
The Night Of
The Tudors
The Tudors
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
The Making of The Mob
The Making of The Mob
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Scarlett
Scarlett
The Women of Brewster Place
The Women of Brewster Place
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Original Sin: Sex
Original Sin: Sex
TUT
TUT
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
Alice
Alice
Women in Prison
Women in Prison
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Ben Hur
Ben Hur
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
Moby Dick
Moby Dick
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Dragons: Race to the Edge
The World Wars
The World Wars
Rugged Justice
Rugged Justice
Comanche Moon
Comanche Moon
The Phantom
The Phantom
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Earthsea
Earthsea
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail
Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail
The American West
The American West
Masha and the Bear
Masha and the Bear
High School Musical
High School Musical
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Book of Negroes
Book of Negroes
Nazi Hunters
Nazi Hunters
Prison Women
Prison Women
MAR
MAR
Angels Among Us
Angels Among Us
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
Meteor
Meteor
The Guilty
The Guilty
The Stand
The Stand
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
The Grizzly Man Diaries
The Grizzly Man Diaries
Savile Row
Savile Row
The Winds of War
The Winds of War
Doomsday Bunkers
Doomsday Bunkers
10.5
10.5
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Merlin
Merlin
Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
The Prisoner
The Prisoner
A Very British Coup
A Very British Coup
Britz
Britz
50 Documentaries To See Before You Die
50 Documentaries To See Before You Die
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Love in a Cold Climate
Love in a Cold Climate
Appropriate Adult
Appropriate Adult
Torn
Torn
Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde
Talking to Heaven
Talking to Heaven
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
Biblical Conspiracies
Biblical Conspiracies
The Titanic
The Titanic
Twice Born: Stories From the Special Delivery Unit
Twice Born: Stories From the Special Delivery Unit
Cordon
Cordon
Manhunt
Manhunt
3001: The Final Odyssey
3001: The Final Odyssey
Gringolandia
Gringolandia
Lost in the West
Lost in the West
The Lava Field
The Lava Field
Fearless
Fearless
Blue Submarine No. 6
Blue Submarine No. 6
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Inside Nature's Giants
Inside Nature's Giants
Suspicion
Suspicion
Life on the Reef
Life on the Reef
The Starter Wife
The Starter Wife
Hack//Liminality
Hack//Liminality
The Last Templar
The Last Templar
XIII: The Conspiracy
XIII: The Conspiracy
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
Maneater
Maneater
Impact
Impact
Wild Russia
Wild Russia
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
King Tut Unwrapped
King Tut Unwrapped
Thin Ice
Thin Ice
Atlas 4D
Atlas 4D