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
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Texas Rising
Texas Rising
TUT
TUT
The Tudors
The Tudors
Meteor
Meteor
High School Musical
High School Musical
Scarlett
Scarlett
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
Alice
Alice
The Making Of The Mob: New York
The Making Of The Mob: New York
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
Masha and the Bear
Masha and the Bear
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
Book of Negroes
Book of Negroes
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
Moby Dick
Moby Dick
Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
The Titanic
The Titanic
Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking
The Women of Brewster Place
The Women of Brewster Place
The World Wars
The World Wars
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
MAR
MAR
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Show Me a Hero
Show Me a Hero
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Pillars Of The Earth
Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde
Talking to Heaven
Talking to Heaven
The Next Great Burger
The Next Great Burger
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
Casanova
Casanova
10.5
10.5
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Inside Nature's Giants
Inside Nature's Giants
Angels Among Us
Angels Among Us
Who Was Jesus?
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A Young Doctor's Notebook
A Young Doctor's Notebook
Comanche Moon
Comanche Moon
A Very British Coup
A Very British Coup
Black in Latin America
Black in Latin America
Big Sexy
Big Sexy
Dinosaur Revolution
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Merlin (1998)
Merlin (1998)
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
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Dragons: Race to the Edge
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Sex with Brody
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Impact
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The Prisoner
The Prisoner
Hero Factory
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American Occult
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Nazi Hunters
Nazi Hunters
Alaska Wing Men
Alaska Wing Men
Prison Women
Prison Women
Carlos
Carlos
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Edward and Mrs Simpson
I Remember Nelson
I Remember Nelson
The Crown Prince
The Crown Prince
The Holy Family
The Holy Family
Earthsea
Earthsea
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
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Love in a Cold Climate
Love in a Cold Climate
Coma
Coma
Torn
Torn
Ben Hur
Ben Hur
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Queen of Office
The Queen of Office
A.D.
A.D.
Kingdom of the North
Kingdom of the North
Tia Mowry at Home
Tia Mowry at Home
Inside Mayweather vs Pacquiao
Inside Mayweather vs Pacquiao
Lost in Transmission
Lost in Transmission
Serial Thriller
Serial Thriller
Freedom Run
Freedom Run
The Starter Wife
The Starter Wife
Blue Submarine No. 6
Blue Submarine No. 6
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
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Wild Russia
Wild Russia
Burn Up
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Cosplayers: The Movie
Cosplayers: The Movie
Savile Row
Savile Row
King Tut Unwrapped
King Tut Unwrapped
Thin Ice
Thin Ice
A Dance to the Music of Time
A Dance to the Music of Time
Riverworld
Riverworld
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
Seven Deadly Sins (2010)
Seven Deadly Sins (2010)