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 Tudors
The Tudors
Book of Negroes
Book of Negroes
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
XIII: The Conspiracy
XIII: The Conspiracy
Masha and the Bear
Masha and the Bear
Scarlett
Scarlett
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
The World Wars
The World Wars
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
The Women of Brewster Place
The Women of Brewster Place
Women in Prison
Women in Prison
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Nazi Hunters
Nazi Hunters
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
TUT
TUT
Moby Dick
Moby Dick
Texas Rising
Texas Rising
Prison Women
Prison Women
High School Musical
High School Musical
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
Serial Thriller
Serial Thriller
Alice
Alice
Manhunt
Manhunt
Epitafios
Epitafios
The Stand
The Stand
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
Tia Mowry at Home
Tia Mowry at Home
MAR
MAR
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
Rise Up
Rise Up
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
The Titanic
The Titanic
Inside Mayweather vs Pacquiao
Inside Mayweather vs Pacquiao
Comanche Moon
Comanche Moon
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
The Winds of War
The Winds of War
Ben Hur
Ben Hur
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire
The Starter Wife
The Starter Wife
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
Wild Russia
Wild Russia
Clash of the Dinosaurs
Clash of the Dinosaurs
The Phantom
The Phantom
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Pillars Of The Earth
Inside Nature's Giants
Inside Nature's Giants
Britz
Britz
Big Sexy
Big Sexy
Angels Among Us
Angels Among Us
Doomsday Bunkers
Doomsday Bunkers
A Child Called Jesus
A Child Called Jesus
Casanova
Casanova
Earthsea
Earthsea
Category 6: Day of Destruction
Category 6: Day of Destruction
10.5
10.5
Love in a Cold Climate
Love in a Cold Climate
Appropriate Adult
Appropriate Adult
Torn
Torn
The Silence
The Silence
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo
Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
Cordon
Cordon
Empire
Empire
Out 1
Out 1
World Without End
World Without End
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Earth's Natural Wonders
Earth's Natural Wonders
Meteor
Meteor
The Prisoner
The Prisoner
Carlos
Carlos
The Guilty
The Guilty
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking
Witness
Witness
Rugged Justice
Rugged Justice
Twice Born: Stories From the Special Delivery Unit
Twice Born: Stories From the Special Delivery Unit
Jamaica Inn Mini-Series
Jamaica Inn Mini-Series
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Show Me a Hero
Show Me a Hero
The Wives Did It
The Wives Did It
Blue Submarine No. 6
Blue Submarine No. 6
Hack//Liminality
Hack//Liminality
The Last Templar
The Last Templar
The Grizzly Man Diaries
The Grizzly Man Diaries
Maneater
Maneater
Impact
Impact
Super Dave's Spike-Tacular
Super Dave's Spike-Tacular
Ultimate Power Builders
Ultimate Power Builders
Burn Up
Burn Up
Humanly Impossible
Humanly Impossible