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 Night Of
The Night Of
The Tudors
The Tudors
Taboo
Taboo
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
Scarlett
Scarlett
The Women of Brewster Place
The Women of Brewster Place
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
The Jinx
The Jinx
Comanche Moon
Comanche Moon
Book of Negroes
Book of Negroes
The Making of The Mob
The Making of The Mob
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
TUT
TUT
Epitafios
Epitafios
Heidi
Heidi
Alice
Alice
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
New Series
New Series
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Pillars Of The Earth
Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde
Women in Prison
Women in Prison
Tia Mowry at Home
Tia Mowry at Home
Moby Dick
Moby Dick
Suspicion
Suspicion
Appropriate Adult
Appropriate Adult
Prison Women
Prison Women
Nazi Hunters
Nazi Hunters
The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
The Prisoner
The Prisoner
The Phantom
The Phantom
The Stand
The Stand
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Titanic
The Titanic
A Dance to the Music of Time
A Dance to the Music of Time
A Very British Coup
A Very British Coup
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Edward and Mrs Simpson
The Winds of War
The Winds of War
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
The Durrells
The Durrells
MAR
MAR
Meteor
Meteor
American Occult
American Occult
Behaving Badly
Behaving Badly
Edward the King
Edward the King
JFK: Reckless Youth
JFK: Reckless Youth
Casanova
Casanova
Witness
Witness
WWI: The First Modern War
WWI: The First Modern War
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
Under Capricorn
Under Capricorn
Jamaica Inn Mini-Series
Jamaica Inn Mini-Series
Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial
Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial
Show Me a Hero
Show Me a Hero
The Heavy Water War
The Heavy Water War
Empire
Empire
Inside Nature's Giants
Inside Nature's Giants
Torn
Torn
Category 6: Day of Destruction
Category 6: Day of Destruction
The World Wars
The World Wars
Hip-Hop Evolution
Hip-Hop Evolution
Nobel
Nobel
Juana Ines
Juana Ines
The Last Templar
The Last Templar
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
The Grizzly Man Diaries
The Grizzly Man Diaries
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
Taylor Swift's Journey To Fearless
Taylor Swift's Journey To Fearless
Angels Among Us
Angels Among Us
Dinosaur Revolution
Dinosaur Revolution
I Faked My Own Death
I Faked My Own Death
P.D. James: Death of an Expert Witness
P.D. James: Death of an Expert Witness
Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking
Merlin
Merlin
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Frankenstein
Frankenstein
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
A.D.
A.D.
Dinosaurs: The Untold Story
Dinosaurs: The Untold Story
The Next Great Burger
The Next Great Burger
Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail
Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail
Demons
Demons
The American West
The American West
The Lava Field
The Lava Field
Fearless
Fearless
What is Love?
What is Love?
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Dragons: Race to the Edge
The Guilty
The Guilty
Mighty Planes
Mighty Planes
World Without End
World Without End