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 Tudors
The Tudors
The Night Of
The Night Of
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
The Making of The Mob
The Making of The Mob
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Women in Prison
Women in Prison
Masha and the Bear
Masha and the Bear
Book of Negroes
Book of Negroes
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
Scarlett
Scarlett
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
The Titanic
The Titanic
The American West
The American West
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Comanche Moon
Comanche Moon
The World Wars
The World Wars
The Starter Wife
The Starter Wife
Witness
Witness
Appropriate Adult
Appropriate Adult
Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
Nazi Hunters
Nazi Hunters
Moby Dick
Moby Dick
Suspicion
Suspicion
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
TUT
TUT
High School Musical
High School Musical
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
Life on the Reef
Life on the Reef
Angels Among Us
Angels Among Us
World Without End
World Without End
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail
Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail
Prison Women
Prison Women
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Dragons: Race to the Edge
The Stand
The Stand
Meteor
Meteor
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Pillars Of The Earth
Alice
Alice
Ben Hur
Ben Hur
Inside Nature's Giants
Inside Nature's Giants
10.5
10.5
The Winds of War
The Winds of War
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
Casanova
Casanova
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery
Talking to Heaven
Talking to Heaven
Jamaica Inn Mini-Series
Jamaica Inn Mini-Series
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Original Sin: Sex
Original Sin: Sex
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Hero Factory
Hero Factory
Britz
Britz
Civil Warriors
Civil Warriors
Big Sexy
Big Sexy
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Edward and Mrs Simpson
P.D. James: The Black Tower
P.D. James: The Black Tower
The Guilty
The Guilty
The Holy Family
The Holy Family
Doomsday Bunkers
Doomsday Bunkers
Mighty Planes
Mighty Planes
Category 6: Day of Destruction
Category 6: Day of Destruction
Merlin's Apprentice
Merlin's Apprentice
What to do When Someone Dies
What to do When Someone Dies
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
A Young Doctor's Notebook
A Young Doctor's Notebook
Barabbas
Barabbas
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
Tia Mowry at Home
Tia Mowry at Home
Inside Mayweather vs Pacquiao
Inside Mayweather vs Pacquiao
Cordon
Cordon
Demons
Demons
The Women of Brewster Place
The Women of Brewster Place
Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking
Earth's Natural Wonders
Earth's Natural Wonders
Heidi
Heidi
The Queen of Office
The Queen of Office
Sex with Brody
Sex with Brody
The Wives Did It
The Wives Did It
MAR
MAR
Blue Submarine No. 6
Blue Submarine No. 6
Hack//Liminality
Hack//Liminality
The Last Templar
The Last Templar
XIII: The Conspiracy
XIII: The Conspiracy
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
The Grizzly Man Diaries
The Grizzly Man Diaries
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
Maneater
Maneater
Impact
Impact
Wild Russia
Wild Russia
The Prisoner
The Prisoner
Super Dave's Spike-Tacular
Super Dave's Spike-Tacular
Ultimate Power Builders
Ultimate Power Builders