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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Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
The Tudors
The Tudors
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Scarlett
Scarlett
Masha and the Bear
Masha and the Bear
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
The Women of Brewster Place
The Women of Brewster Place
The Making Of The Mob: New York
The Making Of The Mob: New York
TUT
TUT
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
The World Wars
The World Wars
Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery
Prison Women
Prison Women
High School Musical
High School Musical
The American West
The American West
Alice
Alice
Nazi Hunters
Nazi Hunters
Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking
Inside Nature's Giants
Inside Nature's Giants
Moby Dick
Moby Dick
Earthsea
Earthsea
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Lost in the West
Lost in the West
Women in Prison
Women in Prison
Book of Negroes
Book of Negroes
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Pillars Of The Earth
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
Epitafios
Epitafios
The Winds of War
The Winds of War
The Guilty
The Guilty
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Demons
Demons
Better Man
Better Man
The Grizzly Man Diaries
The Grizzly Man Diaries
I Faked My Own Death
I Faked My Own Death
The Stand
The Stand
Category 6: Day of Destruction
Category 6: Day of Destruction
The Titanic
The Titanic
The Starter Wife
The Starter Wife
XIII: The Conspiracy
XIII: The Conspiracy
Impact
Impact
Meteor
Meteor
King Tut Unwrapped
King Tut Unwrapped
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Delta Divers
Delta Divers
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
Hero Factory
Hero Factory
Behaving Badly
Behaving Badly
Britz
Britz
Big Sexy
Big Sexy
Catherine Cookson's The Gambling Man
Catherine Cookson's The Gambling Man
Edward the King
Edward the King
First Among Equals
First Among Equals
Mighty Planes
Mighty Planes
Sea Wolf
Sea Wolf
Merlin's Apprentice
Merlin's Apprentice
Love in a Cold Climate
Love in a Cold Climate
Torn
Torn
Ben Hur
Ben Hur
Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
Inside Mayweather vs Pacquiao
Inside Mayweather vs Pacquiao
Cordon
Cordon
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Empire
Empire
Gringolandia
Gringolandia
The Phantom
The Phantom
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
The Prisoner
The Prisoner
Angels Among Us
Angels Among Us
Carlos
Carlos
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Suspicion
Suspicion
Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights
Appropriate Adult
Appropriate Adult
The Tower: Tales from a Vanished Land
The Tower: Tales from a Vanished Land
Serial Thriller
Serial Thriller
Sex with Brody
Sex with Brody
Show Me a Hero
Show Me a Hero
MAR
MAR
Blue Submarine No. 6
Blue Submarine No. 6
Hack//Liminality
Hack//Liminality
The Last Templar
The Last Templar
Comanche Moon
Comanche Moon
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
Maneater
Maneater
Wild Russia
Wild Russia
Super Dave's Spike-Tacular
Super Dave's Spike-Tacular
Ultimate Power Builders
Ultimate Power Builders