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 Night Of
The Night Of
The Tudors
The Tudors
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
Scarlett
Scarlett
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
The Making of The Mob
The Making of The Mob
The Women of Brewster Place
The Women of Brewster Place
Masha and the Bear
Masha and the Bear
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
TUT
TUT
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
Nazi Hunters
Nazi Hunters
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Meteor
Meteor
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
Original Sin: Sex
Original Sin: Sex
Rugged Justice
Rugged Justice
Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Tia Mowry at Home
Tia Mowry at Home
The Prisoner
The Prisoner
Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking
Comanche Moon
Comanche Moon
Angels Among Us
Angels Among Us
Prison Women
Prison Women
High School Musical
High School Musical
Book of Negroes
Book of Negroes
Women in Prison
Women in Prison
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Ben Hur
Ben Hur
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
The Winds of War
The Winds of War
The Stand
The Stand
Alice
Alice
Torn
Torn
The Titanic
The Titanic
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Pillars Of The Earth
Category 6: Day of Destruction
Category 6: Day of Destruction
MAR
MAR
The Last Templar
The Last Templar
The Grizzly Man Diaries
The Grizzly Man Diaries
Britz
Britz
Moby Dick
Moby Dick
Doomsday Bunkers
Doomsday Bunkers
10.5
10.5
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
Airplane Repo: Wheels Up
Airplane Repo: Wheels Up
King Tut Unwrapped
King Tut Unwrapped
Thin Ice
Thin Ice
Epitafios
Epitafios
Hero Factory
Hero Factory
50 Documentaries To See Before You Die
50 Documentaries To See Before You Die
Carlos
Carlos
Dick Francis Mysteries
Dick Francis Mysteries
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Mighty Planes
Mighty Planes
Merlin's Apprentice
Merlin's Apprentice
Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights
Merlin
Merlin
Witness
Witness
Appropriate Adult
Appropriate Adult
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
Lost in Transmission
Lost in Transmission
Cordon
Cordon
Sex with Brody
Sex with Brody
Demons
Demons
The Principal
The Principal
Masha's Tales
Masha's Tales
Better Man
Better Man
Fearless
Fearless
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
The American West
The American West
The World Wars
The World Wars
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
Blue Submarine No. 6
Blue Submarine No. 6
Inside Nature's Giants
Inside Nature's Giants
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
The Guilty
The Guilty
Serial Thriller
Serial Thriller
Empire
Empire
The Starter Wife
The Starter Wife
Hack//Liminality
Hack//Liminality
XIII: The Conspiracy
XIII: The Conspiracy
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
Maneater
Maneater
Impact
Impact
Wild Russia
Wild Russia
Super Dave's Spike-Tacular
Super Dave's Spike-Tacular
Ultimate Power Builders
Ultimate Power Builders
Clash of the Dinosaurs
Clash of the Dinosaurs
Burn Up
Burn Up
Humanly Impossible
Humanly Impossible