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
The Challenge
The Challenge
The Durrells
The Durrells
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
Princess Diana: Tragedy or Treason?
Princess Diana: Tragedy or Treason?
Casanova
Casanova
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire
The Prisoner
The Prisoner
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
Scarlett
Scarlett
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
The Women of Brewster Place
The Women of Brewster Place
The Making of The Mob
The Making of The Mob
Comanche Moon
Comanche Moon
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
Drugs, Inc.
TUT
New Series
Book of Negroes
Taboo
The Dovekeepers
Sons of Liberty
Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail
Wild Alaska Live
The Titanic
Dinotopia
Death Comes to Pemberley
George Lopez: The Wall, Live from Washington D.C.
The Last Nazis
JFK: Reckless Youth
Long Strange Trip
Heidi
A Very British Coup
The Churchills
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Epitafios
Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial
Empire
Prison Women
American Occult
The Heavy Water War
Fearless
MAR
The Great Train Robbery
Edward and Mrs Simpson
A Dance to the Music of Time
Behaving Badly
Under Capricorn
The Count of Monte Cristo
Jamaica Inn Mini-Series
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
The Jinx
The Pillars Of The Earth
Alice
The Stand
The Winds of War
Manhunt
Ireland's Wild Coast
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
The Grizzly Man Diaries
Witness
Le Mans: Racing is Everything
Show Me a Hero
WWI: The First Modern War
Masha and the Bear
My Secret Diary
The 10th Kingdom
A Child Called Jesus
Rosemary's Baby
Appropriate Adult
The Catherine Cookson Anthology: Tilly Trotter
Rugged Justice
Britz
Castlevania
Maneater
Torn
Nazi Hunters
The Same Sky
Human Trafficking
Orangutan Island
Serial Thriller
Meteor
Women in Prison
Biblical Conspiracies
Angels Among Us
The Kennedys
The American Revolution
Nightline Prime
Dragons: Race to the Edge
The Red Tent
Talking to Heaven
Powering the Future
Blood Dolphins
Break It Down
Sex with Brody