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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Escape at Dannemora
Escape at Dannemora
The Tudors
The Tudors
The Challenge
The Challenge
The Bobby Brown Story
The Bobby Brown Story
Little Things
Little Things
Castlevania
Castlevania
The Purge
The Purge
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
The 2000s
The 2000s
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Pillars Of The Earth
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
The Radical Story of Patty Hearst
The Radical Story of Patty Hearst
Evil Genius
Evil Genius
Texas Rising
Texas Rising
Centennial
Centennial
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
Scarlett
Scarlett
Jeremy Wade's Mighty Rivers
Jeremy Wade's Mighty Rivers
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
The Durrells
The Durrells
American Dynasties: The Kennedys
American Dynasties: The Kennedys
Dead North
Dead North
The Long Road Home
The Long Road Home
The Night Of
The Night Of
The Woman in White
The Woman in White
The Wives Did It
The Wives Did It
TUT
TUT
Rugged Justice
Rugged Justice
Tesla's Death Ray: A Murder Declassified
Tesla's Death Ray: A Murder Declassified
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
Shut Up and Dribble
Shut Up and Dribble
Women in Prison
Women in Prison
Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery
Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery
A Very English Scandal
A Very English Scandal
Wild Russia
Wild Russia
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography
Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Split
The Split
James Acaster: Repertoire
James Acaster: Repertoire
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
Chandra Levy: An American Murder Mystery
Chandra Levy: An American Murder Mystery
Godless
Godless
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge
Liar
Liar
Ill Behaviour
Ill Behaviour
Welcome to Waverly
Welcome to Waverly
Taboo
Taboo
Inside Evil with Chris Cuomo
Inside Evil with Chris Cuomo
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
Ordeal by Innocence
Ordeal by Innocence
Epitafios
Epitafios
Hitler's Last Stand
Hitler's Last Stand
Witness
Witness
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Trump: An American Dream
Trump: An American Dream
Death Row Chronicles
Death Row Chronicles
Cultureshock
Cultureshock
Nightline Prime
Nightline Prime
Raising Tourette's
Raising Tourette's
Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks
Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
The Disappearance of Phoenix Coldon
The Disappearance of Phoenix Coldon
Merlin's Apprentice
Merlin's Apprentice
Man in an Orange Shirt
Man in an Orange Shirt
Suspicion
Suspicion
Back
Back
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
AMO
AMO
Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde
The Same Sky
The Same Sky
Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights
Innocent
Innocent
All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks
All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks
A Young Doctor's Notebook
A Young Doctor's Notebook
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Picnic at Hanging Rock
The Phantom
The Phantom
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Lost in Transmission
Lost in Transmission
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Mystery Road
Mystery Road
Earthsea
Earthsea
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
The Starter Wife
The Starter Wife
Behaving Badly
Behaving Badly
Road to 9/11
Road to 9/11
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
Tia Mowry at Home
Tia Mowry at Home
The Case of: Caylee Anthony
The Case of: Caylee Anthony
Britz
Britz
Le Mans: Racing is Everything
Le Mans: Racing is Everything
Appropriate Adult
Appropriate Adult
Ghoul
Ghoul
The Jinx
The Jinx