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 Challenge
The Challenge
Dead North
Dead North
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
Innocent
Innocent
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
The Durrells
The Durrells
Citizen Rose
Citizen Rose
An American Murder Mystery: The Staircase
An American Murder Mystery: The Staircase
Women in Prison
Women in Prison
The Long Road Home
The Long Road Home
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks
All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks
Jeremy Wade's Mighty Rivers
Jeremy Wade's Mighty Rivers
It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards
It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards
Waco
Waco
Death Row Chronicles
Death Row Chronicles
Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography
Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
The Split
The Split
The Night Of
The Night Of
Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery
Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
The Radical Story of Patty Hearst
The Radical Story of Patty Hearst
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
Ill Behaviour
Ill Behaviour
Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking
The Untold Story of the '90s
The Untold Story of the '90s
Back
Back
Tesla's Death Ray: A Murder Declassified
Tesla's Death Ray: A Murder Declassified
Scarlett
Scarlett
Unmasking A Killer
Unmasking A Killer
The Case of: Caylee Anthony
The Case of: Caylee Anthony
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Appropriate Adult
Appropriate Adult
Comanche Moon
Comanche Moon
Liar
Liar
Epitafios
Epitafios
Rugged Justice
Rugged Justice
The World Wars
The World Wars
Gunpowder
Gunpowder
Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
Nobel
Nobel
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
The Making of The Mob
The Making of The Mob
Torn
Torn
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge
Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights
The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway
The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway
Evil Genius
Evil Genius
Taboo
Taboo
The Phantom
The Phantom
The Jinx
The Jinx
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Earth's Natural Wonders
Earth's Natural Wonders
The Heavy Water War
The Heavy Water War
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
Britz
Britz
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Serial Thriller
Serial Thriller
The Prisoner
The Prisoner
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
TUT
TUT
Alice
Alice
Man in an Orange Shirt
Man in an Orange Shirt
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Pillars Of The Earth
Godless
Godless
American Dynasties: The Kennedys
American Dynasties: The Kennedys
Wild Wild Country
Wild Wild Country
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
Hip-Hop Evolution
Hip-Hop Evolution
AMO
AMO
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Cleopatra (2018)
Cleopatra (2018)
The Great American Read
The Great American Read
Prison Women
Prison Women
A.D. Kingdom and Empire
A.D. Kingdom and Empire
Hero Factory
Hero Factory
Le Mans: Racing is Everything
Le Mans: Racing is Everything
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
Inside Nature's Giants
Inside Nature's Giants
The Grizzly Man Diaries
The Grizzly Man Diaries
All or Nothing: The Dallas Cowboys
All or Nothing: The Dallas Cowboys
Casanova
Casanova
Mighty Planes
Mighty Planes
Marvel's The Defenders
Marvel's The Defenders
The Five
The Five
Undercover
Undercover
Ben Hur
Ben Hur
The Women of Brewster Place
The Women of Brewster Place
Angels Among Us
Angels Among Us
Wild Alaska Live
Wild Alaska Live
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Centennial
Centennial
Charite
Charite
Maneater
Maneater
The Guilty
The Guilty