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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Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
The Night Of
The Night Of
The Tudors
The Tudors
The Jinx
The Jinx
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
Taboo
Taboo
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Edward and Mrs Simpson
The Women of Brewster Place
The Women of Brewster Place
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
Scarlett
Scarlett
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Epitafios
Epitafios
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
TUT
TUT
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
The Making of The Mob
The Making of The Mob
Women in Prison
Women in Prison
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
Book of Negroes
Book of Negroes
Prison Women
The Phantom
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Appropriate Adult
Death Comes to Pemberley
Sons of Liberty
Tia Mowry at Home
The Prisoner
The Durrells
Nazi Hunters
Moby Dick
Hatfields & McCoys
The Count of Monte Cristo
Wolf Hall
Casanova
Empire
Comanche Moon
MAR
A Dance to the Music of Time
The Pillars Of The Earth
American Occult
Behaving Badly
Heidi
Edward the King
JFK: Reckless Youth
The Stand
Witness
WWI: The First Modern War
Under Capricorn
Jamaica Inn Mini-Series
Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial
Show Me a Hero
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Alice
Human Trafficking
Fearless
New Series
Orangutan Island
Meteor
Rise Up
The Winds of War
Mighty Planes
Category 6: Day of Destruction
Rosemary's Baby
The Great Train Robbery
Talking to Heaven
What is Love?
A Very British Coup
The Heavy Water War
Blue Submarine No. 6
King Tut Unwrapped
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Inside Nature's Giants
Saving the Bay
I Faked My Own Death
Catherine Cookson's The Dwelling Place
Catherine Cookson's The Moth
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
World Without End
Torn
Bonnie and Clyde
The Red Tent
Wild 24
Manhunt
Better Man
Marvel Video Comics
Call Me Francis
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
Suspicion
Earthsea
The American Revolution
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Masha's Tales
LEGO Frozen Northern Lights
High School Musical
The Starter Wife
Hack//Liminality
The Last Templar
XIII: The Conspiracy
The Grizzly Man Diaries