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.

About This Genre
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
The Night Of
The Night Of
The Tudors
The Tudors
Long Strange Trip
Long Strange Trip
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
Alice
Alice
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
The Durrells
The Durrells
The Jinx
The Jinx
Le Mans: Racing is Everything
Le Mans: Racing is Everything
The Making of The Mob
The Making of The Mob
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
Scarlett
Scarlett
The Women of Brewster Place
The Women of Brewster Place
Taboo
Taboo
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Suspicion
Suspicion
The Kennedys
TUT
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Rosemary's Baby
Sons of Liberty
Tia Mowry at Home
Dinotopia
The 10th Kingdom
The Red Tent
The Prisoner
The Great Train Robbery
Kids Baking Championship
Behaving Badly
Heidi
A Very British Coup
The Winds of War
Epitafios
Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial
Monty Python's Flying Circus - Personal Bests
The Phantom
American Occult
The Heavy Water War
MAR
Witness
Edward and Mrs Simpson
A Dance to the Music of Time
Show Me a Hero
Casanova
Ring of Fire
WWI: The First Modern War
JFK: Reckless Youth
Under Capricorn
The Count of Monte Cristo
Jamaica Inn Mini-Series
The Pillars Of The Earth
New Series
America's Deadliest Season
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Prison Women
Bonnie and Clyde
Torn
The Titanic
Orangutan Island
The Stand
Death Comes to Pemberley
Meteor
Ramayan
Empire
My Secret Diary
Angels Among Us
Alice in Wonderland
Wild Russia
Dick Francis Mysteries
Women in Prison
Appropriate Adult
The American Revolution
GOO RU STYLE
Juana Ines
The World Wars
The Same Sky
The Grizzly Man Diaries
Little Weddings
Barabbas
Masha and the Bear
Dragons: Race to the Edge
The Holy Family
Riverworld
World Without End
The West
Love for Ten: Generation of Youth
Talking to Heaven
Soundclash
The Challenge
King - The Miniseries
The Starter Wife
Nazi Hunters
LEGO Frozen Northern Lights
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
Book of Negroes