Mini-Series TV Shows

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.

The Challenge
The Challenge
Little Fires Everywhere
Little Fires Everywhere
What's Wrong with Secretary Kim?
What's Wrong with Secretary Kim?
Chernobyl
Chernobyl
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Dragons: Race to the Edge
The Tudors
The Tudors
Little Things
Little Things
The Bobby Brown Story
The Bobby Brown Story
Yeh Meri Family
Yeh Meri Family
Delhi Crime
Delhi Crime
Surviving R. Kelly
Surviving R. Kelly
Scarlett
Scarlett
Unspeakable
Unspeakable
Lost Gold of World War II
Lost Gold of World War II
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
Good Omens
Good Omens
Innocent
Innocent
Liar
Liar
Castlevania
Castlevania
Masha and the Bear
Masha and the Bear
When They See Us
When They See Us
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
Escape at Dannemora
Escape at Dannemora
The Outsider
The Outsider
The Durrells
The Durrells
Ghoul
Ghoul
Watchmen
Watchmen
Waco
Waco
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Mystery Road
Mystery Road
The Night Of
The Night Of
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
American Soul
American Soul
The Purge
The Purge
TUT
TUT
The Long Road Home
The Long Road Home
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
Ramayan
Ramayan
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Pillars Of The Earth
Miracle Workers
Miracle Workers
Wild Wild Country
Wild Wild Country
The Split
The Split
Evil Genius
Evil Genius
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
Punk
Punk
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
The Hot Zone
The Hot Zone
Alice
Alice
Hip-Hop Evolution
Hip-Hop Evolution
A Very English Scandal
A Very English Scandal
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer
Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer
Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde
Appropriate Adult
Appropriate Adult
Looking for Alaska
Looking for Alaska
Man in an Orange Shirt
Man in an Orange Shirt
Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures
Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures
Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights
Jeremy Wade's Mighty Rivers
Jeremy Wade's Mighty Rivers
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
War of the Worlds
War of the Worlds
The Outsiders
The Outsiders
Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse
Shut Up and Dribble
Shut Up and Dribble
The Same Sky
The Same Sky
Alias Grace
Alias Grace
Back
Back
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
Tokyo Trial
Tokyo Trial
Women
Women
Ordeal by Innocence
Ordeal by Innocence
The Widow
The Widow
Catch-22
Catch-22
Formula 1: Drive to Survive
Formula 1: Drive to Survive
Our Boys
Our Boys
The Making of The Mob
The Making of The Mob
Unbelievable
Unbelievable
Dynasties
Dynasties
From The Earth To The Moon
From The Earth To The Moon
Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery
Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery
The Mind, Explained
The Mind, Explained
Taboo
Taboo
Butterfly
Butterfly
Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker
Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker
All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks
All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks
Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates
Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates
The 2000s
The 2000s
The Jinx
The Jinx
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
Extreme Rescues
Extreme Rescues
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
A Young Doctor's Notebook
A Young Doctor's Notebook
Unidentified: Inside America's UFO Investigation
Unidentified: Inside America's UFO Investigation
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
The Prisoner
The Prisoner
Murder Mountain
Murder Mountain
AMO
AMO
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies