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 Tudors
The Tudors
The Challenge
The Challenge
The Night Of
The Night Of
Liar
Liar
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Back
Back
American Dynasties: The Kennedys
American Dynasties: The Kennedys
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
Unmasking A Killer
Unmasking A Killer
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
Waco
Waco
The Jinx
The Jinx
Alice
Alice
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Scarlett
Scarlett
Taboo
Taboo
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
Kids Baking Championship
The Prisoner
Wolf Hall
Gunpowder
Ring of Fire
Lonesome Dove
Hatfields & McCoys
The Durrells
Jeremy Wade's Mighty Rivers
Women in Prison
The World Wars
TUT
It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards
The Radical Story of Patty Hearst
Death Row Chronicles
Wild Wild Country
Sons of Liberty
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Reagans
Innocent
Undercover
An American Murder Mystery: The Staircase
Tesla's Death Ray: A Murder Declassified
Cleopatra (2018)
The Dovekeepers
Mighty Planes
Chandra Levy: An American Murder Mystery
Road to 9/11
Marvel Video Comics
The Churchills
Manhunt
The Great Train Robbery
The Long Road Home
Human Trafficking
Sea Wolf
Long Strange Trip
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling
AMO
Appropriate Adult
MAR
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Behaving Badly
The Titanic
Casanova
Serial Thriller
Dear Murderer
The Women of Brewster Place
All or Nothing: The Michigan Wolverines
Jamaica Inn Mini-Series
Godless
The Phantom
Comanche Moon
Break It Down
Sherlock Holmes: The Incident at Victoria Falls
A Very British Coup
The Last Nazis
Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial
Alice in Wonderland
Empire
Prison Women
American Occult
Life on the Reef
The Heavy Water War
Fearless
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Witness
Le Mans: Racing is Everything
Maneater
The Same Sky
Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail
A Dance to the Music of Time
Moby Dick
Rillington Place
Show Me a Hero
Merlin's Apprentice
Barabbas
Arabian Nights