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
Gunpowder
Gunpowder
The Challenge
The Challenge
Liar
Liar
The Prisoner
The Prisoner
The Long Road Home
The Long Road Home
The Night Of
The Night Of
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
The Durrells
The Durrells
Ill Behaviour
Ill Behaviour
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
Scarlett
Scarlett
Comanche Moon
Comanche Moon
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery
Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
The Last Nazis
The Last Nazis
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
Jamaica Inn Mini-Series
Taboo
Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks
Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography
Undercover
TUT
Angels Among Us
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
The Women of Brewster Place
Godless
Behaving Badly
The Count of Monte Cristo
Tesla's Death Ray: A Murder Declassified
Human Trafficking
Nazi Hunters
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Alice
Rillington Place
Drugs, Inc.
Women in Prison
Back
MAR
Manhunt
Long Strange Trip
Black in Latin America
15: A Quinceanera Story
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Wolf Hall
Prison Women
A.D. Kingdom and Empire
Orangutan Island
A Very British Coup
The Winds of War
The Churchills
Epitafios
Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial
Empire
The Phantom
American Occult
Life on the Reef
The Heavy Water War
Fearless
Witness
Le Mans: Racing is Everything
Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail
The Great Train Robbery
Edward and Mrs Simpson
A Dance to the Music of Time
The Titanic
Show Me a Hero
The Dovekeepers
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge
Casanova
Ring of Fire
Wild North
Twice Born: Stories From the Special Delivery Unit
Heidi
World Without End
Under Capricorn
Morocco to Timbuktu: An Arabian Adventure
The Kennedys
The Indian Detective
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Centennial
The Red Tent
Alias Grace
The Making of The Mob
Castlevania
Torn
The Same Sky
Fire Chasers
Marvel's The Defenders
The Stand
Tia Mowry at Home
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Dinotopia
Ramayan
The Jinx
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Crooked House