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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The Tudors
The Tudors
The Challenge
The Challenge
Innocent
Innocent
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
The 2000s
The 2000s
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Evil Genius
Evil Genius
Death Row Chronicles
Death Row Chronicles
Dead North
Dead North
The Night Of
The Night Of
TUT
TUT
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
The Durrells
The Durrells
Women in Prison
Women in Prison
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Scarlett
Scarlett
All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks
All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks
Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery
Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
Yellowstone Live
Yellowstone Live
Unmasking A Killer
Unmasking A Killer
Centennial
Centennial
Cultureshock
Cultureshock
The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway
The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway
The Case of: Caylee Anthony
The Case of: Caylee Anthony
Waco
Waco
The Long Road Home
The Long Road Home
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Ordeal by Innocence
Ordeal by Innocence
Taboo
Taboo
Citizen Rose
Citizen Rose
The Great American Read
The Great American Read
The Untold Story of the '90s
The Untold Story of the '90s
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Castlevania
Castlevania
The Prisoner
The Prisoner
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Jeremy Wade's Mighty Rivers
Jeremy Wade's Mighty Rivers
Man in an Orange Shirt
Man in an Orange Shirt
Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights
Liar
Liar
Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards
It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards
MAR
MAR
Rugged Justice
Rugged Justice
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge
The American West
The American West
Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography
Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography
All or Nothing: The Michigan Wolverines
All or Nothing: The Michigan Wolverines
A Very English Scandal
A Very English Scandal
The Split
The Split
The World Wars
The World Wars
Appropriate Adult
Appropriate Adult
Alice
Alice
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
The Winds of War
The Winds of War
Wild Wild Country
Wild Wild Country
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
American Dynasties: The Kennedys
American Dynasties: The Kennedys
Ill Behaviour
Ill Behaviour
The Making of The Mob
The Making of The Mob
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
All or Nothing: The Dallas Cowboys
All or Nothing: The Dallas Cowboys
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
Wonders of Mexico
Wonders of Mexico
Empire
Empire
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling
Prison Women
Prison Women
The Stand
The Stand
Long Strange Trip
Long Strange Trip
Undercover
Undercover
AMO
AMO
James Acaster: Repertoire
James Acaster: Repertoire
A.D. Kingdom and Empire
A.D. Kingdom and Empire
The Grizzly Man Diaries
The Grizzly Man Diaries
Meteor
Meteor
An American Murder Mystery: The Staircase
An American Murder Mystery: The Staircase
Earth's Natural Wonders
Earth's Natural Wonders
The Indian Detective
The Indian Detective
Hjordis
Hjordis
The Lava Field
The Lava Field
Back
Back
Texas Rising
Texas Rising
The Radical Story of Patty Hearst
The Radical Story of Patty Hearst
Maneater
Maneater
The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery
The Titanic
The Titanic
10.5
10.5
Godless
Godless
Nightline Prime
Nightline Prime
Raising Tourette's
Raising Tourette's