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
The Durrells
The Durrells
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
New Series
New Series
The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway
The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway
Epitafios
Epitafios
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
MAR
MAR
The Jinx
The Jinx
The Heavy Water War
The Heavy Water War
The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery
The Women of Brewster Place
The Women of Brewster Place
Centennial
Centennial
Scarlett
Scarlett
Fire Chasers
Fire Chasers
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
Book of Negroes
The Making of The Mob
Rosemary's Baby
The Pillars Of The Earth
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Drugs, Inc.
Hatfields & McCoys
Marvel's The Defenders
TUT
Taboo
Princess Diana: Tragedy or Treason?
Earth's Natural Wonders
Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light
Long Strange Trip
Road to 9/11
Kids Baking Championship
Chandra Levy: An American Murder Mystery
Suspicion
Chelsea Does
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Who Was Jesus?
The Starter Wife
Nazi Hunters
Ireland's Wild Coast
The Dovekeepers
Hip-Hop Evolution
The Prisoner
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Stand
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Show Me a Hero
Casanova
Ring of Fire
Jamaica Inn Mini-Series
Comanche Moon
Women in Prison
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
The Last Nazis
The Churchills
Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial
Empire
Alice
American Occult
Life on the Reef
Witness
Le Mans: Racing is Everything
The Silence
Edward and Mrs Simpson
A Dance to the Music of Time
Behaving Badly
WWI: The First Modern War
Wild North
JFK: Reckless Youth
Heidi
Under Capricorn
Black in Latin America
Wild West
The Winds of War
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
The State (2017)
Manhunt
Torn
The Titanic
George Lopez: The Wall, Live from Washington D.C.
A Very British Coup
Serial Thriller
Break It Down
Man-Eating Python
The Phantom
A Dinner of Herbs
The Last Templar
Fearless
Appropriate Adult
A.D.
Britz
The Queen of Office
The Same Sky
Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail
Orangutan Island
Category 6: Day of Destruction