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 Night Of
The Night Of
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
The Tudors
The Tudors
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
The Challenge
The Challenge
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery
The Women of Brewster Place
The Women of Brewster Place
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
Scarlett
Scarlett
MAR
MAR
Taboo
Taboo
Alice
Alice
TUT
TUT
The Durrells
The Durrells
The Making of The Mob
The Making of The Mob
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
New Series
New Series
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
Comanche Moon
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Hatfields & McCoys
Long Strange Trip
The Kennedys
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
The Jinx
Drugs, Inc.
The Titanic
World Without End
Castlevania
Epitafios
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Ring of Fire
The Stand
Jamaica Inn Mini-Series
Fearless
The Pillars Of The Earth
A Very British Coup
Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial
Prison Women
American Occult
The Heavy Water War
Le Mans: Racing is Everything
A Dance to the Music of Time
Behaving Badly
Show Me a Hero
Casanova
WWI: The First Modern War
JFK: Reckless Youth
The Prisoner
Heidi
Under Capricorn
The Count of Monte Cristo
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Appropriate Adult
Britz
Nazi Hunters
Talking to Heaven
Empire
Witness
Who Was Jesus?
The Winds of War
The Wives Did It
Rosemary's Baby
Hero Factory
A.D.
Manhunt
Torn
Living in the Time of Jesus
The World Wars
Sons of Liberty
Orangutan Island
The Grizzly Man Diaries
Moby Dick
Wild North
Tia Mowry at Home
Tokyo Trial
Hip-Hop Evolution
The West
Dinotopia
Ramayan
Death Comes to Pemberley
Chelsea Does
The Red Tent
LEGO Frozen Northern Lights
Nightline Prime
The American West
Twice Born: Stories From the Special Delivery Unit
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Powering the Future
Blood Dolphins
Break It Down
Sex with Brody
Taylor Swift's Journey To Fearless
Big Sexy
King - The Miniseries
Sherlock Holmes: The Incident at Victoria Falls
Treehugger TV
My Secret Diary