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 Durrells
The Durrells
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
The Challenge
The Challenge
The Night Of
The Night Of
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
Back
Back
Unmasking A Killer
Unmasking A Killer
It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards
It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards
Liar
Liar
Epitafios
Epitafios
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery
Serial Thriller
Serial Thriller
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
Innocent
Innocent
Women in Prison
Women in Prison
Waco
Waco
Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
Scarlett
Scarlett
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
Jeremy Wade's Mighty Rivers
Jeremy Wade's Mighty Rivers
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
The Long Road Home
The Long Road Home
Death Row Chronicles
Death Row Chronicles
Taboo
Taboo
American Dynasties: The Kennedys
American Dynasties: The Kennedys
Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography
Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography
The Untold Story of the '90s
The Untold Story of the '90s
Citizen Rose
Citizen Rose
Tesla's Death Ray: A Murder Declassified
Tesla's Death Ray: A Murder Declassified
TUT
TUT
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
The Five
The Five
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Undercover
Undercover
An American Murder Mystery: The Staircase
An American Murder Mystery: The Staircase
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Centennial
Centennial
The Radical Story of Patty Hearst
The Radical Story of Patty Hearst
Godless
Godless
The Prisoner
The Prisoner
Marvel Video Comics
Marvel Video Comics
Empire
Empire
Fearless
Fearless
The World Wars
The World Wars
The Titanic
The Titanic
All or Nothing: The Michigan Wolverines
All or Nothing: The Michigan Wolverines
All or Nothing: The Dallas Cowboys
All or Nothing: The Dallas Cowboys
American Occult
American Occult
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail
Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking
The Reagans
The Reagans
Merlin's Apprentice
Merlin's Apprentice
Long Strange Trip
Long Strange Trip
The Jinx
The Jinx
The Women of Brewster Place
The Women of Brewster Place
Under Capricorn
Under Capricorn
Jamaica Inn Mini-Series
Jamaica Inn Mini-Series
Alice
Alice
Wild Wild Country
Wild Wild Country
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
Evil Genius
Evil Genius
Break It Down
Break It Down
Sherlock Holmes: The Incident at Victoria Falls
Sherlock Holmes: The Incident at Victoria Falls
A Very British Coup
A Very British Coup
The Last Nazis
The Last Nazis
Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial
Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
Life on the Reef
Life on the Reef
The Heavy Water War
The Heavy Water War
Appropriate Adult
Appropriate Adult
MAR
MAR
Witness
Witness
Le Mans: Racing is Everything
Le Mans: Racing is Everything
Manhunt
Manhunt
The Guilty
The Guilty
Little Women (2017)
Little Women (2017)
A Dance to the Music of Time
A Dance to the Music of Time
Behaving Badly
Behaving Badly
Moby Dick
Moby Dick
Sea Wolf
Sea Wolf
Rillington Place
Rillington Place
Show Me a Hero
Show Me a Hero
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge
Casanova
Casanova
Barabbas
Barabbas
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire
Dear Murderer
Dear Murderer
Wild North
Wild North
Love in a Cold Climate
Love in a Cold Climate
Heidi
Heidi
Gunpowder
Gunpowder
Morocco to Timbuktu: An Arabian Adventure
Morocco to Timbuktu: An Arabian Adventure