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
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
Waco
Waco
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Liar
Liar
The Prisoner
The Prisoner
The Durrells
The Durrells
The Long Road Home
The Long Road Home
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Undercover
Undercover
Gunpowder
Gunpowder
The Night Of
The Night Of
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
The Radical Story of Patty Hearst
The Radical Story of Patty Hearst
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
Back
Back
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Le Mans: Racing is Everything
Casanova
Scarlett
Tesla's Death Ray: A Murder Declassified
Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks
The Kennedys
Drugs, Inc.
Alice
Taboo
Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography
Human Trafficking
The Titanic
Generation Kill
Marvel's The Defenders
Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery
The Guilty
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Dinotopia
The Phantom
Tia Mowry at Home
15: A Quinceanera Story
PyeongChang 2018: XXIII Olympic Winter Games
The Last Nazis
Women in Prison
The Great Train Robbery
A Dance to the Music of Time
Lonesome Dove
Long Strange Trip
TUT
A.D. Kingdom and Empire
Godless
The Women of Brewster Place
Comanche Moon
The Stand
A Very British Coup
The Churchills
Epitafios
Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial
Empire
American Occult
Life on the Reef
The Heavy Water War
Fearless
Manhunt
Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Behaving Badly
Rillington Place
Show Me a Hero
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge
Merlin's Apprentice
Barabbas
Ring of Fire
Dear Murderer
Wild North
The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway
The Jinx
Twice Born: Stories From the Special Delivery Unit
Heidi
Under Capricorn
Morocco to Timbuktu: An Arabian Adventure
Black in Latin America
Ill Behaviour
Jamaica Inn Mini-Series
The Pillars Of The Earth
Rosemary's Baby
Centennial
The American Revolution
Citizen Rose
Bonnie and Clyde
Alias Grace
Nazi Hunters
The World Wars
Sons of Liberty
The Same Sky
Arabian Nights
Wild West
The American West
Extreme Animal Obsessions