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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Innocent
Innocent
The Challenge
The Challenge
The Durrells
The Durrells
The Tudors
The Tudors
It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards
It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards
Unmasking A Killer
Unmasking A Killer
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
Scarlett
Scarlett
Waco
Waco
Women in Prison
Women in Prison
Jeremy Wade's Mighty Rivers
Jeremy Wade's Mighty Rivers
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
Taboo
Taboo
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
The Night Of
The Night Of
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
The Long Road Home
The Long Road Home
The World Wars
The World Wars
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
Back
Back
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Death Row Chronicles
Death Row Chronicles
The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery
Liar
Liar
Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks
Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks
The Radical Story of Patty Hearst
The Radical Story of Patty Hearst
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
Citizen Rose
Citizen Rose
The Untold Story of the '90s
The Untold Story of the '90s
TUT
TUT
Tesla's Death Ray: A Murder Declassified
Tesla's Death Ray: A Murder Declassified
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Epitafios
Epitafios
The Five
The Five
Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography
Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography
An American Murder Mystery: The Staircase
An American Murder Mystery: The Staircase
The Churchills
The Churchills
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery
Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery
The Starter Wife
The Starter Wife
Centennial
Centennial
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
Inside Nature's Giants
Inside Nature's Giants
Godless
Godless
Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
The Prisoner
The Prisoner
Evil Genius
Evil Genius
All or Nothing: The Dallas Cowboys
All or Nothing: The Dallas Cowboys
Alice
Alice
The Winds of War
The Winds of War
Wild Wild Country
Wild Wild Country
The Case of: Caylee Anthony
The Case of: Caylee Anthony
Torn
Torn
George Lopez: The Wall, Live from Washington D.C.
George Lopez: The Wall, Live from Washington D.C.
The Women of Brewster Place
The Women of Brewster Place
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Pillars Of The Earth
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
A.D. Kingdom and Empire
A.D. Kingdom and Empire
Alias Grace
Alias Grace
Maneater
Maneater
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
Serial Thriller
Serial Thriller
Undercover
Undercover
The Jinx
The Jinx
Powering the Future
Powering the Future
The Great American Read
The Great American Read
My Secret Diary
My Secret Diary
Earth's Natural Wonders
Earth's Natural Wonders
AMO
AMO
Kingdom of the North
Kingdom of the North
Crooked House
Crooked House
Angels Among Us
Angels Among Us
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Empire
Empire
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling
Prison Women
Prison Women
The Phantom
The Phantom
Hero Factory
Hero Factory
Fearless
Fearless
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Rugged Justice
Rugged Justice
A.D.
A.D.
The Making of The Mob
The Making of The Mob
Princess Diana: Tragedy or Treason?
Princess Diana: Tragedy or Treason?
Castlevania
Castlevania
Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist
Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist
Juana Ines
Juana Ines
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Edward and Mrs Simpson
The Tower: Tales from a Vanished Land
The Tower: Tales from a Vanished Land
Comanche Moon
Comanche Moon
Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking
Chandra Levy: An American Murder Mystery
Chandra Levy: An American Murder Mystery
The Titanic
The Titanic