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 Bobby Brown Story
The Bobby Brown Story
Escape at Dannemora
Escape at Dannemora
The Challenge
The Challenge
Little Things
Little Things
Castlevania
Castlevania
The Purge
The Purge
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
The Tudors
The Tudors
The 2000s
The 2000s
Women in Prison
Women in Prison
Dead North
Dead North
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
Back
Back
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
A Very English Scandal
A Very English Scandal
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
Centennial
Centennial
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Pillars Of The Earth
Epitafios
Epitafios
Jeremy Wade's Mighty Rivers
Jeremy Wade's Mighty Rivers
Rugged Justice
Rugged Justice
Evil Genius
Evil Genius
The Radical Story of Patty Hearst
The Radical Story of Patty Hearst
Texas Rising
Texas Rising
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
The Long Road Home
The Long Road Home
Hitler's Last Stand
Hitler's Last Stand
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography
Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography
Tesla's Death Ray: A Murder Declassified
Tesla's Death Ray: A Murder Declassified
The Wives Did It
The Wives Did It
Witness
Witness
Raising Tourette's
Raising Tourette's
Gunpowder
Gunpowder
Wild Russia
Wild Russia
Alice
Alice
Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery
Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge
The Split
The Split
The Night Of
The Night Of
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Undercover
Undercover
TUT
TUT
American Dynasties: The Kennedys
American Dynasties: The Kennedys
World Without End
World Without End
Suspicion
Suspicion
Unmasking A Killer
Unmasking A Killer
Chandra Levy: An American Murder Mystery
Chandra Levy: An American Murder Mystery
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Inside Evil with Chris Cuomo
Inside Evil with Chris Cuomo
Waco
Waco
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
The Durrells
The Durrells
Taboo
Taboo
The Woman in White
The Woman in White
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
Citizen Rose
Citizen Rose
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Serial Thriller
Serial Thriller
The Great American Read
The Great American Read
Mystery Road
Mystery Road
A.D. Kingdom and Empire
A.D. Kingdom and Empire
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
Yeh Meri Family
Yeh Meri Family
Scarlett
Scarlett
The Same Sky
The Same Sky
The Five
The Five
Liar
Liar
The Case of: Caylee Anthony
The Case of: Caylee Anthony
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
The Starter Wife
The Starter Wife
The Disappearance of Phoenix Coldon
The Disappearance of Phoenix Coldon
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
Lost in the West
Lost in the West
The Cry
The Cry
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Cultureshock
Cultureshock
The Beautiful Lie
The Beautiful Lie
Kingdom of the North
Kingdom of the North
AXIOS
AXIOS
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards
It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards
Wild Wild Country
Wild Wild Country
The Guilty
The Guilty
David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef
David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef
Ill Behaviour
Ill Behaviour
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
An American Murder Mystery: The Staircase
An American Murder Mystery: The Staircase
Best.Worst.Weekend.Ever
Best.Worst.Weekend.Ever
Appropriate Adult
Appropriate Adult
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
The Phantom
The Phantom
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
AMO
AMO
Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde
Manhunt
Manhunt