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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Surviving R. Kelly
Surviving R. Kelly
The Bobby Brown Story
The Bobby Brown Story
The Challenge
The Challenge
The Tudors
The Tudors
Little Things
Little Things
The Cry
The Cry
Kids Baking Championship
Kids Baking Championship
Escape at Dannemora
Escape at Dannemora
Many Sides of Jane
Many Sides of Jane
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
Castlevania
Castlevania
The Purge
The Purge
I Am the Night
I Am the Night
The 2000s
The 2000s
Women in Prison
Women in Prison
Centennial
Centennial
Generation Kill
Generation Kill
The Radical Story of Patty Hearst
The Radical Story of Patty Hearst
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
Epitafios
Epitafios
TUT
TUT
The Pillars Of The Earth
The Pillars Of The Earth
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
Alice
Alice
Dynasties
Dynasties
Texas Rising
Texas Rising
American Dynasties: The Kennedys
American Dynasties: The Kennedys
Dead North
Dead North
Appropriate Adult
Appropriate Adult
Jeremy Wade's Mighty Rivers
Jeremy Wade's Mighty Rivers
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
Rugged Justice
Rugged Justice
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Roots (2016 Miniseries)
Tesla's Death Ray: A Murder Declassified
Tesla's Death Ray: A Murder Declassified
A Very English Scandal
A Very English Scandal
The Long Road Home
The Long Road Home
Drugs, Inc.
Drugs, Inc.
Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery
Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery
Witness
Witness
Unmasking A Killer
Unmasking A Killer
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
The Wives Did It
The Wives Did It
Gunpowder
Gunpowder
World Without End
World Without End
The ABC Murders
The ABC Murders
Ordeal by Innocence
Ordeal by Innocence
Raising Tourette's
Raising Tourette's
Hitler's Last Stand
Hitler's Last Stand
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge
Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography
Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography
Mystery Road
Mystery Road
Wild Russia
Wild Russia
Chandra Levy: An American Murder Mystery
Chandra Levy: An American Murder Mystery
The Durrells
The Durrells
The Lake Erie Murders
The Lake Erie Murders
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling
Death Row Chronicles
Death Row Chronicles
Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde
Taboo
Taboo
The Kennedys
The Kennedys
Shut Up and Dribble
Shut Up and Dribble
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
Ramayan
Ramayan
Inside Evil with Chris Cuomo
Inside Evil with Chris Cuomo
Butterfly
Butterfly
Innocent
Innocent
Watership Down
Watership Down
The Titanic
The Titanic
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Godless
Godless
The Night Of
The Night Of
Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
Empire
Empire
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Waco
Waco
Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
Back
Back
Wild West
Wild West
Cold Valley
Cold Valley
Yellowstone Live
Yellowstone Live
The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway
The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway
Inside North Korea's Dynasty
Inside North Korea's Dynasty
Liar
Liar
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
AXIOS
AXIOS
The Phantom
The Phantom
Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist
Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist
Suspicion
Suspicion
Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor
Tia Mowry at Home
Tia Mowry at Home
Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks
Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks
The Split
The Split
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Comanche Moon
Comanche Moon
Citizen Rose
Citizen Rose
The Innocent Man
The Innocent Man
Lost in Transmission
Lost in Transmission
America's Mississippi
America's Mississippi