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1A miniseries (also frequently referred to as a limited series) is a multi-part drama that airs a pre-determined number of episodes on television. It differs from a traditional television show by the fact that it tells a self-contained story, with no intention of stretching out the concept over multiple seasons. For this reason, production values are frequently more lavish than for a regular series, and the cast usually includes big-name non-TV stars. ²²In the past, miniseries were often "event television" and aired on multiple nights in the same week, sometimes even on consecutive nights. Many miniseries are adaptations of large books, and as such differ from other shows in that they place a high value identifying the author, to the point that the author's name is frequently embedded in the program's title. Miniseries in this vein were often epic melodramas, and consequently the concept of a "miniseries" gained something of a stigma.²²In more recent times, miniseries episodes often air at the same weekly time slot or all at once on a streaming service. This, combined with television's trend toward serialization, has blurred the lines between a miniseries and a normal television show. Some television series even originate as a miniseries that got expanded into multiple seasons. ²²The concept of a miniseries varies outside of the United States. British series often air only [[BritishBrevity short]], heavily serialized seasons, so the entire run of a British show might be akin to an American miniseries and be aired on American television as such. In Asian countries, the concept of TV seasons is much weaker, and miniseries tend to be the ''de facto'' style of TV programming for dramas, with anything from 10 to 100 episodes per series. ²²----²!!Examples:²²[[index]]²* ''Series/YediYuz'' (''7 Faces'')²* ''Series/TheTenthKingdom''²* ''Series/TenPointFive'': This is a DisasterMovie miniseries made for NBC. It has...problems.²* ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'': This was a MiniSeries that proved popular enough to be transformed into a traditional DramaticHourLong show.²* ''WebOriginal/SeventeenThousandSevenHundredSeventySix'' is an Internet example, being published daily on SB Nation for 10 days in July of 2017.²* A&E:²** Made tons of miniseries, many of which were adaptations of classic literature, many of which in conjunction with a UK network, usually ITV:²** ''Series/HoratioHornblower''²** ''Series/PrideAndPrejudice1995''²* ''Series/ADTheBibleContinues'': A Creator/{{NBC}} followup to Creator/TheHistoryChannel's Series/TheBible2013.²* ''Series/AliasGrace''²* ''Series/{{Amerika}}''²* ''Series/TheAndromedaStrain'': This is a [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]] miniseries reimagining the Creator/MichaelCrichton novel.²* ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'': This play was turned into a miniseries on Creator/{{HBO}}. Starring Creator/AlPacino, Creator/MerylStreep, and Creator/MaryLouiseParker (among others), it went on to surpass ''Series/Roots1977'' in Emmy wins.²* ''Series/AnneFrankTheWholeStory''²* ''Series/{{ANZACs}}''²* ''Series/ANZACGirls''²* ''WesternAnimation/AppleAndOnion''²* ''Series/AppleTreeYard''²* ''Series/ArabianNights''²* ''Series/{{Ascension|Miniseries}}''²* ''Series/TheAssets''²* ''Series/{{Attila}}''²* ''Series/BandOfBrothers''²* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'': This was a MiniSeries that proved popular enough to be transformed into a traditional DramaticHourLong show.²* ''Series/BayanKo'' - A Filipino GovernmentProcedural miniseries.²* ''Series/BeyondTheWalls'' (2016)²* ''Series/TheBletchleyCircle''²* ''Series/TheBlueKnight'': One of the first miniseries (1973).²* ''Series/BurningBush''²* Creator/TheBBC:²** This network is fond of creating mini series of classic literature:²*** ''Series/PrideAndPrejudice1995'': one of their most loved is a six part mini series; yes, the one with Creator/ColinFirth.²*** ''Series/{{Emma}}'': Their four part mini series of this film.²*** ''Literature/ThePortraitOfALady'': The 1968 6-part mini series based on the Henry James novel.²*** ''Series/AndThenThereWereNone2015''²* ''Series/TheBible2013''²* ''Series/BlackMirror''²* ''Series/TheBrontesOfHaworth''²* ''WesternAnimation/TheCanterburyTales'' -- three-part AnimatedAdaptation of Creator/GeoffreyChaucer's stories²* ''Series/{{Casanova}}'' (2005): This is a show by Creator/TheBBC.²* ''Series/TheCasualVacancy''²* ''Film/{{Cenerentola}}''²* ''Series/{{Centennial}}''²* ''Series/{{Chernobyl}}''²* ''Series/TheCherryQueen''²* ''Series/ChildhoodsEnd'' an adaption of the Creator/ArthurCClarke novel, ''Literature/ChildhoodsEnd''²* ''Series/ClassicsDarkAndDangerous''²* ''Series/{{Clue}}'': This is a show by Creator/TheHub.²* ''Film/CountDracula1977'': The BBC made this, one of the most comprehensive adaptations of the novel to exist.²* ''Series/{{The Count of Monte Cristo|1998}}''²* ''Series/CrowsBlood''²* ''Film/ADangerousLife'' (1988) was originally this, clocking in around 6 hours total, before being cut down to film length.²* ''Davy Crockett'': This appeared in 1955.²* ''Series/TheDayOfTheTriffids'': The 2009 BBC adaptation of John Wyndham's sci-fi classic.²* ''Series/DeadSet''²* ''Series/DesperateRomantics''²* ''Literature/TheDevilToPayInTheBacklands'': This is a 1985 Brazilian miniseries based on the book of the same name.²* ''Series/{{Dieppe}}''²* ''Dream West''²* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'': The first three books in this series were made into two miniseries. The first was plagued by a low budget; the second had a slightly higher budget and was better. ''Series/{{Dune}}'' and ''Series/ChildrenOfDune'': The 2000s' adaptations of these books.²* ''Series/EscapeAtDannemora''²* '' Series/FastLayne''²* ''Series/{{Fearless|2017}}''²* ''Series/FleshAndBone''²* ''Literature/TheForsyteSaga'': The format was created by this, a British series made in 1967 which pioneered the "finite series" concept and proved quite popular in the United States.²* ''Series/{{Fresno}}'': This is a little known AffectionateParody of 1980s soaps.²* ''Series/FromTheEarthToTheMoon''²* ''Series/{{Fujiko}}''²* ''Literature/GenerationKill''²* ''Series/{{Glue}}''²* ''Series/{{Guerrilla}}''²* ''Series/GuestFromTheFuture'': This is a 1984 Soviet miniseries based on ''Literature/AliceGirlFromTheFuture''.²* ''Series/HeroesReborn2015''²* ''Series/HitlerTheRiseOfEvil''²* ''Series/TheHobbits''²* ''Series/{{Holocaust}}''²* ''Series/HouseOfFrankenstein1997''²* ''Series/HouseOfSaddam''²* ''Series/HumanTrafficking''²* ''Series/IClaudius''²* ''Series/{{Innocent}}''²* ''Series/InTheFlesh''²* ''Series/{{Inquisitio}}'': This is an eight episode French series set in TheLateMiddleAges.²* ''Series/IntoTheWest''²* ''Series/JackAndTheBeanstalkTheRealStory''²* ''Series/TheJacksonsAnAmericanDream''²* ''Series/JalePrep''²* ''Series/JesusOfNazareth''²* ''Series/JohnAdams''²* ''Series/{{Kindergarten}}''²* ''Literature/TheLangoliers''²* ''Series/{{Lexx}}'': This was a MiniSeries that proved popular enough to be transformed into a traditional DramaticHourLong show.²* ''Series/LifeAndFate''²* ''Literature/LonesomeDove'' and its many sequels.²* ''WesternAnimation/LongLiveTheRoyals''²* ''Series/TheLostRoom''²* ''Series/{{The Lost World|2001}}''²* ''Film/MagicalLegendOfTheLeprechauns''²* ''Series/{{Masada}}''²* ''Master of the Game'' and ''If Tomorrow Comes'': Both of these are based on Sidney Sheldon novels. Many of his books became made-for-TV movies, often two-parters, but these are the only ones that warrant the miniseries name, as both are at least five hours long apiece.²* ''Series/MasterpieceTheatre'': Which broadcast ''Literature/TheForsyteSaga'' to an American audience, became a major venue for British-made miniseries.²* ''Series/TheMeetingPlaceCannotBeChanged''²* ''Series/TheMenWhoBuiltAmerica'': an 2012 series on Creator/TheHistoryChannel telling the story of the wealthy industrialists who spearheaded the industrial development of the United States during TheGildedAge.²* ''Series/{{Merlin 1998}}''²* ''Literature/MildredPierce''²* ''Film/MobyDick''²* ''Series/{{Napoleon}}''²* ''Series/NationalTreasure''²* ''Series/NeonJoeWerewolfHunter''²* ''Series/{{Neverland}}''²* ''Series/TheNewEditionStory''²* ''Series/TheNightManager''²* ''Series/TheNightOf''²* ''Literature/NorthAndSouth''²* ''Series/NorthAndSouthUS''²* ''Series/{{Nuremberg}}''²* ''Series/{{The Odyssey|1997}}'', a 1997 adaptation of the Homeric epic starring Armand Assante.²* ''Film/OJMadeInAmerica''²* ''Series/OliveKitteridge''²* ''Series/OliversTravels''²* Series/OrdealByInnocence²* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' is a rare animated take on the format and its first use by Creator/CartoonNetwork.²* ''Series/OurFriendsInTheNorth'': A 1996 British miniseries that launched the careers of Creator/DanielCraig, Creator/ChristopherEccleston and Creator/MarkStrong.²* ''Series/ThePacific''²* ''Series/PenniesFromHeaven''²* ''Series/PersonsUnknown''²* ''Series/PoliticalAnimals''²* ''Series/{{Profit}}'' Was originally meant to be a television series starring a VillainProtagonist, but viewers at the time weren't ready for this, resulting in low ratings. The show was cancelled and pulled from the network. The writers changed the plot to conclude a lot sooner than intended, making it a miniseries and released it again on video. It has since enjoyed a [[VindicatedByHistory strong cult following]]. ²* ''Series/PortraitOfAMarriage''²* ''Series/ThePrincipal''²* ''Series/ThePrisoner2009'': Loose remake of the Patrick [=McGoohan=] 1960s original.²* ''Series/ThePillarsOfTheEarth'': This is a 2010 miniseries adapted from the novel of the same name.²* ''QB VII'': This was broadcast in 1974.²* ''Series/ReillyAceOfSpies''²* ''Series/TheRevolution2006'': This is a 2006 series on Creator/TheHistoryChannel going into the history of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution.²* ''Series/Roots1977'': The most significant mini series (in terms of its place in both ratings and television history) was this show in 1977. Its cultural impact -- mostly due to the momentum it gained though its then-daring eight-nights-in-a-row broadcast schedule -- turned the MiniSeries into a major event. A follow-up, ''Roots: The Next Generations'', arrived in 1979, and 1988 brought the TV movie ''Roots: The Gift''.²** ''Series/Roots2016'': The updated remake of the above miniseries.²* ''Series/RoseRed''²* ''Literature/SalemsLot'': Creator/StephenKing's novel was adapted into two different miniseries, first in 1979 and again in 2004.²* ''Series/SamuraiGirl'': This is based on the book series of the same name.²* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack2017'' is officially the fifth season of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. It premiered eleven years after the series previously ended, aired on Creator/AdultSwim instead of Creator/CartoonNetwork, had a heavily serialized story, and was intended to definitively end the series.²* ''Sanburg's Lincoln'': This was the first American miniseries, broadcast in 6 parts between 1974 and 1975.²* ''Series/TheScarletPimpernel'': This is a BBC adaptation from 1999. 2 installments, 6 episodes.²* ''Series/TheSecondComing''²* ''Series/SeventeenMomentsOfSpring''²* ''Series/{{Sharpe}}'': There are two additional miniseries from 2006 and 2008.²* ''Series/SharpObjects''²* ''Literature/{{Shogun}}''²* ''Series/TheSingingDetective''²* ''Series/TheSinkingOfTheLaconia''²* ''Series/TheSnowQueen2002''²* ''Series/SpeerUndEr''²* ''Series/TheSpoilsOfBabylon'' is a parody of "event" miniseries of the 1970s and 1980s, based on a fictional epic romance novel by "Eric Jonrosh," played by Will Ferrell. Followed up by a second miniseries entitled ''The Spoils Before Dying''²* ''Series/TheStand''²* ''Series/StateOfPlay''²* ''Series/StormOfTheCentury''²* ''Series/StrangerThings'' originally aired as a miniseries, but was expended into multiple seasons due to its success²* ''Literature/StrumpetCity''²* ''Series/{{Taken}}'' (No relation to [[Film/{{Taken}} that movie...]])²* ''Series/TheTemptations''²* ''Series/Titanic2012''²* ''Series/TheThornBirds''²* ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth''²* ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'' [[note]]Ten episodes, which is only three less than a normal ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' series.[[/note]]²** The main difference coming from the incredibly serialized nature of Miracle Day, with one plotline running strongly throughout the entire run, as opposing to the more standalone nature of the first two seasons.²* ''Torn''²* ''Series/ToTheEndsOfTheEarth'': This is adapted from a trilogy by author William Golding.²* ''Series/TroyFallOfACity''²* ''Series/TreasureIsland2012''²* ''Series/{{Tut}}''²* ''Anime/TweenyWitches''²* ''Series/UnsereMuetterUnsereVaeter'' (''Our Mothers, Our Fathers'')²* ''Series/{{V 1983}}'': Which actually consisted of ''two'' separate mini-series, with the second receiving the subtitle ''The Final Battle''. These were followed by a standard season-based TV series.²* ''Series/TheVampyrASoapOpera''²* ''Series/TheVietnamWar'': A documentary series about the war.²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Villainous}}''²* ''Series/WallenbergAHerosStory''²* ''War And Remembrance'': This is a sequel to ''The Winds of War''²* ''The Winds of War''²* ''Series/WildPalms''²* ''Series/WivesAndDaughters'': There are two adaptations by BBC from 1971 and 1999.²[[/index]]²----


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