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The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite limited series that aired on TV or streaming service in the 2010s.

The 2010s wasn't the decade that started the limited series - but it was definitely the decade that perfected it. The best 2010s miniseries were the ones that were envisioned as a limited series from the outset, and they were often so weird, wonderful, and wild that it would be impossible to imagine the story going any further. Shows like Escape at Dannemora and Catch-22 utilized big-name casts and closed-ended stories to create "Event TV," and all the while they challenged audiences' perceptions of what a limited series should be. 

Back in the days before Peak TV, a limited series usually meant that the network didn't have the confidence - or the money - to make a fully-fledged TV show. It also usually meant that a movie wouldn't be profitable, so why not stick it on TV in some down-time and hope that six people see it? Well, some of the top 2010s miniseries changed that with universal appeal that attracted massive audiences, like Chernobyl, while others created something so bold and fearless that nothing that's come before or since will ever be able to match it, like Fargo and Olive Kitteridge.

The best 2010s miniseries on this list all pack a powerful punch in a small number of episodes, but thanks to the sheer number of shows, you have your work cut out for you if you want to get through all of them. So let's watch some A-listers on the big screen, adapt a Pulitzer prize winning book or two, and most likely listen to some British accents, because it's time to rank the best limited series of the 2010s.

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Lorena is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s

Premiered: 2019

Lorena (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American documentary television series. The limited series examines the 1993 assault and subsequent court case involving John and Lorena Bobbitt through the ...more
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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s
Zoe Saldana, Jason Isaacs, Carole Bouquet

Premiered: 2014

Rosemary's Baby is a 2014 television miniseries adaptation of Ira Levin's best-selling horror novel of the same name. Zoe Saldana stars in the four-hour, two-part NBC miniseries that is directed ...more
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Surviving R. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s
Andrea Kelly, Tarana Burke, Sparkle

Premiered: 2019

Number of Seasons: 1

Surviving R. Kelly (Lifetime, 2019) is an American six-part documentary from executive producer dream hampton. The limited series docmentary details sexual abuse allegations against singer R. ...more
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Wu-Tang: An American Sag... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s
Wu-Tang: An American Saga (Hulu, 2019) is an American drama web television miniseries created by RZA and Alex Tse. Bobby Diggs aka The RZA, strives to unite a dozen young black men that are torn ...more
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Houdini is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s
Adrien Brody, Kristen Connolly, Evan Jones

Premiered: 2014

Houdini is a two-part, four-hour History channel event miniseries written by Nicholas Meyer and directed by Uli Edel. It premiered on September 1, 2014, at 9 pm EDT. The series stars Adrien ...more
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The Disappearance of Mad... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s
Anthony Summers, Gonçalo Amaral, Robbyn Swan

Premiered: 2019

The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann (Netflix, 2019) is an American true crime documentary television miniseries. The eight-part limited series tells the story of Madeleine McCann, the young ...more
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I Know This Much Is True... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s
Mark Ruffalo
I Know This Much Is True (HBO) is an American TV series based on the novel of the same name by Wally Lamb. The story follows the lives of twins Dominick and Thomas Birdsey (Mark Ruffalo).
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Maniac is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s
Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, Sonoya Mizuno
Maniac (Netflix, 2018) is an American dark comedy television series created by Patrick Somerville and directed by Cary Fukunaga. Based on a 2014 Norwegian series, the show revolves around the ...more
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NY Med is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s
NY Med

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

NY Med is a medical documentary series which premiered on ABC on July 10, 2012. It follows the medical staff and patients of Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical Center ...more
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The I-Land is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s
Kate Bosworth, Sibylla Deen, Kota Eberhardt

Premiered: 2019

The I-Land (Netflix, 2019) is an American science fiction thriller web television miniseries. When ten people wake up on a treacherous island with no memory of who they are and how they got ...more
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Waco is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s
Waco
Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, Melissa Benoist
Waco (Paramount Network, 2018) is an American television miniseries created by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle. Based on the 1993 Waco siege, the show centers on the FBI and ATF seizing the ...more
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War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s
Paul Dano, Lily James, James Norton
War & Peace is a 2016 British-American historical period drama television serial, based on Leo Tolstoy's classic novel.
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Looking For Alaska is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s
Charlie Plummer, Kristine Froseth, Denny Love

Premiered: 2019

Looking For Alaska (Hulu, 2019) is an American teen drama television series based on the book of the same name by John Green. A new arrival at a boarding school falls in love with a beguiling ...more
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Deadly Cults is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s

Premiered: 2019

Deadly Cults (Oxygen, 2019) is an American documentary television miniseries. This four-part limited series explores unsettling cases where investigators uncover and expose the dark world of ...more
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Escape at Dannemora is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s
Benicio del Toro, Patricia Arquette, Paul Dano

Premiered: 2018

Escape at Dannemora (Showtime, 2018) is an American limited TV series directed by Ben Stiller. The seven-episode series is based on the 2015 Clinton Correctional Facility escape in upstate New ...more
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Patrick Melrose is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s
Benedict Cumberbatch, Holliday Grainger, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Patrick Melrose (Showtime, 2018) is a five-part drama miniseries directed by Edward Berger, based on the novels by Edward St Aubyn. From a privileged yet troubling childhood, Patrick Melrose ...more
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Mankind: The Story of Al... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s

Premiered: 2012

Mankind: The Story of All of Us is an American documentary television series on History that premiered on November 13, 2012 in the US and the UK, and on November 14, 2012 in Asia. The broadcast ...more
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Bodyguard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s
Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes, Gina McKee
Bodyguard (Netflix, 2018) is a British television political thriller drama series created by Jed Mercurio. Police Sergeant David Budd (Richard Madden), a heroic British Army war-veteran ...more
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Mosaic is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s
Sharon Stone, Garrett Hedlund, Frederick Weller
Mosaic (HBO, 2018) is an American television murder mystery series directed by Steven Soderbergh. In conjunction with the interactive app that lets users investigate the mystery, the show ...more
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Texas Rising is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s
Bill Paxton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez

Premiered: 2015

Texas Rising (History Channel, 2015) is an American television miniseries. The 10-hour series is based on the Texas Revolution against Mexico and how the Texas Rangers were created.
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Too Old to Die Young is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s
Miles Telle, Billy Baldwin, Jena Malone

Premiered: 2019

Too Old to Die Young (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American thriller crime drama television series. The show follows Martin (Miles Teller), a grieving police officer who, along with the man who ...more
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The Assassination of Gia... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s
Penélope Cruz, Édgar Ramírez, Ricky Martin

Premiered: 2018

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX, 2018) is the second season of the FX true crime anthology television series American Crime Story. Based on the book by Maureen ...more
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Picnic At Hanging Rock ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s
Natalie Dormer, Lily Sullivan, Lola Bessis

Premiered: 2018

Picnic at Hanging Rock (Showcase, 2018) is an Australian mystery romantic drama television series adapted from Joan Lindsay's 1967 novel of the same name. The story follows a group of ...more
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The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s
John Turturro, Damian Hardung, Rupert Everett

Premiered: 2019

The Name of the Rose (Sundance, SBS, BBC, 2019) is an international co-produced English language television drama series based on the international bestseller novel of the same name by Umberto ...more
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Boston Med is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 1

Boston Med is an eight-part documentary television series that premiered on ABC in the United States on June 24, 2010. It follows the stories of doctors, nurses, patients and their families at ...more