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The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s

Updated April 27, 2020 3.2k votes 210 voters 4.4k views94 items

List RulesVote 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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    Chernobyl

    Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama

    Chernobyl (HBO, 2019) is an American-British historical drama television miniseries created by...  more
  • 2
    71
    26

    Good Omens

    David Tennant, Michael Sheen

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Fantasy

    Good Omens (Amazon Video, 2019) is a six-part television serial based on the novel by Terry...  more
  • 3
    85
    57

    The Haunting of Hill House

    Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural horror

    The Haunting of Hill House is the first season of the Netflix supernatural anthology...  more
  • 4
    48
    42

    The Night Of

    John Turturro, Riz Ahmed

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    The Night Of (HBO, 2016) is an American crime drama television miniseries created by Richard...  more
  • 5
    50
    50

    When They See Us

    Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    When They See Us (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television miniseries created by Ava...  more
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    46
    49

    Fargo

    Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama, Crime

    Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah...  more
  • 7
    42
    49

    Sharp Objects

    Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Thriller

    Sharp Objects (HBO, 2018) is an American miniseries created by Marti Nixon, based on the novel...  more
  • 8
    35
    42

    Roots

    Malachi Kirby, Forest Whitaker

    Genres (Tv)Historical, Drama

    Roots is a 2016 American miniseries and a remake of the 1977 miniseries with the same name,...  more
  • 9
    12
    14

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

    The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (HBO, 2015) is a documentary miniseries directed...  more
  • 10
    32
    41

    The Pacific

    Hugh Ambrose, Ed Tracy

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Miniseries, War film, Drama

    The Pacific is a 2010 television series produced by HBO, Seven Network Australia, Sky Movies,...  more
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    14
    17

    Godless

    Jeff Daniels, Jack O'Connell

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Western, Drama

    Godless (Netflix, 2017) is an American drama series created by Scott Frank. Roy Goode (Jack...  more
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    23
    31

    Twin Peaks

    Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime, Mystery

    Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990) is an American mystery horror drama television series created by Mark...  more
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    13
    18

    Top of the Lake

    Elisabeth Moss, Thomas M. Wright

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Miniseries, Crime, Drama

    Top of the Lake is a 2013 television miniseries written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, and...  more
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    16
    23

    The Vietnam War

    Bill Hayton

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

    The Vietnam War (PBS, 2017) is an American documentary television miniseries. The ten-part...  more
  • 15
    7
    10

    Five Came Back

    Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

    Five Came Back (2017, Netflix) is a three-part American documentary based on the 2014 book...  more
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    20
    29

    Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

    John Hannah, Manu Bennett

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Miniseries, Historical drama

    Spartacus: Gods of the Arena is a Starz television miniseries and prequel to Spartacus, which...  more
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    30
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    Olive Kitteridge

    Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Olive Kitteridge (HBO, 2018) is an American television miniseries based on Elizabeth Strout's...  more
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    15
    24

    John Adams

    Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Miniseries, Drama, Historical drama

    John Adams is a 2008 American television miniseries chronicling most of U.S. President John...  more
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    5
    10

    Catch-22

    Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Catch-22 (Hulu, 2019) is an American-Italian drama miniseries, based on the novel of the same...  more
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    22
    36

    Hatfields & McCoys

    Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Western, Miniseries, Drama, Action film

    Hatfields & McCoys (History, 2012) is an American three-part Western television miniseries...  more
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    8
    14

    Picnic At Hanging Rock

    Natalie Dormer, Lily Sullivan

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Mystery, Romance

    Picnic at Hanging Rock (Showcase, 2018) is an Australian mystery romantic drama television...  more
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    11
    18

    Texas Rising

    Bill Paxton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Western

    Texas Rising (History Channel, 2015) is an American television miniseries. The 10-hour series...  more
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    11
    18

    War and Peace

    Paul Dano, Lily James

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Historical, Drama

    War & Peace is a 2016 British-American historical period drama television serial, based on Leo...  more
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    7
    13

    My Brilliant Friend

    Elisa Del Genio, Ludovica Nasti

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    My Brilliant Friend (HBO, 2018) is an Italian-American drama television miniseries based on...  more
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    7
    13

    The Name of the Rose

    John Turturro, Damian Hardung

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Historical Drama

    The Name of the Rose (Sundance, SBS, BBC, 2019) is an international co-produced English...  more