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The Best Miniseries Of The 2010s

Updated April 27, 2020 3.3k votes 208 voters 4.0k views95 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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  • Chernobyl1
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    52

    Chernobyl

    Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama

    Chernobyl (HBO, 2019) is an American-British historical drama television miniseries created by...  more
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  • Good Omens2
    75
    27

    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
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  • The Haunting of Hill House3
    91
    60

    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
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  • The Night Of4
    50
    44

    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
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  • When They See Us5
    52
    52

    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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  • Fargo6
    48
    51

    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
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  • Roots7
    37
    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
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  • Sharp Objects8
    42
    51

    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
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  • Twin Peaks9
    24
    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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  • The Pacific10
    31
    42

    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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  • The Vietnam War11
    17
    22

    The Vietnam War

    Bill Hayton

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

    The Vietnam War (PBS, 2017) is an American documentary television miniseries. The ten-part...  more
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  • Olive Kitteridge12
    31
    44

    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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  • The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst13
    11
    15

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

    The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (HBO, 2015) is a documentary miniseries directed...  more
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  • Hatfields & McCoys14
    24
    37

    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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  • John Adams15
    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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  • Top of the Lake16
    12
    20

    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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  • Spartacus: Gods of the Arena17
    20
    31

    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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  • War and Peace18
    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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  • Godless19
    11
    18

    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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  • Catch-2220
    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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  • Waco21
    21
    34

    Waco

    Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime, Thriller

    Waco (Paramount Network, 2018) is an American television miniseries created by John Erick...  more
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  • My Brilliant Friend22
    7
    12

    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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  • The Name of the Rose23
    7
    12

    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
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  • Patrick Melrose24
    8
    15

    Patrick Melrose

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Holliday Grainger

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Patrick Melrose (Showtime, 2018) is a five-part drama miniseries directed by Edward Berger,...  more
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  • Feud25
    5
    11

    Feud

    Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Feud (FX, 2017) is an anthology television series developed by Ryan Murphy. The first season...  more
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