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The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time 

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The best HBO miniseries tell their tale in a limited number of episodes, but that doesn't mean their impact is less than a long-running show. From period dramas to speculative fiction, HBO miniseries continue to hold their weight as television events in a world that is more and more frequently split by streaming and network attentions.

Since their first miniseries in 1979, The Seekers, HBO has turned out many beautiful historical drama limited series. The much-acclaimed 2001 Band Of Brothers was about the drama of war while From Earth To The Moon awed audiences with its special effects and accurate telling of the Apollo program. It isn't just docudramas that fill HBO's miniseries programming schedule, there are also adaptations of novels, such as Sharp Objects, Olive Kitteridge, and Empire Falls. The adaptation of the play Angels in America not only won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for its category, but stars Al Pacino and Meryl Streep each won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for their performances in the miniseries as well.

With so many great miniseries and limited series from HBO, which stand out the most? Vote up the best miniseries to air on HBO.

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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston
Band of Brothers is a 2001 American WWII drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 non-fiction book of the same name. The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom ...more
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Chernobyl is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson
Chernobyl (HBO, 2019) is an American-British historical drama television miniseries created by Craig Mazin. In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the USSR becomes ...more
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The Pacific is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
Hugh Ambrose, Ed Tracy
The Pacific is a 2010 television series produced by HBO, Seven Network Australia, Sky Movies, Playtone and DreamWorks that premiered in the United States on 14 March 2010. The series is a ...more
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John Adams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett
John Adams is a 2008 American television miniseries chronicling most of U.S. President John Adams' political life and his role in the founding of the United States. Paul Giamatti portrays John ...more
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The Night Of is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
The Night Of
John Turturro, Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp
The Night Of (HBO, 2016) is an American eight-part crime drama television miniseries created by Richard Price and Steven Zaillian, based on the British TV series Criminal Justice. After a night ...more
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Sharp Objects is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen
Sharp Objects (HBO, 2018) is an American miniseries created by Marti Nixon, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn. Fresh out of a psych hospital for her years of self-harm, crime reporter Camille ...more
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Angels in America is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson
Angels in America is a 2003 HBO miniseries adapted from the play of the same name by Tony Kushner. Kushner adapted his original text for the screen, and Mike Nichols directed. Set in 1985, the ...more
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The Young Pope is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
The Young Pope
Jude Law, Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando
The Young Pope (2016, HBO) is an English-language Italian drama television series. Jude Law stars as .Pope Pius XIII (born Lenny Belardo), the newly elected Pope and former Archbishop of New ...more
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Catherine the Great is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Joseph Quinn
Catherine the Great (Sky Atlantic/HBO, 2019) is a British-American television miniseries following the life of Catherine The Great.
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Elizabeth I is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, Hugh Dancy
Elizabeth I is a two-part 2005 British historical drama television miniseries directed by Tom Hooper, written by Nigel Williams, and starring Helen Mirren as Elizabeth I of England. The ...more
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Gunpowder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
Kit Harington, Peter Mullan, Mark Gatiss
Gunpowder (HBO, 2017) is a British historical period drama television series developed by Ronan Bennett, Kit Harington, and Daniel West. British activist Guy Fawkes (Tom Cullen) and a group of ...more
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Mosaic is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
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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From the Earth to the Mo... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
Tom Hanks, Nick Searcy, Lane Smith
From the Earth to the Moon is a twelve-part HBO television miniseries co-produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Tom Hanks, and Michael Bostick, telling the story of the landmark Apollo ...more
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Years and Years is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
Emma Thompson, Rory Kinnear, T'Nia Miller
Years and Years (BBC One/HBO, 2019) is a British television drama series created and written by Russell T Davies. Vivienne Rook (Emma Thompson) is an outspoken celebrity-turned-political figure ...more
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Generation Kill is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen
This series is a British-American seven-part television miniseries produced for HBO, based on the 2004 book of the same name by Evan Wright about his experience as an embedded reporter with the ...more
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Our Boys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
Shlomi Elkabetz, Johnny Arbid, Adam Gabay
Our Boys (HBO, 2019) is an American-Israeli television miniseries created by Hagai Levi, Joseph Cedar, and Tawfik Abu-Wael. It focuses on telling the story of the kidnapping and murder of ...more
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Olive Kitteridge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, Ken Cheeseman
Olive Kitteridge (HBO, 2018) is an American television miniseries based on Elizabeth Strout's 2008 novel Olive Kitteridge. Olive Kitteridge (Frances McDormand) is a misanthropic and strict, but ...more
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Parade's End is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Rupert Everett
Parade's End is a five-part BBC/HBO/VRT television serial, which is an adaptation of the tetralogy of novels of the same name by Ford Madox Ford. It premiered on BBC Two on 24 August 2012, and ...more
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The Seekers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
The Seekers
Randolph Mantooth, Delta Burke, Martin Milner

The Seekers (HBO, 1979) is a American made-for-television drama film based on the historical novel The Seekers written by John Jakes. Mixing fictional characters with historical events and figures, as it narrates the story of the United States of America from 1794 through 1814 by following the sons and grandchildren of Philip Kent make a life for themselves in America. ...more

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Hotel Room is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
Hotel Room is an American drama series that aired for three episodes on HBO from January 8 to 9, 1993. Produced by David Lynch, each drama takes place in the same New York City hotel room in ...more
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The Corner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
Khandi Alexander, Lance Reddick, Tasha Smith
The Corner is a 2000 HBO drama television miniseries based on the nonfiction book The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood by David Simon and Ed Burns and adapted for ...more
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Empire Falls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
Paul Newman, Helen Hunt, Ed Harris
Empire Falls is a two-part mini-series that aired on HBO in 2005. It was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name which was written by Richard Russo. It was nominated for and ...more
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The New Pope is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
Jude Law, John Malkovich, Mark Ivanir
The New Pope (Sky Atlantic/HBO, 2020) is an Italian and Spanish drama television miniseries created and directed by Paolo Sorrentino. The limited series continues the story of 2016's The Young ...more
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Tsunami: The Aftermath ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
Tsunami: The Aftermath
Tim Roth, Toni Collette, Hugh Bonneville

Tsunami: The Aftermath (HBO, 2006) is a television mini-series that was broadcast in two parts. It dramatizes the events following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia and its neighbouring countries, including Thailand. ...more

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Tanner '88 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time
Cynthia Nixon, Veronica Cartwright, Luke Macfarlane
Tanner '88 is a political mockumentary miniseries written by Garry Trudeau and directed by Robert Altman. First broadcast by HBO during the months leading up to the 1988 U.S. presidential ...more