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The Best New Limited Series of 2019 

Molly Gander
Updated January 10, 2020 5.6k votes 1.6k voters 118.3k views 42 items

List Rules Only limited run television series that premiered their first season in 2019.

UPDATED: Check out the Best New Limited Series of 2020!

There's nothing limiting about a television limited series, especially in 2019. With the flexibility of streaming services and the eagerness of traditional television channels to experiment, what we once called miniseries are refreshed and booming, bringing some of the best shows in 2019.

From documentary miniseries like Surviving R. Kelly to dramas with a defined beginning and end - such as I Am The Night and Unbelievable - there's something surprisingly freeing about knowing a TV show only has so many episodes. In these days of bingeing Netflix, it can be nice to know there's an end in sight and there won't be another season coming some to-be-announced time in the future. Though some limited series are parts of stories that can be continued in other, new miniseries.

Whether you call them "limited series" or the old-fashioned "miniseries," the options available in 2019 are some of the best yet. Vote up the best series with a limited run of episodes that are airing for the first time in 2019. Then, check out the new miniseries of 2020.

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Chernobyl is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson

Genres (Tv): Historical drama

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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When They See Us is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Chris Chalk

Genres (Tv): Crime drama

When They See Us (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television miniseries created by Ava DuVernay, based on the 1989 Central Park jogger case. The notorious case of five teenagers of ...more
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Good Omens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Anna Maxwell Martin

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Fantasy

Good Omens (Amazon Video, 2019) is a six-part television serial based on the novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. After being accustomed to life on Earth, the demon Crowley (David Tennant) ...more
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Unbelievable is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Serge Issakov added Toni Collette, Merritt Wever, Kaitlyn Dever

Genres (Tv): True crime, Drama

Unbelievable (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama miniseries created by Susannah Grant, Ayelet Waldman, and Michael Chabon, based on the 2015 news article by T. Christian Miller and Ken ...more
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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie

Genres (Tv): Drama

Catch-22 (Hulu, 2019) is an American-Italian drama miniseries, based on the novel of the same name by Joseph Heller. Following the story of Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a US Air Force ...more
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The Hot Zone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Julianna Margulies, Topher Grace, James D'Arcy

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller

The Hot Zone (National Geographic, 2019) is an American medical thriller television drama miniseries based on the Richard Preston non-fiction novel of the same name. The six-part limited series ...more
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I Am the Night is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Chris Pine, India Eisley, Jefferson Mays

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery

I Am the Night (TNT, 2019) is a six-episode limited television series directed by Patty Jenkins, Victoria Mahoney, and Carl Franklin. Given away as an infant by her teenage mother to a black ...more
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The Loudest Voice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts, Sienna Miller

Genres (Tv): Drama, Miniseries, Political drama

The Loudest Voice (Showtime, 2019) is an American drama television miniseries, based on the 2014 book by Gabriel Sherman. The rise and downfall of Roger Ailes (Russell Crowe), the man who made ...more
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Fosse/Verdon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams, Margaret Qualley

Genres (Tv): Drama

Fosse/Verdon (FX, 2019) is an American biographical miniseries, based on the book Fosse by Sam Wasson. The series follows the romantic and creative partnership of filmmaker Bob Fosse (Sam ...more
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Surviving R. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Andrea Kelly, Tarana Burke, Sparkle

Genres (Tv): Documentary

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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Four Weddings and a Fune... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Nathalie Emmanuel, Nikesh Patel, Rebecca Rittenhouse

Genres (Tv): Romantic comedy

Four Weddings and a Funeral (Hulu, 2019) is an American romantic comedy television series created by Mindy Kaling and Matt Warburton, based on the 1994 British film. Four American friends ...more
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The Case Against Adnan S... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Miniseries, True crime

The Case Against Adnan Syed (HBO, 2019) is an American documentary television miniseries. Popularized by the podcast, "Serial," the documentary series follows the ongoing story of ...more
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Wu-Tang: An American Sag... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
John Turturro, Damian Hardung, Rupert Everett

Genres (Tv): Drama, Historical Drama

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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Tales of the City is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Ellen Page, Laura Linney, Charlie Barnett

Genres (Tv): Drama, Miniseries

Tales of the City (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television miniseries based on a series of novels by Armistead Maupin of the same name. The show follows Mary Ann, who returns home to ...more
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Looking For Alaska is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Charlie Plummer, Kristine Froseth, Denny Love

Genres (Tv): Teen drama

Looking For Alaska (Hulu, 2019) is an American teen drama television series created by Josh Schwartz, based on the 2005 novel by John Green. A new student (Charlie Plummer) at a boarding school ...more
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The Last Czars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Robert Jack, Susanna Herbert, Ben Cartwright

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Drama, Docu-drama, Docuseries

The Last Czars (Netflix, 2019) is an American docu-drama television series. Blending a scripted drama and documentary format, the series examines the fall of the Romanov dynasty.
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Manhunt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Martin Clunes, Katie Lyons, Claudie Blakley

Genres (Tv): Drama

Manhunt (ITV, 2019) is a British television drama based on the true story surrounding the initial investigation into the death of French student Amélie Delagrange. Led by Detective Chief ...more
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Lorena is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019

Genres (Tv): Documentary

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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Ms Fisher's Modern Murde... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Geraldine Hakewill, Joel Jackson, Catherine McClements

Genres (Tv): Mystery, Crime, Costume drama, Historical drama, Period drama, + more

Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries (Seven, 2019), also stylised as Ms Fisher's MODern Murder Mysteries, is an Australian drama television miniseries and a spin-off of the drama series Miss ...more
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BH90210 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Gabrielle Carteris, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama

BH90210 (Fox, 2019) is an American comedy-drama miniseries, and the sixth series in the franchise. 19 years after the end of the first series, the original cast members (Jason Priestley, Jennie ...more
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Catherine the Great is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Joseph Quinn

Genres (Tv): Historical drama

Catherine the Great (HBO, 2019) is a British-American miniseries directed by Philip Martin. The life and times of the Catherine the Great (Helen Mirren), the woman who reformed the Russian
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The Disappearance of Mad... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Anthony Summers, Gonçalo Amaral, Robbyn Swan

Genres (Tv): Documentary, True crime, Crime, Crime documentary, Miniseries

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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The I-Land is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Kate Bosworth, Sibylla Deen, Kota Eberhardt

Genres (Tv): Adventure, Drama, Mystery

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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Larry Charles' Dangerous... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Larry Charles

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Documentary

Larry Charles' Dangerous World of Comedy (Netflix, 2019) is an American reality comedy television series created by and starring Larry Charles. Comedy writer and director Larry Charles travels ...more