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The Best New Limited Series of 2019  

Molly Gander
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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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Punk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Iggy Pop, Johnny Rotten, Marky Ramone
Punk (Epix, 2019) is an American documentary television series. The show explores the music, the fashion, the art and the DIY attitude of a subculture of self-described misfits and outcasts.
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Larry Charles' Dangerous... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Larry Charles
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
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Mrs. Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Kathryn Hahn, Jackson White, Casey Wilson
Mrs. Fletcher (HBO, 2019) is an American comedy television series based on the novel by Tom Perrotta. A single mom (Kathryn Hahn) whose son has moved out for college looks to begin a new life on ...more
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The I-Land is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Kate Bosworth, Sibylla Deen, Kota Eberhardt
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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No One Saw a Thing is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
No One Saw a Thing (SundanceTV, 2019) is an American documentary television series. The show examines an unsolved and mysterious death in the American Heartland and the corrosive effects of ...more
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Action is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Action (Showtime, 2019) is an American documentary television miniseries. This four-part limited series explores the legalization of sports gambling and its evolving impact on the gambling
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The Dictator's Playbook ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Natasha Ezrow, Mariam Mufti, Charles K. Amrstrong
The Dictator's Playbook (PBS, 2019) is an American documentary television miniseries. The show follows the rise and fall of some of history's most ruthless dictators, from Mussolini to Saddam
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The Preppy Murder: Death... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park is an American documentary television miniseries. The docuseries looks at the notorious 1986 murder of Jennifer Levin in Central Park, featuring ...more
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Death at the Mansion: Re... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Death at the Mansion: Rebecca Zahau
Death at the Mansion: Rebecca Zahau (Oxygen, 2019) is an American documentary crime television miniseries. The limited series re-examines the theories surrounding the mysterious passing of ...more
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Persona is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Lee Ji-eun, Bae Doona, Kim Tae-hoon
Persona (Netflix, 2019) is a South Korean anthology television miniseries created by Yoon Jong-shin. Lee Ji-eun plays a different character in each of the four segments, which are written and ...more
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Tricky Dick is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Richard Nixon
Tricky Dick (CNN, 2019) is a documentary television miniseries constructed from CNN archives. The four-part limited series follows the life and times of 37th US President Richard Nixon and his ...more
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Valley of the Boom is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Bradley Whitford, Steve Zahn, Lamorne Morris
Valley of the Boom (National Geographic, 2019) is an American docudrama television miniseries created by Matthew Carnahan. The series centers on the 1990s tech boom and bust in Silicon Valley, ...more
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Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics an... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Ghostface Killah, The GZA, Method Man
Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men (Showtime, 2019) is an American documentary television series. The show chronicles the history and cultural impact of hip hop artists, Wu-Tang Clan.
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The Feed is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Guy Burnet, Nina Toussaint-White, David Thewlis
The Feed (Amazon Video, 2019) is a British psychological thriller drama television series based on the novel of the same name by Nick Clark Windo. In a near future London, people’s minds are ...more
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Deadly Cults is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 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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On Tour with Asperger's ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Noah Britton, Ethan Finlan, Jack Hanke
On Tour with Asperger's Are Us (HBO, 2019) is an American documentary miniseries that is an edited version of the 2016 film of Asperger's Are Us. The 6-part limited series follows the first ...more
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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Kristen Bell, Frank Gallegos, Scott Vance
Veronica Mars (Hulu, 2019) is an American television miniseries created by Rob Thomas that serves as a continuation of the 2004–07 television series of the same name as well as the 2014 film. ...more