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The Best New Limited Series of 2019

Updated January 10, 2020 8.3k votes 1.7k voters 121.4k views42 items

List RulesOnly 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
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    Chernobyl

    Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama

    Chernobyl (HBO, 2019) is an American-British historical drama television miniseries created by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    When They See Us is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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    When They See Us

    Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    When They See Us (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television miniseries created by Ava... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Unbelievable is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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    Unbelievable

    Toni Collette, Merritt Wever

    Genres (Tv)True crime, Drama

    Unbelievable (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama miniseries created by Susannah Grant, Ayelet... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Good Omens is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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    Good Omens

    David Tennant, Michael Sheen

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Fantasy

    Good Omens (Amazon Video, 2019) is a six-part television serial based on the novel by Terry... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Loudest Voice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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    The Loudest Voice

    Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Miniseries, Political drama

    The Loudest Voice (Showtime, 2019) is an American drama television miniseries, based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Hot Zone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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    The Hot Zone

    Julianna Margulies, Topher Grace

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Thriller

    The Hot Zone (National Geographic, 2019) is an American medical thriller television drama... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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    Catch-22

    Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Catch-22 (Hulu, 2019) is an American-Italian drama miniseries, based on the novel of the same... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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    The Name of the Rose

    John Turturro, Damian Hardung

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Historical Drama

    The Name of the Rose (Sundance, SBS, BBC, 2019) is an international co-produced English... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Fosse/Verdon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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    Fosse/Verdon

    Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Fosse/Verdon (FX, 2019) is an American biographical miniseries, based on the book Fosse by Sam... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    I Am the Night is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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    I Am the Night

    Chris Pine, India Eisley

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Mystery

    I Am the Night (TNT, 2019) is an American limited television series created by Sam Sheridan.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Surviving R. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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    Surviving R. Kelly

    Andrea Kelly, Tarana Burke

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

    Surviving R. Kelly (Lifetime, 2019) is an American six-part documentary from executive... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Case Against Adnan Syed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
    The Case Against Adnan Syed (HBO, 2019) is an American documentary television miniseries.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Four Weddings and a Funeral is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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    Four Weddings and a Funeral

    Nathalie Emmanuel, Nikesh Patel

    Genres (Tv)Romantic comedy

    Four Weddings and a Funeral (Hulu, 2019) is an American romantic comedy television series... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Last Czars is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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    The Last Czars

    Robert Jack, Susanna Herbert

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

    The Last Czars (Netflix, 2019) is an American docu-drama television series. Blending a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Looking For Alaska is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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    Looking For Alaska

    Charlie Plummer, Kristine Froseth

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama

    Looking For Alaska (Hulu, 2019) is an American teen drama television series created by Josh... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Resistance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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    Resistance

    Brian Gleeson Aoife Duffin Simone Kirby Natasha O'Keeffe Gavin Drea

    Genres (Tv)Historical fiction, Spy fiction

    Resistance (RTÉ One, 2019) is an Irish historical fiction television miniseries written by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Manhunt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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    Manhunt

    Martin Clunes, Katie Lyons

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Manhunt (ITV, 2019) is a British television drama based on the true story surrounding the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Tales of the City is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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    Tales of the City

    Ellen Page, Laura Linney

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Miniseries

    Tales of the City (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television miniseries based on a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Wu-Tang: An American Saga is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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    Wu-Tang: An American Saga

    Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Wu-Tang: An American Saga (Hulu, 2019) is an American drama web television miniseries created... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Disappearance of Madeleine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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    The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann

    Anthony Summers, Gonçalo Amaral

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

    The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann (Netflix, 2019) is an American true crime documentary... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Lorena is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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    Lorena

    Lorena Bobbitt, John Wayne Bobbitt

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

    Lorena (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American documentary television series. The limited series... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The I-Land is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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    The I-Land

    Kate Bosworth, Sibylla Deen

    Genres (Tv)Adventure, Drama, Mystery

    The I-Land (Netflix, 2019) is an American science fiction thriller web television miniseries.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Serial Killer: Devil Unchained is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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    Serial Killer: Devil Unchained

    Maria Awes, John Douglas

    Genres (Tv)Crime, True Crime, Documentary

    Serial Killer: Devil Unchained (Investigation Discovery, 2019) is an American true crime... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Larry Charles' Dangerous World is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Documentary

    Larry Charles' Dangerous World of Comedy (Netflix, 2019) is an American reality comedy... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Catherine the Great is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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    Catherine the Great

    Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama

    Catherine the Great (HBO, 2019) is a British-American miniseries directed by Philip Martin.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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