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The Best New Limited Series of 2019

Updated January 10, 2020 8.4k votes 1.8k voters 121.9k 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
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    129

    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
  • 2
    When They See Us
    467
    179

    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
  • 3
    Unbelievable
    242
    84

    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
  • 4
    Good Omens
    354
    198

    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
  • 5
    The Loudest Voice
    147
    94

    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
  • 6
    The Hot Zone
    190
    137

    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
    165
    131

    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
  • 8
    The Name of the Rose
    80
    59

    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
  • 9
    Fosse/Verdon
    132
    126

    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
  • 10
    I Am the Night
    157
    156

    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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    The Case Against Adnan Syed
    76
    87

    The Case Against Adnan Syed

    Luke Brindle-Khym, Rabia Chaudry

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Miniseries, True crime

    The Case Against Adnan Syed (HBO, 2019) is an American documentary television miniseries.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Surviving R. Kelly
    100
    119

    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
  • 13
    Four Weddings and a Funeral
    87
    108

    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
  • 14
    Looking For Alaska
    38
    45

    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
  • 15
    The Last Czars
    64
    84

    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
  • 16
    Resistance
    56
    73

    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
  • 17
    Manhunt
    54
    71

    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
  • 18
    Tales of the City
    61
    81

    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
  • 19
    The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann
    63
    88

    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
  • 20
    Wu-Tang: An American Saga
    56
    79

    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
  • 21
    Lorena
    59
    83

    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
    64
    91

    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
  • 23
    Serial Killer: Devil Unchained
    38
    54

    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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    No One Saw a Thing
    37
    55

    No One Saw a Thing

    David Baird, Kirby Goslee

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, True crime, Crime

    No One Saw a Thing (SundanceTV, 2019) is an American documentary television series. The show... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Larry Charles' Dangerous World of Comedy

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Documentary

    Larry Charles' Dangerous World of Comedy (Netflix, 2019) is an American reality comedy... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button