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The Best New Limited Series of 2019  

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

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 following the story of the Black Dahlia - 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.

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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
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
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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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie
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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Good Omens is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Anna Maxwell Martin
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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The Hot Zone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Julianna Margulies, Topher Grace, James D'Arcy
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) 6 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Chris Pine, India Eisley, Jefferson Mays
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 I-Land is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Tales of the City is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Ellen Page, Laura Linney, Charlie Barnett
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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The Loudest Voice is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts, Sienna Miller
The Loudest Voice (Showtime, 2019) is an American drama television miniseries, based on the book The Loudest Voice in the Room by Gabriel Sherman. The show tells the story of Roger Ailes who ...more
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The Last Czars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Robert Jack, Susanna Herbert, Ben Cartwright
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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Four Weddings and a Funeral is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Zoe Boyle, Nathalie Emmanuel, Guz Khan
Four Weddings and a Funeral (Hulu, 2019) is an American comedy television series based on the 1994 film of the same name. our American friends reunite for a fabulous London wedding. But after a ...more
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Fosse/Verdon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams, Margaret Qualley
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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The Case Against Adnan Syed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 14 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
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Action is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Death at the Mansion: Rebecca ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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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Lorena is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
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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Surviving R. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Andrea Kelly, Tarana Burke, Sparkle
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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Manhunt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Martin Clunes, Katie Lyons, Claudie Blakley
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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Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Myst... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Geraldine Hakewill, Joel Jackson, Catherine McClements
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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The Disappearance of Madeleine... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Anthony Summers, Gonçalo Amaral, Robbyn Swan
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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Larry Charles' Dangerous World... is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Tricky Dick is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Serial Killer: Devil Unchained is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Maria Awes, John Douglas, Gary Garrett
Serial Killer: Devil Unchained (Investigation Discovery, 2019) is an American true crime documentary television miniseries. Investigative journalist Maria Awes teams up with former FBI profiler ...more
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Resistance is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Limited Series of 2019
Brian Gleeson Aoife Duffin Simone Kirby Natasha O'Keeffe Gavin Drea
Resistance (RTÉ One, 2019) is an Irish historical fiction television miniseries written by Colin Teevan. The five-part limited series dramatizes the events surrounding the Irish War of