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The Best Miniseries in TV History

Updated October 20, 2020 27.5k votes 4.1k voters 213.2k views147 items

List RulesVote up the best, most award-worthy limited series. No shows with second seasons, but anthology series OK.

Short and sweet, the best miniseries of all time pack a lot of emotion and story into less than a season of episodes. The greatest miniseries walk a perfect balance between keeping you wanting more and creating a satisfying ending. With television miniseries that range from dramas to docuseries, deciding the best television miniseries of all time can be tough, but thanks to your votes we can rank them best to worst.

This list includes the best Netflix miniseries and the best HBO original limited series, among the other popular television miniseries. Popular limited series have been a staple of television for years, and streaming services have made the format even more popular, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining miniseries of all time is. But not to worry, this list of miniseries television shows below includes information like the program's cast, network and premiere date when available to help you vote. What do you think is the best mini-series that has ever been on TV? Take a look at all these limited series and see if your favorite is represented.

List features historical miniseries like Band of Brothers and John Adams, horror miniseries like The Shining and V, and more! These are the best miniseries ever, from every genre.

If you've been wondering "What is the best miniseries show of all time?" and "What are the greatest miniseries shows?" then see what fans have voted up. Don't let your favorite miniseries television programs in history get to the bottom of the list - be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top!

 

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  • 1
    Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    Band of Brothers

    Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis

    Premiered2001

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation, HBO

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    Chernobyl is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    Chernobyl

    Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård

    Premiered2019

    NetworkHBO

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    The Pacific is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    The Pacific

    Hugh Ambrose, Ed Tracy

    Premiered2010

    NetworkHBO

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    Lonesome Dove is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    Lonesome Dove

    Diane Lane, Robert Duvall

    Premiered1989

    NetworkCBS

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    John Adams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    John Adams

    Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney

    Premiered2008

    NetworkHBO

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    The Winds of War is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    The Winds of War

    Chaim Topol, Charles Lane

    Premiered1983

    NetworkABC

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  • 7
    Roots is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    Roots

    LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole

    Premiered1977

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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  • 8
    Fargo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    Fargo

    Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman

    Premiered2014

    NetworkAMC

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    V is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    V

    Robert Englund, Michael Ironside

    Premiered1983

    NetworkNBC

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    North and South is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    North and South

    Elizabeth Taylor, Kirstie Alley

    Premiered1985

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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    Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    Pride and Prejudice

    Colin Firth, Lucy Davis

    Premiered1995

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

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    Shōgun is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    Shōgun

    Orson Welles, Richard Chamberlain

    Premiered1980

    NetworkNBC

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    The Civil War is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    The Civil War

    Morgan Freeman, Jeremy Irons

    Premiered1990

    NetworkPublic Broadcasting Service

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  • 14
    The Thorn Birds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    The Thorn Birds

    Christopher Plummer, Barbara Stanwyck

    Premiered1983

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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    Centennial is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    Centennial

    Mark Harmon, Timothy Dalton

    Premiered1978

    NetworkNBC

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  • 16
    The Stand is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    The Stand

    Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald

    Premiered1994

    NetworkABC

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    Jesus of Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    Jesus of Nazareth

    James Earl Jones, Laurence Olivier

    Premiered1977

    NetworkITV

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    The Night Of is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    The Night Of

    John Turturro, Riz Ahmed

    Premiered2016

    NetworkHBO

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  • 19
    Hornblower is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    Hornblower

    Fred Astaire, Peter Arne

    Premiered1998

    NetworkITV

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    Battlestar Galactica (The Mini is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    Battlestar Galactica (The Miniseries)

    Grace Park, Tricia Helfer

    Premiered2003

    NetworkSyfy, Sky1

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    V: The Final Battle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    V: The Final Battle

    Jane Badler, Michael Durrell

    Premiered1984

    NetworkNBC

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    I, Claudius is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    I, Claudius

    Derek Jacobi, John Hurt

    Premiered1976

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

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    11.22.63 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    11.22.63

    James Franco, Sarah Gadon

    Premiered2016

    NetworkHulu

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    From the Earth to the Moon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    From the Earth to the Moon

    Tom Hanks, Nick Searcy

    Premiered1998

    NetworkHBO

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    It is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
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    It

    Tim Curry, Seth Green

    Premiered1990

    NetworkABC

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