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The Best Miniseries in TV History

Updated November 23, 2020 28.2k votes 4.1k voters 215.8k views158 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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    Band of Brothers
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    Band of Brothers

    Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis

    Premiered2001

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation, HBO

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    Chernobyl
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    201

    Chernobyl

    Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård

    Premiered2019

    NetworkHBO

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    The Pacific
    518
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    The Pacific

    Hugh Ambrose, Ed Tracy

    Premiered2010

    NetworkHBO

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    Lonesome Dove
    680
    311

    Lonesome Dove

    Diane Lane, Robert Duvall

    Premiered1989

    NetworkCBS

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    John Adams
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    John Adams

    Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney

    Premiered2008

    NetworkHBO

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    Fargo
    339
    220

    Fargo

    Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman

    Premiered2014

    NetworkAMC

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    Roots
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    Roots

    LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole

    Premiered1977

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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    The Winds of War
    295
    192

    The Winds of War

    Chaim Topol, Charles Lane

    Premiered1983

    NetworkABC

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    V
    365
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    V

    Robert Englund, Michael Ironside

    Premiered1983

    NetworkNBC

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    North and South
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    North and South

    Elizabeth Taylor, Kirstie Alley

    Premiered1985

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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    Shōgun
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    Shōgun

    Orson Welles, Richard Chamberlain

    Premiered1980

    NetworkNBC

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    Pride and Prejudice
    357
    289

    Pride and Prejudice

    Colin Firth, Lucy Davis

    Premiered1995

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

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    The Civil War
    209
    103

    The Civil War

    Morgan Freeman, Jeremy Irons

    Premiered1990

    NetworkPublic Broadcasting Service

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    The Thorn Birds
    333
    259

    The Thorn Birds

    Christopher Plummer, Barbara Stanwyck

    Premiered1983

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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  • 15
    Centennial
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    161

    Centennial

    Mark Harmon, Timothy Dalton

    Premiered1978

    NetworkNBC

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    The Stand
    292
    224

    The Stand

    Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald

    Premiered1994

    NetworkABC

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    The Night Of
    161
    113

    The Night Of

    John Turturro, Riz Ahmed

    Premiered2016

    NetworkHBO

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    Jesus of Nazareth
    318
    298

    Jesus of Nazareth

    James Earl Jones, Laurence Olivier

    Premiered1977

    NetworkITV

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    #832 of 1,647 The Most Rewatchable Movies#79 of 553 The Best '70s Movies

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    Hornblower
    183
    177

    Hornblower

    Fred Astaire, Peter Arne

    Premiered1998

    NetworkITV

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    Battlestar Galactica (The Miniseries)
    240
    215

    Battlestar Galactica (The Miniseries)

    Grace Park, Tricia Helfer

    Premiered2003

    NetworkSyfy, Sky1

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    V: The Final Battle
    225
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    V: The Final Battle

    Jane Badler, Michael Durrell

    Premiered1984

    NetworkNBC

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    I, Claudius
    213
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    I, Claudius

    Derek Jacobi, John Hurt

    Premiered1976

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

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    #66 of 123 The Best Historical Drama TV Shows#43 of 62 The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    11.22.63
    163
    130

    11.22.63

    James Franco, Sarah Gadon

    Premiered2016

    NetworkHulu

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    From the Earth to the Moon
    163
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    From the Earth to the Moon

    Tom Hanks, Nick Searcy

    Premiered1998

    NetworkHBO

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    It
    252
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    It

    Tim Curry, Seth Green

    Premiered1990

    NetworkABC

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