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The very best miniseries shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest miniseries shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Including TV shows that are currently streaming on Netflix, some of the best HBO original shows are also here. Popular miniseries TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining miniseries show of all time is. 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 spot. The list of miniseries television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available. What do you think is the best mini series that has ever been on TV? Take a look at these TV mini series and see if your favorite is represented.

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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Band of Brothers Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston Band of Brothers is a 2001 American war drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 non-fiction book of the same name. The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom ...more

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Lonesome Dove is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Lonesome Dove Diane Lane, Robert Duvall, Steve Buscemi Lonesome Dove is a 1989 American epic Western adventure television miniseries directed by Simon Wincer. It is a four part adaptation of the 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by ...more

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John Adams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
John Adams Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett John Adams is a 2008 American television miniseries chronicling most of U.S. President John Adams' political life and his role in the founding of the United States. Paul Giamatti portrays John ...more

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North and South is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
North and South Elizabeth Taylor, Kirstie Alley, Johnny Cash North and South is the title of three American television miniseries broadcast on the ABC network in 1985, 1986, and 1994. Set before, during, and immediately after the American Civil War, they ...more

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Roots is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Roots LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Robert Reed This award-winning six-part historical epic was one of the first examples of the miniseries format and one of the highest-rated television programs in broadcasting history. Based on the ...more

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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Pride and Prejudice Colin Firth, Lucy Davis, Alison Steadman Pride and Prejudice is a six-episode 1995 British television drama, adapted by Andrew Davies from Jane Austen's 1813 novel of the same name. Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth starred as Elizabeth ...more

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Shōgun is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
bojanthebest added Shōgun Orson Welles, Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune Shōgun is an American television miniseries based on the international bestselling 1975 novel of the same name by James Clavell, who also was the executive producer of the miniseries. It was ...more

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The Pacific is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
The Pacific Hugh Ambrose, Ed Tracy The Pacific is a 2010 television series produced by HBO, Seven Network Australia, Sky Movies, Playtone and DreamWorks that premiered in the United States on 14 March 2010. The series is a ...more

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Jesus of Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Jesus of Nazareth James Earl Jones, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer Jesus of Nazareth is a 1977 British-Italian television miniseries directed by Franco Zeffirelli and co-written by Zeffirelli, Anthony Burgess, and Suso Cecchi d'Amico which dramatises the birth, ...more

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V is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
V Robert Englund, Michael Ironside, Lane Smith V is a 1983 film directed by Kenneth Johnson.

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Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
jrhold6868 added Deadwood Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker Deadwood is an American western television series created, produced, and largely written by David Milch and aired on the premium cable network HBO from March 21, 2004, to August 27, 2006, ...more

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I, Claudius is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
I, Claudius Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips I, Claudius is a 1976 BBC Television adaptation of Robert Graves's I, Claudius and Claudius the God. Written by Jack Pulman, it starred Derek Jacobi as Claudius, with Siân Phillips, Brian ...more

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The Thorn Birds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
The Thorn Birds Christopher Plummer, Barbara Stanwyck, Jean Simmons The Thorn Birds is a television mini-series broadcast on ABC between 27 and 30 March 1983. It starred Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, Barbara Stanwyck, Christopher Plummer, Jean Simmons, ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Fargo Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman Fargo is an American black comedy–crime drama television series created and written by Noah Hawley. The show is inspired by the 1996 film of the same name written and directed by the Coen ...more

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The Winds of War is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
The Winds of War Chaim Topol, Charles Lane, David Dukes The Winds of War is Herman Wouk's second book about World War II, the first being The Caine Mutiny. Published in 1971, it was followed up seven years later by War and Remembrance; originally ...more

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It is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
It Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter It is a 1990 psychological horror/drama miniseries based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. The story revolves around an inter-dimensional predatory life-form, which has the ability to ...more

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V: The Final Battle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
V: The Final Battle Jane Badler, Michael Durrell, Robert Englund V: The Final Battle is a 1984 American TV miniseries. It is a sequel to the 1983 miniseries written by Kenneth Johnson about aliens known as "The Visitors" trying to take over Earth. ...more

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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
jrhold6868 added The Wire Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn The Wire is an American crime drama television series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the ...more

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Centennial is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Centennial Mark Harmon, Timothy Dalton, Andy Griffith Centennial is a 12-episode American television miniseries that aired on NBC from October 1978 to February 1979. It was based on the novel of the same name by James A. Michener, and was produced ...more

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Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Holocaust Meryl Streep, Ian Holm, Michael Moriarty Holocaust is an American television miniseries broadcast in four parts in 1978 on the NBC television network. The series tells the story of the Holocaust from the perspective of the Weiss family ...more

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Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Spartacus Lucy Lawless, Jaime Murray, Katrina Law Spartacus är en TV-serie.

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The Stand is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
The Stand Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan The Stand is a 1994 American television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. King also wrote the teleplay, and has a cameo role in the series. It was directed by Mick ...more

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Hornblower is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Hornblower Fred Astaire^! Peter Arne^! David Buck Hornblower is the umbrella title of a series of British television films based on three of C. S. Forester's ten novels about the fictional character Horatio Hornblower, a Royal Navy officer ...more

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Rich Man, Poor Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Rich Man, Poor Man Nick Nolte, Ed Asner, Talia Shire Rich Man, Poor Man is a 1976 American television miniseries based on the 1969 novel of the same name by Irwin Shaw that aired on ABC in one or two hour episodes mostly on Monday nights over ...more

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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena John Hannah, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah Spartacus: Gods of the Arena is a Starz television miniseries and prequel to Spartacus, which premiered January 21, 2011. The series follows the character Gannicus, the first gladiator ...more

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Battlestar Galactica (The Mini... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Battlestar Galactica (The Miniseries) Grace Park, Tricia Helfer, Mary McDonnell Battlestar Galactica is a three-hour miniseries starring Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell, written and produced by Ronald D. Moore and directed by Michael Rymer. It was the first part of ...more

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The Lost Room is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
The Lost Room Peter Krause, Julianna Margulies, Peter Jacobson The Lost Room is a 2006 science fiction television miniseries that aired on the Sci Fi Channel in the United States. The series revolves around the titular room and some of the everyday items ...more

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Sense and Sensibility is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Sense and Sensibility David Morrissey, Dominic Cooper, Janet McTeer Sense and Sensibility is a 2008 British television drama adaptation of Jane Austen's 1811 eponymous novel. The screenplay was written by Andrew Davies, who revealed that the aim of the series ...more

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Elizabeth I is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Elizabeth I Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, Hugh Dancy Elizabeth I is a two-part 2005 British historical drama television miniseries directed by Tom Hooper, written by Nigel Williams, and starring Helen Mirren as Elizabeth I of England. The ...more

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From the Earth to the Moon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
From the Earth to the Moon Tom Hanks, Nick Searcy, Lane Smith From the Earth to the Moon is a twelve-part HBO television miniseries co-produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Tom Hanks, and Michael Bostick, telling the story of the landmark Apollo ...more

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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Pride and Prejudice Barbara Shelley, Judy Parfitt, Tessa Peake-Jones Pride and Prejudice is a 1980 BBC television serial, adapted by British novelist Fay Weldon from Jane Austen's novel of the same name, originally published in 1813. This five-episode ...more

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The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
The Temptations D. B. Woodside, Alan Rosenberg, Leon Robinson The Temptations is a four-hour television miniseries broadcast in two-hour halves on NBC, based upon the history of one of Motown's longest-lived acts, The Temptations. Executive produced by ...more

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The Blue and the Gray is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Norman Woodcock added The Blue and the Gray Gregory Peck, Robert Vaughn, Rip Torn The Blue and the Gray is a television miniseries that first aired on CBS in three installments on November 14, November 16, and November 17, 1982. Set during the American Civil War, the series ...more

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Shackleton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Shackleton Kenneth Branagh, Embeth Davidtz, Kevin McNally Shackleton is a 2002 British television film written and directed by Charles Sturridge and starring Kenneth Branagh as explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. The film tells the true story of ...more

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Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Salem's Lot Salem's Lot is a 2004 American 2 part tv mini-series which first aired on TNT from June 20–21, 2004. It is the second television adaptation of Stephen King's 1975 vampire novel of the same name. ...more

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Generation Kill is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Generation Kill Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen Generation Kill is a British-American seven-part television miniseries produced for HBO, based on the 2004 book of the same name by Evan Wright about his experience as an embedded reporter with ...more

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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Boardwalk Empire Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza Boardwalk Empire is an American period crime drama television series created by Terence Winter. Airing on premium cable channel HBO, the series is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the ...more

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Bleak House is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Bleak House Gillian Anderson, Carey Mulligan, Charles Dance A trio of orphans becomes embroiled in a mysterious and long-running lawsuit in this sprawling BBC adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel. A legend in the legal circles of Victorian London, the ...more

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Scarlett is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Scarlett Ann-Margret, Sean Bean, Timothy Dalton Scarlett is a 1994 six hour miniseries loosely based on a book of the same name, written in 1991 by Alexandra Ripley as a sequel to Margaret Mitchell's popular 1936 novel, Gone with the Wind. ...more

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The Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
The Odyssey The Odyssey is a 1997 Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated British-American fantasy–adventure television miniseries based on the ancient Greek epic poem by Homer, The Odyssey. Directed ...more

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Brideshead Revisited is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Brideshead Revisited Jeremy Irons, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud Brideshead Revisited is a 1981 British television serial produced by Granada Television for broadcast by the ITV network. The serial is an adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel Brideshead ...more

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Tin Man is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Tin Man Zooey Deschanel, Alan Cumming, Neal McDonough Tin Man is a 2007 four and a half hour miniseries co-produced by RHI Entertainment and Sci Fi Channel original pictures that was broadcast in the United States on the Sci Fi Channel in three ...more

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Masada is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Masada Peter O'Toole, Barbara Carrera, David Warner Masada is an American television miniseries that aired on ABC in April 1981. Advertised by the network as an "ABC Novel for Television," it was a fictionalized account of the ...more

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Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Gulliver's Travels Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Ted Danson Gulliver's Travels is a U.S. TV miniseries based on Jonathan Swift's novel of the same name, produced by Jim Henson Productions and Hallmark Entertainment. This miniseries is notable for being ...more

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Storm of the Century is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Storm of the Century Stephen King, Spencer Breslin, Colm Feore Storm of the Century, alternatively known as Stephen King's Storm of the Century, is a 1999 horror TV miniseries written by Stephen King and directed by Craig R. Baxley. Unlike many other King ...more

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Shaka Zulu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Shaka Zulu Christopher Lee, Trevor Howard, Edward Fox Shaka Zulu is a television series directed by William C. Faure and written by Joshua Sinclair for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, based on Sinclair's novel of the same name. It is ...more

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The Last Days of Pompeii is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
The Last Days of Pompeii The Last Days of Pompeii was a 1984 television mini-series broadcast on ABC-TV, adapting the 1834 novel of the same name by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. It was the second English-language adaptation of ...more

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Little Dorrit is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Little Dorrit Andy Serkis, Freema Agyeman, Matthew Macfadyen Little Dorrit is a 2008 British miniseries based on the serial novel of the same title by Charles Dickens, originally published between 1855 and 1857. The screenplay is by Andrew Davies and the ...more

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Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Wuthering Heights Tom Hardy, Andrew Lincoln, Kevin McNally Wuthering Heights is a two-part ITV television serial adaptation of the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. The episodes were adapted for the screen by Peter Bowker and directed by ...more

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Monty Python's Personal Best is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Miniseries in TV History
Monty Python's Personal Best John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle Monty Python's Personal Best is a miniseries of six one-hour specials, each showcasing the contributions of a particular Monty Python member. Produced by Python Pictures Ltd., the series first ...more