Top 20 TV Miniseries That You Should Watch

Top 20 TV Miniseries That You Should Watch

Updated on December 29, 2022 11:57 AM by Michael Davis

The T.V. miniseries concept was popular in the late 1970s and 1980s. Cable revived the format in the 2000s. Regardless of what era, miniseries are a T.V. and streaming services staple. The 25 best are listed in chronological order.

V (1983)

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In the early 1980s, this was a paradise for sci-fi fans of all ages. Visitors who appear to be people from another planet land on Earth and spread Nazi-like propaganda. Luckily, a group of determined resistance fighters, led by Mike Donovan (Mark Singer) and Juliet Parrish (Fay Grant), know their true purpose and identity and are the "Visitors" who want to conquer the world.

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The Winds of War (1983)

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Many of these ministries, especially those from the 1970s and 1980s, are based on popular novels. One example is the World War II-themed story starring Robert Mitchum and Ali MacGraw, a Hollywood staple at the time.

V: The Final Battle (1984)

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The original miniseries was a huge hit for NBC but left viewers wanting more. The sequel, which lasted months after the original miniseries ended, had more action and intensity in the finale. The birth of Robin's twins and a brief fling with "The Visitor." NBC's weekly series followed but never generated the same excitement.

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North and South (1985)

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The North and South miniseries had three episodes, the second part airing in 1986 and the final part in 1994. However, the original is still the best and most critically acclaimed (it was nominated for multiple Golden Globes and Emmys). It Starring Patrick Swayze, James Reid, and Lesley Ann Down; T.V. recordings of John Jake's novels about friends on different sides of the Civil War are still entertaining.

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Lonesome Dove (1989)

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A little trivia. A Lonesome Dove film said to star John Wayne and James Stewart was originally planned but never materialized. Instead, the former Texas Rangers western starring Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones was brought to life on the small screen. The miniseries was so well received and popular that a weekly series that continued the story followed.

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The Stand (1994)

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One of Stephen King's most popular novels did well on television. Starring celebrities like Gary Sinise, Ossie Davis, Rob Lowe, and Jamey Sheridan, the miniseries was a huge event for ABC. The T.V. moments don't go as deep as the books, but they provide powerful insight into the complex lives and morals of the protagonists who deal with good and evil.

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Band of Brothers (2001)

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In the 1990s, network television miniseries began to decline. But premium cable channels like HBO have become a reason for them to show off again in bombastic detail. It's nothing more than Band of Brothers. Assigned to the U.S. 101st Airborne Division during World War II, Steven E. Ambrose's book about Easy His Company was brought to life thanks to the creative vision of Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. I was. It won seven Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Best T.V. Movie.

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Angels In America (2003)

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Another HBO gem. Angels in America was directed by the late Mike Nichols and starred Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, and Emma Thompson. The early 1990s T.V. the version was about a mid-'80s New Yorker trying to navigate the unknown of AIDS amidst political and social conservatism. Winner of 9 Emmy Awards and 9 Golden Globe Awards.

John Adams (2008)

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First of all, Paul Giamatti is a great actor in any role. Giamatti brilliantly played the second president of the United States. This HBO miniseries chronicled Adams' life and won 13 Emmy Awards, including Best Actor for Giamatti. Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson also won Emmy Awards for one of the most iconic miniseries in HBO history.

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The Pacific (2010)

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Follow in the footsteps of the hugely popular Band of Brothers. This time, it focuses on the U.S. Marine Corps (his three soldiers, to be precise) and their involvement in the Pacific region of World War II. It may not have the same level of lore as Band of Brothers, but The Pacific earned him eight Emmy Awards, including the coveted award for Outstanding Miniseries.

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11.22.63 (2011)

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Sci-fi fans who have yet to see this adaptation of the Stephen King novel (co-performed by J.J. Abrams) should. Starring James Franco, Chris Cooper, and Sarah Gadon, this story tells the story of a schoolteacher who goes back to save John F. Kennedy from being assassinated. It was such a fun trip, and you can still stream it on Hulu.

The Night Of (2016)

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For some fans of HBO, this may be flying a little under the radar compared to the rest of the network. Kudos to "Naz" for playing a college student charged with murdering a young woman in New York City. This version recreates the first season of the popular British series Criminal Justice. Ahmed won an Emmy Award for his lead role.

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The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (2016)

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It was the first installment in F.X.'s popular true crime series, tackling one of the most publicized and controversial cases to date. The star cast included Cuba Gooding Jr. as his O.J., also starring Sterling K. Brown (Christopher Durden), Sarah Paulson (Marcia Clarke), and Courtney B. Vance (Johnny Cochrane). Paulson and the miniseries rightfully won a Golden Globe Award.

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Maniac (2018)

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More than a decade after Jonah Hill and Emma Stone starred in the hilarious Superbad; the two have reunited in this psychologically dark comedy miniseries, courtesy of Netflix. Hill's Owen and Stone's Annie are brought together during a highly unorthodox pharmaceutical trial run by two shady doctors. The storyline is interesting enough, but the true grandeur of the experience is Hill and Stone's work in this unique setting.

Sharp Objects (2018)

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HBO releases hit miniseries all the time. That certainly applies here. Amy Adams plays Camille Preaker, an alcoholic reporter who also deals with psychological issues while investigating the murders of two girls. Meanwhile, Patricia Clarkson won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Camille's wealthy but overbearing mother.

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Chernobyl (2019)

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HBO had great success with this five-part miniseries about the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident. In-depth and often graphic, this miniseries told the untold stories of first responders and volunteers involved during and after the tragedy and was nominated for 19 Emmy Awards.

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When They See Us (2019)

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A detailed history of the Central Park Five incident from 1989 and another in a long series of great Netflix series. Ava DuVernay directed this fascinating documentary about her drama. Historical dramas, especially modern tales, can hit or miss in this format, but DuVernay and her underrated but brilliant cast offer the best.

Watchmen (2019)

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Technically, HBO's Watchmen falls into a category known as a limited series. It's slightly longer than the 4-5 episode miniseries we're used to but rarely longer than a full season. Based on the D.C. Comics story, a sequel to the original story, Regina King and Don Johnson starred as cops/vigilantes fighting racial and social injustice.

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I Know This Much Is True (2020)

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Mark Ruffalo won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his dual role as brothers Dominique and Thomas Birdsey. One is living with paranoid schizophrenia, and the other is trying to overcome his own difficult life. Playing a complex role is hard enough, but two? Ruffalo pulled it off beautifully and effortlessly.

The Right Stuff (2020)

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This high-profile, critically acclaimed new miniseries can be found on Disney+. The story of the pilot) was beautifully told. A legendary story is retold in this miniseries format for a new generation of viewers to enjoy and learn from.

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