Ok, so this list isn’t what I would consider my favorites by any means, but based on the Internet Movie Data Base (my favorite go-to site for any movie trivia and information), these are the 100 most popular made for TV Mini-Series Titles of all time.
Who knows what people will choose? I wonder who really voted for these? Now, granted, I’ve not watched all of the 100 listed, but of the titles I did see, many were not even up for consideration in popularity…I guess everyone is different and has different tastes. Plus, I’ve never really been one in the “popular” group anyway, so no big deal.
Find out where your favorite landed!
Before we get into it, I just couldn’t help myself, I just had to throw in my top 10 faves list. Where do they stack up against your faves?
MY top 10 favorite TV mini-series:
(updated April, 2013)
1. The Bible – the five-part, 10-hour miniseries on History, which aired its final episode Sunday, has become the biggest cable television hit of the year. And is definitely one of my faves of all time.
2. Angels in America (2003 TV mini-series)
3. Jesus of Nazareth (1977 TV mini-series)
4. The Thorn Birds (1983 TV mini-series)
5. Hatfield’s & McCoy’s (2012 History Channel TV mini-series)
6. Roots (1977 TV mini-series)
7. Shogun (1980 TV mini-series)
8. Band of Brothers (2001 TV mini-series)
9. North and South (1985 TV mini-series)
10. Neverwhere (1996 TV mini-series)
Merlin (1998 TV mini-series)
Gulliver’s Travels (1996)
John Adams (2008)
Updated Feb. 2014- other honorable mentions:
Bonnie & Clyde (2013)
And……without further ado…here it is…
The 100 Most Popular Made for TV Mini-Series of All Time!
(updated) – most popular of 2013 – “The Bible”- History Channel’s 10 part miniseries has beat out all others. And “Hatfield’s & McCoy’s” History Channel’s 2012 winner.
Below is the list as of Nov. 2010:
1 Band of Brothers (2001 TV mini-series)-The story of Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne division and their mission in WWII Europe from Operation Overlord through V-J Day. Received a 9.6/10 with 76,445 votes
2 Pride and Prejudice (1995 TV mini-series)Jane Austen’s classic novel about the prejudice that occurred between the 19th century classes and the pride which would keep lovers apart. Received: 9.2/10 with 21,526 votes
3 Battlestar Galactica (2003 TV mini-series)A re-imagining of the original series in which a “rag-tag fugitive fleet” of the last remnants of mankind flees pursuing robots while simultaneously searching for their true home, Earth. Received 8.3/10 with 16,473 votes.
4 The Stand (1994 TV mini-series)After the world is decimated by a man-made plague, a battle of literally Biblical proportions ensues between the survivors.Received 7.2/10 with 12,644 votes.
5 Angels in America (2003 TV mini-series)Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals. Received 8.2/10 with 12,579 votes
6 The Pacific (2010 TV mini-series)A 10-part mini-series from the creators of “Band of Brothers” telling the intertwined stories of three Marines during America’s battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II.Received8.4/10 with 11,661 votes
7 Generation Kill (2008 TV mini-series)A Rolling Stone reporter, embedded with The 1st Recon Marines chronicles his experiences during the first wave of the American-led assault on Baghdad in 2003.8.8/10 10,886
8 The Lost Room (2006 TV mini-series)A detective investigates a mysterious motel room, which acts as a portal to alternate universe.8.4/10 9,290
9 Rose Red (2002 TV mini-series)A group of people with psychic powers are invited to spend the night in a haunted house .Received 6.4/10 with 8,906 votes
10 Merlin (1998 TV mini-series)The legendary wizard tells his story of his war against Queen Mab of the Sidhe and his creation of Camelot. Received 6.9/10 8,885 votes
11 Dune (2000 TV mini-series) Received 6.9/10 with 8,059 votes
12 Storm of the Century (1999 TV mini-series) Received 7.1/10 7,852 votes
13 John Adams (2008 TV mini-series) Received 8.8/10 7,808 votes
14 The 10th Kingdom (2000 TV mini-series) Received 8.1/10 7,664 votes
15 Riget (1994 TV mini-series) Received 8.6/10 6,967 votes
16 Lonesome Dove (1989 TV mini-series) Received 8.9/10 6,893 votes
17 Tin Man (2007 TV mini-series) Received 7.1/10 6,467 votes
18 The Shining (1997 TV mini-series) Received 6.0/10 6,082 votes
19 The Andromeda Strain (2008 TV mini-series) Received 6.1/10 5,347 votes
20 V (1983 TV movie) Received 7.9/10 5,305 votes
21 Dekalog (1989 TV mini-series) Received 9.2/10 5,288 votes
22 Children of Dune (2003 TV mini-series) Received 7.6/10 5,266 votes
23 Afro Samurai (2007 TV mini-series)Received 7.7/10 4,928 votes
24 I, Claudius (1976 TV mini-series) Received 9.3/10 4,825 votes
25 Dead Set (2008 TV mini-series) Received 8.1/10 4,793 votes
26 Jesus of Nazareth (1977 TV mini-series) Received 8.5/10 4,764 votes
27 North & South (2004 TV mini-series)Received 9.0/10 4,583 votes
28 From the Earth to the Moon (1998 TV mini-series) Received 8.9/10 4,390 votes
29 Jane Eyre (2006 TV mini-series) Received 8.6/10 4,374 votes
30 The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (1981 TV mini-series) Received 8.0/10 4,096 votes
31 The Triangle (2005 TV mini-series) Received 6.5/10 4,034 votes
32 Roots (1977 TV mini-series) Received 8.7/10 4,000 votes
33 Shogun (1980 TV mini-series) Received 8.3/10 3,614 votes
34 Riget II (1997 TV mini-series) Received 3,583 votes
35 Long Way Round (2004 TV mini-series documentary) Received 9.2/10 3,427 votes
36 Elizabeth I (2005 TV mini-series) Received 8.1/10 3,169 votes
37 Into the West (2005 TV mini-series) 8.0/10 3,149 votes
38 North and South (1985 TV mini-series) Received 3,043 votes
39 XIII (2008 TV mini-series) Received 6.5/10 2,972 votes
40 Das Boot (1985 TV mini-series) Received 9.3/10 2,735 votes
41 The Thorn Birds (1983 TV mini-series) Received 7.9/10 2,668 votes
42 Nuremberg (2000 TV mini-series) Received 7.2/10 2,590 votes
43 Cosmos (1980 TV mini-series documentary)Received 9.5/10 2,577 votes
44 State of Play (2003 TV mini-series) Received 8.7/10 2,555 votes
45 Brideshead Revisited (1981 TV mini-series) 8.9/10 2,495 votes
46 When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006 TV mini-series documentary) Received 8.6/10 2,467 votes
47 Le comte de Monte Cristo (1998 TV mini-series) Received 7.9/10 2,424 votes
48 Bleak House (2005 TV mini-series) Received 8.8/10 2,365 votes
49 The Civil War (1990 TV mini-series documentary) Received 9.5/10 2,364 votes
50 V: The Final Battle (1984 TV mini-series) Received 7.6/10 2,311 votes
51 Broken Trail (2006 TV mini-series) Received 7.7/10 2,284 votes
52 The Singing Detective (1986 TV mini-series)Received 8.9/10 2,251 votes
53 Dinotopia (2002 TV mini-series) Received 6.2/10 2,240 votes
54 The Pillars of the Earth (2010 TV mini-series)Received 8.6/10 2,210 votes
55 Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001 TV mini-series)Received 7.9/10 2,207 votes
56 Lost in Austen (2008 TV mini-series)Received 7.8/10 2,187 votes
57 Alice (2009 TV mini-series) Received 7.0/10
58 Bangkok Hilton (1989 TV mini-series) Received 8.0/10 2,100 votes
59 The Beatles Anthology (1995 TV mini-series documentary) Received 9.4/10 2,094 votes
60 Cranford (2007 TV mini-series) Received 8.6/10 1,993 votes
61 The Company (2007 TV mini-series) Received 7.8/10 1,924 votes
62 Casanova (2005 TV mini-series) Received 8.0/10 1,922 votes
63 Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (2006 TV mini-series)Received 7.0/10 1,904 votes
64 Sense & Sensibility (2008 TV mini-series) Received 8.2/10 1,886 votes
65 Wives and Daughters (1999 TV mini-series)Received 8.5/10 1,874 votes
66 Moby Dick (1998 TV mini-series) Received 6.5/10 1,856 votes
67 Napoléon (2002 TV mini-series) Received 7.1/10 1,814 votes
68 Cleopatra (1999 TV mini-series) Received 6.3/10 1,804 votes
69 Gormenghast (2000 TV mini-series) Received 7.5/10 1,786 votes
70 Les misérables (2000 TV mini-series) Received 7.7/10 1,619 votes
71 Edge of Darkness (1985 TV mini-series) Received 8.8/10 1,561 votes
72 Holocaust (1978 TV mini-series) Received 8.4/10 1,544 votes
73 Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980 TV mini-series) Received 8.8/10 1,529 votes
74 Emma (2009 TV mini-series)Received 8.6/10 1,525 votes
75 NileCity 105.6 (1995 TV mini-series) Received 8.7/10 1,478 votes
76 North and South, Book II (1986 TV mini-series)Received 7.9/10 1,436 votes
77 Semnadtsat mgnoveniy vesny (1973 TV mini-series)Received 8.8/10 1,410 votes
78 The Forsyte Saga (2002 TV mini-series) Received 8.4/10 1,378 votes
79 The Corner (2000 TV mini-series) Received 8.8/10 1,366 votes
80 Impact (2008 TV mini-series) Received 5.5/10
81 The Godfather: A Novel for Television (1977 TV mini-series)Received 9.3/10 1,360votes
82 Around the World in 80 Days (1989 TV mini-series) Received 6.9/10 1,351 votes
83 The Last Don (1997 TV mini-series) Received 1,315 votes
84 Baseball (1994 TV mini-series documentary)Received 9.1/10 1,277 votes
85 Heimat – Eine deutsche Chronik (1984 TV mini-series) Received 8.9/10 1,273 votes
86 Tales of the City (1993 TV mini-series)Received 8.6/10 1,268 votes
87 The Starter Wife (2007 TV mini-series) Received 7.0/10 1,267 votes
88 Scarlett (1994 TV mini-series) Received 6.2/10 1,265 votes
89 The Winds of War (1983 TV mini-series) Received 8.4/10 1,264 votes
90 Master i Margarita (2005 TV mini-series) Received 7.1/10 1,263 votes
91 Jane Eyre (1983 TV mini-series) Received 8.2/10 1,211 votes
92 Mesto vstrechi izmenit nelzya (1979 TV mini-series)Received 9.0/10 1,198 votes
93 Neverwhere (1996 TV mini-series) Received 7.1/10 1,183 votes
94 Comanche Moon (2008 TV mini-series) Received 7.3/10 1,181 votes
95 Centennial (1978 TV mini-series) Received 8.5/10 1,167 votes
96 Lexx: The Dark Zone (1997 TV mini-series) Received 7.5/10 1,142 votes
97 RoboCop: Prime Directives (2000 TV mini-series) Received 4.8/10 1,128 votes
98 Mary Bryant (2005 TV mini-series) Received 7.6/10 1,066 votes
99 Wild Palms (1993 TV mini-series) Received 7.1/10 1,050 votes
100 Revelations (2005 TV mini-series) Received 6.2/10 1,018 votes
List of Most Popular TV Mini-Series titles as of April 2013:
1. The Bible (2013 Mini-Series) 7.1/10 This is a 10-hour, five-part, mini-series. It will tell some of the best-known stories from the most popular book in human history, from Noah’s Ark and the Exodus to Daniel in the Lion’s Den to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. With: Keith David, Darwin Shaw, Diogo Morgado
2. Top of the Lake (2013 Mini-Series) 7.5/10 A detective investigates the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant daughter of a local drug lord. With: Elisabeth Moss, David Wenham, Peter Mullan Drama 300 mins.
3. Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011 Mini-Series) 8.7/10 Before Spartacus struck down his first opponent in the arena, there were many gladiators who passed… With: John Hannah, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah .
4. Band of Brothers (2001 Mini-Series) 9.6/10 The story of Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne division and their mission in WWII Europe from Operation Overlord through V-J Day. With: Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston .
5. Hatfields & McCoys (2012 Mini-Series) 8.0/10 Dramatization of the bitter blood feud between the two families on the West Virginia/Kentucky border in the years after the Civil War. With: Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Matt 290 mins.
6. World Without End (2012 Mini-Series) 6.5/10 The English town of Kingsbridge works to survive as the King leads the nation into the Hundred Years’ War with France while Europe deals with the outbreak of the Black Death. With: Ben Chaplin, Charlotte Riley, Nora von .
7. Black Mirror (2011 Mini-Series) 8.6/10 With: Bryony Neylan-Francis
8. Jesus of Nazareth (1977 Mini-Series) 8.5/10 A reverent depiction of the life of Christ using the Gospel accounts. With: Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey, Laurence Olivier. 382 mins.
9. It (1990 Mini-Series) 6.9/10 In 1960, seven outcast kids known as “The Loser Club” fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. 30 years later, they are called back to fight the same clown again. Dir: Tommy Lee Wallace With: Richard Thomas, Tim Reid, Annette O’Toole , 192 mins.
10. Neverland (2011 Mini-Series) 6.3/10 Raised on the streets of turn-of-the century London, orphaned Peter and his pals survive by their fearless wits as cunning young pickpockets… Dir: Nick Willing With: Rhys Ifans, Anna Friel, Charles Dance .
11. Camelot (2011 Mini-Series) 6.4/10 King Uther dies suddenly. Britain is facing chaos. The sorcerer Merlin appoints the not so known son… With: Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower, Tamsin Egerton 45 mins.
12. The Pacific (2010 Mini-Series) 8.3/10 A 10-part mini-series from the creators of “Band of Brothers” telling the intertwined stories of three Marines during America’s battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II. With: James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, Jon
13. The Pillars of the Earth (2010 Mini-Series) 8.1/10 Set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart. With: Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen, Eddie Redmayne .
14. Pride and Prejudice (1995 Mini-Series)9.1/10 Jane Austen’s classic novel about the prejudice that occurred between the 19th century classes and the pride which would keep lovers apart. With: Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle, Susannah Harker , 300 mins.
15. The Walking Dead (2011 Mini-Series) 7.8/10 With: Rick Otto, Lilli Birdsell, Josh Stewart.
17. Injustice (2011 Mini-Series) 6.8/10 On the surface William Travers is a picture of success. An accomplished criminal barrister happily living with his wife in rural Suffolk… With: James Purefoy, Charlie Creed-Miles, Sasha Behar,300 mins.
18. Roots (1977 Mini-Series) 8.5/10 A dramatization of author Alex Haley’s family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte’s enslavement to his descendants’ liberation. Dir: Marvin J. Chomsky, John Erman With: LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Ben Vereen
19. House of Cards (1990 Mini-Series) 8.8/10 Francis Urquhart is the chief whip of the Conservative party. When Margaret Thatcher resigns as leader… With: Ian Richardson, Susannah Harker, Miles Anderson .
20. Carlos (2010 Mini-Series) 7.7/10 The story of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the 1975 OPEC meeting. With: Édgar Ramírez, Alexander Scheer, Fadi Abi Samra.
21. The Lost Room (2006 Mini-Series) 8.3/10 A detective investigates a mysterious motel room, which acts as a portal to alternate universe. With: Peter Krause, Julianna Margulies, Peter, 270 mins.
22. Generation Kill (2008 Mini-Series) 8.7/10 A Rolling Stone reporter, embedded with The 1st Recon Marines chronicles his experiences during the first wave of the American-led assault on Baghdad in 2003. With: Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen .
23. The Stand (1994 Mini-Series) 7.2/10 After the world is devastated by a man-made plague, a battle of literally Biblical proportions ensues between the survivors. With: Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan , 366 mins.
24. Get Lost! (1981 Mini-Series) 7.8/10 With: Bridget Turner, Alun Armstrong, David Calder .
25. Zen (2011 Mini-Series) 7.6/10 Detective Aurelio Zen brings justice to modern-day Italy. With: Rufus Sewell, Caterina Murino, Stanley Townsend.
26. I, Claudius (1976 Mini-Series) 9.0/10 The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers. With: Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips .
27. North & South (2004 Mini-Series) 8.8/10 North and South is a four part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton. With: Daniela Denby-Ashe, Richard Armitage, Tim Pigott-Smith.
28. Chosen (2013 Mini-Series) 7.2/10 “Chosen” follows Ian Mitchell — a husband, father and lawyer — who awakens one morning to discover… Dir: Ben Ketai With: Caitlin Carmichael, Kevin Hamedani, Milo Ventimiglia .
29. Lonesome Dove (1989 Mini-Series) 8.7/10 Epic story about two former Texas rangers who decide to move cattle from the south to Montana. Augustus… With: Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover , 384 mins.
30. Taken (2002 Mini-Series) 7.7/10 Taken spans five decades and four generations, centering on three families: the Keys, Crawfords, and Clarkes… With: Dakota Fanning, Matt Frewer, Emily Berg .
31. The 10th Kingdom (2000 Mini-Series) 8.1/10 A father and daughter are caught in a parallel universe where the great queens Snow White, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood have had their kingdoms fragmented by warring trolls, giants and goblins. With: Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Scott Cohen, John Larroquette. 417 mins.
32. Mildred Pierce (2011 Mini-Series) 7.6/10 Divorced single mom Mildred Pierce decides to open a restaurant business, which tears at the already-strained relationship with her ambitious elder daughter, Veda. With: Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood .
33. Mayday (2013 Mini-Series) 6.1/10 With: Koko Anglo, Matthew Ashforde, Caroline Berry .
34. Ben Hur (2010 Mini-Series) 6.0/10 With: Joseph Morgan, Stephen Campbell Moore, Emily VanCamp .
35. Alice (2009 Mini-Series) 7.0/10 With: Caterina Scorsone, Andrew Lee Potts, Matt Frewer.
36. North and South (1985 Mini-Series) 7.9/10 Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War. With: Kirstie Alley, Georg Stanford Brown, David Carradine , 561 mins.
37. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008 Mini-Series) 8.7/10 An aspiring supervillain must balance his career and his pursuit of a beautiful do-gooder. With: Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, 42 mins.
38. Centennial (1978 Mini-Series) 8.2/10 The economic and cultural growth of Colorado spanning two centuries from the mid-1700s to the late-1970s. With: Raymond Burr, Barbara Carrera, Richard Chamberlain.
39. Merlin (1998 Mini-Series) 6.9/10 The legendary wizard tells his story of his war against Queen Mab of the Sidhe and his creation of Camelot. With: Sam Neill, Helena Bonham Carter, John Gielgud, 182 mins.
40. Great Expectations (2011 Mini-Series) 7.5/10 With: Douglas Booth, Jack Roth, Ray Winstone.
41. XIII: The Conspiracy (2008 Mini-Series) 6.5/10 The first female US President Sally Sheridan is shot dead by a sniper during her Veterans Day speech… With: Stephen Dorff, Caterina Murino, Greg Bryk , 120 mins.
42. Angels in America (2003 Mini-Series 8.1/10 Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals. With: Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson.
43. Tin Man (2007 Mini-Series) – 7.1/10 A re-imagining of L. Frank Baum’s classic “The Wizard of Oz”. With: Zooey Deschanel, Alan Cumming, Neal McDonough.
44. Bag of Bones (2011 Mini-Series – 5.7/10 Bestselling novelist Mike Noonan, unable to cope after his wife’s sudden death, returns to the couple’s lakeside retreat in Maine… With: Pierce Brosnan, Melissa George, Annabeth Gish , 157 mins.
45. Battlestar Galactica (2003 Mini-Series) 8.5/10 A re-imagining of the original series in which a “rag-tag fugitive fleet” of the last remnants of mankind flees pursuing robots while simultaneously searching for their true home, Earth. With: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff. 180 mins.
46. John Adams (2008 Mini-Series) – 8.6/10 The life of one of the USA’s Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation’s first 50 years. With: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett, 501 mins.
47. Emma (2009 Mini-Series) 8.3/10 Emma Woodhouse seems to be perfectly content, a loving father whom she cares for, friends, and a home… With: Romola Garai, Michael Gambon, Jonny Lee Miller, 240 mins.
48. The Dresden Files (2007 Mini-Series) 7.6/10 A Chicago-based wizard works as a private investigator. With: Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz, Terrence Mann.
49. The Andromeda Strain (2008 Mini-Series) 6.1/10 A crack team of top scientists work feverishly in a secret, state-of-the-art laboratory to discover what has killed the citizens of a small town and learn how this deadly contagion can be stopped. Dir: Mikael Salomon With: Benjamin Bratt, Christa Miller, Louis Ferreira , 174 mins.
50. The Tide of Life (1996 Mini-Series) 7.2/10 Tide of Life follows the fortunes of young housekeeper, Emily Kennedy, as she learns about relationships with three very different men… Dir: David Wheatley With: Diana Hardcastle, Gillian Kearney, John Bowler.
51. The Witches of Oz (2011 Mini-Series) 4.3/10 Dorothy Gale discovers that her best selling novels are actually based on suppressed childhood memories of her time in Oz, and that she may be in danger of experiencing it all over again. With: Paulie Rojas, Eliza Swenson, Billy Boyd .
52. The Hollow Crown (2012 Mini-Series) 7.8/10 New adaptations of Shakespeare’s tetralogy of history plays comprising the ‘Henriad’ for the BBC’s 2012… Dir: Richard Eyre, Rupert Goold With: Simon Russell Beale, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Georgeson.
53. Children of Dune (2003 Mini-Series) 7.5/10 The twins of Paul “Muad’dib” Atreides become embroiled in the political landscape of Arrakis (“Dune”) and the rest of the universe. With: Alec Newman, Julie Cox, Ian McNeice. 266 mins.
54. Political Animals (2012 Mini-Series) 7.6/10 A divorced, former First Lady, is currently serving as the Secretary of State. She deals with State Department issues, while trying to keep her family together. With: Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino, James Wolk Drama 360 mins.
55. The Thorn Birds (1983 Mini-Series) 7.7/10 This mini series covers 60 years in the lives of the Cleary family, brought from New Zealand to Australia to run their aunt Mary Carson’s ranch… With: Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, Christopher Plummer , 477 mins.
56. To Appomattox (2013 Mini-Series) Not yet releasedThe emotional lives of America’s Civil War generals, their wives and families – from West Point to Appomattox – against a backdrop of a war. With: Rob Lowe, Stephen Lang, Will Patton
57. Wiedzmin (2002 Mini-Series) 4.8/10 With: Michal Zebrowski, Sylwester Maciejewski, Andrzej Dabrowski
58. The Beiderbecke Affair (1985 Mini-Series) 7.7/10 Trevor Chaplin teaches woodwork and likes to listen to jazz. Jill Swinburne teaches English and wants to help save the planet… Dir: David Reynolds, Frank W. Smith With: James Bolam, Barbara Flynn, Dominic Jephcott .
59. The Forsyte Saga (2002 Mini-Series) 8.1/10 Chronicles the lives of three generations of the upper-middle-class British family, the Forsytes, from the 1870s to 1920. Dir: Christopher Menaul, David Moore With: Damian Lewis, Gina McKee, Alistair Petrie.
60. Ring of Fire (2012 Mini-Series) 4.6/10 When an oil rig causes a volcanic eruption in a small town, it’s just the first in a trigger effect… Dir: Paul Shapiro With: Michael Vartan, Terry O’Quinn, Ian Tracey .
61. Spies of Warsaw (2012 Mini-Series) 6.7/10 A military attaché at the French embassy is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of Warsaw. With: David Tennant, Janet Montgomery, Marcin Dorocinski. 120 mins.
62. The Shining (1997 Mini-Series) 6.0/10 A recovering alcoholic must wrestle with demons within and without when he and his family move into a haunted hotel as caretakers. With: Rebecca De Mornay, Steven Weber, Courtland Mead.
63. Dune (2000 Mini-Series) 6.9/10 A three-part miniseries on politics, betrayal, lust, greed and the coming of a Messiah. Based on Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel. With: William Hurt, Alec Newman, Giancarlo Giannini. 265 mins.
64. The Kennedys (2011 Mini-Series) 7.5/10 The story of the most fabled political family in American history, told in a manner similar to The Godfather: a manipulative… With: Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper, Katie Holmes.
65. The Langoliers (1995 Mini-Series) 5.9/10 Most of the passengers on an airplane disappear, and the remainder land the plane in a mysteriously barren airport. Dir: Tom Holland With: Patricia Wettig, Dean Stockwell, David Morse. 180 mins.
66. Dead Set (2008 Mini-Series) 7.9/10 During a fictional series of Big Brother, a zombie outbreak occurs, but the house-mates are unaware of the impending doom outside of the Big Brother House. With: Jaime Winstone, Andy Nyman, Riz Ahmed.
67. Rose Red (2002 Mini-Series) 6.4/10 A group of people with psychic powers are invited to spend the night in a haunted house. With: Nancy Travis, Matt Keeslar, Kimberly J. Brown
68. Corleone (2007 Mini-Series 8.0/10 Dir: Enzo Monteleone, Alexis Cahill With: Claudio Gioè, Daniele Liotti, Salvatore Lazzaro
69. Tess of the D’Urbervilles (2008 Mini-Series) 7.8/10 The story of Tess Durbeyfield, a low-born country girl whose family find they have noble connections. With: Gemma Arterton, Eddie Redmayne, Ruth Jones.
70. Bonnie and Clyde: Dead and Alive (2013 Mini-Series) Not yet releasedBased on the true story of Clyde Barrow, a charismatic convicted armed robber who sweeps Bonnie Parker… Dir: Bruce Beresford With: Holliday Grainger, Garrett Kruithof, Desmond Phillips. 240 mins.
71. Storm of the Century (1999 Mini-Series) 7.2/10 A small village off the mainland is about to receive a huge winter storm. It won’t be just another storm for them… With: Tyler Bannerman, Spencer Breslin, Dyllan Christopher.
72. Little Dorrit (2008 Mini-Series) 8.2/10 The series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father… With: Claire Foy, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Courtenay .
73. Cranford (2007 Mini-Series) 8.4/10 In the 1840s, Cranford is ruled by the ladies. They adore good gossip; and romance and change is in the air, as the unwelcome grasp of the Industrial Revolution rapidly approaches their beloved rural market-town. With: Judi Dench, Julia McKenzie, Imelda Staunton.
74. Children of the Dog Star (1984 Mini-Series) 6.2/10 An alien lands on Earth and is taken in by Earth children. With: Sarah Dunn, Jeison Wallace, Hamish Bartle. 24 mins.
75. Bleak House (2005 Mini-Series) 8.6/10 A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th-century English legal system With: Anna Maxwell Martin, Denis Lawson, Carey Mulligan . 510 mins.
76. Marry Me (2010 Mini-Series) 6.4/10 With: Lucy Liu, Steven Pasquale, Bobby Cannavale Romance
77. Shogun (1980 Mini-Series) 8.0/10 A English navigator becomes both a player and pawn in the complex political games in feudal Japan. Dir: Jerry London With: Richard Chamberlain, Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Shimada .
78. The Prisoner (2009 Mini-Series) 5.9/10 An update to the cult favorite series from the 1960s about a government agent who is kidnapped and sent to a remote island known as “the Village”. With: Ian McKellen, Jim Caviezel, Ruth Wilson.
79. Neverwhere (1996 Mini-Series) 7.1/10 Richard Mayhew leads an ordinary life in London when one day a girl named Door falls, injured, across his path… With: Gary Bakewell, Laura Fraser, Hywel Bennett .
80. The Town (2012 Mini-Series) 6.5/10 With: Kelly Adams, Aisling Bea, Martin Clunes .
81. Cleopatra (1999 Mini-Series) 6.4/10 Cleopatra, the famed Egyptian Queen born in 69 B.C., is shown to have been brought by Roman ruler Julius Caesar at age 18… Dir: Franc Roddam With: Billy Zane, Timothy Dalton, Rupert Graves. 177 mins.
82. Human Planet (2011 Mini-Series) 9.2/10 Like all life forms, humanity partially adapts to types of natural environment, yet also tends to change them… With: John Hurt. Documentary
83. Coma (2012 Mini-Series) 5.7/10 A young medical student discovers that something sinister is going on in her hospital after routine procedures send more than a few seemingly healthy patients into comas on the operating table. With: Lauren Ambrose, Steven Pasquale, Geena Davis , 240 mins.
84. Sense & Sensibility (2008 Mini-Series) 8.1/10 Widow Dashwood and her three unmarried daughters, Elinor, Marianne and Margaret, inherit only a tiny allowance… With: Hattie Morahan, Charity Wakefield, David Morrissey .
85. Les Misérables (2000 Mini-Series) 7.6/10 The scene is set during the French Restoration at the beginning of the 19th century. Jean Valjean, a… With: Gérard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, John Malkovich .
86. Lost in Austen (2008 Mini-Series) 7.6/10 Amanda, an ardent Jane Austen fan, lives in present day London with her boyfriend Michael, until she finds she’s swapped places with Austen’s fictional creation Elizabeth Bennet. With: Jemima Rooper, Elliot Cowan, Hugh Bonneville .
87. Fresno (1986 Mini-Series) 7.8/10 A long-format spoof of 1980s prime-time soap operas, set in raisin town Fresno, California. Dir: Jeff Bleckner With: Mitch Kalamian, Carol Burnett, Dabney Coleman Comedy , 360 mins.
88. The Last Templar (2009 Mini-Series) 4.5/10 An adaptation of Raymond Khoury’s novel about a New York archaeologist researching the lost secrets of the medieval Knights Templar. Dir: Paolo Barzman With: Mira Sorvino, Victor Garber, Scott Foley , 120 mins.
90. Jane Eyre (2006 Mini-Series) 8.4/10 A young governess falls in love with her brooding and complex master. However, his dark past may destroy their relationship forever. Dir: Susanna White With: Ruth Wilson, Toby Stephens, Lorraine Ashbourne .
91. Frozen Planet (2011 Mini-Series) 9.3/10 Focuses on life and the environment in both the Arctic and Antarctic. With: David Attenborough, Alec Baldwin .
92. The Take (2009 Mini-Series) 7.8/10 Dir: David Drury With: Shaun Evans, Tom Hardy, Charlotte Riley .
93. The Staircase (2004 Mini-Series) 8.4/10 Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, presents a gripping courtroom thriller… Dir: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade With: Caitlin Atwater, Freda Black, Margaret Blakemore .
94. Titanic (2012 Mini-Series) 5.8/10 The world’s largest ship, the Titanic, meets with disaster when it strikes an iceberg on its maiden voyage. With: Peter McDonald, Steven Waddington, Glen Blackhall Drama, 190 mins.
95. If Tomorrow Comes (1986 Mini-Series) 7.6/10 This mini-series focuses on two people, Tracy Whitney and Jeff Stevens. In the beginning, Tracy was an innocent… Dir: Jerry London With: Madolyn Smith Osborne, Tom Berenger, David Keith , 304 mins.
96. Anne of Avonlea (1975 Mini-Series) 7.0/10 Dir: Joan Craft With: Kim Braden, Barbara Hamilton, Madge Ryan .
97. Dinotopia (2002 Mini-Series) 6.3/10 Carl and David, two boys flying a small aircraft over the ocean with their father, crash land near an uncharted island… With: David Thewlis, Katie Carr, Jim Carter ,250 mins.
98. Brideshead Revisited (1981 Mini-Series) 8.6/10 Two young men meet at Oxford. Charles Ryder, though of no family or money, becomes friends with Sebastian… With: Jeremy Irons, Diana Quick, Roger Milner .
99. Afro Samurai (2007 Mini-Series) 7.7/10 A Black samurai goes on a mission to avenge the wrongful death of his father in a futuristic feudal Japan. Dir: Fuminori Kizaki With: Samuel L. Jackson, Phil LaMarr, Yuri Lowenthal .
100. The Secret of Crickley Hall (2012 Mini-Series) 6.7/10 A year after their son goes missing, a family moves to Crickley Hall. When supernatural events begin to take place, Eve feels the house is somehow connected to her lost son. With: Olivia Cooke, Pixie Davies, Iain De Caestecker .
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