shows I want to see: miniseries
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Alex Haley's Queen, on CBS
Amazon; IMDb; TV.com; TV Tango; Warner Bros.; Wikipedia

I think I probably saw this when it first aired in 1993, but I don't remember anything specific about it, other than Halle Berry being in it. Oh, and I guess it was a sequel to "Roots" (or to a previous Roots sequel, or something).


Angels in America, on HBO
Amazon; Crave; HBO; IMDb; Rotten Tomatoes; TV.com; TV Tango; TV Tropes; Wikipedia

Never saw it, on account of not having HBO. But I must have been aware of it when it first aired in 2003.


Anne Frank: The Whole Story, on ABC
IMDb; TV Tango; TV Tropes; Wikipedia

I doubt I ever saw this, but I was probably at least aware of it when it first aired in 2001. I feel like at some point in my life I must have seen some movie (or TV movie, or miniseries, or documentary) about Anne Frank, but I could be mistaken. If I did see anything, I suppose I wouldn't remember it anyway. But I think I should see something about her, and if I had to pick one thing, it'd probably be this one. I suppose.


Arabian Nights, on ABC (USA) / BBC One (UK)
IMDb; Mill Creek Entertainment; Sonar Entertainment; TV.com; TV Tango; TV Tropes; Wikipedia

I honestly have no idea whether I saw this or not, but I'd like to. I don't recall being aware of it when it first aired in 2000, but I may have been.


Attila, on USA Network
IMDb; Starz; TV Tango; Universal; Wikipedia

I feel like I might have seen this when it first aired in 2001, but I'm really not sure.


The Beast, on NBC
IMDb; TV Tango; TV Tropes; Wikipedia

I remember being aware of this when it first aired in 1996, and I must have been vaguely interested, though I'm not sure if I chose not to watch it, or couldn't, for some reason. Either way, I'd kind of like to check it out someday. It's based on a book by Peter Benchley, which I've never read and surely never will.


Blackbeard, on Hallmark Channel
IMDb; Mill Creek Entertainment; Sonar Entertainment; TV Tango; Wikipedia

I think I probably saw this when it first aired in 2006, but I don't really remember the story. I probably didn't like it much, if I didn't bother writing a review, at the time (or else subsequently deleted it). But I still wouldn't mind seeing it again sometime, just to be sure.


Bonnie & Clyde, on A&E/History Channel/Lifetime
Amazon; History; IMDb; Lifetime; TV.com; TV Tango; Wikipedia

This aired in December 2013, at which point I had access to only one of the three channels it aired on simultaneously. I don't recall why I didn't bother watching it, whether I decided I wasn't interested, or maybe it just conflicted with something else, or maybe I read poor reviews. Whatever, I'm adding it to my "want" page a couple years later, because I do think I now have a vague interest in seeing it. Maybe.


Buffalo Girls, on CBS
Amazon; IMDb; Mill Creek Entertainment; Sonar Entertainment; TV.com; TV Tango; Wikipedia

I'm sure I watched this when it first aired in 1995, but that was several years before I started writing reviews, and now I don't remember anything about it. Except I'm fairly sure I liked it, and I liked the cast. So I'd definitely like to see it again.


Childhood's End, on Syfy
Amazon; A.V. Club; IMDb; Syfy; Templeton Gate; TV.com; TV Tango; TV Tropes; Wikipedia

A 2015 miniseries based on Arthur C. Clarke's 1953 novel, which I haven't read. I'm not sure when I'll get to see this, since I don't currently get Syfy. But maybe it would be best to wait until I've read the book, anyway.


A Christmas Carol, on BBC One (UK) / FX (USA)
BBC; Christmas Specials Wiki; FX; Hulu; IMDb; Wikipedia

In the US, this is airing as a TV movie, but in the UK it's a miniseries. Alas, I don't get FX. But I might be able to watch it on Hulu....


Cleopatra, on ABC
IMDb; Mill Creek Entertainment; Sonar Entertainment; TV Tango; Wikipedia

This is something I discovered while browsing titles on Sonar's website. I have no recollection of having been aware of the miniseries when it first aired in 1999, but it seems impossible that I wouldn't have been. (In fact, knowing my memory, it's even possible I actually watched it. But I doubt it.) I guess I wouldn't mind seeing it sometime, but it's not important. I'd much rather watch the 1963 movie with Elizabeth Taylor, maybe even earlier films, like the 1917 version with Theda Bara or the 1934 version with Claudette Colbert.


Clue, on The Hub
Amazon; facebook; Hasbro Studios; IMDb; Shout! Factory; TV Tango; TV Tropes; Wikia; Wikipedia

This five episode miniseries aired over four nights in 2011, but I don't recall hearing of it until I stumbled across it on Shout Factory's website a few years later. (It's entirely possible I'd heard of it around the time it first aired and just forgot, though.) Anyway, it looks like something I might want to check out, at some point. I guess.


Creature, on ABC
Amazon; IMDb; MGM; TV.com; TV Tango; TV Tropes; Wikipedia

Another miniseries based on a book by Peter Benchley, which I haven't read. I was probably aware of this at the time it first aired in 1998, and probably chose not to watch it. Possibly I was worried it might be a sequel to "The Beast," which I hadn't seen, or maybe I just wasn't interested. But now I feel that I might be interested in seeing it sometime.


The Dark Secret of Harvest Home, on NBC
IMDb; TV Tropes; Wikipedia

I don't know anything about this, but I'd like to check it out someday.


David Copperfield, on TNT
IMDb; Sonar Entertainment; TV Tango; TV Tropes; Wikipedia

I don't remember if I saw this when it aired in 2000 (I doubt it), but I remember being interested in it because Michael Richards (from Seinfeld) was in it.


Dune, on Sci-Fi Channel (aka "Frank Herbert's Dune")
IMDb; New Amsterdam Entertainment; SadGeezers; Templeton Gate; TV.com; TV Tropes; Wikia; Wikipedia

This aired in December of 2000. I must have seen it, but I don't remember anything about it, really. I'd like to watch it again someday, to write a review, though I also need to see a 1984 theatrical movie based on the same book (which I haven't read). And in 2003 there was a sequel miniseries, "Children of Dune," which I don't believe I ever saw.


Elizabeth I, on Channel 4 (UK) / HBO (USA)
Channel 4; Crave; HBO; IMDb; TV.com; TV Tango; TV Tropes; Wikipedia

Never saw it, on account of not having HBO. But I must have been aware of it, when it first aired in 2005.


Fresno, on CBS
Great but Forgotten; IMDb; TV.com; TV Tango; TV Tropes; Wikipedia

A spoof of primetime soap operas. I'm sure I saw at least part of this (either when it first aired in 1986, or later as reruns), and I'm sure I found it amusing, but I don't remember anything specific about it. I'd love to see it again someday.


Gulliver's Travels, on NBC
IMDb; Mill Creek Entertainment; Muppet Wiki; Sonar Entertainment; TV.com; TV Tango; TV Tropes; Wikipedia

I didn't get to see this, though I remember really wanting to, when it first aired in 1996.


Gunpowder, Treason & Plot, on BBC (UK)
IMDb; Sonar Entertainment; Wikipedia

This is something I discovered while browsing titles on Sonar's website. It's about an event in British history that I guess I've always kind of wanted to know more about, plus it has some stars I like in other things. So it'd probably be worth checking out, someday, if I can.


Hatfields & McCoys, on History Channel

This first aired in 2012. I started watching it, but satellite problems prevented me from seeing the whole thing.


Helen of Troy, on USA Network
IMDb; TV Tango; TV Tropes; Universal; Wikipedia

I feel like I probably saw this when it first aired in 2003. Certainly I was aware of it. But I don't remember anything about it, so it might be nice to see it (again).


Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story, on CBS
Henson.com; IMDb; Muppet Wiki; Sonar Entertainment; TV.com; TV Tango; Wikipedia

I'm sure I was aware of this when it aired in 2001, and I must have had some interest in it, but I cannot recall if I watched it or not.


Labyrinth, on Showcase (Canada) / Sat.1 (Germany) / Channel 4 (UK) / The CW (USA) / et al.
Amazon; IMDb; Lionsgate; official website; Tandem Communications; TV.com; TV Tango; TV Tropes; Wikipedia

Okay, this is based on a book I've never read. It aired in several countries in 2012, and some other countries in 2013, but it didn't air in the U.S. until 2014. I didn't get to see it, because I didn't have the CW at that point. And I'm not even sure how much I'd like it, but I do kinda want to check it out someday.


The Last Templar, on NBC
IMDb; Sonar Entertainment; TV.com; TV Tango; Wikipedia

I don't remember whether I was aware of this when it first aired in 2009, but I think I might have been. Or not. But anyway... I wouldn't mind seeing it sometime.


Lonesome Dove, on CBS
IMDb; Mill Creek Entertainment; Sonar Entertainment; Starz; TV.com; TV Tango; TV Tropes; Wikipedia

This was based on a book I haven't read. I must have been aware of it when it first aired in 1989, but I'm pretty sure I didn't watch it. Of course it was a huge success and spawned four sequels, which I also haven't seen. So, I've always hoped I might see it, someday. And the sequels. Also there were, I guess, a couple of regular series, which I probably wouldn't be that interested in seeing.


The Lost Empire (aka "The Monkey King"), on NBC
IMDb; Mill Creek Entertainment; Sonar Entertainment; TV Tango; Wikipedia

I'm sure I saw this when it first aired in 2001, but I don't remember it with any clarity. I think I probably didn't think too highly of it, but I'd still like to see it again sometime, just to write a review. Oh, and it was coproduced by Sci-Fi Channel, which I think may have aired it in addition to NBC... or maybe it was just NBC, I dunno. And as for the title... depending on where you look, some sites call it "The Lost Empire," some call it "The Monkey King," and some "The Lost Empire: The Legend of the Monkey King." I'm afraid I don't remember which it was actually called when it first aired. (It's not uncommon for titles to change on video from what they were on TV, and if it did air on two different networks, they might also have used different titles. I hate that kind of thing.)


Lost in the West, on Nickelodeon
IMDb; Nickelodeon; TV.com; TV Tango; Wikipedia

I didn't get to see this, because I didn't have Nickelodeon when it aired in 2016. But it seems like something I might have an interest in checking out someday.


The Mists of Avalon, on TNT
IMDb; TV.com; TV Tango; TV Tropes; WB Shop; Wikipedia

Based on a novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley (which I haven't read). I know I saw this when it first aired in 2001, but I don't remember it clearly. It told the story of King Arthur from a more Druidic and feminine point of view. Actually it was basically about Morgaine. Not a bad story, and it had a terrific cast. There was one important part of this story that made me very much want to kill Merlin and Viviane. Um... I dunno what else to say about it at the moment. I'd like to see it again someday, to refresh my memory and write up a proper review.


Moby Dick, on USA Network
IMDb; Mill Creek Entertainment; Sonar Entertainment; TV Tango; TV Tropes; Wikipedia

This is, of course, based on the book by Herman Melville, which I've never read (but I swear I will someday). I remember being aware of this when it first aired in 1998, and I know I had some interest in it, because it stars Patrick Stewart. But somehow, I didn't watch it. So... I should. Also, in 2011, the same company that made this made a different Moby Dick miniseries for Encore, which I haven't seen, but might have some interest in, because Gillian Anderson's in that one.


Murder in the Heartland, on ABC
IMDb; TV Tango; Wikipedia

I remember wanting to see this when it first aired in 1993, because Fairuza Balk was in it, but I don't remember if I did or not.


Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story, on ABC
IMDb; TV.com; TV Tango; Warner Archive

I know I saw at least part of this, but when it first aired in 1987, I didn't get ABC. So, I'm not sure if I saw it on some other channel around that time, or if it wasn't until some years later, possibly on cable. But anyway, I'm sure I liked whatever bit of it I saw, whenever I saw it. So it'd be nice to see the whole thing, sometime.


North and South, on ABC
Amazon; IMDb; TV.com; TV Tango; TV Tropes; Warner Bros.; Wikipedia

This first aired in 1985, at which point I didn't get ABC. I don't remember if I was aware of it at the time, or if I didn't hear of it til some years later. Either way, it was a pretty big deal, I guess, and it spawned a couple of sequels. So I guess I'd kind of like to see it sometime.


Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, on CBS
IMDb; Mill Creek Entertainment; Sonar Entertainment; TV Tango; Wikipedia

I'm pretty sure I was aware of this when it first aired in 1994. But I don't remember if I watched it or if I had any interest in it, at the time. (Probably not.) But now I'd kind of like to see it, just because... it's a title I remember being aware of. And it doesn't hurt that Diane Lane is in it.


Roots, on ABC
Amazon; IMDb; TV.com; TV Tango; TV Tropes; Warner Bros.; Wikipedia

I couldn't have been aware of this when it first aired in 1977, as I was less than two years old. But I've been aware of it for a very long time, now, as it's one of the most iconic miniseries ever (along with things like "Shogun" and "The Thorn Birds"). It also spawned a couple of sequels, and it starred LeVar Burton, of whom I'm a fan from Reading Rainbow and Star Trek: The Next Generation. So I'd like to see the whole franchise someday. Oh, and it's also related to the miniseries "Alex Haley's Queen" (top of this page). And in 2016, there was a remake of the original.


Scarlett, on CBS
IMDb; Mill Creek Entertainment; Sonar Entertainment; TV.com; TV Tango; Wikipedia

I probably saw this when it first aired in 1994. It's a sequel to Gone with the Wind, which I think I probably rented at the time, in anticipation of the miniseries. But I don't really remember anything about it, so I'd like to see it again sometime, maybe.


Shogun, on NBC
IMDb; TV.com; TV Tango; TV Tropes; Wikipedia

This aired in 1980, shortly before I turned 5, so I wasn't aware of it at the time. But I've been aware of it for a long time now, as it's one of the classic miniseries (along with things like "Roots" and "The Thorn Birds"). And since it involves Japan, I imagine I'd be especially interested in it.


Snow Queen, on Hallmark Channel
IMDb; Sonar Entertainment; TV.com; TV Tango; TV Tropes; Wikipedia

This is something I discovered while browsing titles on Sonar's website. It's quite possible I was aware of it when it first aired in 2002, but I'm not sure. Anyway, it seems like something that would be of interest to me.


The Thorn Birds, on ABC
Amazon; IMDb; TV.com; TV Tango; TV Tropes; Warner Bros.; Wikipedia

This first aired in 1983, when I was too young to be aware of it (and I didn't get ABC, anyway). But I've been aware of it for a long time now, as it's one of the classic miniseries (along with things like "Roots" and "Shogun"). I don't know too much about it, but I believe it's supposed to be steamier than the kind of thing I'd normally like. Still, because it is a classic, I do kind of feel that I should check it out, someday.


Treasure Island, on Sky 1 (UK) / Syfy (USA)
IMDb; Sonar Entertainment; TV.com; TV Tango; TV Tropes; Wikipedia

This aired in 2012. I didn't get to see it, since I had lost access to Syfy the previous year. But I feel like I had been aware of it for some time before it aired, possibly even before I lost Syfy. Anyway, I'm not sure how interested I am, but... it's got a decent cast, so maybe I wouldn't mind checking it out.


V: The Final Battle, on NBC

This first aired in 1984. I'm not sure if I saw this, considering I didn't get NBC. But I guess it's not impossible. After all, the subsequent TV series was also on NBC, and I know I saw that.



miniseries index
See also Stephen King