20 Best Drama Mini-Series Ever

by christian94 | created - 20 Jul 2013 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

The required television drama mini-series all time. Genre defining or redefining masterpieces of the small (or now not so small) screen. In order from very best to very good.

Yet to see: Bleak House (2005) Mildred Pierce (2011)

Runner Ups: War & Peace (1972) V (1983) V: The Final Battle (1984) The Final Cut (1995) Dune (2000) Space Race (2005) The Pacific (2010) 24: Live Another Day (2014) The Night Of (2018) When They See Us (2019)

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1. I, Claudius (1976)

Not Rated | 669 min | Biography, Drama, History

The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips, Brian Blessed

Votes: 15,108

13 episodes - 11h09min

2. Scenes from a Marriage (1973)

PG | 283 min | Drama

Ten years within the marriage of Marianne and Johan.

Stars: Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, Bibi Andersson, Gunnel Lindblom

Votes: 14,343

6 episodes - 4h43min

3. Chernobyl (2019)

TV-MA | 330 min | Drama, History, Thriller

In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes.

Stars: Jessie Buckley, Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Adam Nagaitis

Votes: 466,201

5 episodes - 5h30min

4. From the Earth to the Moon (1998)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, History

Dramatized portrayal of the Apollo manned space program.

Stars: Tom Hanks, Nick Searcy, Lane Smith, David Andrews

Votes: 10,527

12 episodes - 10h45min

5. John Adams (2008)

TV-14 | 71 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.

Stars: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 26,924

7 episodes - 8h22min

6. The Best Intentions (1991)

333 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The story of Ingmar Bergman's parents. How they fell in love, married against the wishes of their families, and had a difficult marriage and life in rural Sweden. Bergman's father was a ... See full summary »

Stars: Samuel Fröler, Pernilla August, Ghita Nørby, Börje Ahlstedt

Votes: 529

4 episodes - 5h33min

7. House of Cards (1990)

TV-14 | 226 min | Drama

The schemes of a ruthlessly ambitious British politician who will stop at nothing to get to the top.

Stars: Ian Richardson, Susannah Harker, Miles Anderson, Alphonsia Emmanuel

Votes: 13,028

4 episodes - 3h46min

8. Mother (2018– )

65 min | Drama, Mystery

A temporary teacher at an elementary school realizes that one of her students is being abused at home by her family. She makes an impulsive decision to kidnap the child and attempts to become her mother.

Stars: Bo-young Lee, Yool Heo, Sung-hee Ko, Hye-yeong Lee

Votes: 324

16 episodes - over 16 hours

9. Signal (2016– )

80 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Detectives from the present and a detective from the past communicate via walkie-talkie to solve a long-time unsolved case.

Stars: Lee Jehoon, Hye-su Kim, Jin-woong Cho, Hyun-Sung Jang

Votes: 2,801

16 episodes - approx 21h40

10. Fanny and Alexander (1983)

312 min | Drama

Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls.

Stars: Börje Ahlstedt, Ewa Fröling, Bertil Guve, Jarl Kulle

Votes: 2,374

5 episodes - 5h12min

11. Battlestar Galactica (2003)

TV-14 | 183 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Following the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol by the Cylons, a rag-tag fugitive fleet of the last remnants of mankind flees the pursuing Cylons while simultaneously searching for their true home: Earth.

Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber

Votes: 66,036

2 episodes - 3h03min

12. Omerta, la loi du silence (1996– )

528 min | Thriller, Crime

Gilbert Tanguay, the director of the anti-crime squad, hires two men to catch the head of Montreal's Mafia, Giuseppe Scarfo. One, Pierre Gauthier, is going to lead the investigation, and ... See full summary »

Stars: Michel Côté, Luc Picard, Dino Tavarone, Claude Michaud

Votes: 253

14 episodes - 8h48min

15. To Play the King (1993)

218 min | Drama

Francis Urquhart, the unscrupulous but cunning Conservative Prime Minister, has his survival threatened by a liberal monarch and an upcoming General Election.

Stars: Ian Richardson, Michael Kitchen, Kitty Aldridge, Colin Jeavons

Votes: 3,839

4 episodes - 3h38min

16. Traffik (1989)

Unrated | 315 min | Crime, Drama

The Hamburg police arrest an international businessman, charging him with smuggling heroin from Pakistan. While he's on trial, his trophy wife, a former Olympic swimmer, discovers steely ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Paterson, Lindsay Duncan, Fritz Müller-Scherz, Jamal Shah

Votes: 1,402

6 episodes - 5h15min

17. Band of Brothers (2001)

TV-MA | 594 min | Action, Drama, History

The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day.

Stars: Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Shane Taylor

Votes: 354,456

10 episodes - 9h54min

18. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)

Not Rated | 931 min | Crime, Drama

In late-1920s Berlin, Franz Biberkopf is released from prison and vows to go straight. However, he soon finds himself embroiled in the city's criminal underworld.

Stars: Günter Lamprecht, Claus Holm, Hanna Schygulla, Franz Buchrieser

Votes: 3,817

14 episodes - 15h31min

19. Peter the Great (1986)

371 min | Biography, Drama, History

Biopic of Peter I, Czar of Russia, from childhood in 1682 to the Great Northern War against Sweden during the 1700s.

Stars: Maximilian Schell, Vanessa Redgrave, Omar Sharif, Trevor Howard

Votes: 585

4 episodes - 6h11min

20. The Singing Detective (1986)

415 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

Tormented and bedridden by a debilitating disease, a mystery writer relives his detective stories through his imagination and hallucinations.

Stars: Michael Gambon, Patrick Malahide, Joanne Whalley, David Ryall

Votes: 4,015

6 episodes - 6h55min

21. Generation War (2013)

TV-MA | 270 min | Action, Drama, History

57 Metascore

Five friends go out to war and promise each other to be back for Christmas.

Stars: Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Miriam Stein

Votes: 24,205 | Gross: $0.09M

3 episodes - 4h30min

22. The Little Drummer Girl (2018)

55 min | Drama, Thriller

A Palestinian assassin is targeting prominent Israelis. An English actress is recruited by the Israelis to infiltrate the assassin's terrorist cell. This will require all of her acting talents and put her at considerable risk.

Stars: Daniel Litman, Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgård

Votes: 8,305

6 episodes - 5h42min

23. Eight Hours Don't Make a Day (1972– )

Not Rated | 476 min | Drama

The young toolmaker Jochen fights with his colleagues to a performance bonus. He gets to know the girl Marion. For both, it is love at first sight.

Stars: Gottfried John, Hanna Schygulla, Luise Ullrich, Werner Finck

Votes: 303 | Gross: $0.02M



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