My Top Ten Mini-Series of All Time

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1.
Dekalog (1989 Mini-Series)
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Ten television drama films, each one based on one of the Ten Commandments. (572 mins.)
“ Described by Stanley Kubrick as the only “masterpiece” he could think of in film. Ten Commandments, Ten Films. The Decalogue, written and directed by Krystof Kieslowski, explores ten unconnected parables of how people reflect or reject the Ten Commandments in their every day lives. Technically considered a movie, but it makes My Top Ten Mini-Series of All Time because any film longer than ten hours should be considered a mini-series in my opinion. One of only two mini-series in my list not based on a book although very loosely based on THE book. ” - isaiahmouw
 
2.
Lonesome Dove (1989 Mini-Series)
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Epic story about two former Texas rangers who decide to move cattle from the south to Montana. Augustus... (384 mins.)
“ Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Larry McMurty, Lonesome Dove tells the story of two retired Texas Rangers from a town called Lonesome Dove and their epic journey to drive cattle to Montana. The heart and soul of the mini-series lies within the character portrayals of two retired Texas Rangers, McCrae and Call, played by Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones. Although missing the grittiness you would find in a Sergio Leone western, Lonesome Dove makes up for it in the emotionally complex characters, various story-lines, and the ever wonderful use of the word "Poke." ” - isaiahmouw
 
3.
I, Claudius (1976 Mini-Series)
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The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers. (669 mins.)
“ Hail, Claudius! The BBC production of the two novels by historian Robert Graves tells the story of the Early Roman Empire from the reign of Augustus to Tiberius to Claudius. Filled with murders, scheming, conspiracies, adultery, and incest, I, Claudius will keep you on the edge of your seat during each episode. From the conniving Livia (Sian Philips) to the stuttering Cl-Cl-Claudius (Derek Jacobi), I, Claudius is filled with memorable characters including two portrayed by John Hurt and Patrick Stewart. An overall brilliant adaptation. Hail, I, Claudius! ” - isaiahmouw
 
4.
Pride and Prejudice (1995 Mini-Series)
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Jane Austen's classic novel about the prejudice that occurred between the 19th century classes and the pride which would keep lovers apart. (327 mins.)
“ "Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. She was too proud. Or was Elizabeth prejudice and Mr. Darcy to proud?" Pride and Prejudice, the critically acclaimed BBC mini-series based on the beloved Jane Austen novel, tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Colin Firth's portrayal of Mr. Darcy elevated Firth to stardom, and Jennifer Ehle's portrayal of Mrs. Bennet won a BAFTA award for Best Actress. The cinematography is great showing gorgeous locations in and around historic English country homes. ” - isaiahmouw
 
5.
Band of Brothers (2001 Mini-Series)
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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. (70 mins.)
“ “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.” A Ten part HBO mini-series based on the book of the same title by Stephen Ambrose, which tells the true story of the Easy Company of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. Instead of me giving the typical praise and acknowledgment to the heralded producers, I would like to state that this mini-series made possible by Richard Winters, Joseph Toye, William Guarnere, Carwood Lipton and others. ” - isaiahmouw
 
6.
Jane Eyre (2006 Mini-Series)
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A young governess falls in love with her brooding and complex master. However, his dark past may destroy their relationship forever. (230 mins.)
“ Based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte of the same name, this mini-series tells the story of Jane Eyre from her childhood struggles, to her time as governess of Thronfield Manor. Although this spot could have gone to either the 2006 or 1983 version of Jane Eyre, I am going with the 2006 version this time around. Ruth Wilson is luminous as Jane Eyre and Toby Stephens is marvelous as Rochester. What else could you expect from the son of the magnificent Dame Maggie Smith? An overall wonderful adaptation of the Bronte classic. ” - isaiahmouw
 
7.
State of Play (2003 Mini-Series)
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A thriller set in London, in which a politician's life becomes increasingly complex as his research assistant is found dead on the London Underground and, in a seemingly unrelated incident, a teenage pickpocket is shot dead. (57 mins.)
“ A political thriller telling the story of a newspaper's investigation into the death of a Member of Parliament's research assistant. To mimic Gareth McLean, "it's bloody magic". Paul Abbott's script is phenomenal, David Yates went on to direct several Harry Potter films after blowing this mini-series out of the water, and Bill Nighy won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor for his brilliant performance of Cameron Foster. The other entry on my list not based on a book. ” - isaiahmouw
 
8.
Bleak House (2005 Mini-Series)
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A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th-century English legal system (510 mins.)
“ Flawless is a word that comes to mind, but I have never read the original Dickens novel so I do not have the confidence to say the word. It is hard to know where to begin with the praise. Gilian Anderson, better known as Agent Scully from the X Files, stands out with her portrayal of the ever mournful, suffering Lady Dedlock. Nathaniel Parker is hilarious as the child-like Harold Skimpole. The screenplay is wonderful, but what would you expect from Andrew Davies, the screen writer for BBC's Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. ” - isaiahmouw
 
9.
John Adams (2008 Mini-Series)
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The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years. (71 mins.)
“ With a stellar casting line-up including Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson, John Adams depicts the life of John Adams and the first 50 years of the United States. The mini-series is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by David McCullough. Tom Wilkinson is wonderful as Benjamin Franklin and the always exceptional Laura Linney as Abigail Adams goes on to prove that "Behind every great man there stands a great woman." The death of Adams and Jefferson on the same day on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence flabbergasted me. ” - isaiahmouw
 
10.
North & South (2004 Mini-Series)
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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. (58 mins.)
“ North & South, not to be confused with North and South, is the BBC adaptation of the novel of the same name by Elizabeth Gaskell. The mini-series draws many similarities to BBC's Pride and Prejudice, especially from Richard Armitage's portrayal of John Thorton which drew many parallels to Colin Firth's portrayal of Mr. Darcy. North & South explores the issues of class and gender telling the love story between a clergy man's daughter and a cotton mill owner. The score was good and being a BBC production, the acting was superb can go without saying. ” - isaiahmouw