Sewickley Public Library – Adult Blog: Mini-Series / Limited Series on DVD


September 20, 2021

After its heyday in the 1970s and early 1980s (Roots, anyone, or Thorny birds?), the miniseries lost its popularity on television. However, the last ten to twenty years have seen a resurgence (now often rebranded in limited series) on cable and streaming networks. Longer than films in total runtime, the limited series allows for greater character development and extended storytelling, perfect for book adaptations. Find the following titles and more in the SPL DVD Collection.


On November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was killed in Dallas and the world changed forever. But what if it could be changed back? Jake Epping is an English teacher who accepts the monumental mission of trying to prevent the assassination of JFK. Fortunately, he has the help of Sadie Dunhill, a resourceful librarian who tries to reconcile her own secrets. Based on the novel by Stephen King.

With James Franco, Sarah Gadon and George MacKay. Originally aired on Hulu in 2016. 8 episodes.

Band of brothers

This 10-part miniseries is based on Stephen E. Ambrose’s non-fictional bestseller about a WWII army unit called “Easy Company”. Nominated for 19 Emmy Awards, Band of brothers follows the story of Easy Company as they take part in some of the worst battles of WWII and experience the horrors of war and the evil done by men. Also includes the 80 minute documentary We Stand Alone Together: The men of Easy Company.

With Damian Lewis and Ron Livingston. Originally aired on HBO in 2001. 10 episodes.


This award-winning series tells the story of the 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the clean-up efforts that followed. Based on The voices of Chernobyl, by Belarusian Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich, a compilation of interviews with survivors of the nuclear reactor accident.

With Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson. Originally aired on HBO in 2019. 5 episodes.

To agree

This dramatized miniseries examines Grant’s life story, using his perspective and experiences to explore a turbulent time in history: Civil War and Reconstruction. Based on the acclaimed biography of Ron Chernow.

With Justin Salinge, Carel Nel and Dianne Simpson. Originally broadcast on History Channel in 2020. 3 episodes.

Hatfield & McCoy

Ignited by a murder based on misunderstandings and an illicit love affair, it is the dramatic historical feud that is on the brink of all-out civil war as friends and neighbors join opposing sides in a rivalry that will ultimately end. shaping American history.
With Bill Paxton, Kevin Costner and Tom Berenger. Originally broadcast on the History Channel in 2012. 3 episodes.

Howard’s end

This series follows Margaret and Helen Schlegel, two intelligent and idealistic sisters living together in Edwardian London with their hypochondriac brother, Tibby. Their loving but interfering Aunt Juley tries to keep the siblings in line after their parents die, but a series of events push the sisters to lead an unorthodox life filled with romance, tragedy and drama. Based on the novel by EM Forster.

With Hayley Atwell, Philippa Coulthard and Tracey Ullman. Originally aired on PBS’s Masterpiece in 2017. 4 episodes.

Mildred Pierce

This series chronicles the hopes and sorrows of a middle-class Los Angeles single mother as she fights for her daughter’s affection during the Great Depression. Based on the novel by James M. Cain.

With Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce and Evan Rachel Wood. Originally aired on HBO in 2011. 5 episodes.


An adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel, following a cast of characters struggling to survive in war-torn France in the 19th century. Not to be confused with the musical, this six-part series doesn’t skimp on character development, delivering a full and compelling screen rendering.

With Dominic West, David Oyelowo and Lily Collins. Originally aired on PBS’s Masterpiece in 2018. 6 episodes.

The pacific

This award-winning series follows the lives of three men and their fellow Marines across the Pacific theater during World War II. Based on real stories.

With James Badge Dale, Jon Seda, Joseph Mazzello and Rami Malek. Executive producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. Originally aired on HBO in 2010. 10 episodes.

Sharp objects

A journalist confronts psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to cover up a violent murder. Based on the novel by Gillian Flynn.
With Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson and Chris Messina. Originally aired on HBO in 2018. 8 episodes.

This press release was produced by Sewickley Public Library – Adult Blog. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.


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