The 10 Most Popular Miniseries of All Time, According to Letterboxd

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Limited series are all the rage these days thanks to the recent popularity of releases like Obi Wan Kenobi and the next Netflix show The Observer. These miniseries essentially function as long, episodic versions of movies, which is why they’re included on the moviegoer website Letterboxd.


With so many great miniseries consumed in recent years, it’s hard to decide which one to start with. Fortunately, an overview of the most popular among Letterboxd users can help. It should be noted that shows like squid game and Loki rank high on the site, but with the announcement of new seasons, they no longer count as miniseries, so they won’t be included.

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10/10 Obi Wan Kenobi (2022)

Stream on Disney+

A recent miniseries to captivate millions around the world was Obi Wan Kenobi. There was no doubt that it would be a hit as it focuses on the untold story of one of the franchise’s most iconic characters with a passionate and loyal fan base.

On the five-star scale, the show holds a 3.29 rating, with most praise going to the production value and cast performances, especially Ewan McGregor as the titular Obi-Wan. Any fan of star wars should add it to their watch list, even if it doesn’t do well as a standalone tale.

9/10 Normal People (2020)

Stream on Hulu

In a world where so many blockbuster movies and TV shows center around superheroes and extraordinary characters, seeing something like normal people doing well was a breath of fresh air. The BBC series was a hit when it was released on Hulu.

Based on a novel of the same name, normal people follows Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal) as they romantically in and out of each other’s lives over the years. He was a critical darling who ended up being nominated for four Emmys and saw Mescal win a BAFTA.

8/10 The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

Stream on Netflix

One of the most big names in horror right now is Mike Flanagan. With several movies like Gerald’s game and silencehe’s the mind behind shows like The Haunting of Hill House and Midnight Mass (which is in the top 20 miniseries on Letterboxd). This 2018 show is one of the most watchable miniseries in history.

Viewers have spent countless hours watching it to find the hidden ghosts peppered throughout the episodes. The story of a fractured family’s experiences in a haunted house chilled audiences everywhere and created a perfect frenzy with jaw-dropping cliffhangers and episodes.

7/10 Over the Garden Wall (2014)

Stream on HBO Max

There’s only one anime miniseries to rank in the top 10 and it’s totally different from all the rest. For starters, aside from the anime aspect, it’s the oldest show to rank this high and it’s also the shortest, at less than two hours despite being 10 episodes long.

Over the garden wall follows two brothers on a return trip through a forest where they encounter several fantastical creatures and elements. With voice acting by Elijah Wood, Tim Curry, Melanie Lynskey and more, it’s easy to see why he was popular. Plus, it makes for a quick frenzy.

6/10 Hawkeye (2021)

Stream on Disney+

By the time Hawk Eye rolled at the end of 2021, the mcu had established itself as a place to go for the dynamite miniseries. However, given the end of the Infinity Saga and the multiverse aspects of Loki, Spider-Man: No Coming Homeand even Wanda Visionit was time for something with smaller stakes.

Hawk Eye worked wonderfully in this regard, telling a street-level story set during the holiday season. These aspects combined with the delicious chemistry between Hailee Steinfeld and Florence Pugh as Kate Bishop and Yelena Belova made the show a hit among the airiest watches in the MCU.

5/10 The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021)

Stream on Disney+

An MCU series for not having the highest of stakes was The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, even if it dealt with a serious subject. Sam Wilson struggled to come to terms with whether or not he should be Captain America as a black man in the United States.

It was a highlight of the show, as was the story of Bucky Barnes’ time in Wakanda. That said, criticism has been leveled for the show’s inconsistent writing and lackluster conclusion, though it worked to set the tone for the future of the main characters appearing in Captain America: New World Order and Love at first sight.

4/10 Moon Knight (2022)

Stream on Disney+

For the most part, MCU projects should connect to each other and be a big part of the larger franchise. For example, do not look Wanda Vision probably means you won’t grab everything in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. However, moon knight was different.

So far, he has no notable connection to the rest of the MCU. This works in his favor in terms of popularity for many casual fans. They can check out this story of a vigilante with dissociative identity disorder without worrying about having to watch anything else. In addition to that, Oscar Isaac gives a remarkable performance in the lead.

3/10 Chernobyl (2019)

Stream on HBO Max

As easy as it is to consume light stories, people everywhere seem to gravitate towards heavy drama. That’s probably why serial killer shows are so popular, and it’s one of the main reasons why HBO Chernobyl was such a success.

The miniseries deals with the 1986 nuclear power plant disaster in the Soviet Union and the cleanup efforts that followed. Chernobyl has been crowned with accolades, winning Outstanding Limited Series among the 19 Emmy Awards it has been nominated for, as well as multiple Golden Globes.

2/10 Wanda Vision (2021)

Stream on Disney+

After receiving so many films each year from the MCU, the drought of 2020 has been felt by longtime fans. 2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home was the last release in the franchise until Wanda Vision arrived in early 2021, which means fans have had over a year without anything new.

That’s a big part of why this miniseries is so popular, as Disney+ subscribers flock to it every week and spend days theorizing about the trippy series. Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany and Kathryn Hahn all delivered incredible performances to help energize an already stunning show.

1/10 The Queen’s Wager (2020)

Stream on Netflix

It came as a shock to almost everyone that a chess TV show ended up being such a hit for Netflix. The Queen’s Bet still ranks among the streaming service’s biggest hits and is single-handedly the most popular miniseries

Based on a novel of the same name, The Queen’s Bet follows the rise to fame of a chess prodigy named Beth Harmon. Along with being loved by audiences, critics loved it as it won 11 Emmys and Anya Taylor-Joy won a Golden Globe for her performance.

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