Limited Series / Mini-series

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1. 1960 Presidential Debates (1960)

240 min | News

Senator John F. Kennedy, the Democratic nominee, and Vice President Richard Nixon, the Republican nominee, participate in the first set of general election presidential debates in United States history.

Stars: John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Frank McGee, Douglass Cater

Votes: 10

4. The Victorians (1963– )

480 min | Drama

A series of 8 plays reflecting different aspects of life in Vitorian Britain.

Stars: Michael Barrington, Barrie Ingham, Charles Kay, John Wood

5. History of the Negro People (1965)


A nine-part series exploring the past, present, and future of black people in the U.S., Latin America, and Africa.

Stars: Ossie Davis, Chinua Achebe, Roscoe Lee Browne, John Henrik Clarke

6. The Lives of Benjamin Franklin (1974–1975)

90 min | Biography, Drama, History

A mini-series made up of four plays, each showing Benjamin Franklin at a different stage in his life. In each episode, Franklin is played by a different actor.

Stars: Willie Aames, Brian Avery, Edward Bell, John Bird

Votes: 23

7. Vanity Fair (1967– )

50 min | Drama

Rebecca "Becky" Sharp is an impoverished, strong-willed and cunning young woman determined to make her way in the early 19th Century British society.

Stars: Susan Hampshire, Marilyn Taylerson, Dyson Lovell, Bryan Marshall

Votes: 50

9. The Gambler (1968– )


A gambling addict quickly ruins himself at the gaming tables. Based on Dostoyevsky's novel.

Stars: Edith Evans, Maurice Roëves, Fay Bura, Lisa Daniely

10. Pere Goriot (1968– )

Eugène de Rastignac comes to Paris and finds lodging in the same boarding house as a former pasta maker, Père Goriot. While the other lodgers abuse Goriot, Eugène is symapthetic to the meek and mild Goriot.

Stars: Michael Goodliffe, Michael Bilton, David Dundas, Cynthia Etherington

Votes: 5

11. Cold Comfort Farm (1968– )

150 min | Comedy

Young Flora Poste leaves the funeral of her parents and finds herself alone with insubstantial means ("barely enough to keep her in stockings and furs") in mid-1930's London. The young 20-... See full summary »

Stars: Alastair Sim, Fay Compton, Sarah Badel, Rosalie Crutchley

Votes: 132

14. Phantom India (1969– )

378 min | Documentary

"Phantom India" it is regarded as the crowning achievement of Louis Malle career.

Stars: Louis Malle, Thomas Frederick Howard, Ambu, Jyoti Basu

Votes: 416

15. The First Churchills (1969)

50 min | Biography, Drama, History

The lives of John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, and his wife Sarah.

Stars: John Neville, Susan Hampshire, John Standing, Robert Robinson

Votes: 217

16. The Possessed (1969– )

From early Masterpiece Theater, hosted by Alistair Cooke.

Stars: Keith Bell, Laurence Hardy, Joseph O'Conor, Tim Preece

Votes: 10

17. The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970)

540 min | Drama, History, Romance

A six-episode dramatization of Henry VIII's relationships with each of his six wives. Each episode is devoted to one wife, and is a complete play in itself.

Stars: Keith Michell, Anthony Quayle, Patrick Troughton, Bernard Hepton

Votes: 1,199

18. The Spoils of Poynton (1970– )

168 min | Drama

Adele Gereth has taken young Fleda Vetch under her wing. Adele is intensely houseproud, and sees a potential future mistress of the house in Fleda, and an inheritor of her life's work.

Stars: Pauline Jameson, Gemma Jones, Ian Ogilvy, Diane Fletcher

Votes: 58

19. Elizabeth R (1971)

85 min | Biography, Drama, History

When Elizabeth Tudor comes to the throne, her (male) advisers know she has to marry. Doesn't she? Thus starts a decades-long political/ matrimonial game, during an age of high passions and high achievement.

Stars: Glenda Jackson, Ronald Hines, Robert Hardy, Stephen Murray

Votes: 1,598

20. Jude the Obscure (1971– )

278 min | Drama

Born into poverty, young Jude refuses to accept his lot in life. As his dreams are shattered one by one, his life descends into tragedy.

Stars: Robert Powell, Fiona Walker, John Franklyn-Robbins, Daphne Heard

Votes: 112

21. The Last of the Mohicans (1971)

344 min | Adventure, Drama, War

Three trappers protect a British colonel's daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War.

Stars: Andrew Crawford, Tim Goodman, Kenneth Ives, John Abineri

Votes: 193

22. Tom Brown's Schooldays (1971)

225 min | Drama, Family

Tom Brown, as a new boy at Rugby Public School, has to contend with the school's harsh discipline and accepted bullying from the older boys. Adaptation of Thomas Hughes' novel.

Stars: Iain Cuthbertson, Simon Fisher-Turner, Richard Morant, Anthony Murphy

Votes: 135

23. Sunset Song (1971– )


"Sunset Song" is the first part of a trilogy by Lewis Grassic Gibbon called "A Scots Quair". It is followed by "Cloud Howe" and finally "Grey Granite". It tells the story of Chris Guthrie. ... See full summary »

Stars: Vivien Heilbron, Edith MacArthur, Paul Young, Andrew Keir

Votes: 43

24. Cousin Bette (1971)

250 min | Comedy, Drama

A poor and homely spinster, who feels she's been walked on all her life, teams up with a scheming courtesan to wreak elaborate revenge on her rich and handsome relatives.

Stars: Margaret Tyzack, Thorley Walters, Helen Mirren, Ursula Howells

Votes: 172

25. Nostromo (1966– )


In an unstable South American country, capable Nostromo, a person of trust and a legend among his shipmates, is ordered to secure a shipment of silver and stop any revolutionaries who might... See full summary »

Stars: Brian Dennehy, Albert Finney, Colin Firth, Roberto Escobar

Votes: 234

26. The Life of Leonardo Da Vinci (1971)

300 min | Biography, History

Miniseries dramatizing the life of the Italian Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519).

Stars: Philippe Leroy, Giulio Bosetti, Bruno Piergentili, Giampiero Albertini

Votes: 358

27. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1968 TV Movie)

180 min | Documentary, History, War

"The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" exposes the darkest chapter in history, from Adolf Hitler's rise to power as a Nazi demagogue to his ultimate fatal mistakes. Researchers spent ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Kaufman | Stars: Richard Basehart, Ernst Hanfstaengl, Adolf Hitler, Erich Kempka

Votes: 261

28. The Veil (1958)

25 min | Horror

An anthology of horror stories hosted by actor Boris Karloff.

Stars: Boris Karloff, Denise Alexander, Tod Andrews, Harry Bartell

Votes: 353

29. The Living Christ Series (1951)

360 min | Biography, Drama

The first mini-series made for television. Originally airing on NBC in 12 parts, it documents Christ's story from his birth to the resurrection.

Stars: Art Gilmore, Robert Holton, William Henry, Tyler McVey

Votes: 59

30. Jascha Heifetz Master Classes (1962– )

240 min | Music

Students from the famed Heifetz violin class at USC perform masterworks including movements from the Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Khachaturian concertos, Franck sonata and Bach unaccompanied ... See full summary »

Stars: Erick Friedman, Adam Han-Gorsky, Jascha Heifetz, Claire Hodgkins

Votes: 17

32. Playwright at Work (1961– )

30 min | Talk-Show

This was a weekly series of 10 half-hour programs produced in New York by the National Educational Television and Radio Center (the predecessor of PBS) in the spring and summer of 1961, ... See full summary »

Stars: Frank Perry, Marie Andrews, Peggy Feury, Bramwell Fletcher

36. Journey Through the Solar System (1967– )

30 min | Documentary

NASA's documentary mini-series about our solar system.

Stars: Vic Perrin, Lee Stevens

37. Of Black America (1968)


A seven-part series about Black America.

Stars: Bill Cosby, George Foster, Lerone Bennett, Henry Butler