The Miniseries

CranfordOne of my favorite television forms is the miniseries, a single story told over a limited number of episodes. Because most miniseries are several hours long, they provide more freedom to delve deeper into the plot and the characters than a single two-hour movie. At the same time, they are generally much shorter than an average American TV season, allowing viewers to see a complete story from beginning to end.

In my last blog post (From Classic Page to Screen) I included several miniseries in the list of movies based on classic literature. Although the classics often provide inspiration, the miniseries is a popular vehicle for all genres, from westerns and love stories, to battlefronts and documentaries. It is interesting to see how the miniseries has evolved through the years and speculate on what viewers can expect from producers in years to come.

If you’re in the mood to become engrossed in a miniseries (or two!) this summer, browse the HCPL catalog and request one today!

Flickr CC: Day 24: January 24, 2013 Photo by: Elizabeth Thomsen