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Old 02-25-2013, 11:13 AM   #1
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Best Miniseries?

I'm looking for some good miniseries to help me through nights of total insomnia. Movies are too short, but long series with several seasons are too long. What can you recommend?
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:20 AM   #2
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I'm looking for some good miniseries to help me through nights of total insomnia. Movies are too short, but long series with several seasons are too long. What can you recommend?
Did you ever see Pillars of the Earth? It was really good.
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:21 AM   #3
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Actually watched it this weekend. I love the books. Have not watched World Without End yet, but it's in the queue.
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:41 PM   #4
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BBC's Pride & Predudice - 6 hours
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:44 PM   #6
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:45 PM   #7
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The BBC Vanity Fair is good too.
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:43 PM   #8
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Band of Brothers and The Pacific are great miniseries. The other night I couldn't sleep and ended up watching all eight episodes of Hunted.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:13 PM   #9
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Actually watched it this weekend. I love the books. Have not watched World Without End yet, but it's in the queue.
Pillars was decent. WWE will drive you nuts if you love the books. I couldn't watch it all.
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:53 PM   #10
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:06 PM   #11
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:22 PM   #12
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I've recently become a fan of American Horror Story. There have been 2 seasons but they do not tie into each other at all. In fact, I watched Season two before season one. There are some actors/actresses that are in both seasons.

Season one is about a haunted house whereas season two is about an asylum.
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:42 AM   #13
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:18 AM   #14
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:32 AM   #15
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While you must be joking about it being a miniseries I would go with "The Corner" by the same dudes. Sort of a miniseries about a family that would be prominent in "The Wire".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Corner
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Per Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/BEST-TV-MINI-M.../2MPR9UF1C9LLG
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:59 AM   #17
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Per some dude who made a list on Amazon (updated last in 2005).
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:58 AM   #19
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While you must be joking about it being a miniseries I would go with "The Corner" by the same dudes. Sort of a miniseries about a family that would be prominent in "The Wire".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Corner
They just re-ran "The Corner" over the weekend and I watched a few episodes. Great series and I was surprised to recognize three main actors who also were in "The Wire" in very different roles.
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:39 AM   #21
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ohh, I loved North and South, the 1st go round not the next generation.
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:31 PM   #22
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I forget the name, but the BBC miniseries about the currency heist
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:57 PM   #23
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well it's not a mini-series but i have the same issue and watched the late 70s UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS when I couldn't sleep (through Netflix).

while good and interesting it somehow or other had me out in 20 minutes. i just finished 68 episodes.

it all depends on whether or not you like british period stuff
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:23 PM   #24
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Band of Brothers <-- My all time favorite
Pride and Prejudice
Gettysburg - Technically a movie but the director's cut clocks in at 4 1/2 hours.
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:37 PM   #25
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Gettysburg is awesome. That's on the list.
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:03 PM   #26
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Also try Firefly, viewed in the intended order, not the actual broadcast order. It's about 13 to 14 hours total.
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:05 PM   #27
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Part conspiracy thriller, part comic horror, Steven Moffat's extraordinary retelling of this Robert Louis Stevenson classic takes the ultimate tale of inner conflict to unforgettable new heights. It is 2007 and there's a new Dr. Jekyll with an old problem - Mr. Hyde. But the pair have a deal - a body share - and an impossible life is somehow lived. With all the resources of modern technology, and the best surveillance hardware, Jekyll is determined to keep his dangerous alter ego in check by doing a deal with his own devil. What neither of them know is that an ancient organization with limitless wealth and power is monitoring their every move, and a plan over a century in the making is coming to fruition. The return of Dr Jekyll is no accident...

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Old 02-27-2013, 04:50 AM   #28
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If you don't mind some non-fiction, there are the Michael Palin travel series...

Pole to Pole
Around the World in 80 Days

And a few others. Very well done, and entertaining.
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If you don't mind some non-fiction, there are the Michael Palin travel series...

Pole to Pole
Around the World in 80 Days

And a few others. Very well done, and entertaining.
I'll add the Ewan McGregor travel docs.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0403778/ Long Way Round - around the world on a motorcycle. Rated 9.0 on IMDB and I can highly recommend it. McGregor proves to be just as or more adventuresome than Palin.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0959858/ Long Way Down - from the northern tip of Scotland to South Africa on motorcycles. 8.4 on IMDB.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:15 AM   #30
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Great ideas. Anyone who liked those might like Last Chance to See
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