The extreme success of Alex Haley’s Roots in the late 1970s ushered in the golden era of the television network Mini-Series in the 1980s. The final episode of Roots still stands as the 3rd most watched television series show of all time, behind the final episode of M*A*S*H* and the “Who Shot JR” episode of Dallas. Capitalizing on the success of Roots, the big three networks used the mini-series format often for their made-for-TV movies in the early to mid 1980s. Below we will look at some of the more successful ones..
North and South – 1985
This Mini-Series about the civil war had something for everybody. For the guys it had some great battle scene action and for the girls it had Patrick Swayze!
The Thorn Birds - 1983
This Mini-Series took place on a ranch in Australia and centered on the forbidden love between Meggie (Rachel Ward) and a priest (Richard Chamberlain).
Lace – 1984
This 80s Mini-Series starred the beautiful Phoebe Cates who played a young actress searching for her mother.
Richard Chamberlain was the king of the 80s Mini-Series. In this one he played an Englishman who’s ship is wrecked on the coast of Japan in the early 17th century.
Which one was your favorite?