Top TV Miniseries movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent John Adams on DVD John Adams
Synopsis
Paul Giamatti shines in the title role of this epic Emmy and Golden Globe winner that recounts the life of founding father John Adams as revolutionary leader, America's first ambassador to England, the first vice president and the second president. The iconic cast of characters includes Abigail Adams (Laura Linney), George Washington (David Morse), Thomas Jefferson (Stephen Dillane) and Benjamin Franklin (Tom Wilkinson).
Cast
Cast
Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, David Morse, Sarah Polley, Rufus Sewell, Justin Theroux, Tom Wilkinson, Danny Huston, Stephen Dillane, Clancy O'Connor
Director
Director
Tom Hooper
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Bestsellers, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces, Political Dramas, TV Miniseries, HBO
Rent Band of Brothers on DVD Band of Brothers
Synopsis
Based on Stephen Ambrose's best-seller, this Emmy-nominated miniseries profiles the men of Easy Company, the airborne infantry regiment that parachuted into France on D-Day, fought the Battle of the Bulge and captured Hitler's Eagle's Nest. Drawn from journals and letters -- and punctuated with interviews with veterans -- the drama underscores the extraordinary fear and unflagging bravery that made these soldiers heroes.
Cast
Cast
Damian Lewis, Donnie Wahlberg, Ron Livingston, Matthew Settle, Frank John Hughes, Neal McDonough, Eion Bailey, James Madio, Kirk Acevedo, Richard Speight Jr., Dexter Fletcher, Rick Warden, Scott Grimes, Rick Gomez, Michael Cudlitz, Ross McCall, Shane Taylor, Matthew Leitch, David Schwimmer, Colin Hanks, Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks
Director
Director
Phil Alden Robinson, Richard Loncraine, Mikael Salomon, David Nutter, Tom Hanks, David Leland, David Frankel, Tony To
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Military & War Action, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, TV Miniseries, HBO
Rent The Pacific on DVD The Pacific
Synopsis
This companion piece to HBO's hit Band of Brothers follows three World War II Marines -- Eugene Sledge (Joseph Mazzello), Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale) and John Basilone (Jon Seda) -- through harrowing battles in the Pacific theater, including Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Based on memoirs by Sledge and Leckie and produced by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, the miniseries racked up eight Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe nod.
Cast
Cast
Joseph Mazzello, James Badge Dale, Jon Seda, William Sadler, Ashton Holmes, Jacob Pitts, Matt Craven, Brendan Fletcher, Nathan Corddry, Jon Bernthal, Rami Malek, Isabel Lucas, Joshua Close, Damon Herriman, Joshua Biton
Director
Director
Carl Franklin, Timothy Van Patten
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Military & War Action, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, TV Miniseries, HBO, Period Pieces
Rent Angels in America on DVD Angels in America
Synopsis
Tony Kushner's groundbreaking, Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play about love, loss and loneliness -- the basis for this six-hour HBO miniseries -- took more than 10 years to make it to the small screen. Starring Al Pacino (as real-life legal counsel Roy Cohn) and Meryl Streep, the drama examines the first few years of the AIDS epidemic in the mid-1980s, set against the moral absolutism and unresponsive backdrop of the Reagan Administration.
Cast
Cast
Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Justin Kirk, Ben Shenkman, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeffrey Wright, Patrick Wilson, James Cromwell, Michael Gambon, Simon Callow, Brian Markinson
Director
Director
Mike Nichols
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Miniseries, Made-for-TV Movies, LGBT, Social Issue Dramas, HBO
Rent Reversible Errors on DVD Reversible Errors
Synopsis
Arthur Raven (William H. Macy), a successful corporate lawyer with a measured and contented life, finds his world turned upside down when he's assigned to draft the final appeal of a potentially innocent death-row inmate (Glenn Plummer). Tom Selleck co-stars as detective Larry Starczek. This highly suspenseful three-hour miniseries is based on the best-selling novel by author Scott Turow.
Cast
Cast
William H. Macy, Tom Selleck, Monica Potter, Felicity Huffman, James Rebhorn, Shemar Moore, Glenn Plummer, Yanna McIntosh, Nigel Bennett, David Fox
Director
Director
Mike Robe
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Dramas Based on the Book, Crime Dramas, Courtroom Dramas, TV Miniseries, Psychological Thrillers, Dramas Based on Bestsellers
Rent The Pillars of the Earth on DVD The Pillars of the Earth
Synopsis
Political conflict, grand passions and epic ambition fuel this Golden Globe-nominated miniseries that centers on the struggles of a pious prior and a master builder devoted to the construction of a cathedral in 12th-century England.
Cast
Cast
Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Matthew Macfadyen, Eddie Redmayne, Hayley Atwell, Sarah Parish, Natalia Wörner, David Oakes, Tony Curran, Sam Claflin, Anatole Taubman, Liam Garrigan, Götz Otto, Jody Halse, David Bark-Jones, Alison Pill, Donald Sutherland
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Drama, TV Miniseries, Political Dramas, Military & War Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, United Kingdom, Dramas Based on the Book, Starz, Period Pieces
Rent Elizabeth I on DVD Elizabeth I
Synopsis
Emmy winner Helen Mirren portrays Queen Elizabeth I in this miniseries that explores the effect of the monarch's public role on her private life. Unable to wed the man she loves, Elizabeth later sets her sights on the earl's stepson.
Cast
Cast
Jeremy Irons, Helen Mirren, Hugh Dancy, Toby Jones, Ian McDiarmid, Simon Woods, Patrick Malahide, Barbara Flynn, Jeremie Covillault, Diana Kent, Geoffrey Streatfield, John McEnery, Martin Savage
Director
Director
Tom Hooper
Genres
Genres
Drama, TV Miniseries, Biographies, Political Dramas, Romantic Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, British TV, United Kingdom, Period Pieces
Rent Lost in Austen on DVD Lost in Austen
Synopsis
After a dispute with her boyfriend, Amanda lands in the 19th-century world of author Jane Austen's <i>Pride and Prejudice</i>. While helping the Bennet sisters find husbands, Amanda accidentally causes problems that could alter the course of the tale.
Cast
Cast
Jemima Rooper, Elliot Cowan, Hugh Bonneville, Florence Hoath, Alex Kingston, Morven Christie, Perdita Weeks, Tom Mison, Ruby Bentall, Christina Cole, Tom Riley, Guy Henry, Gemma Arterton, Lindsay Duncan, Michelle Duncan
Director
Director
Dan Zeff
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Teen Romance, Teen Dramas, TV Miniseries, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent Masterpiece Classic: Cranford on DVD Masterpiece Classic: Cranford
Synopsis
Adapted from the novels of celebrated Victorian author Elizabeth Gaskell, this Emmy-winning BBC miniseries follows a group of women in a town wrestling with modernity and the inevitability of change.
Cast
Cast
Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Francesca Annis, Eileen Atkins, Philip Glenister, Julia McKenzie, Imelda Staunton, Julia Sawalha, Simon Woods
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Drama, TV Miniseries, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, United Kingdom
Rent Lonesome Dove on DVD Lonesome Dove
Synopsis
In this Emmy-winning made-for-television movie based on the Larry McMurtry bestseller, two former Texas Rangers leave Texas to settle land in Montana. Their plans are thwarted and helped along by a cast of characters that could only live out West.
Cast
Cast
Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover, Diane Lane, Robert Urich, Anjelica Huston, Frederic Forrest, D.B. Sweeney, Ricky Schroder, Chris Cooper, Glenne Headly, Timothy Scott, Barry Corbin, William Sanderson, Steve Buscemi
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Action & Adventure, TV Miniseries, TV Westerns, Westerns, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces, TV Dramas, CBS
Rent Empire Falls on DVD Empire Falls
Synopsis
In a tiny Maine town, modest restaurant manager Miles Roby (Ed Harris) goes through the motions as he tries to keep his Empire Grill restaurant afloat while dealing with an abrasive boss (Joanne Woodward), a wife (Helen Hunt) who ran out on him, a nosy father (Paul Newman) and a teenage daughter (Danielle Panabaker). This critically acclaimed HBO miniseries is based on Richard Russo's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name.
Cast
Cast
Ed Harris, Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, William Fichtner, Kate Burton, Aidan Quinn, Theresa Russell, Danielle Panabaker
Director
Director
Fred Schepisi
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on the Book, TV Miniseries, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature
Rent Broken Trail on DVD Broken Trail
Synopsis
Nominated for six Emmys (with a win for Best Miniseries), this Western follows a pair of horse traders who rescue five Chinese girls sold into sexual slavery. While herding 500 horses to Wyoming, Prentice Ritter (Robert Duvall) and his nephew (Thomas Haden Church) cross paths with the quintet and reluctantly take them under their wing. But the men's good turn leads to a run-in with the madam who bought the girls and the nasty ex-con sent to reclaim them.
Cast
Cast
Robert Duvall, Thomas Haden Church, Greta Scacchi, Chris Mulkey, Rusty Schwimmer, Gwendoline Yeo, Scott Cooper, Valerie Tian, Todd Allen, James Russo, Donnelly Rhodes
Director
Director
Walter Hill
Genres
Genres
Action & Adventure, Westerns, TV Miniseries
Rent Jane Eyre on DVD Jane Eyre
Synopsis
Ruth Wilson stars in the Charlotte Brontë classic about the titular governess who, resist as she may, falls in love with her employer, Edward Rochester. The moody and mysterious Rochester feels the same way, but fate tears them apart.
Cast
Cast
Ruth Wilson, Toby Stephens, Lorraine Ashbourne, Pam Ferris, Ned Irish, Cosima Littlewood, Aidan McArdle, Tara Fitzgerald, Elsa Mollien, Rebekah Staton, Francesca Annis, Christina Cole
Director
Director
Susanna White
Genres
Genres
Drama, TV Miniseries, Romantic Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, United Kingdom, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces
Rent Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy on DVD Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Synopsis
In this TV miniseries, wily spy George Smiley is pulled out of retirement to investigate a senior official from his old agency who may be a double agent. It's up to Smiley to smoke him out without access to files that could aid in the capture.
Cast
Cast
Alec Guinness, Ian Richardson, Michael Aldridge, Bernard Hepton, Anthony Bate, Michael Jayston, Terence Rigby, George Sewell, Ian Bannen, Joss Ackland, Daniel Beecher, Nigel Stock, Thorley Walters, Stephen Earle, Hilary Minster, Frank Moorey, Siân Phillips
Director
Director
John Irvin
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, Espionage Thrillers, Psychological Thrillers, TV Miniseries, Dramas Based on the Book, British TV, British TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, Dramas Based on Bestsellers
Rent The Mists of Avalon on DVD The Mists of Avalon
Synopsis
Director Eli Udel's Emmy-winning television miniseries gives King Arthur's Camelot a feminist slant as Avalon high priestess Viviane (Anjelica Huston) and sisters Morgaine (Julianna Margulies) and Morgause (Joan Allen) battle for control of the kingdom. Viviane manipulates her own sister into marrying a king in order to produce an amenable heir, but deceit, magic and human fallibility threaten to destroy both the plan and Avalon itself.
Cast
Cast
Anjelica Huston, Julianna Margulies, Joan Allen, Edward Atterton, Caroline Goodall, Samantha Mathis
Director
Director
Uli Edel
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Miniseries, Fantasy, TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Adventures
Rent Ken Burns: The Civil War on DVD Ken Burns: The Civil War
Synopsis
This documentary masterpiece from Ken Burns depicts the strategies and action of famous Civil War battles, and relates the stories of generals, field soldiers, politicians, heroes and a beleaguered president.
Cast
Cast
Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards, Morgan Freeman, Garrison Keillor, Arthur Miller
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Miniseries, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent The Starter Wife: Miniseries on DVD The Starter Wife: Miniseries
Synopsis
Debra Messing stars in this comedy miniseries as Molly Kagan, the jilted ex-wife of a selfish Hollywood studio head who, after her divorce, finds herself blacklisted from the life she once led.
Cast
Cast
Debra Messing, Joe Mantegna, Judy Davis, Anika Noni Rose, Miranda Otto, Peter Jacobson, Stephen Moyer, Aden Young, Chris Diamantopoulos, Ursula Brooks, Paul Gleeson, Gigi Levangie
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Romantic Comedies, Showbiz Comedies, TV Comedies, TV Dramedy, TV Miniseries, USA
Rent The Company on DVD The Company
Synopsis
Inspired by the book by Robert Littell, this historical miniseries follows rookie CIA agent Jack McCauliffe (Chris O'Donnell) as he trains under the watchful eye of mentor Harvey Torriti (Alfred Molina), aka the Sorcerer, during the Cold War. Meanwhile, fellow agent James Angleton (Michael Keaton), aka Mother, is driven to a near-breakdown by the hunt for a mole in the agency. Alessandro Nivola and Natascha McElhone co-star.
Cast
Cast
Chris O'Donnell, Alfred Molina, Michael Keaton, Ted Atherton, Alessandro Nivola, Rory Cochrane, Tom Hollander, Ulrich Thomsen, Erika Marozsan, Natascha McElhone
Director
Director
Mikael Salomon
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Espionage Thrillers, Period Pieces, 20th Century Period Pieces, TV Miniseries
Rent Tipping the Velvet on DVD Tipping the Velvet
Synopsis
An unusual love story told in three episodes charts the course of Nan (Rachael Stirling), an ing&#233;nue who discovers a sexually charged world of male impersonators, actors and affluent women looking for female companionship in the usually controlled and corseted 1890s. She eventually takes up with a comely cross-dresser (Keeley Hawes) but soon learns she can only depend on herself. John Bowe, Jodhi May, Anna Chancellor and Hugh Bonneville co-star.
Cast
Cast
Rachael Stirling, Keeley Hawes, Anna Chancellor, Jodhi May, Hugh Bonneville, Johnny Vegas, Alexei Sayle, John Bowe, Sally Hawkins
Director
Director
Geoffrey Sax
Genres
Genres
Drama, British TV, LGBT, LGBT Dramas, Romantic LGBT, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Lesbian, TV Miniseries, BBC, Period Pieces
Rent Victoria and Albert on DVD Victoria and Albert
Synopsis
An acclaimed cast -- including Jonathan Pryce, Sir Peter Ustinov and Diana Rigg -- brings to life the epic love story of England's Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, recounting the passionate and political romance between the two royal figures. This history-based miniseries recaptures the court life of Victorian England with beauty and accuracy and adds new light to the legendary character of Victoria, portraying her as young and full of life.
Cast
Cast
Victoria Hamilton, Jonathan Firth, James Callis, David Suchet, Diana Rigg, Patrick Malahide, Penelope Wilton, Peter Ustinov, John Wood, Gary Raymond, Nigel Hawthorne, Jonathan Pryce, Crispin Bonham-Carter, Roger Hammond, Delena Kidd, Timothy Carlton, Malcolm Sinclair
Director
Director
John Erman
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Miniseries, Period Pieces, BBC, Romantic Dramas, United Kingdom, Dramas Based on Real Life, Foreign Regions, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces
Rent The Lost Room on DVD The Lost Room
Synopsis
In this eerie miniseries, a detective finds a key that opens a mysterious motel room and discovers it's a portal to an alternate universe with contents of immeasurable power. When his young daughter vanishes inside, he desperately tries to save her.
Cast
Cast
Peter Krause, Julianna Margulies, Peter Jacobson, Dennis Christopher, April Grace, Elle Fanning, Kevin Pollak, Benjamin Petry, Chris Bauer, Harriet Sansom Harris, Margaret Cho, Ann Cusack, Roger Bart, Nicholas Guilak, Tim Guinee, Jason Douglas, Chris Monberg
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Sci-Fi & Fantasy, TV Miniseries, Sci-Fi Thrillers, Supernatural Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi Adventure, Syfy Channel
Rent Mildred Pierce on DVD Mildred Pierce
Synopsis
Based on the 1941 novel by James M. Cain, this HBO miniseries follows the turbulent life of Mildred Pierce, a fiercely independent single mom who works hard to win her daughter's love while struggling to make ends meet in Depression-era Los Angeles.
Cast
Cast
Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, James Le Gros, Melissa Leo, Brian F. O'Byrne, Mare Winningham, Marin Ireland, Murphy Guyer, Diane Kagan, Morgan Turner, Halley Feiffer, Hope Davis, Miriam Shor, Quinn McColgan
Director
Director
Todd Haynes
Genres
Genres
Drama, Period Pieces, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, TV Miniseries, HBO
Rent Bleak House on DVD Bleak House
Synopsis
An orphaned girl finds a happy home with a wealthy man and his wards, never suspecting the truth about her origins -- or knowing her fate. But as the plot thickens, a suspenseful yarn of legal justice unfolds in this drama miniseries.
Cast
Cast
Denis Lawson, Anna Maxwell Martin, Patrick Kennedy, Carey Mulligan, Gillian Anderson, Timothy West, Charles Dance, Burn Gorman, Alun Armstrong, Tom Georgeson, Nathaniel Parker, Richard Harrington, Warren Clarke, Johnny Vegas, Hugo Speer, John Lynch, Tony Haygarth, Andrew Davies
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Drama, TV Miniseries, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, United Kingdom, BBC
Rent Wives & Daughters on DVD Wives & Daughters
Synopsis
Family life changes drastically for the good-natured Molly Gibson when her widowed father decides to remarry, and a woman with her own set of rules -- and a beautiful daughter -- becomes her stepmother.
Cast
Cast
Justine Waddell, Bill Paterson, Francesca Annis, Keeley Hawes, Tom Hollander, Anthony Howell, Michael Gambon, Barbara Flynn, Deborah Findlay, Iain Glen, Peter Copley, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Ian Carmichael, Rosamund Pike, Emily McKenzie
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Drama, TV Miniseries, British TV Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Romantic Dramas, TV Dramas, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, British TV, United Kingdom
Rent The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant on DVD The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant
Synopsis
In 1788, penniless young Englishwoman Mary Bryant (Romola Garai) is found guilty of petty theft and shipped to Botany Bay, an Australian penal colony, to serve a seven-year sentence, only to plot and pull off an improbable escape. Facing insurmountable hardships at every turn, Bryant sets out on a perilous journey toward freedom and redemption. Jack Davenport, Alex O'Loughlin and Sam Neill co-star in this inspiring true story.
Cast
Cast
Romola Garai, Sam Neill, Jack Davenport, Alex O'Loughlin, David Field, Garry McDonald, Dan Spielman, Stephen Curry, Tony Martin
Director
Director
Peter Andrikidis
Genres
Genres
Drama, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, TV Miniseries, Biographies
Rent Roots on DVD Roots
Synopsis
This legendary TV miniseries -- an adaptation of author Alex Haley's groundbreaking novel that details the history of his own family from slavery to emancipation -- received five Emmy Awards, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Dramatic TV Series. With a dynamic ensemble cast, this rousing epic features LeVar Burton, in his acting debut, portraying Haley's ancestor, Kunta Kinte, who was kidnapped from his African village and sold into slavery.
Cast
Cast
John Amos, Maya Angelou, Ed Asner, Lane Binkley, Tanya Boyd, Lloyd Bridges, Todd Bridges, Georg Stanford Brown, LeVar Burton, Macdonald Carey, Cicely Tyson, Ben Vereen, Louis Gossett Jr., Sandy Duncan, Vic Morrow, Ian McShane, Gary Collins
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Drama, TV Miniseries, Dramas Based on the Book, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, TV Classics
Rent Masterpiece Classic: Little Dorrit on DVD Masterpiece Classic: Little Dorrit
Synopsis
In this rags-to-riches miniseries based on Charles Dickens's epic novel, Claire Foy stars as the titular Amy Dorrit, a poor girl who follows her father out of debtors' prison when they learn the family is entitled to a life-changing fortune.
Cast
Cast
Matthew Macfadyen, Claire Foy, Tom Courtenay, Judy Parfitt, Andy Serkis
Director
Director
Dearbhla Walsh, Adam Smith, Diarmuid Lawrence
Genres
Genres
Drama, TV Miniseries, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, United Kingdom
Rent Masterpiece Classic: Miss Austen Regrets on DVD Masterpiece Classic: Miss Austen Regrets
Synopsis
When her young niece (Imogen Poots) enlists her help in finding a husband, novelist Jane Austen (Olivia Williams) -- who shunned marriage for life as a single woman -- takes stock of her own romantic past. Greta Scacchi and Samuel Roukin also star in this made-for-television "Masterpiece Theatre" drama based on Austen's life and her actual correspondence with friends, family and would-be suitors.
Cast
Cast
Olivia Williams, Phyllida Law, Adrian Edmondson, Imogen Poots, Samuel Roukin, Greta Scacchi, Sally Tatum
Director
Director
Jeremy Lovering
Genres
Genres
Drama, British TV, Biographies, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces, Romantic Dramas, TV Miniseries, BBC, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent The Andromeda Strain on DVD The Andromeda Strain
Synopsis
When a satellite carrying a deadly alien virus crash-lands in the Arizona desert and quickly kills almost every resident of a nearby town, a team of scientists rushes to the site to find a cure before the pathogen can spread. But their only clues are an old man and an infant, both of whom survived the outbreak. This Emmy-nominated miniseries starring Benjamin Bratt is a remake of the classic 1971 film based on Michael Crichton's novel.
Cast
Cast
Benjamin Bratt, Christa Miller , Eric McCormack, Ricky Schroder, Andre Braugher, Panou, Juan Carlos Velis
Director
Director
Mikael Salomon
Genres
Genres
Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Sci-Fi Thrillers, TV Miniseries, Suspense, Dramas Based on the Book, Dramas Based on Bestsellers
Rent Benjamin Franklin on DVD Benjamin Franklin
Synopsis
This compelling PBS miniseries follows Benjamin Franklin's impressive career -- from scientist and revolutionary to founding father and American diplomat -- drawing on Franklin's own writings and those of his contemporaries. The narrative is set against the breathtaking events in which Franklin played a central role: the age of scientific discovery, the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolutionary War and the Constitutional Convention.
Cast
Cast
Colm Feore, Richard Easton, Dylan Baker, Blair Brown, Anthony Cochrane, Peter Donaldson, Roberta Maxwell, Natacha Roi
Director
Director
Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS, TV Miniseries
Rent North & South on DVD North & South
Synopsis
When her father moves his family to an industrial mill town, the parson's daughter, Margaret Hale, struggles to adapt to her harsh new surroundings. This BBC series is based on the popular novel by Elizabeth Gaskell.
Cast
Cast
Daniela Denby-Ashe, Richard Armitage, Tim Pigott-Smith, Sinéad Cusack, Lesley Manville, Brendan Coyle, Anna Maxwell Martin, Jo Joyner, Pauline Quirke, Kay Lyon
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Drama, TV Miniseries, Social Issue Dramas, British TV Dramas, Romantic Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces, BBC, TV Dramas, British TV, United Kingdom
Rent Impact on DVD Impact
Synopsis
When an asteroid slams into the moon, it sends debris hurtling through Earth's atmosphere. The damage seems minor -- until unusual electromagnetic glitches begin to occur, leading scientists to a shocking discovery. With only 39 days to prevent Earth from colliding with the moon, astronauts set out on the most important space mission ever. David James Elliott, James Cromwell and Natasha Henstridge star in this sci-fi miniseries.
Cast
Cast
David James Elliott, Natasha Henstridge, James Cromwell, Steven Culp, Benjamin Sadler, Florentine Lahme, Owen Best, Natasha Calis, Yee Jee Tso, Colin Cunningham
Director
Director
Michael Rohl
Genres
Genres
Action & Adventure, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Deadly Disasters, TV Miniseries
Rent Taken on DVD Taken
Synopsis
Originally airing on the Sci-Fi Channel, Steven Spielberg's captivating, award-winning miniseries chronicles 50 years of alien abductions involving multiple generations of three American families. Beginning with the infamous -- and disputed -- 1947 crash at Roswell, family members are abducted and probed by the "Greys" in space while facing their own crises here on Earth. Steve Burton, Catherine Dent and Dakota Fanning star.
Cast
Cast
Dakota Fanning, Matt Frewer, Emily Bergl, Heather Donahue, Joel Gretsch, Adam Kaufman, John Hawkes, Ryan Hurst, Camille Sullivan, Steve Burton, Catherine Dent, Julie Benz, Julie Ann Emery, James N. Kirk, Desmond Harrington, Eric Close
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Miniseries, TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Sci-Fi Dramas, Sci-Fi Thrillers, Alien Sci-Fi, Syfy Channel
Rent Shogun on DVD Shogun
Synopsis
Full of action and drama, this critically acclaimed TV miniseries follows the adventures of the English navigator Blackthorne (Richard Chamberlain), who survives a devastating shipwreck that lands him in the middle of a political power struggle in feudal Japan. Blackthorne observes as the aspiring Shogun, Lord Toranaga (Toshir&#244; Mifune), and the Emperor war over the title in this Emmy-winning adaptation of James Clavell's best-selling novel.
Cast
Cast
Richard Chamberlain, Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Shimada, Frankie Sakai, Alan Badel, Damien Thomas, John Rhys-Davies, Vladek Sheybal, Yuki Meguro, Hideo Takamatsu, Nobuo Kaneko, Hiromi Senno, Michael Hordern, George Innes, Leon Lissek
Director
Director
Jerry London
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Miniseries, Dramas Based on the Book, TV Classics, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature
Rent The 10th Kingdom on DVD The 10th Kingdom
Synopsis
A vortex in Manhattan's Central Park leads an unhappy young waitress (Kimberly Williams) and her despondent father (John Larroquette) to the Nine Kingdoms, a bizarre and twisted fairy-tale land where an evil queen has underhandedly overtaken the throne in this epic NBC miniseries. Enlisting the help of a wolf man, father and daughter traverse this treacherous fantasy world in search of a magic mirror that can bring them back home.
Cast
Cast
Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Scott Cohen, John Larroquette, Dianne Wiest, Camryn Manheim, Ed O'Neill, Rutger Hauer, Ann-Margret
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Miniseries, Fantasy
Rent Tin Man on DVD Tin Man
Synopsis
In this dark adaptation of L. Frank Baum's classic, Midwestern waitress Dorothy is catapulted into the dangerous territory of O.Z., where she joins a band of misfits seeking to overthrow an evil sorceress and reinstate the land's rightful ruler.
Cast
Cast
Zooey Deschanel, Alan Cumming, Neal McDonough, Kathleen Robertson, Raoul Trujillo, Callum Keith Rennie, Richard Dreyfuss, Blu Mankuma, Anna Galvin, Ted Whittall, Ian A. Wallace, Donny Lucas, Gwynyth Walsh
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Sci-Fi & Fantasy, TV Miniseries, Sci-Fi Adventure, Fantasy, TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Rent Smiley's People on DVD Smiley's People
Synopsis
Based on John Le Carr&#233;'s best-selling espionage novel, this BBC drama delves into the dark world of preeminent British secret agent George Smiley (Alec Guinness), who has emerged from retirement for one final shot at catching Russian archenemy Karla (Patrick Stewart).
Cast
Cast
Alec Guinness, Beryl Reid, Eileen Atkins, Bill Paterson, Vladek Sheybal, Andy Bradford, Bernard Hepton, Michael Byrne, Anthony Bate, Tusse Silberg, Germaine Delbat, Mario Adorf, Curd Jürgens, Michael Lonsdale, Barry Foster, Michael Gough, Rosalie Crutchley, Ingrid Pitt, Dudley Sutton, Paul Herzberg
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Miniseries, British TV Dramas, TV War & Politics, TV Mysteries, TV Dramas, British TV, United Kingdom
Rent Hatfields & McCoys on DVD Hatfields & McCoys
Synopsis
Close friends Devil Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy return to their neighboring homes after the Civil War -- Hatfield in West Virginia, McCoy across the river in Kentucky -- to building tensions and resentments that soon explode into warfare.
Cast
Cast
Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Matt Barr, Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe, Andrew Howard, Jena Malone, Sarah Parish, Lindsay Pulsipher, Mare Winningham
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Drama, TV Miniseries, Dramas Based on Real Life, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, TV Dramas, Period Pieces, History Channel
Rent The Thorn Birds on DVD The Thorn Birds
Synopsis
Director Daryl Duke's controversial TV miniseries was nominated for 10 Emmy Awards (winning five) amid heated discussion of the storyline, the drama of an intimate friendship between a priest (Richard Chamberlain) and one of his best friends, the very married Meggie (Rachel Ward). While both chose separate paths in life, their friendship sparks passions that could destroy the lives of those around them -- and maybe even their own.
Cast
Cast
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TV Shows, TV Miniseries, Romantic Dramas, Dramas Based on the Book, TV Classics, Dramas Based on Classic Literature
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Nothing delights Emma Woodhouse more than meddling in the love lives of others, especially her friends and family. But when she takes protégé Harriet Smith under her wing, her plans can only end in disaster.
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Cast
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Based on two Louis L'Amour novels, this epic saga follows the adventures of the Sacketts -- Tell (Sam Elliott), Orrin (Tom Selleck) and Ty (Jeff Osterhage) -- Tennessee brothers who head out West after the end of the Civil War. Tell leaves first, making his way by hunting and prospecting. After his younger brothers are almost caught in a local feud, they follow in Tell's footsteps, first herding cattle, then aiding in a Santa Fe racial dispute.
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Cast
Jack Elam, Gilbert Roland, Tom Selleck, Slim Pickens, Glenn Ford, Sam Elliott, Mercedes McCambridge, Paul Koslo, Gene Evans, Ruth Roman, L.Q. Jones, Pat Buttram, Jeff Osterhage
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This biopic chronicles how the shrewd Virgin Queen assumed the throne of a nation in turmoil, stabilized the economy, earned her subjects' devotion and manipulated a succession of suitors to political advantage.
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Cast
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Director
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Based on the 1875 novel by Anthony Trollope, this sharp-edged miniseries artfully satirizes the greed and hypocrisy of upper-class Victorian society. The main story revolves around Augustus Melmotte, a mysterious financier who settles in London.
Cast
Cast
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A seven-part series brings World War II to life through the harrowing personal accounts of a handful of soldiers and others from "typical" American towns, recreating visceral scenes of the battles at Omaha Beach, Guadalcanal, Okinawa and more.
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Cast
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Director
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Cast
Cast
Alec Newman, Julie Cox, Ian McNeice, Steven Berkoff, Daniela Amavia, James McAvoy, Susan Sarandon, Alice Krige, Edward Atterton, P.H. Moriarty, Jessica Brooks, Barbora Kodetova
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Director
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The prequel to Lonesome Dove, this epic Western miniseries follows the early adventures of Texas Rangers Gus McCrae and Woodrow F. Call as they team with Capt. Inish Scull to apprehend three dangerous outlaws.
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Cast
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Director
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At a Dresden hospital in 1945, nurse Anna Mauth (Felicitas Woll) cares for badly injured British pilot Robert Newman (John Light), whom Anna believes to be a German deserter. As Allied forces close in, Anna grows close to Robert despite her engagement to Dr. Alexander Wenninger (Benjamin Sadler). The gripping historical romance won the 2006 German Television Award for Best Movie Made for Television.
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Cast
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Director
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In this HBO miniseries about a family struggling to survive in the ghetto, a teenager (Sean Nelson) struggles to fight off the pressures of the street while his parents (Khandi Alexander and T.K. Carter) work hard to earn a steady income and establish a sense of normalcy, against long odds. Emmy Awards for Outstanding Miniseries were awarded to director Charles S. Dutton, his writing team and the show's producers.
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Cast
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This miniseries adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's 1945 novel captures the elegant and doomed world of the British aristocracy post-World War I. Charles Ryder is a student at Oxford when he befriends Sebastian Flyte and his wealthy family.
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Cast
Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, Diana Quick, Simon Jones, Phoebe Nicholls, Claire Bloom, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Charles Keating, Jeremy Sinden
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Director
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Genres
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In this classic BBC drama based on the novel by R. F. Delderfield, shell-shocked WWI veteran David Powlett-Jones (John Duttine) goes from the trenches of war to the trenches of education when he lands a job teaching history at an elite boarding school. Scholastic life transforms him from cynic to an idealist loved by his students, even as a long-running conflict with the headmaster and unimaginable tragedy threaten to destory his personal life.
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Cast
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Director
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Cast
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Mark Brydon is a British ambassador to the United States who gets caught up in a conspiracy that could prompt a dangerous shift in political power. With the Western governments at risk, Brydon must prevent war as he deals with a personal dilemma.
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Cast
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The passionate, turbulent and controversial love affair between a British-raised Indian man and an Englishwoman during the waning years of the British Raj is portrayed in this Masterpiece Theatre miniseries based on Paul Scott's novel <i>The Raj Quartet</i>. Spanning 14 episodes shot in exotic locales in India and England, this exquisite human epic received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series and a Golden Globe for Best Miniseries.
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Cast
Art Malik, Geraldine James, Saeed Jaffrey, Peggy Ashcroft, Charles Dance, Tim Pigott-Smith, Eric Porter, Susan Wooldridge
Director
Director
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This BBC miniseries brings the epic book to life, recounting the sweeping tale of two turbulent love affairs that play out amid a web of wealth, corruption, passion, and betrayal in 1860s London. The ensemble cast includes David Morrissey.
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Cast
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Director
Director
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Genres
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Prof. J.T. Neumeyer (Timothy Hutton) gets his hands on a police file, dated five days in the future, that recounts his own murder. At first, Neumeyer thinks it's a joke, but when strange events begin to occur, he believes his days are numbered. Neumeyer suspects everyone, even his own girlfriend (Kari Matchett). Det. Irwin Sikorski (Randy Quaid) thinks Neumeyer's nuts, but eventually believes him, and the duo sets out to alter future events.
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Cast
Timothy Hutton, Randy Quaid, Kari Matchett, Hamish Linklater, Angus Macfadyen, Gage Golightly, David McIlwraith, Giancarlo Esposito
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Director
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Robert Mitchum heads an all-star cast in this miniseries based on Herman Wouk's acclaimed World War II novel focusing on two families' experiences. Their personal dramas are interwoven with historic events and supported by documentary segments.
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Cast
Robert Mitchum, Ali MacGraw, Jan-Michael Vincent, John Houseman, Polly Bergen, Lisa Eilbacher, David Dukes, Topol, Ben Murphy, Peter Graves, Jeremy Kemp, Ralph Bellamy, Victoria Tennant, Wolfgang Preiss, William Woodson, Dragomir Stanojevic-Bata Kameni ...
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
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Dim the lights and get ready for spine-tingling suspense with this collection of eight spooky tales from horror maestro Stephen King. Featuring cutting-edge special effects and an all-star cast, each story will take you on a twisted trip to the dark side. Performers include Oscar nominees William H. Macy (who also received an Emmy nod for this role), William Hurt and Tom Berenger, along with Jeremy Sisto, Samantha Mathis, Kim Delaney and many more.
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Cast
Director
Director
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TV Shows, TV Miniseries, Sci-Fi Horror
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The most autobiographical of Dickens's works, <i>David Copperfield</i> tells the moving story of David's journey from birth to maturity -- a journey that inextricably links his life with some of Dickens's most extraordinary and colorful families. A world-class cast -- including Daniel Radcliffe, Oscar-winner Maggie Smith, Bob Hoskins and Nicholas Lyndhurst -- brings to life some of Charles Dickens's most beloved characters in this TV adaptation.
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Cast
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Director
Simon Curtis
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Genres
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This Emmy-winning sequel to the miniseries The Winds of War continues to follow the emotional saga of two families: the Henrys, led by naval officer Victor Henry (Robert Mitchum), and the Jastrows, who are subjected to the horrors of Nazi concentration camps. Following Pearl Harbor, Victor commands a battleship while his Jewish daughter-in-law, Natalie (Jane Seymour), is trapped in Europe with her famed uncle, Prof. Aaron Jastrow (John Gielgud).
Cast
Cast
Robert Mitchum, Jane Seymour, Hart Bochner, Victoria Tennant, Polly Bergen, Sami Frey, William Schallert, Jeremy Kemp, Steven Berkoff, Robert Hardy, Topol, Ralph Bellamy, John Gielgud, William Woodson, David Dukes, E.G. Marshall, Sharon Stone, Barry Bostwick, Ian McShane, John Rhys-Davies, Peter Graves, Howard Duff
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Ambitious and talented Lillie Langtry journeys from an advantageous but stifling marriage to success on stage in Victorian England and, in the process, becomes one of the world's most famous women while attracting a string of powerful lovers.
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Cast
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Director
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Set on a fictional slice of the Channel Islands, this engrossing series follows three families caught on the islands at the beginning of World War II, capturing their experiences as they grapple with the stress of daily life and global conflict.
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Cast
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Adapted from George Eliot's novel, this BBC miniseries tells the story of virtuous Dr. Lydgate, who heads up Middlemarch's hospital, and well-do-to Dorothea, who's determined to help the needy.
Cast
Cast
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Director
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This 12-hour HBO miniseries created by Tom Hanks follows the space program, from Kennedy's 1961 call to reach the moon within a decade to the successes and heartbreaking failures of the race for space. The dream was kept alive by dedicated, daring professionals and a nation intent on reaching for -- and landing amid -- the stars, all while the world faced the Vietnam War. The series earned 17 Emmy nominations.
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Cast
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Director
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Tom Hanks, Michael Grossman
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Genres
TV Shows, TV Miniseries, Dramas Based on Real Life, HBO
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Four sisters shunned as "new money" by elitist New York society travel to London to look for husbands, where they're courted by numerous suitors. But as old and new worlds clash, something has to give.
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Cast
Carla Gugino, Mira Sorvino, Alison Elliott, Rya Kihlstedt, Gwen Humble, Cherie Lunghi, Peter Michael Goetz, Ronan Vibert, Dinsdale Landen, Rosemary Leach, Elizabeth Ashley
Director
Director
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During Britain's tumultuous 15th century, the battle for supremacy between the houses of Lancaster and York leads to a protracted civil war. This historical drama spotlights three women who become deeply involved in the royal intrigues of the era.
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Cast
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When the evil sorcerer Dragon Eye threatens to steal a magic crucible that creates bloodsteel -- a mystical substance vital to the land of Mirabilis -- elfin wizard Tesselink (Christopher Lloyd) dispatches a team of heroes to find and protect the artifact. Now, a human warrior (David James Elliott,) a beautiful elf (Natassia Malthe), a goblin (Dru Viergever) and a con man (Christopher Jacot) must fulfill their quest before Mirabilis is destroyed.
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The award-winning documentarian turns his insight and cameras to the history and breathtaking splendor of America's national parks. The words of early naturalists and modern advocates accompany panoramas of Yosemite, Glacier, Redwood and other parks.
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Cast
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Director
Director
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Rent Centennial: The Complete Series on DVD Centennial: The Complete Series
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This acclaimed miniseries traces the epic history of the town of Centennial, Colo., from its 1795 birth through modern times, covering the early settlers, the political intrigues through the years and the lives and loves of various town residents. The star-studded cast includes Richard Chamberlain, Lynn Redgrave, Timothy Dalton, Sally Kellerman, Andy Griffith, Richard Crenna, Mark Harmon, Gregory Harrison, Raymond Burr and Sharon Gless.
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Cast
Richard Chamberlain, Robert Conrad, Timothy Dalton, Mark Harmon, Andy Griffith, Raymond Burr, Dennis Weaver, Lynn Redgrave, Sally Kellerman, Richard Crenna, Chad Everett, Sharon Gless, Gregory Harrison, Stephanie Zimbalist, Cliff De Young, Pernell Roberts, David Janssen, Lois Nettleton, Alex Karras, Michael Ansara
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In this production based on the classic book, teenager Anne Frank tells, in her own words, how she and her Jewish family hid from the Nazis during World War II. As time drags on, they must balance the fear of their situation and "normal" family life
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Cast
Ellie Kendrick, Tamsin Greig, Kate Ashfield, Iain Glen, Geoff Breton, Nicholas Farrell, Felicity Jones, Lesley Sharp, Ron Cook
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Re-creating the Bible's vision of human and divine history for contemporary audiences, this sweeping miniseries incorporates key biblical stories and parables, vividly dramatizing the ancient tales -- from Adam and Eve to the revelation of St. John.
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Cast
Diogo Morgado, Darwin Shaw, Paul Brightwell, Roma Downey, Greg Hicks, Sebastian Knapp, Amber Rose Revah, Adrian Schiller
Director
Director
Genres
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In this sequel to the "Lonesome Dove" miniseries, Texas Ranger Captain Call (James Garner) takes on one last mission, tracking down a killer as a freelance bounty hunter. With Pea Eye Parker tagging along, he crosses paths with such Western luminaries as Judge Roy Bean and John Wesley Harding. The terrific cast includes Ned Beatty, Randy Quaid, Sam Shepard, Sissy Spacek, Sonia Braga and George Carlin. Based on Larry McMurtry's novel.
Cast
Cast
James Garner, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Ned Beatty, Randy Quaid, Wes Studi, Charles Martin Smith, George Carlin, Alexis Cruz, Kevin Conway, James Gammon, Tristan Tait, Sonia Braga, Miriam Colon, Renee Olstead, Anjanette Comer
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Synopsis
Based on Lillian Rogers Parks's best-selling memoirs, this award-winning television miniseries explores behind-the-scenes life at the White House as seen through the eyes of staffers during the course of eight different presidential administrations. Parks (Leslie Uggams), who served as a seamstress, her housemaid mother (Olivia Cole) and other workers that keep 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in top shape observe the terms from Taft through Eisenhower.
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Cast
Olivia Cole, Leslie Uggams, Louis Gossett Jr., Robert Hooks, Leslie Nielsen, Cloris Leachman, Paul Winfield, Julie Harris, Victor Buono, Robert Vaughn, Kim Hunter, Claire Bloom, Celeste Holm, George Kennedy, Ed Flanders, Lee Grant, Larry Gates, Eileen Heckart, John Anderson, Harry Morgan, Estelle Parsons, Jan Sterling, Barbara Barrie, Andrew Duggan, Kevin Hooks, Hari Rhodes, Dana Wynter
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Director
Michael O'Herlihy
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Rent John Steinbeck's East of Eden on DVD John Steinbeck's East of Eden
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The trials of the Trask family unfold across three generations of American life as a beguiling but venomous beauty (Jane Seymour, in a Golden Globe&#8211;winning turn) sets in motion events that drive a permanent wedge between brothers. Arguably the most faithful adaptation of John Steinbeck's epic novel, this acclaimed 1981 miniseries features a star-studded cast that also includes Timothy Bottoms, Bruce Boxleitner and Lloyd Bridges.
Cast
Cast
Jane Seymour, Timothy Bottoms, Bruce Boxleitner, Soon-Tek Oh, Hart Bochner, Sam Bottoms, Warren Oates, Howard Duff, Anne Baxter, Lloyd Bridges
Director
Director
Harvey Hart
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Genres
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Rent Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State on DVD Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State
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This six-part documentary series tackles one of World War II's -- and history's -- most disquieting and repugnant subjects: the Holocaust and its infamous killing factory, the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
Cast
Cast
Samuel West, Linda Ellerbee, Linda Hunt, Horst-Gunter Marx, Klaus Mikoleit
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
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This groundbreaking miniseries explores a decade in the lives of the members of an extended Jewish family and a German lawyer who becomes a Nazi officer. As the horrific events of the holocaust unfold, all will face unthinkable decisions and fates. Featuring a superb cast that includes Meryl Streep, James Woods, Ian Holm, Michael Moriarty, Joseph Bottoms, Tovah Feldshuh and Sam Wanamaker, the 1978 production won eight Emmys and two Golden Globes.
Cast
Cast
Meryl Streep, Michael Moriarty, James Woods, Tom Bell, Joseph Bottoms, Tovah Feldshuh, Rosemary Harris, Tony Haygarth, Ian Holm, Lee Montague, Deborah Norton, George Rose, Robert Stephens, Sam Wanamaker, David Warner
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Director
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Genres
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Rent Ken Burns: The West on DVD Ken Burns: The West
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Historian and Oscar nominee Ken Burns and his talented team mine vintage photographs, music, maps, letters, newspapers and more to bring to life the struggles and challenges Americans faced in the 19th century as they embarked on westward expansion.
Cast
Cast
Peter Coyote, Philip Bosco, Murphy Guyer, Jimmy Smits, John Trudell, Eli Wallach, Adam Arkin, Jason Robards, Peter Gallagher, Arthur Miller, Hector Elizondo, George Plimpton, Charlie McDowell, Tim Sampson, Tantoo Cardinal
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
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Rent Parade's End on DVD Parade's End
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Set during World War I, this miniseries based on the novels by Ford Madox Ford chronicles the tangled relationship between aristocrat Christopher Tietjens, his beautiful but unfaithful wife and an idealistic young suffragette.
Cast
Cast
Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Adelaide Clemens, Roger Allam, Anne-Marie Duff, Rupert Everett, Stephen Graham, Janet McTeer, Miranda Richardson, Tom Mison
Director
Director
Susanna White
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Genres
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Rent He Knew He Was Right on DVD He Knew He Was Right
Synopsis
Louis Trevelyan's refusal to trust his wife, Emily, destroys their marriage and drives him to insanity. He forces her out of their house, hires a seedy private detective to spy on her and kidnaps their son -- with devastating consequences.
Cast
Cast
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Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Drama, TV Miniseries, Romantic Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces, United Kingdom, BBC
Rent The Barchester Chronicles on DVD The Barchester Chronicles
Synopsis
The darker side of small-town life is revealed in this Masterpiece Theatre miniseries adapted from two Anthony Trollope novels. When church reform is threatened in Barchester, a clergyman (Donald Pleasence) faces a crisis of religious proportions. He butts heads with his archdeacon son-in-law (Nigel Hawthorne), and an all-out power struggle ensues with the arrival of a new bishop (Clive Swift), his pushy wife (Geraldine McEwan) and a devious chaplain (Alan Rickman).
Cast
Cast
Donald Pleasence, Nigel Hawthorne, Alan Rickman, Angela Pleasence, Cyril Luckham, David Gwillim, Janet Maw, John Ringham, Joseph O'Conor, Barbara Flynn, George Costigan, William Redgrave, Clive Smith
Director
Director
David Giles
Genres
Genres
Drama, British TV, Dramas Based on the Book, Religious & Spiritual Dramas, TV Miniseries, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Faith & Spirituality
Rent A Woman of Substance on DVD A Woman of Substance
Synopsis
In this adaptation of part one of Barbara Taylor Bradford's "Woman of Substance" trilogy, Emma Harte (Jenny Seagrove) endeavors against long odds and little support to become as wealthy and powerful as any man of the day. In this epic of great sweep and grandeur, encompassing much of 20th-century history as a backdrop, Emma's determination becomes a metaphor for female empowerment in a world tilted so hard against it.
Cast
Cast
Jenny Seagrove, Nicola Pagett, Deborah Kerr, Liam Neeson, Barry Bostwick, John Mills, Peter Egan, Miranda Richardson, Diane Baker
Director
Director
Don Sharp
Genres
Genres
Drama, TV Miniseries, 20th Century Period Pieces, Romantic Dramas, Dramas Based on Bestsellers, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, United Kingdom
Rent Elizabeth R on DVD Elizabeth R
Synopsis
This miniseries artfully recounts the long, tumultuous and historically unique reign of Elizabeth Tudor, queen of England from 1558 to 1603. Glenda Jackson gives an acclaimed performance as Elizabeth from her youth to old age.
Cast
Cast
Glenda Jackson, Ronald Hines, Stephen Murray, Robert Hardy, Angela Thorne, John Shrapnel, Robin Ellis, Rachel Kempson, Peter Howell, Peter Jeffrey, Vivian Pickles
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Drama, TV Miniseries, Biographies, Political Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces, United Kingdom
Rent Coming Home on DVD Coming Home
Synopsis
This miniseries stars Emily Mortimer as Judith Dunbar, a diffident teen shipped off to a boarding school on the English coast, where she finds love in a well-to-do surrogate family -- until World War II throws her life and the country into chaos.
Cast
Cast
Peter O'Toole, Joanna Lumley, Penelope Keith, Anneliese Uhlig, David McCallum, Emily Mortimer, Paul Bettany, Susan Hampshire, Keira Knightley, Malcolm Stoddard
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Drama, TV Miniseries, British TV Dramas, Military & War Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book, Romantic Dramas, TV Dramas, British TV
Rent Falling for a Dancer on DVD Falling for a Dancer
Synopsis
Unattached and pregnant with a dashing actor's child, 19-year-old Elizabeth (Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh) avoids a shameful public scandal by marrying a widower she doesn't love (Dermot Crowley) in this made-for-television movie based on the novel by Deirdre Purcell. But is Elizabeth strong enough to endure the pressures of becoming a first-time mother, learning to raise her stepchildren and living on a remote Irish peninsula?
Cast
Cast
Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh, Dermot Crowley, Liam Cunningham, Rory Murray, Maureen O'Brien, Brian McGrath, Colin Farrell
Director
Director
Richard Standeven
Genres
Genres
Romance, Period Pieces, Romantic Dramas, Dramas Based on the Book, TV Miniseries, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent America: The Story of Us on DVD America: The Story of Us
Synopsis
Narrated by Liev Schreiber, this miniseries highlights momentous events in American history, including the arrival of the Pilgrims, the American Revolution, the Civil War and the incredible lunar landing.
Cast
Cast
Danny Webb, Liev Schreiber, James Meigs, Al Sharpton, H.W. Brands, Annette Gordon-Reed, Tom Brokaw, Brian Williams, Michael Douglas, Colin Powell, Richard Machowicz, Rudolph W. Giuliani, Michael Strahan, John Lasseter, David Baldacci
Director
Director
Nick Green, Marion Milne, Andrew Chater, Jenny Ash, Clare Beavan, Renny Bartlett
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Miniseries, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, History Channel
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