Bored of binge-watching movies and long series? But still, you want to watch something, like not that long, not that short as well. Don’t worry, there is a way out. Miniseries is here to rescue you. The following are the must-watch miniseries that you should add to your wishlist. There are different genres like crime, thriller, love, and investigation series with the sole purpose to entertain you. Don’t overthink, start already. They are really worth watching.
Feud: Bette and Joan
Feud: Bette and Joan is a 2017 American television miniseries created by Ryan Murphy, Jaffe Cohen, and Michael Zam. It is an eight-episode miniseries starring Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon(Bette and Joan respectively) in the lead roles. Judy Davis( Hedda Hopper), Jackie Hoffman( Mamacita), Alfred Molina( Robert Aldrich), Stanley Tucci(Jack L. Warner), and Alison Wright(Pauline Jameson) in the supporting roles.
The series is based on the real-life story of two Hollywood actors who had a real-life rivalry. The story revolves around two women Bette and Joan, who struggles in their career due to ageism and agony. Still, they hold on to their success and fame not willing to sacrifice their years of hard work. It also throws light on the history of the Hollywood industry.
The Outsider is an American psychological thriller based on the novel ‘The Outsider’ by Stephen King. It’s a crime thriller drama developed by Richard Price, starring Ben Mendelsohn(Ralph Anderson), Cynthia Erivo( Holly Gibney), Bill Camp(Howie Salomon), Paddy Considine(Claude Bolton), Julianne Nicholson(Glory Maitland), and Jason Bateman(Terry Maitland). The story is about the investigation of the murder of an 11-year-old boy.
Ralph Anderson, the detective who investigates the case arrests Terry Maitland, the coach of the junior boy’s football team. But the case gets more complicated when the investigation gets too deep and unfolds many secrets.
The Passion is a religious drama written by Frank Deasy and directed by Michael Offer. The series stars Joseph Mawle(Jesus), Paloma Baeza (Mary Magdalene), Ben Daniels (Caiaphas), James Nesbitt (Pilate), David Oyelowo (Joseph of Arimathea), and Penelope Wilton (Mary) in the lead roles. The series shows the life of Jesus during his last week. The story begins from the arrival of Jesus to Jerusalem which threatens the ruling of Jews and High Priest. It continues till the end, the Resurrection of Jesus. They also show the events from The Last Supper to the Crucifixion of Jesus.
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Chernobyl is a historical drama that throws light on the Chernobyl disaster that happened in the year 1986 and its after-effects of it. The series is directed by Johan Renck and written by Craig Mazin. It stars Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson, and Paul Ritter in the lead roles. The story takes us back to the event that happened in April 1986, the nuclear plant disaster that destructed the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. It portrays the stories of the lives of people who got affected by the disaster. It unfolds the less-known stories of firefighters, volunteers, and a team of miners who helped during the disaster.
Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies is an American series created and written by David.E.Kelley. It’s based on the novel ‘Big Little Les’ by Liane Moriarty. It is a mystery drama starring Reese Witherspoon(Madeline Martha Mackenzie), Nicole Kidman(Celeste Wright), Shailene Woodley(Jane Chapman), Laura Dern(Renata Klein), and Zoë Kravitz(Bonnie Howard Carlson) in the lead roles.
Alexander Skarsgård, Adam Scott, James Tupper, and Jeffrey Nordling in the supporting roles. The story shows the consequences of the little lies we say at moments to escape. It also shows portrays the lives of ex-husbands and second wives. The dark murder and series of events that takes place in the town of Monterey, Calif.
Little fires Everywhere
Little Fires Everywhere is an American miniseries based on the novel titled ‘Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. It’s an eight-episode miniseries developed by Liz Tigelaar. It stars Reese Witherspoon(Elena Richardson) and Kerry Washington(Mia Warren) in the lead roles.
The story shows the interconnection of two families and the events that happen in their lives. The perfect family of Richardson’s family gets interrupted by a mother-daughter who becomes a threat that might destroy the image and reputation of Richardson’s family. The story also shows the weight of holding lies and the price should pay for keeping secrets.
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Five days is a British miniseries starring Leanne Wellings (Christine Tremarco), Matt (David Oyelowo), Rosie (Tyler Anthony), Rosie (Tyler Anthony), Tanya (Lucinda Dryzek), Barbara (Penelope Wilton), John (Patrick Malahide), Gary (Doug Allen), DC Stephen Beam (Charlie Creed-Miles), Sarah Wheeler (Sarah Smart), Josh Fairley (Al Weaver), Vic (Edward Woodward), and DCI Iain Barclay (Hugh Bonneville).
The crime series is written by Gwyneth Hughes directed by Otto Bathurst and Simon Curtis. The story is about the police investigation that happens on five consecutive days 1, 3, 28, 33, and 79 of investigation. The investigation is on the missing of a young mother and two children. The case gets more interesting when they know that she was disappeared from the British suburb, abanding two children far away from home.
The Pacific is a war drama based on ‘With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa’ by Eugene Sledge and ‘Helmet for My Pillow’ by Robert Leckie. The story shows the lives of the U.S during World War 2. It follows the struggles faced by U.S. Corps during the campaign with the Pacific against the Japanese Empire. The series stars James Badge Dale as Pfc. Robert Leckie, Josh Helman as Pfc. Lew “Chuckler” Juergens, Joseph Mazzello as Pfc. Eugene Sledge, and Rami Malek as Cpl. Merriell “Snafu” Shelton in the lead role.
Mildred Pierce is an American miniseries that is based on the novel by James M Cain titled ‘Mildred pierce.’ The series stars Kate Winslet( Mildred Pierce) in the lead role and Guy Pearce(Monty Beragon), Evan Rachel Wood( Veda Pierce), and Melissa Leo(Lucy Gessler) in the supporting role. It is a five-episode miniseries written and directed by Todd Haynes.
The story shows the feelings and emotions of a mother who does everything to get love from her daughter. Mildred Pierce is an overprotecting and self-sacrificing mother who gets separated from her husband during the Great Depression. In order to hold herself together, she starts a new restaurant and unintentionally falls in love with a man. She does all this drama in order to earn love and respect from her spoiled, and narcissistic elder daughter.
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I Know This Much Is True
I Know This Much is True is an American drama based on the 1998 novel ‘I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb. It’s directed and written by Derek Cianfrance. The series has 6 episodes, starring Mark Ruffalo in the lead role as Dominick and Thomas Birdsey(twin brothers). It sets in the 1990s at Three Rivers The story revolves around the twin brothers Dominick and Thomas. Thomas suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, a disease where most of the time he hallucinates things. Domnick always makes sure to take care of and protect his brother Thomas. But things change when Dominick gets to know his family secret one by one.
Sharp Objects is a 2018 psychological thriller drama created by Marti Noxon and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. It is a mystery drama starring Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen, Matt Craven, Henry Czerny, Taylor John Smith, Madison Davenport, Miguel Sandoval, Will Chase, Jackson Hurst, Sophia Lillis, Lulu Wilson, and Elizabeth Perkins.
The story revolves around Camille Preaker who is a crime reporter. Due to personal reasons she suffers from alcoholism and has also been admitted to a psychiatric spital. After getting released from the hospital, she returns to Windgap, her hometown. She goes there to investigate the murder case of two young girls. The returning back to her home reminds her about the trauma she has faced and she again should deal with the demons inside her.
Mrs. America is a historical drama created by Davhi Waller. It’s a female-oriented series starring Cate Blanchett(Phyllis Schlafly), Rose Byrne( Gloria Steinem), Uzo Aduba( Shirley Chisholm), Elizabeth Banks(Jill Ruckelshaus), Margo Martindale( Bella Abzug), John Slattery(Fred Schlafly), Tracey Ullman( Betty Friedan), and Sarah Paulson( Alice Macray). The series has nine episodes(one season). It’s a story showing the movement that ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, The story shows the multi-perspective views of the lives of various women who get trapped in a male-dominated society. They fight for their rights and freedom against men. The series shows the battle between equality and patriarchy.
Where To Watch These Series?
Wondering where to watch these series? The twelve miniseries mentioned above are available to be watched on Disney+Hotstar. So what are you waiting for? Grab your snacks and drinks. Kill your boredom with a punch of interesting mini web series.
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