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The Best Limited Series of the 21st Century, Ranked

The Best Limited Series of the 21st Century, Ranked

The limited series, formerly known as the miniseries, is the perfect hybrid beast between a movie and an ongoing TV series. A predetermined number of episodes allows enough freedom for more moving parts, intricate storytelling, and character depth. But the fact that the series will not return makes the narrative precious and should conclude in just the right way, even if that means in a deliberately open-ended fashion. The one-off nature of these makes them perfect for literary adaptations, epic events, and period pieces.

A new creature has entered the limited series bestiary though, and it is the anthology series. Ryan Murphy pretty much invented this, and it’s been messing with our definitions ever since. Because each season has its own contained story with characters specific to only that story, each season qualifies as its own limited series for the purposes of this list.

What doesn’t qualify? Those

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