by Kirby Tifverman
First came streaming, then came bingeing. Enter the miniseries: All the entertainment of a 30-episode season in a time-saving, fun-sized package. In recent years, various miniseries have received critical and popular acclaim, thanks to our favorite streaming websites and cable channels. HBO’s “Big Little Lies” swept the 2017 Emmys. “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” gave viewers all the coffee-fueled pop culture references they could stand in a charming reboot. Almost five million people tuned in for the finale of USA Network’s crime thriller, “The Sinner.”
So, what miniseries will you binge watch next? Here is what’s coming up:
Alias Grace (Netflix) – Nov. 2017
Following the massive success of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” there’s more Margaret Atwood to stream and obsess over on the small screen. Alias Grace is another Margaret Atwood novel adaptation but on a rival streaming site. Assumingly feeling the pressure to live up to Hulu’s big win, Netflix is bringing us “Alias Grace.” However, unlike “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Alias Grace” is a work of historical fiction. The six-hour series will follow the story of a nineteenth-century Canadian maid who is accused of a heinous crime.
Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders (Sundance TV) – Nov. 2017
True crime and thriller fans will not want to miss this two-night television event on Sundance TV. Led by critically acclaimed director and producer Joe Berlinger the show will chronicle the grizzly, never-before-seen details of the murders that inspired Truman Capote’s most famous work, “In Cold Blood.”
Good Omens (Amazon) – 2018
Those who enjoyed “Scream Queens” or “American Horror Story” should keep an eye out for “Good Omens,” a six-part miniseries based on a novel of the same name. Set to release in 2018, “Good Omens” is a comedy-horror genre crossover in which Armageddon is imminent. A dark sense of humor is a must in order to enjoy this Amazon series.
Little Women (MASTERPIECE on PBS) – 2018
The official release date is still TBA, but this forthcoming 2018 miniseries is too exciting not to share. Louisa May Alcott’s classic story of family and womanhood is coming to a TV near you thanks to PBS and BBC. Fans of “The Crown” or “Downton Abbey” will love this three-part small screen drama.
Waco (Paramount) – Jan. 18, 2018
“Waco,” an upcoming thrilling miniseries from Paramount Network, retells the true story of a disastrous standoff between the American FBI and a mysterious religious group in Waco, Tex. Taylor Kitsch of “Friday Night Lights” fame will star as the cult’s leader, David Koresh. Fans of “Criminal Minds” should plan to tune in to this miniseries in the new year.
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