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16 of the Best Miniseries for Those With Short Attention Spans

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Roots

Roots

ABC

You can’t have a list of the best miniseries without including Roots. This is the original miniseries and one of the first to nail the concept for television. It’s why we’re still watching it four decades later! Roots tells the story of Kuna Kinte (John Amos), a man sold into the slave trade and sent to the U.S. from Africa. He encounters the Civil War, living life in slavery, and the long-overdue emancipation of slaves in the country. It’s one of the most celebrated miniseries in history and still holds the record for second-most watched season finale ever on TV with 100 million viewers! For perspective, today, 17 million viewers watching is considered outstanding!

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