Miniseries Marathon
The miniseries and I were made for each other, long-winded and going on forever!

Archive for the year 2012

SEQUEL ALERT: Heaven and Hell: North and South, Book 3

Oh, I know, the fact that I’m referring to “Heaven and Hell, North and South, Book 3” as a sequel is not going to sit well with everyone. The “North and South” novels of John Jakes came out in 1982, 1984 and 1987.  Miniseries of Books 1 and 2 had both aired by mid-1986.  Why […]

LBJ: The Early Years (1987)

This one is for my father, still in awe of President Johnson, whose inauguration he attended, and can never learn enough about him.  We may not always agree on what makes for the most interesting history, but I learned from him to keep trying because someday, I might just figure it out. Lyndon Johnson is […]

Amerika (1987)–Marathon Entry #100

One hundred miniseries have been jotted down here for everyone’s amusement or education (or notes for my proposed book).  I can’t believe it.  And there are sooooooo many more to do.  I will keep at it.  I rather idiotically said I would give myself a year for this. It will be two years in December. […]

V (1983)

As we have seen before, oddball miniseries that aren’t history, romance or adventure (though I consider them the latter), can be a mixed bag for viewers. Wild Palms is an attempt to just be downright strange, From the Dead of Night is far too bland, The Martian Chronicles is in the top ten stupidest things ever to appear on […]


It is entirely possible that “An Early Frost” may be the greatest telemovie ever aired by the networks.  Whoever made the decision to keep it to a one-night affair instead of stretching it longer was a genius.  It’s 1985 and this is the first time AIDS is discussed, so it’s better to grab people once […]

Hold the Dream (1986)

Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres. Hey, it’s it’s good enough for Gaul and Caesar, it’s good enough for Barbara Taylor Bradford. Emma Harte est omnis divisa in partes tres. We’ve seen A Woman of Substance.  Now it’s time for the second part of the Emma Harte saga.  If Bradford is not as flashy as […]

Evergreen (1985)

I must admit I’m biased when it comes to “Evergreen” because I watched it three times when it originally aired.  A ban on watching television during the week in my household did not include taping programs and watching them on the weekends or holidays.  And thus, for some reason, I really connected to “Evergreen.” However, […]

Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story (1995)

In the years leading up to her death in 2011, Elizabeth Taylor said over and over she hated the idea of a movie being made of her life.  As ideal as a movie of the world’s greatest movie star (notice I didn’t say actress, even Liz wouldn’t have claimed that) would be, given the marriages, […]

Baby M (1988)

Those who remember the 80s almost have to remember Baby M.  Granted, there were a lot of babies to get through.  There was Baby Jessica, who fell down a well and was there for what seemed like days while we held our collective breaths.  There was poor tragic Baby Faye who was given no chance […]

Haywire (1980)

It can be argued that Lee Remick never gave a bad performance.  We have already seen her in Nutcracker: Money, Madness, Murder, where she gave one of the greatest miniseries performances of all time in a true story. That may have been Lee’s best work, but wait until you see “Haywire,” where Lee plays actress Margaret […]