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TV mini-series of the 70s and 80s

Did you watch any of the TV mini-series when they were aired? What are some of your favorites?

Rich Man, Poor Man, The Winds of War, Roots, Centennial, etc.

by Anonymousreply 112November 24, 2023 2:16 PM

I remember there being a big deal over "Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy" starring Jaclyn Smith

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by Anonymousreply 1November 19, 2023 4:50 PM

Scruples starring Lindsay Wagner

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by Anonymousreply 2November 19, 2023 4:54 PM

[quote]I remember there being a big deal over "Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy" starring Jaclyn Smith

Yes. The episode where she had to go On Assistance was truly poignant.

by Anonymousreply 3November 19, 2023 4:55 PM

Poor Little Rich Girl starring Farrah Fawcett

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by Anonymousreply 4November 19, 2023 4:55 PM

The Thornbirds, with DL faves Barbara Stanwyck and Richard Chamberlain.

by Anonymousreply 5November 19, 2023 4:56 PM

The Thorn Birds!

by Anonymousreply 6November 19, 2023 4:57 PM

"Which one of you bitches is my mother?"

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by Anonymousreply 7November 19, 2023 4:58 PM

The Thorn Birds and Rich Man, Poor Man.

by Anonymousreply 8November 19, 2023 4:59 PM

Celebrity - I remember being genuinely surprised at points in the script and I think it was one of the first TV shows I watched that dealt with a closeted homosexual.

Oh, and the cast excellent.

by Anonymousreply 9November 19, 2023 5:02 PM

R7 Phoebe Cates was laughably awful in that role. Probably one of the worst performances ever.

by Anonymousreply 10November 19, 2023 5:05 PM

But memorable nonetheless, R10.

by Anonymousreply 11November 19, 2023 5:06 PM

r10=Kevin Kline

by Anonymousreply 12November 19, 2023 5:06 PM

I'd love to see the Gordon Merrick novels made into a TV movie?

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by Anonymousreply 13November 19, 2023 5:09 PM

I'll Take Manhattan

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by Anonymousreply 14November 19, 2023 5:11 PM

The Holocaust starring Meryl Streep.

by Anonymousreply 15November 19, 2023 5:12 PM

R4 Farrah's breakout dramatic role after leaving Charlie's Angels.

by Anonymousreply 16November 19, 2023 5:14 PM

Lonesome Dove

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by Anonymousreply 17November 19, 2023 5:15 PM

"Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones" with Powers Boothe was excellent. Probably the best movie version made.

by Anonymousreply 18November 19, 2023 5:18 PM

If you want to include the 90s - Tales of the City was excellent too.

by Anonymousreply 19November 19, 2023 5:19 PM

[quote] "Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones" with Powers Boothe was excellent. Probably the best movie version made.

I was thinking about the miniseries yesterday. It was the 45th anniversary and one of the Bay Area news stations had story about the anniversary.

by Anonymousreply 20November 19, 2023 5:28 PM

Was the Thorn Birds the one with Dickie Chamberlain doing some kind of from Here to Eternity beach scene thing in it? If so, remember that from being a small boy and thinking, "fascinating". Also The Life and Loves of a She Devil, though I'm sure I was not supposed to have watched that.

by Anonymousreply 21November 19, 2023 5:42 PM

You can watch The Holocaust on YouTube. But I saw it on TV many years ago.

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by Anonymousreply 22November 19, 2023 5:46 PM

North and South

War and Remembrance-The Winds of War

Scruples needs a updated version with the gloryhole blowjob scene& Princess Daisy too

All the Sidney Sheldon novels, Other side of Midnight, Rage of Angels, Master of the Game.

Trashy mini-series updated!!

by Anonymousreply 23November 19, 2023 6:02 PM

We had to watch an episode or 2 of "Roots" and report on it for a class. I wasn't really into it then, but watched it in its entirety years later on DVD and thought it was compelling. There was also "Roots: the Next Generation" that came afterwards.

by Anonymousreply 24November 19, 2023 6:03 PM

The one where Brian Dennehy played John Waybe Gacy was really good?

Does anyone remember Chiefs, with Charlton Heston and Billy Dee Williams?

by Anonymousreply 25November 19, 2023 6:04 PM

Angels in America

by Anonymousreply 26November 19, 2023 6:05 PM

Princess Daisy


by Anonymousreply 27November 19, 2023 6:09 PM

To R25...read the book...very homoerotic.

It made me think "Bad thoughts" about hitchhiking young mens!!

Why I tried hitchhiking while at Northwestern in the 80's?

by Anonymousreply 28November 19, 2023 6:09 PM

Centennial. It was rather good until the last episode, which played as if it had been thrown together at the last minute.

by Anonymousreply 29November 19, 2023 6:51 PM

For the classy couch potato, PBS had "I, Claudius" via the BBC.

by Anonymousreply 30November 19, 2023 6:58 PM

Hollywood Wives!

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by Anonymousreply 31November 19, 2023 7:01 PM


Surprised it hasn't been mentioned yet. It was huge. People were greeting each other with Konnichiwa!

Obviously not referring to the remake.

by Anonymousreply 32November 19, 2023 7:06 PM

Is there a channel or streaming service that has these?

by Anonymousreply 33November 19, 2023 7:10 PM

R33, you can find some of them on Amazon Prime

by Anonymousreply 34November 19, 2023 7:14 PM

Bare Essence.

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by Anonymousreply 35November 19, 2023 7:19 PM

Scruples (on CBS) Lindsay Wagner and Barry Bostwick was a huge ratings success in 1980.

Sins on CBS starring Joan Collins in 1986

by Anonymousreply 36November 19, 2023 7:21 PM

Winds of War starring Jan Michael Vincent and Ally McGraw

by Anonymousreply 37November 19, 2023 7:22 PM

R35 nobody watched that shit

by Anonymousreply 38November 19, 2023 7:23 PM

These are what fraus watched before the Lifetime channel made its debuted.

by Anonymousreply 39November 19, 2023 7:27 PM

Enough people watched it that CBS ordered it to series, R35 .

by Anonymousreply 40November 19, 2023 7:28 PM

R35 Genie Francis' big venture into prime time.

by Anonymousreply 41November 19, 2023 7:28 PM

I'll Take Manhattan was so trashy but it had the delicious Tim Daly as a blind man who ended up dating Julianne Moore who played India West, the most beautiful film star in the world. And there was a gay storyline involving a slutty underwear model.

And Master Of The Game had Dyan Cannon and Harry Hamlin and some dreadful ageing make up.

There was Joan Collins in Sins and Monte Carlo, both of which had Nazi themes. I remember Timothy Dalton ripping open his shirt to show the concentration camp tattoo he had there because his hands were burned.

And speaking of Joan Collins, nothing beats Lucky Bitches.

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by Anonymousreply 42November 19, 2023 7:29 PM

R4 I remember seeing an ad for this as a kid and being devastated that Farrah changed her hairstyle.

by Anonymousreply 43November 19, 2023 7:31 PM

Ellis Island.

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by Anonymousreply 44November 19, 2023 7:34 PM

R40 I was heavily into network mini series because of who my mom is. I never, ever heard of Bare Essence until you posted. It was not popular.

by Anonymousreply 45November 19, 2023 7:37 PM

R42 look up just a few replies to r36

by Anonymousreply 46November 19, 2023 7:38 PM

Of course Little Gloria ... Happy at Last should be required viewing for Datalounge.

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by Anonymousreply 47November 19, 2023 7:39 PM

Bare Essence was a flop.

Despite a great deal of promotion (with commercials like "Love her. Use her. Or destroy her. Everyone wants a piece of Tyger Hayes." Bare Essence was unsuccessful and canceled after its first season, with cliffhangers left unresolved.

by Anonymousreply 48November 19, 2023 7:42 PM

Amy Irving in Anastasia! She was really outta love.

by Anonymousreply 49November 19, 2023 7:48 PM

Whenever a new mini-series was announced the network would promote it as a "major television event!!" like you had to stop everything you were doing and tune in.

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by Anonymousreply 50November 19, 2023 7:58 PM

Someone posted this video in a thread some time ago.

Sins may have won the ratings war but Peter The Great won the Emmy.

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by Anonymousreply 51November 19, 2023 8:00 PM

This tagline is so Datalounge

"At the centre of Hollywood's world of high fashion, glitz, glamour and gluttony, one woman fights for the thing in her life worth defending - her Scruples."

by Anonymousreply 52November 19, 2023 8:02 PM

You can watch War and Remembrance on You Tube, but it has Polish subtitles. Still, Hart Bochner stars as Briny.

by Anonymousreply 53November 19, 2023 8:03 PM


Starring Jennifer O’Neill, Perry King, Connie Stevens, and gowns by Nolan Miller

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by Anonymousreply 54November 19, 2023 8:07 PM

Windmills of the Gods is on youtube as well. May watch it tonight.

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by Anonymousreply 55November 19, 2023 8:16 PM

Dynasty was originally a 3-part mini series called "Oil" which is pretty much the first 3 episodes of the first season.

by Anonymousreply 56November 19, 2023 8:21 PM

Angie Dickinson was the original choice for Krystle.

She did this instead:

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by Anonymousreply 57November 19, 2023 8:27 PM

Some of the British productions that would become popular with PBS viewers. These are some of the ones that come to mind. I'm sure there were more.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970)

Elizabeth R (1971)

War & Peace (1972-73)

The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978)

Brideshead Revisted (1981)

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by Anonymousreply 59November 19, 2023 8:41 PM

Angels in America? That was in 2003!

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by Anonymousreply 60November 19, 2023 8:58 PM

My mom used to watch all the true crime ones like Fatal Vision and Blind Faith. There’s a horrifying one with Valerie Bertinelli, Michael Ontkean and a young Chris Meloni (he has hair!) called In A Child’s Name. Worth watching if only for the final shot of part one showing the luminol glow of blood spatter in the murdered bride’s bedroom.

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by Anonymousreply 61November 19, 2023 8:58 PM

I Know My First Name Is Steven Carrington

by Anonymousreply 62November 19, 2023 9:04 PM

The Winds of War. Oh how I remember discovering Jan Michael Vincent as a 12 year old.

by Anonymousreply 63November 19, 2023 9:04 PM

R57 Well, at least she did "Dressed to Kill" the year before.

by Anonymousreply 64November 19, 2023 9:20 PM

R55 is that starring Jaclyn Smith?

by Anonymousreply 65November 19, 2023 9:39 PM

Fatal Vision was good

by Anonymousreply 66November 19, 2023 9:41 PM

Blood and Money


Shogun was probably my favorite, but I enjoyed Sheriffs (I recently re-read the novel) and Centennial as well.

by Anonymousreply 67November 19, 2023 9:52 PM

The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (1987) with DL-fave Ann-Margret, screen legend Claudette Colbert, and uh, Stephen Collins.

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by Anonymousreply 68November 19, 2023 10:00 PM

The Long, Hot Summer

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by Anonymousreply 69November 19, 2023 10:04 PM

Loved The Two Mrs. Grenvilles

by Anonymousreply 70November 19, 2023 10:10 PM

Sidney Sheldon's Master of the Game, featuring the late Ian Charleson

by Anonymousreply 71November 19, 2023 10:12 PM

"Billionaire Boys Club" (1987) was a dramatization of real-life criminal activity that was still very current. Criminal mastermind, Joe Hunt, was still up for murder at the time and sued NBC in an effort to stop the mini-series from airing, saying it would prejudice the jury. He lost.

Judd Nelson played Joe Hunt.

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by Anonymousreply 72November 19, 2023 10:26 PM

[quote]the late Ian Charleson

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by Anonymousreply 73November 19, 2023 10:33 PM

Where can one find The Two Mrs Greenville’s in 2023?

I’ve always wanted to see it.

by Anonymousreply 74November 19, 2023 10:36 PM


[quote] ...but I enjoyed Sheriffs (I recently re-read the novel)

Didn't you mean "Chiefs"?

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by Anonymousreply 75November 19, 2023 10:41 PM

Captains and the Kings - Richard Jordan was so hot, and apparently Blair Brown agreed. They were together for years. Patty Duke appears in several episodes. It's about a poor Irish immigrant who becomes immensely rich.

My father loved the aforementioned Six Wives of Henry VIII, so we watched that as well as Elizabeth R. There's a moment in which Glenda Jackson is angry with Mary Stuart and exclaims: Ingrate! with a ton of resentment and anger. I use that occasionally.

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by Anonymousreply 76November 19, 2023 11:20 PM

R74, not sure if it's streaming anywhere but you can get the DVD on Amazon

by Anonymousreply 77November 19, 2023 11:32 PM

[quote]R74 Where can one find The Two Mrs Greenville’s in 2023?I’ve always wanted to see it.

The book is FABULOUS… a real page turner.

Maybe try that while you’re searching.

by Anonymousreply 78November 20, 2023 12:03 AM

Roots was culture-changing. Everyone watched it, everyone talked about it at school the next day.

by Anonymousreply 79November 20, 2023 12:12 AM

[quote]North and South

In 1985, my bedtime was 8:30, but I remember watching North and South when it aired. Maybe my parents taped it and I watched it on the weekend.

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by Anonymousreply 80November 20, 2023 12:13 AM

North and South was shown again in prime time circa 1988 or 1989, so perhaps you watched it then, R80.

by Anonymousreply 81November 20, 2023 12:17 AM

Las Dos Señoras Grenville is on YouTube. Hope you speak Spanish, though.

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by Anonymousreply 82November 20, 2023 12:20 AM

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Smiley's People

Jewel in the Crown

I Claudius

and Roots

by Anonymousreply 83November 20, 2023 12:22 AM

“Master of the Game”, with Dyan Cannon. I think she’s fantastic.

by Anonymousreply 84November 20, 2023 12:26 AM

"My Sister, Myself." Stefanie Powers plays twins. One is a nun and the other one is an axe murderer.

Lord, that girl can act.

by Anonymousreply 85November 20, 2023 12:27 AM


The Thornbirds

North & South

by Anonymousreply 86November 20, 2023 12:29 AM

“Backstairs at the White House.”


by Anonymousreply 87November 20, 2023 12:31 AM

“The Awakening Land,” with Elizabeth Montgomery, Hal Holbrook, Jane Seymour, and William H. Macy. NBC, 1978.

by Anonymousreply 88November 20, 2023 2:50 AM

Speaking of Jane Seymour....East of Eden

by Anonymousreply 89November 20, 2023 2:52 AM

It’s not 70s or 80s, but another Dominick Dunne book, An Inconvenient Woman, was turned into a fun miniseries in 1991 with Rebecca DeMornay.

by Anonymousreply 90November 20, 2023 3:36 AM

I enjoyed An Inconvenient Woman, it was based on the Vicki Morgan saga

by Anonymousreply 91November 20, 2023 3:56 AM

[quote]R10 Phoebe Cates was laughably awful in that role. Probably one of the worst performances ever.

Marrying Kevin Kline was the smartest thing she ever did. She was never going to pierce the A List on her own.

by Anonymousreply 92November 20, 2023 5:58 AM

Anyone remember Deceptions with Stefanie Powers, Barry Bostwick and DL fave Brenda Vacarro? Powers plays twins - one a bored housewife, the other a rich jet setter. They decide to swap lives for kicks and one ends up getting killed. Imagine Charlene’s “I’ve Never Been To Me” by way of The Parent Trap. Peak 80s cheese surprisingly not from Sidney Sheldon or Judith Collins

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by Anonymousreply 93November 20, 2023 9:37 AM

We had a lot of Australian mini series shown in the UK.

Bangkok Hilton with Nicole Kidman, Denholm Elliot and Hugo Weaving was very special.

Brides Of Christ with a young Naomi Watts and Brenda Fricker

Ring Of Scorpio with Catherine Oxocube and Jack Scalia

by Anonymousreply 94November 20, 2023 10:25 AM

Richard Chamberlain was the mini-series star!

by Anonymousreply 95November 20, 2023 2:21 PM

"A Town Like Alice" - From 1981. Based on the book by Nevil Shute. Starred Helen Morse, Bryan Brown and Gordon Jackson.

The novel had previously been produced as a film in 1956 starring Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch.

by Anonymousreply 96November 20, 2023 2:29 PM

Brides Of Christ was 1991 but is available on YouTube.

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by Anonymousreply 97November 20, 2023 4:33 PM

Night Clit starring Labia Majora, Twatsy and Vulva!

by Anonymousreply 98November 20, 2023 5:31 PM

r93, I'll give "Deceptions" a try. Looks like fun.

by Anonymousreply 99November 20, 2023 7:00 PM

Pussy Express starring Genie Spready

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by Anonymousreply 101November 20, 2023 8:18 PM

Oppenheimer (1980)

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by Anonymousreply 102November 20, 2023 8:28 PM

Masada (1981)

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by Anonymousreply 103November 20, 2023 8:30 PM

“Murder in Texas”

I think this was Farrah Fawcett’s comeback after her shitty movies bombed.

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by Anonymousreply 104November 20, 2023 8:32 PM

Seventh Avenue, an NBC Novel for Television, starring the unforgettable Dori Brenner and Steven Keats as Jews in the rag trade in the Garment District in New York.

Nutcracker starring Lee Remick as the pathological Frances Schreuder.

by Anonymousreply 105November 20, 2023 8:33 PM

[quote]r105 Nutcracker starring Lee Remick as the pathological Frances Schreuder.

Stefanie Powers did a version of that story, too.

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by Anonymousreply 106November 20, 2023 8:36 PM

Some of my faves in the 70s were on PBS -- The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Elizabeth R, and I Claudius.

by Anonymousreply 107November 20, 2023 8:38 PM

Joseph Wambaugh's novel "The Blue Knight" was turned into a mini-series the year after it was published in 1972. William Holden and Lee Remick both received Emmy nominations for it. (Holden won.)

by Anonymousreply 108November 20, 2023 8:39 PM

Murder in Texas was really good

by Anonymousreply 109November 20, 2023 8:47 PM

R106 that’s a scary lookin bitch

by Anonymousreply 110November 20, 2023 10:04 PM

The 1981 East of Eden remake with Jane Seymour.

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by Anonymousreply 111November 24, 2023 5:10 AM

I vaguely remember the Six Wives of Henry the XIII (I was 5) because it fueled my obsession with his court- I made my parents get a Henry XIII and his wives coloring book.

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by Anonymousreply 112November 24, 2023 2:16 PM
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