Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries

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The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries represents excellence in the category of miniseries that are considered either six hours or more, or more than two parts.

The category originally began as the Outstanding Drama/Comedy - Limited Episodes in 1973.[1][2] Previous to that year, limited series and miniseries were entered in the same category as the continuing series, Outstanding Series - Drama. According to the Los Angeles Times,[1] this change might be due to the recent entry of a number of British produced limited series that were competing with American produced continuing series in the same pre-existing category. The category was later renamed Outstanding Limited Series in 1974 and later Outstanding Miniseries in 1986.[2]

In 1991, the Outstanding Miniseries category was merged with Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special (television movies) to form Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special and Miniseries and the number of nominees increased from five to six.[3] For this year, 2 miniseries had competed with 4 "made for television movies". The following year, 1992, the new category was split to re-form the Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Made for Television Movie categories.

What has been unique about this award in recent years is that there almost always has been at least one nominee that is a British miniseries originating from Great Britain. For example, the 2005 winner was The Lost Prince, which happened to be that year's British entry. The 2006 winner, Elizabeth I, was also a British miniseries, although it was a co-production with American television network HBO. Likewise, the 2009 winner, Little Dorrit, was a co-production of British and American companies (in this case, the BBC and PBS).

In 2011, due to a limited amount of numbers of miniseries in recent years, the academy merged this and the made for television movie category together by calling it the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie. In 2014, the decision was reversed, and the separate Miniseries and Television Movie categories were reinstated.[4]

Award winners and nominations[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

Year Program Producers Network
19891990
(42nd)[8]
Drug Wars: The Camarena Story Michael Mann, executive producer; Richard Brams, co-executive producer; Christopher Canaan, Ann Powell, and Rose Schacht, supervising producer; Branko Lustig, producer; Mark Allan, co-producer NBC
Blind Faith Susan Baerwald and Dan Wigutow, executive producers; Daniel Franklin, co-producer NBC
Family of Spies Gerald W. Abrams and Jennifer Alward, executive producers; Jonathan Bernstein, producer; William Dunne, co-producer CBS
The Kennedys of Massachusetts Susan G. Pollock and Edgar J. Scherick, executive producers; Michael Barnathan and Gary Hoffman, co-executive producers; Lynn Raynor, producer ABC
Small Sacrifices Suzanne De Passe and Louis Rudolph, executive producers; S. Bryan Hickox, producer ABC
19901991
(43rd)[9]
Separate but Equal (miniseries) Stan Margulies, and George Stevens, Jr., executive producers ABC
Decoration Day (TV movie) Marian Rees, executive producer; Joyce Corrington, co-producer; Dick Gallegly, line producer; Anne Hopkins, producer NBC
The Josephine Baker Story (TV movie) Robert Halmi and David Puttnam, executive producers; John Kemeny, producer HBO
Paris Trout (TV movie) Diana Kerew, executive producer; Frank Konigsberg and Larry Sanitsky, producers Showtime
Sarah, Plain and Tall (TV movie) Glenn Close and William Self, executive producers; Edwin Self, supervising producer; Glenn Jordan, producer CBS
Switched at Birth (miniseries) Richard Heus, Lawrence Horowitz, Barry Morrow, and Michael O'Hara, executive producers; Mark Sennet, supervising producer; Ervin Zavada, producer NBC
19911992
(44th)[10]
A Woman Named Jackie Lester Persky, executive producer; Tomlinson Dean, co-producer; Lorin Bennett Salob, producer NBC
The Burden of Proof Mike Robe, executive producer; Preston Fischer, supervising producer; John Perrin Flynn, producer ABC
Cruel Doubt Susan Baerwald, executive producer/producer; Dan Franklin, co-producer NBC
Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel Michael Mann, executive producer; Richard Brams and Gordon Greisman, co-executive producers NBC
In a Child's Name Helen Verno and Dan Wigutow, executive producers; Vahan Moosekian, supervising producer CBS
19921993
(45th)[11]
Prime Suspect 2 Sally Head, executive producer; Paul Marcus, producer PBS
Alex Haley's Queen Bernard Sofronski and David L. Wolper, executive producers; Mark M. Wolper, producer CBS
Family Pictures Les Alexander and Don Enright, executive producers; Joe Broido, producer; Jennifer Miller, co-producer ABC
The Jacksons: An American Dream Suzanne De Passe and Stan Margulies, executive producers; Joyce Eliason, supervising producer; Jermaine Jackson and Margaret Maldonado Jackson, producer ABC
Sinatra Tina Sinatra, executive producer; Richard Rosenbloom, producer CBS
19931994
(46th)[12]
Prime Suspect 3 Sally Head, executive producer; Paul Marcus, producer PBS
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Frank Konigsberg and Larry Sanitsky, executive producers; Joyce Eliason, supervising producer; Jack Clements, producer CBS
The Stand Stephen King and Richard P. Rubinstein, executive producers; Peter Mc Intosh, supervising producer; Mitchell Galin, producer ABC
Tales of the City Tim Bevan, Richard Kramer, Armistead Maupin, and Sigurjon Sighvatsson, executive producers; Antony Root, supervising producer; Alan Poul, producer PBS
World War II: When Lions Roared Ethel Winant, executive producer; Bruce Kerner, supervising producer; David W. Rintels, producer; Victoria Riskin, co-producer NBC
19941995
(47th)[13]
Joseph Gerald Rafshoon, executive producer; Laura Fattori, line producer; Lorenzo Minoli, producer TNT
Buffalo Girls Suzanne de Passe, executive producer; Sandra Saxon Brice and Suzanne Coston, producer CBS
Children of the Dust Joyce Eliason and Frank Konigsberg, executive producers; Harold Tichenor, producer CBS
Martin Chuzzlewit Rebecca Eaton and Michael Wearing, executive producers; Chris Parr, producer PBS
A Woman of Independent Means Sally Field, executive producer; Preston Fischer, co-executive producer; Philip Kleinbart, supervising producer; Robert Greenwald, producer; Steve Saeta, co-producer NBC
19951996
(48th)[14]
Gulliver's Travels Robert Halmi, Sr. and Brian Henson, executive producers; Duncan Kenworthy, producer NBC
Andersonville John Frankenheimer and Ethel Winant, executive producers; David W. Rintels, producer; Diane Smith, co-producer TNT
Hiroshima Andrew Adelson, Michael Campus, Tetsuya Ikeda, Paul Painter, and Robin Spry, executive producers; Tracey Alexander, co-executive producer; Kazutoshi Wadakura, producer Showtime
Moses Gerald Rafshoon, executive producer; Laura Fattori, line producer; Lorenzo Minoli, producer TNT
Pride and Prejudice Michael Wearing, executive producer; Sue Britwistle, producer A&E
19961997
(49th)[15]
Prime Suspect 5: Errors of Judgement Rebecca Eaton and Gub Neal, executive producers; Lynn Horsford, producer PBS
In Cold Blood Robert Halmi, Sr., executive producer; Tom Rowe, producer CBS
The Last Don Joyce Eliason, Frank Konigsberg, and Larry Sanitsky, executive producers; Jim Davis, producer CBS
The Odyssey Francis Ford Coppola, Fred Fuchs, Robert Halmi, Sr., and Nicholas Meyer, executive producers; Dyson Lovell, producer NBC
The Shining Stephen King, executive producer; Elliot Friedgen, supervising producer; Mark Carliner, producer ABC
19971998
(50th)[16]
From the Earth to the Moon Tom Hanks, executive producer; Tony To, co-executive producer; John Melfi and Graham Yost, supervising producers; Michael Bostick, Brian Grazer, and Ron Howard, producers; Erik Bork, Bruce Richmond, and Janace Tashjian, co-producers HBO
George Wallace Mark Carliner, executive producer; Mitch Engel and James Sbardellati, line producers; John Frankenheimer and Julian Krainin, producers; Ethel Winant, co-producer TNT
Merlin Robert Halmi, Sr., executive producer; Dyson Lovell, producer; Chris Thompson, line producer NBC
Moby Dick Francis Ford Coppola, Fred Fuchs, and Robert Halmi, Sr., executive producers; Steve McGlothen, Kris Noble, and Franc Roddam, producers USA
More Tales of the City Tim Bevan, Suzanne Girard, and Alan Poul, executive producers; Kevin Tierney, producer Showtime
19981999
(51st)[17]
Hornblower: The Even Chance Delia Fine and Vernon Lawrence, executive producers; Andrew Benson, producer A&E
Great Expectations Rebecca Eaton and Michael Wearing, executive producers; David Snodin, producer PBS
Joan of Arc Graham Flashner, Ed Gernon, and Peter Sussman, executive producers; Andrew Deane Brenda Friend, co-executive producers; Peter Bray, producer CBS
The '60s Lynda Obst, executive producer; Jim Chory, line producer NBC
The Temptations Suzanne Coston, Suzanne de Passe, and David V. Picker, executive producers; Jay Benson, producer NBC

2000s[edit]

Year Program Producers Network
19992000
(52nd)[18]
The Corner Robert F. Colesberry, David Mills, and David Simon, executive producers; Nina Kostroff Noble, producer HBO
Arabian Nights Robert Halmi and Robert Halmi, executive producers; Howard Ellis, supervising producer; Dyson Lovell, producer ABC
The Beach Boys: An American Family Neil Meron, John Stamos, and Craig Zadan, executive producers; Jeff Bleckner, co-executive producer; John Whitman, producer ABC
Jesus Lorenzo Minoli and Judd Parkin, executive producers; Frank Konigsberg, co-executive producer; Russell Kagan and Paolo Piria, producer CBS
P.T. Barnum Delia Fine, David V. Picker, and Kevin Tierney, executive producers; Suzanne Girard, producer A&E
20002001
(53rd)[19]
Anne Frank: The Whole Story Hans Proppe, executive producer; David Kappes, produced by ABC
Armistead Maupin's Further Tales Of The City Tim Bevan, Luc Chatelain, Suzanne Girard, Armistead Maupin, Alan Poul, executive producer Showtime
Hornblower Michele Buck and Delia Fine, executive producers; Andrew Benson, producer A&E
Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Ed Gernon, Neil Meron, Peter Sussman, and Craig Zadan, executive producer; Robert Ackerman, Kirk Ellis, and Lorna Luft, co-executive producers; Philip Von Alvensleben, supervising producer; Robert Freedman and John Ryan, producers ABC
Nuremberg Gerald Abrams, Alec Baldwin, Jon Cornick, Suzanne Girard, and Peter Sussman, executive producers; Mychele Boudrias and Ian McDougall, producers TNT
20012002
(54th)[20]
Band of Brothers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, executive producers; Stephen E. Ambrose, Gary Goetzman, and Tony To, co-executive producers; Erik Bork and Erik Jendresen, supervising producers; Mary Richards, producer HBO
Dinotopia Robert Halmi, Jr. and Robert Halmi, Sr., executive producers; Howard Ellis, supervising producer; William P. Cartlidge and Dusty Symonds, produced by ABC
The Mists of Avalon Lisa Alexander, James Coburn, and Mark M. Wolper, executive producers; Bernd Eichinger, producer; Gideon Amir, produced by TNT
Shackleton Francesca Barra and Delia Fine, executive producers; Emilio Nunez, supervising producer; Selwyn Roberts, producer A&E
20022003
(55th)[21]
Taken Leslie Bohem and Steven Spielberg, executive producers; Joe M. Aguilar, Steve Beers, and Darryl Frank, co-executive producers; Richard Heus, produced by Sci Fi
Hitler: The Rise of Evil Ed Gernon and Peter Sussman, executive producers; Christian Duguay and Diana Kerew, co-executive producers; Ian McDougall and Phillip Von Alvensleben, supervising producers; John Ryan, producer CBS
Napoléon Marc Vade, executive producer; Delia Fine, executive producer for A&E; David Craig, supervising producer for A&E; Gérard Depardieu and Jean-Pierre Guérin, producers A&E
20032004
(56th)[22]
Angels in America Cary Brokaw and Mike Nichols, executive producers; Mike Haley, co-executive producer; Celia Costas, produced by HBO
American Family Robert Greenblatt, David Janollari, Barbara Martinez Jitner, and Gregory Nava, executive producers; Eric L. Gold, co-executive producer PBS
Hornblower Michele Buck and Delia Fine, executive producers; Emilio Nunez, supervising producer Andrew Benson, produced by A&E
Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness Rebecca Eaton and Andy Harries, executive producers; David Boulter, producer PBS
Traffic Colin Cotter, Ron Hutchinson, and Graham King, executive producers; Stephen Hopkins, producer; Jay Benson, produced by USA
20042005
(57th)[23]
The Lost Prince Joanna Beresford, Rebecca Eaton, Peter Fincham, and David M. Thompson, executive producers; John Chapman, producer PBS
The 4400 Ira Steven Behr, Rene Echeverria, and Maira Suro, executive producers; Scott Peters, co-executive producer; Yves Simoneau, producer; Brent Karl Clackson, produced by USA
Elvis Howard Braunstein, Robert Greenblatt, Michael Jaffe, and David Janollari, executive producers; Thomas Becker, Ilene Kahn Power, and Jorg Westerkamp, co-executive producers; Kimberly C. Anderson and Malcolm Petal, supervising producers; Judy Cairo-Simpson, produced by CBS
Empire Falls Paul Newman, Marc Platt, Fred Schepisi, and Scott Steindorff, executive producers; William Teitler, produced by HBO
20052006
(58th)[24]
Elizabeth I George Faber, Suzan Harrison, Charles Pattinson, and Nigel Williams, executive producers; Barney Reisz, producer HBO
Bleak House Rebecca Eaton, executive producer; Nigel Stafford-Clark, produced by PBS
Into the West Steven Spielberg, executive producer; Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, and William Mastrosimone, co-executive producers; Kirk Ellis, supervising producer; Larry Rapaport, producer; David A. Rosemont, produced by TNT
Sleeper Cell Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, executive producers; Janet Tamaro, producer; Ann Kindberg, produced by Showtime
20062007
(59th)[25]
Broken Trail Stanley M. Brooks, Robert Duvall, and Robert Carliner, executive producers; Chad Oakes and Damian Ganczewski, producers; Walter Hill, produced by AMC
Prime Suspect: The Final Act Rebecca Eaton and Andy Harries, executive producers; Andrew Benson, produced by PBS
The Starter Wife Josann McGibbon, Sara Parriott, Jon Avnet, Stephanie Davis, Howard Klein, and Gigi Levangie Grazer, executive producers; Jeff Hayes, co-executive producer; Marsha Oglesby, producer USA
2007-2008
(60th)[26]
John Adams Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, executive producers; Kirk Ellis and Frank Doelger, co-executive producers; David Coatsworth and Steven Shareshian, produced by HBO
The Andromeda Strain Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, David W. Zucker, and Tom Thayer, executive producers; Mikael Salomon, co-executive producer; Clara George, produced by A&E
Cranford Kate Harwood and Rebecca Eaton, executive producers; Sue Birtwistle, producer PBS
Tin Man Robert Halmi, Sr., Robert Halmi, Jr., Michael O'Connor, Steven Long Mitchell, and Craig W. Van Sickle, executive producers; Matthew O'Connor, producer Sci Fi
2008-2009
(61st)[27]
Little Dorrit Anne Pivcevic and Rebecca Eaton, executive producers; Lisa Osborne, producer PBS
Generation Kill David Simon, Ed Burns, and George Faber, executive producers; Nina Kostroff Noble, co-executive producer; Andrea Calderwood, produced by HBO

2010s[edit]

Year Program Producers Network
20092010
(62nd)[28]
The Pacific Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Gary Goetzman, executive producers; Tony To, Graham Yost, Eugene Kelly, and Bruce C. McKenna, co-executive producer; Tim Van Patten, supervising producer; Cherylanne Martin, Todd London, and Steven Shareshian, producers HBO
Return to Cranford Kate Harwood, executive producer, BBC; Sue Birtwistle, producer, BBC PBS
  • In 2011 the category was retired, the 2011, 2012, and 2013 miniseries competed in the Outstanding Miniseries or Movie category. On February 19, 2014, it was announced that the category would be separated and the Outstanding Movie and Outstanding Miniseries categories would be unretired.[29]
Year Program Producers Network
20132014
(66th)[30]
Fargo Noah Hawley, Warren Littlefield, and Geyer Kosinski, executive producers; John Cameron, co-executive producer; and Chad Oakes, Mike Frislev and Kim Todd, producers FX
American Horror Story: Coven Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto, and Tim Minear, and Jennifer Salt, executive producers; Bradley Buecker, James Wong, Jessica Sharzer, Douglas Petrie and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, co-executive producers; Alexis Martin Woodall, producer; and Joseph Incaprera, produced by FX
Bonnie & Clyde Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, executive producers; John Rice and Joe Batteer, co-executive producers; and David A. Rosemont, produced by A&E
Luther Phillippa Giles, executive producer; and Claire Bennett, producer BBC America
Treme David Simon, Nina Kostroff Noble, Eric Overmyer, George Pelecanos, and Carolyn Strauss, executive producers; and Joseph Incaprera, produced by HBO
The White Queen John Griffin, Colin Callender, George Faber, Charles Pattinson, Philippa Gregory, Eurydice Gysel, and Jan Vrints, executive producers; Polly Hill, executive producer for BBC; and Gina Cronk, produced by Starz

Total awards[edit]

  • NBC – 10
  • PBS – 9
  • HBO – 6
  • ABC – 5
  • SYN – 2
  • A&E - 1
  • AMC - 1
  • CBS – 1
  • FX - 1
  • Sci-Fi – 1
  • TNT - 1

See also[edit]

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