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12 Mini-Series Worth Spending the Entire Weekend Binging

Oftentimes, we don’t want to start watching a new series because it seems too long and has an overwhelming number of supporting characters. That’s why more and more shows are getting released in a mini-series format that most of us prefer. As a rule, these shorter series are more dynamic and involve the viewer so deeply, they quickly push aside the desire to get any sleep.

We at Bright Side know that mini-series are easy to binge-watch in one sitting, and we’ve got a handful to introduce you to. And the bonus feature of our article will get you excited for some upcoming premiers.

Your Honor

  • Genre: thriller, drama, crime

  • IMDb: 8.2

The main character of the series is an honest and powerful judge from New Orleans, played by actor Bryan Cranston, best known for his role in Breaking Bad. The story starts with his son getting into an accident with a pedestrian, prompting him to hide from the scene of the crime. Of course, the boy’s father recommends that he surrender — until the moment he learns that the pedestrian who died in the accident was the son of a local mafia boss.

Good Morning, Veronica

  • Genre: detective, crime, thriller

  • IMDb: 7.6

The story is told from the perspective of police officer Verônica Torres. She is happily married, has 2 children, and has a job that she likes. But suddenly, the woman’s life changes dramatically. Once Veronica answers the call of a frightened young girl, she becomes the witness of some horrible events.

I Know This Much Is True

  • Genre: drama

  • IMDb: 8.2

This is a film adaptation of a novel by the same name, written by Wally Lamb, and features a performance by Mark Ruffalo who plays 2 leading roles at once. Dominick and Thomas are twins who were born in 2 different decades: December 31, 1949, and January 1, 1950. Thomas has paranoid schizophrenia, which is why Dominick has had to look after his brother for his entire life. It becomes the reason why things in his life start to go south.

High Fidelity

  • Genre: comedy, drama, romance

  • IMDb: 7.6

High Fidelity is a film adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel, Hi-Fi, which happens to be actress Zoë Kravitz’s favorite book. The actress herself offered to shoot the series based on this book and played the leading role in it. In the film, the girl named Rob is having a hard time and the only salvation she has is an inherited store full of music records.

Dash & Lily

  • Genre: romance, comedy

  • IMDb: 7.5

This is a romantic and festive story about a dreamer, Lily, and the cynical Dash. Everything starts at the moment the girl forgets her notebook on the shelf of a bookstore. Dash, who can’t stand Christmas, finds it and leaves an ironic comment in it. After that, the couple starts to communicate with the help of this notebook, leaving it for each other in different corners of the city.

Murder on Middle Beach

  • Genre: documentary, crime, detective

  • IMDb: 7.5

The series is the first project for aspiring director Madison Hamburg, who tells a story about the investigation of the murder of his mother, Barbara. In 2010, her body was found not far from her home, but investigators failed to solve the crime. That’s why Madison himself started his own investigation by documenting all things that happened around that last 8 years. It wasn’t in vain — the series was released by HBO and the police were able to get new clues from it.


  • Genre: biography, crime, detective, drama

  • IMDb: 7.7

This British detective series is based on real events that happened in 1983 in London. By a happy coincidence, the local police managed to catch a cruel criminal named Dennis Nilsen who immediately confessed to a crime. Now the investigators will have a series of interrogations to figure out how and why Dennis did all this. The role of the villain is played by David Tennant.

Alice in Borderland

  • Genre: thriller, fantasy, drama, detective

  • IMDb: 7.8

A trio of unemployed friends stumbles upon some strange fireworks while walking in the woods. After seeing this, they find themselves in a parallel reality without even realizing it. This new reality is a version of Tokyo city, identical to the original, except in this universe, no one is in the normally busy streets and survival games begin to take place here and there. Now the friends will have to figure out what happened, but first, they need to stay alive.


  • Genre: drama

  • IMDb: 7.4

This is a tragic comedy about spouses Connie and Douglas Petersen whose relationships got hit with a crisis after 25 years of marriage. Everything started when Connie declared that she no longer wanted to live with her husband. Douglas, who didn’t expect this, is now doing his best to get back his wife’s love and takes her on a trip around Europe.

Love & Anarchy

  • Genre: drama, romance, comedy

  • IMDb: 7.3

This is a romantic comedy about sudden love that doesn’t fit into social norms. Sofie is a successful businesswoman and a mother of 2 kids who recently grew disappointed in her marriage. Max is a young programmer who likes to play jokes on his colleague. The unexpected meeting will make this couple change their outlook on the world.

High Score

  • Genre: documentary, history

  • IMDb: 7.4

This is a documentary series dedicated to the sphere of computer entertainment. The most important people in the industry tell viewers about old games, such as Mario Brothers and Pac-Man, in a nostalgic manner. Apart from recalling the past, viewers will also learn where the world of video games is moving.

The Flight Attendant

  • Genre: detective, comedy

  • IMDb: 7.1

The star of the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, Kaley Cuoco, is back on-screen in a comedy detective series. After spending a fun night with a handsome passenger, her character, a flight attendant named Cassie, wakes up in a hotel room in Bangkok. Some horrible things took place but the girl can’t remember anything.

Bonus #1: WandaVision

  • Genre: fantasy, action, drama, comedy, adventure

  • The release date: January 15, 2021

This 9-episode sitcom, produced by Marvel, follows the family life of a superhero couple, Wanda Maximoff, and the android, Vision. The action of the series takes place after the events of the movie Avengers: Endgame take place. The characters are trying to hide their abilities but start to notice that things happening around them look very much like old TV shows — and other strange things are starting to happen as well.

Bonus #2: Mare of Easttown

  • Genre: drama

  • The release date: April 2021

The series is produced by HBO and stars Kate Winslet, who is also one of the series’ producers. A detective in a small town in Pennsylvania starts to investigate a mysterious case and is the center of the show’s plot. At the same time, her personal life begins to go south.

Which of these series will you watch over the upcoming weekend?

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