A miniseries (also mini-series) is a television show production which tells a single story in a limited number of episodes. The number of episodes is variable; however, they are usually limited to fewer than a whole season (13 weeks). Before the invention of this term in the USA, such a production was always known as a 'serial'. The use of the term 'miniseries' is still generally limited to North America. Various British television productions dating from the 1950s onwards fit the definition of miniseries, but in Britain these are referred to as 'serials'. The term 'miniseries' is used to refer to a single finite story told in separately broadcast episodes. Before the term was coined, such a form was always called a 'serial', in the same way that a novel appearing in episodes in successive editions of magazines or newspapers is called a serial. Several commentators have offered further qualifications.
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