For the most part, the mini series on network television is a thing of the past. In the 1970's and 1980's, however, the mini-series was all the rage. Although many of these 80's mini-series shows were a bit boring for younger kids, some of you older ones sat with mom and dad and suffered through them. So what are we talking about in this section? Shows like Lonesome Dove, the North and South, and Shogun.