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11 Best Limited Series to Stream Right Now

11 Best Limited Series to Stream Right Now

Have you ever wanted to start a new TV show but haven’t, because the thought of committing to 3 or 5 or 10 seasons is just too daunting? You’re certainly not alone. Sometimes you just want to put something on, binge a few episodes and be done with it by the end of the weekend! And that’s exactly what you can do with limited series. This list will go over the top 11 new limited series to stream right now.

This list will be continuously updated as new limited series air to ensure you’re the first to know about the best content to watch.

WHAT IS A LIMITED SERIES?

A limited series, also called a miniseries or mini-series, is a TV show with a predetermined number of episodes that tells a complete story. Instead of a typical TV series which ends seasons on cliffhangers, limited series start and complete its story in one full season.

11 BEST LIMITED SERIES TO WATCH NOW

If you’re looking for the next show to get obsessed with, you’re in the right place. This selection of new limited series has something for everyone. Find the best miniseries to check out below.

1. ‘One Day’

One Day.jpgRelease Date: February 8, 2024
Genre: Drama; Romance
No. of Episodes: 14
Where to Watch: Netflix

It’s not every day a remake of a movie or TV show becomes a worldwide sensation, but it is that day for the newest Netflix limited series, One Day. Based on the same book as Anne Hathaway’s 2011 romcom of the same name, this British romantic drama has taken audiences by storm, and for good reason. One Day tells the decades-long love story between the two main characters, Em and Dex, as they make their way back to each other on the same day of each year.

Along with the heartwarming and nostalgia-inducing plot, the show’s format makes the story that much better. The miniseries is formatted so that each episode represents a new year, allowing the audience to come along the long-lasting love story that exists between the two characters. Get ready to laugh, sigh, cry and laugh some more – this 14-episode series is certainly worth watching.


2. ‘GRISELDA’

Griselda_(miniseries) posterRelease Date: January 25, 2024
Genre: Crime Drama
No. of Episodes: 6
Where to Watch: Netflix

The immensely talented Sofia Vergara stars in Netflix’s latest crime drama as the ambitious Columbian drug lord (lady?), Griselda Blanco. Based loosely on the real-life experiences of one of the most profitable cartel leaders in history, Vergara stirs up the perfect amount of drama, grit and wit to engross viewers in the story of Blanco’s complex rise to power in the Miami cocaine business during the 70s and 80s. Complemented by performances from Karol G, Vanessa Ferlito and Martin Rodriguez as Rivi Ayala, this limited series is a must watch for any Narcos fans. 


3. ‘TED’ 

ted limited seriesRelease Date: January 11, 2024
Genre: Comedy
No. of Episodes: 7
Where to Watch: Peacock

The blockbuster franchise, Ted, is back, this time on the small screen. Viewers are sent back in time to 1993, just after high school-aged John wishes his teddy bear to life, where they get to watch the pair getting up to the same shenanigans seen in the original films. Unsurprisingly, both Ted and John are more innocent – and a lot less jaded – than in their adult years, but Seth MacFarlane’s comedy style continues to resonate with viewers in the school hallways as it always has.

Watch Ted on Peacock now


4. ‘FELLOW TRAVELERS’

fellow travelers show posterRelease Date: October 29, 2023
Genre: Historical Romance; Political Thriller
No. of Episodes: 8
Where to Watch: SHOWTIME

Limited series are the perfect medium for book adaptations, as seen from Fellow Travelers. Based on Thomas Mallon’s 2007 novel of the same name, the new miniseries follows the romantic relationship between two political staffers during an era where their love was outlawed. Spanning multiple decades, this unique love story has its fair share of twists and turns that have enthralled watchers from the very first episode. We wouldn’t be surprised if it is remembered as one of the most popular historical dramas of recent years.

Watch Fellow Travelers with DIRECTV


5. ‘A MURDER AT THE END OF THE WORLD’

A_Murder_at_the_End_of_the_World_Limited SeriesRelease Date: November 14, 2023
Genre: Thriller; Mystery
No. of Episodes: 7
Where to Watch: Hulu

This FX miniseries is the talk of the town, and for good reason. A Murder at the End of the World takes audiences’ favorite aspects of true crime and mixes in just the right amount of TV drama. Featuring the young Emma Corrin, this compelling crime drama limited series makes Gen Zer’s feel right at home, while still making the script and story relatable for TV watchers of all ages. You won’t want to stop watching as Darby uses every trick she knows to solve this mysterious murder.


6. ‘SCAVENGERS REIGN’

Scavengers_Reign_Poster_.jpgRelease Date: October 19, 2023
Genre: Action; Science Fiction; Animated
No. of Episodes: 12
Where to Watch: Max

This Max Original limited series is the show you didn’t know you needed to watch. When an interstellar space crew is stranded on a world they know nothing about, they must do whatever they can to survive. What the remaining crew members learn, however, is that this alien planet may be beautiful, but it’s also dangerous in ways they couldn’t have imagined. Incredible animation and storytelling bring this human-centered drama set on an alien planet to life, and you won’t be able to take your eyes off it.


7. ‘BODIES’

Bodies Netflix Show PosterRelease Date: October 19, 2023
Genre: Crime; Drama; Science Fiction
No. of Episodes: 8
Where to Watch: Netflix

Another exemplary use of the limited series format, Netflix’s Bodies is a unique and authentic story that has totally captivated audiences. Based on a comic series from 2014, this top tier drama interweaves four different timelines as they all attempt to solve the same murder in London. From the 1890s all the way to post-apocalyptic 2050, the show’s riveting storytelling has drawn audiences in, and for good reason. With stellar cast performances and just the right amount of mind-boggling time travel, this is one of the most binge worthy shows of 2023.


8. ‘THE CROWDED ROOM’

the crowded room IMDB limited series.jpgRelease Date: June 9, 2023
Genre: Drama; Psychological Thriller
No. of Episodes: 10
Where to Watch: Apple TV+

A fascinating dramatization of life in the 1970s for those with mental illness, The Crowded Room buckles audiences in for a rollercoaster of emotions that lasts all ten episodes. With Tom Holland and Amanda Seyfried as two of the lead characters, it’s hard not to give this miniseries rave reviews. The story follows a man who is arrested for his involvement in a New York City shooting, but it doesn’t follow a typical crime drama format. Instead, the episodes dive into the childhood of the main character, showing audiences how we came to be what he is today.


9. ‘A SMALL LIGHT’

a small light show posterRelease Date: May 1, 2023
Genre: Historical Drama
No. of Episodes: 8
Where to Watch: National Geographic

A Small Light tells the inspiring true story of Miep Gies, who had a critical role in hiding and protecting the Frank family during World War II. This limited television series has received acclaim from critics and audiences alike for its emotional storytelling and strong cast performances. Creators Joan Rater and Tony Phelan add even more context and depth to the well-known story of Anne Frank, creating a captivating and thought-provoking tale that will stick with you long after the series is finished.


10. ‘WHITE HOUSE PLUMBERS’

white house plumbers.jpgRelease Date: May 1, 2023
Genre: Political Drama
No. of Episodes: 5
Where to Watch: Max (HBO)

This HBO mini series is a quick watch for anyone looking for a good laugh while still learning something about US history. This five-episode limited release takes viewers down memory lane back to the Nixon’s Watergate Scandal. Once you start watching, though, you’ll find the pieces of the story you wouldn’t believe. Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux play the two main Plumbers, who were the men tasked by the White House to investigate press leaks like the Pentagon Papers. It might not be the best mini series of all time, but it certainly is a one-of-a-kind series you won’t be able to stop watching.

Watch White House Plumbers with DIRECTV


11. ‘FARAWAY DOWNS’

FarawayDowns tv posterRelease Date: November 26, 2023
Genre: Western; Romance; Drama
No. of Episodes: 6
Where to Watch: Hulu

Icons Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman star in this unique mini-series that follows a widowed aristocrat who travels to Australia to sell her cattle ranch. What follows is a beautiful story taking place over the course of four years during World War II as Lady Sarah encounters love, loss, discrimination, thievery and so much more. One of the most interesting aspects of this western limited series is that it is actually an expansion of the 2008 movie, Australia, also starring Kidman and Jackman.


WATCH MINISERIES & MORE ON DIRECTV TODAY

As a DIRECTV customer, you can get access to many of these limited series right at the click of a button. And when you sign up today, you can get premium networks like SHOWTIME and Max free for three months! So, you can catch up on the limited series listed above plus even more great content.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a limited series?

A limited series is a TV show consisting of a single season with a set number of episodes that completes an entire story arc.

What is the difference between a limited series and a miniseries?

Both limited series and miniseries refer to a show with a set number of episodes that tells a complete story arc. While they are typically used interchangeably, they are sometimes differentiated by the series' length (limited series are longer than miniseries).

What are some of the best limited series to watch right now?

A few of the most popular new limited series to watch now include 'Fellow Travelers,' 'A Small Light' and 'A Murder at the End of the World.'

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