Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett have enlisted literal armies of fine actors, three excellent directors, and judicious selection of Old and New Testament episodes for this “epic miniseries.” While there is occasional unevenness in the picture quality, this huge undertaking succeeds where some of its biblical predecessors have failed in delivering an effective dramatic whole.
A fascinating, up-close look at three separate penguin colonies’ struggle to survive that uses life-sized “spycameras” to get right into the birds’ inner circle.
This British mystery mini-series has an interesting concept and strong cast, but stumbles on its execution.
This cloak and dagger mini-series from the BBC set in the years leading up to World War II is richly filmed, but poorly executed.
Life on Fire: Wildlife on the Volcano’s Edge is a beautifully filmed and gripping nature documentary mini-series from PBS that rivals the best from the BBC.
The History Channel’s The Men Who Built America is another historical mini-series from the cable network that fails to live up to its ambitious title.
The History Channel’s documentary mini-series Mankind: The Story of All of Us doesn’t live uo to its name, instead offering no more than a Eurocentric, popcorn history of the world with glaring omissions and major flaws in reasoning.
This Titanic mini-series focuses more on the melodrama surrounding the building of the ship than the tragedy of the ship’s sinking and in doing so offers a fresh take on the 100th anniversary frenzy.
Terrible melodrama and a retread of the same plots from the previous mini-series, The Pillars of the Earth, make World Without End, seem like no more than lame imitation hoping for similar success.
This SyFy mini-series of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel fails to truly convey any of its adventure and danger, despite a strong, A-list cast.