And, they were all so good you didn't even mind that it destroyed your whole week or week & a day. And at the end of it you were tired, behind on homework, behind on laundry, uplifted and you knew you had been through something. Later, when the mini-series shrank till it shrank itself out of existence they simply weren't as good. My favorites were ROOTS, NORTH & SOUTHs, THORNBIRDS and then changing channels SHOGUN. Thns for reminding me ... fond memories.
I think those last 3 didn't score so well and that was the end of those epic mini series.
The other networks did attempt some of more than the usual 3 parts/6 hours including
Shogun NBC 12 hours/5 nights September 1980
Space CBS 13 hours/5 parts April 1985