The miniseries is having a major moment — short, contained series that explore one topic, whether it's wealthy moms, police brutality, or, in the case of The Kennedys – After Camelot, one of America's most famous political families. Will The Kennedys – After Camelot return for another season? The miniseries, which will wrap up on Apr. 9, will have spent four hours of exploring the relationship between Jackie, John John, and Teddy Kennedy after Bobby's assassination. Reelz hasn't announced that they have any intention of bringing back the show for another installment.
However, it's not impossible that there could be more in the future, because even this followup was something of a surprise. It was three years before news of a sequel was even announced, and two more before The Kennedys – After Camelot was released. There is one big hurdle, though, and that's history. The Kennedy family is, of course, still deeply fascinating to American history buffs, even today, but reportedly, The Kennedys – After Camelot covers the majority of the last 40 years. After all, the miniseries is based on a book from 2012, After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present that goes all the way to the much less scandal-ridden present Kennedys. So there may not be any story left to cover in a future series.
But, with so many great miniseries on television right now, if you're looking for more after The Kennedys – After Camelot, you already have plenty to choose from, and more will keep premiering all spring long.
When We Rise
This examination of the LGBTQ civil rights movement in the 1970s took an enormous subject and condensed it into a few weeks of deeply emotional TV that should help you learn something if you're not familiar with the struggles of the community, and takes a solid stab at increased representation of a history that's often ignored in pop culture.
13 Reasons Why
It's not totally clear if Netflix's 13 Reasons Why is going to get a followup season, but producer Selena Gomez is hinting at one. However, as a book adaptation and self-contained story about teen suicide, I think it's a good pick for anyone who's looking for a miniseries-like viewing experience.
Big Little Lies
It was impossible to miss the impact on social media of this adaptation of Lynne Moriarty's novel of the same name, as it should be. Because it may superficially be a dishy soap opera about PTA moms, but it's really a nuanced examination of what it's like to be a woman (and own beautiful Monterey real estate).
Police brutality and the effects of protest on a Southern community are tackled in this ambitious series from FOX. It's not always as successful as it needs to be, but since it's only 10 parts long, it's still a worthy, interesting watch.
The Handmaid's Tale
This adaptation of the 1970s science fiction dystopian novel may be grimly reminiscent of some current events, but it also documents outstanding resilience of Offred, the protagonist, and the rest of the women who stand up to the religiously fundamentalist version of the United States in which she lives.
Top Of The Lake
And if you're looking for miniseries that returned after a self-contained season, maybe Top of the Lake is a good pick — the first season told a complete story about how the disappearance of a young woman exposed the secrets of a New Zealand town, and the second will no doubt be just as beautifully filmed and thoughtfully written. And I certainly hope Holly Hunter's isolationist feminist guru is back.
So there's no shortage of miniseries out there, even if only The Kennedys: After Camelot can promise Katie Holmes' and Matthew Perry's dueling period accents. But until Reelz announces more Kennedys projects, these other short series will have to do.