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TV movie, miniseries or series?

A TV title with four episodes can be categorized as a miniseries or a series.  Since "The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders" had a total running time less than 240 minutes, should it be re-categorized as a TV series?  Thanks.

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I would call that a mini-series.

Puzzled: the title you linked is a TV Movie of length 54min. No episodes there.

(I'm not saying that's right, just that's what's _there_.)

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Although it doesn't list any episodes, its runtime's attribute is "4 parts".  (So it's a miniseries in terms of parts.  Understood literally though, its runtime should be divided by 4 parts to equal 13.5 minutes per part.   Other TV movies on IMDb list neither episodes nor a runtime attribute.)

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@bderoes The "title correction" that I'm contributing is: The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996) (TV miniseries).  Why does it warn: "The year or title type tag 1996 is incorrectly formatted"?  IMDb Help's example for "Mad Men" (2007) include a second line that I don't understand because "made for TV" isn't a specific format for TV titles.

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mini-series is a keyword thing.

So you should change the title to 

"The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996)"

with the quotes

and add keyword tv-mini-series

https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/titles/title-formatting/G56U5ERK7YY47CQB?ref_=helpms_helpart_inline#

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That should be

"The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders" (1996)

I don't have a strong opinion about how it should be listed, and the written guidelines are inconclusive, but a change to a series listing would probably be accepted. I think many old titles have been changed from TV movie to series listings over the years.

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Yes, absolutely the year should not be in the quotes. Sorry!