Mystery TV Shows


About Mystery

The mystery genre includes stories that revolve around a crime and the adventures of a protagonist as he or she tries to find the perpetrator of the crime. The genre has long been widespread in popular fiction and on the radio, and with the introduction of television, the mystery genre was quickly and successfully translated to the medium. TV mysteries are typically a subgenre of the crime genre, but mysteries may also be related to the horror and suspense genres.

The defining characteristic of a mystery story is a crime or, less commonly, some other type of puzzle with a hidden answer. Almost always the answer to the puzzle-the person who committed the crime-is unknown to the audience until the end of the story, when the protagonist finally solves the mystery, allowing the viewer to try to solve the crime along with the character in the story. In some cases, the viewer may be given the answer to the puzzle while the hero remains in the dark.

The detective story is a common type of mystery. In these stories, a police detective or sometimes a team of detectives tries to solve the crime, which is very often a murder. The heroes are not always police officers, however; private investigators are common protagonists, and the adventures of amateur sleuths are also popular. In stories involving amateur detectives, the heroes are often drawn into the mystery by chance, and they are reluctant and sometimes bumbling in their quest to figure out the puzzle.

True-crime documentaries, in which the circumstances of a non-fictional crime are considered, are sometimes structured to mimic the fictional mystery forms. In these programs, the details of the real-life crime are revealed incrementally and in a manner meant to develop suspense and keep the viewer guessing until the end.

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Keeping Faith
Keeping Faith
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Unforgotten
Unforgotten
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Gone
Gone
Submission
Submission
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Murder Calls
Murder Calls
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
Evil Kin
Evil Kin
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Absentia
Absentia
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
The Brokenwood Mysteries
The Brokenwood Mysteries
Falling Water
Falling Water
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
The Perfect Murder
The Perfect Murder
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards
It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards
Deadly Demands
Deadly Demands
Hand Of God
Hand Of God
Serial Thriller
Serial Thriller
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
Innocent
Innocent
Matlock
Matlock
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Scream: The TV Series
Scream: The TV Series
Redrum
Redrum
Happily Never After
Happily Never After
Afterlife
Afterlife
Beck
Beck
Maigret
Maigret
Nero Wolfe
Nero Wolfe
A Stranger in My Home
A Stranger in My Home
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Intruders
Intruders
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
The Murder of Laci Peterson
The Murder of Laci Peterson
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Revolution
Revolution
Altered Carbon
Altered Carbon
Columbo
Columbo
Haunted Towns
Haunted Towns
The Disappearance of Maura Murray
The Disappearance of Maura Murray
The OA
The OA
Diabolical
Diabolical
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Kindred Spirits
Kindred Spirits
Beyond (2017)
Beyond (2017)
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Freakish
Freakish
Wolf Creek
Wolf Creek
Dateline: Secrets Uncovered
Dateline: Secrets Uncovered
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Vampire High
Vampire High
House of Cards
House of Cards
Guilty Rich
Guilty Rich
Hinterland
Hinterland
Grave Secrets
Grave Secrets
The Killing Season
The Killing Season
Houdini and Doyle
Houdini and Doyle
Arne Dahl
Arne Dahl
Close Encounters
Close Encounters
Ghost
Ghost
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
Deadly Intelligence
Deadly Intelligence
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Bloodline
Bloodline
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
The Unexplained Files
The Unexplained Files
My Dirty Little Secret
My Dirty Little Secret
Heat of the Sun
Heat of the Sun
Five Days
Five Days
Inspector Manara
Inspector Manara
Last Seen Alive
Last Seen Alive
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Hollywood Homicide Uncovered
Hollywood Homicide Uncovered
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
JonBenet Ramsey
JonBenet Ramsey
Dick Tracy's G-Men (Original Serial)
Dick Tracy's G-Men (Original Serial)
Murder Book
Murder Book
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Mysteries of the Abandoned
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries
Catching Killers
Catching Killers
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Devil in the Details
Devil in the Details
Agatha Raisin
Agatha Raisin
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice
Nancy Drew
Nancy Drew
The Worricker Trilogy
The Worricker Trilogy
Evil I
Evil I
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Twin Peaks: The Return
Twin Peaks: The Return