Mystery TV Shows

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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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Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Revolution
Revolution
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
House of Cards (2013)
House of Cards (2013)
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Columbo
Columbo
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Amnesia (Anime)
Amnesia (Anime)
Redrum
Redrum
Matlock
Matlock
Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Campion
Campion
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
Very Bad Men
Very Bad Men
Borgia
Borgia
Alien Mysteries
Alien Mysteries
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Jeong Yak-yong
Jeong Yak-yong
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
American Haunting
American Haunting
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Primeval
Primeval
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Motives and Murder
Motives and Murder
Siberia
Siberia
Catching Killers
Catching Killers
Maria Wern
Maria Wern
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Panic 9-1-1
Panic 9-1-1
P.D. James: Devices and Desires
P.D. James: Devices and Desires
P.D. James: Shroud for a Nightingale
P.D. James: Shroud for a Nightingale
Close Encounters
Close Encounters
Grossology
Grossology
Randall and Hopkirk
Randall and Hopkirk
Spooksville
Spooksville
Five Days
Five Days
Whodunnit?
Whodunnit?
Nancy Drew
Nancy Drew
Vampire High
Vampire High
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Forensic Firsts
Forensic Firsts
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Neverland
Neverland
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
Best Evidence
Best Evidence
Fatal Encounters
Fatal Encounters
Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four
Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice
Beauty Queen Murders
Beauty Queen Murders
Nancy Grace Mysteries
Nancy Grace Mysteries
Crooked House
Crooked House
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Cadfael
Cadfael
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Happily Never After
Happily Never After
Karma's a B*tch!
Karma's a B*tch!
Monumental Mysteries
Monumental Mysteries
Hit & Miss
Hit & Miss
I Killed My BFF
I Killed My BFF
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
P.D. James: A Taste for Death
P.D. James: A Taste for Death
Arne Dahl
Arne Dahl
The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries: Speedy Death
The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries: Speedy Death
The Dick Francis Thriller: The Racing Game
The Dick Francis Thriller: The Racing Game
Irene Huss
Irene Huss
Hardy Boys
Hardy Boys
Original Sin
Original Sin
Taggart
Taggart
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct
Loredana, Esq.
Loredana, Esq.
Painted Lady
Painted Lady
Sorority Forever
Sorority Forever
Catch My Killer
Catch My Killer
Maigret
Maigret
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Killer Contact
Killer Contact
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
The Family That Slays Together
The Family That Slays Together
Stephen King's
Stephen King's "N."
My Dirty Little Secret
My Dirty Little Secret
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven