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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Bates Motel
Bates Motel
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Scream: The TV Series
Scream: The TV Series
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Columbo
Columbo
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Matlock
Matlock
Houdini and Doyle
Houdini and Doyle
House of Cards
House of Cards
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Submission
Submission
Ghost
Ghost
Hinterland
Hinterland
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
American Odyssey
American Odyssey
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
The Whispers
The Whispers
Taggart
Taggart
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
Primeval
Primeval
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Darknet
Darknet
Cadfael
Cadfael
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Afterlife
Afterlife
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Rebus
Rebus
Bloodline
Bloodline
A Stranger in My Home
A Stranger in My Home
Ascension
Ascension
Evermoor
Evermoor
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Neverland
Neverland
Suspense
Suspense
Siberia
Siberia
Race to Escape
Race to Escape
Detective Conan
Detective Conan
Revolution
Revolution
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
I Killed My BFF
I Killed My BFF
Amber
Amber
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Fatal Encounters
Fatal Encounters
The Worricker Trilogy
The Worricker Trilogy
The Guilty
The Guilty
Best Evidence
Best Evidence
Hardy Boys
Hardy Boys
God's Quiz 2
God's Quiz 2
Grossology
Grossology
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
My Dirty Little Secret
My Dirty Little Secret
Whodunnit?
Whodunnit?
Irene Huss
Irene Huss
Loredana, Esq.
Loredana, Esq.
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
In Search of Aliens
In Search of Aliens
Serial Thriller
Serial Thriller
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
48 Hours on ID
48 Hours on ID
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
Five Days
Five Days
The Unexplained Files
The Unexplained Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Sorority Forever
Sorority Forever
Borgia
Borgia
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Body of Evidence
Body of Evidence
Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic
Dark Secrets
Dark Secrets
Lovejoy
Lovejoy
Dateline On ID
Dateline On ID
Sex Slaves: Fighting Human Trafficking
Sex Slaves: Fighting Human Trafficking
Ebola
Ebola
Hand Of God
Hand Of God
The VC Andrews Series
The VC Andrews Series
Wire In The Blood
Wire In The Blood
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Curious and Unusual Deaths
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
Under the Hammer
Under the Hammer
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
Murder in Suburbia
Murder in Suburbia