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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Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Ebola
Ebola
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Columbo
Columbo
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Revolution
Revolution
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Matlock
Matlock
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
I Killed My BFF
I Killed My BFF
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic
The Unexplained Files
The Unexplained Files
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Motives and Murder
Motives and Murder
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Southern Fried Homicide
Southern Fried Homicide
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Beauty Queen Murders
Beauty Queen Murders
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
House of Cards (2013)
House of Cards (2013)
Borgia
Borgia
Paradox
Paradox
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Fatal Encounters
Fatal Encounters
Maria Wern
Maria Wern
Intruders
Intruders
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Neverland
Neverland
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
Stranded in Paradise
Stranded in Paradise
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
Ghost
Ghost
Happily Never After
Happily Never After
Babylon 5: The Movies
Babylon 5: The Movies
Best Evidence
Best Evidence
Hinterland
Hinterland
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
The Whispers
The Whispers
Proof (2014)
Proof (2014)
Killer Contact
Killer Contact
Jeong Yak-yong
Jeong Yak-yong
Cursed
Cursed
Frank Riva
Frank Riva
Panic 9-1-1
Panic 9-1-1
American Haunting
American Haunting
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Vampire High
Vampire High
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition
Ascension
Ascension
Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice
Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice
My Dirty Little Secret
My Dirty Little Secret
TNT Mystery Movie Night
TNT Mystery Movie Night
Alien Files
Alien Files
Loredana, Esq.
Loredana, Esq.
Why Planes Crash
Why Planes Crash
And Baby Will Fall
And Baby Will Fall
The Perfect Murder
The Perfect Murder
Dark Secrets
Dark Secrets
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Sole Custody
Sole Custody
Mennonite Mob
Mennonite Mob
Very Bad Men
Very Bad Men
Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Legends of
Legends of
Crooked House
Crooked House
Amber
Amber
Spooksville
Spooksville
The Family That Slays Together
The Family That Slays Together
Forgotten Planet
Forgotten Planet
Mini Monsters: Hidden Kingdoms
Mini Monsters: Hidden Kingdoms
Monumental Mysteries
Monumental Mysteries
Lovejoy
Lovejoy
Siberia
Siberia
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
SharkFest
SharkFest
Amish Outcasts
Amish Outcasts
Inspector Nardone
Inspector Nardone
Final Cut
Final Cut
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost