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
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Columbo
Columbo
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Revolution
Revolution
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Matlock
Matlock
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Intruders
Intruders
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Neverland
Neverland
The Unexplained Files
The Unexplained Files
Beauty Queen Murders
Beauty Queen Murders
House of Cards (2013)
House of Cards (2013)
Southern Fried Homicide
Southern Fried Homicide
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Paradox
Paradox
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
I Killed My BFF
I Killed My BFF
Maria Wern
Maria Wern
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Five Days
Five Days
Vampire High
Vampire High
Motives and Murder
Motives and Murder
Panic 9-1-1
Panic 9-1-1
Borgia
Borgia
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
Killer Contact
Killer Contact
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Fatal Encounters
Fatal Encounters
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Why Planes Crash
Why Planes Crash
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Frank Riva
Frank Riva
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
Jeong Yak-yong
Jeong Yak-yong
Cursed
Cursed
The Perfect Murder
The Perfect Murder
Happily Never After
Happily Never After
Proof (2014)
Proof (2014)
Ascension
Ascension
Forgotten Planet
Forgotten Planet
Babylon 5: The Movies
Babylon 5: The Movies
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
Ghost
Ghost
Loredana, Esq.
Loredana, Esq.
To Catch a Smuggler
To Catch a Smuggler
American Haunting
American Haunting
My Dirty Little Secret
My Dirty Little Secret
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition
Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice
Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice
And Baby Will Fall
And Baby Will Fall
The Whispers
The Whispers
Will to Live
Will to Live
Evil Kin
Evil Kin
Siberia
Siberia
Best Evidence
Best Evidence
Dark Secrets
Dark Secrets
Crooked House
Crooked House
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Spooksville
Spooksville
Suspense
Suspense
Amnesia (Anime)
Amnesia (Anime)
The Family That Slays Together
The Family That Slays Together
Final Cut
Final Cut
Alien Mysteries
Alien Mysteries
Alien Files
Alien Files
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Legends of
Legends of
Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Inspector Nardone
Inspector Nardone
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Amish Outcasts
Amish Outcasts
Murder By the Book
Murder By the Book
SharkFest
SharkFest