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
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Revolution
Revolution
Columbo
Columbo
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
House of Cards (2013)
House of Cards (2013)
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Primeval
Primeval
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Ghost
Ghost
Matlock
Matlock
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Dateline On ID
Dateline On ID
Happily Never After
Happily Never After
Alien Mysteries
Alien Mysteries
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic
The Unexplained Files
The Unexplained Files
Neverland
Neverland
Intruders
Intruders
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Vampire High
Vampire High
Maria Wern
Maria Wern
American Haunting
American Haunting
Karma's a B*tch!
Karma's a B*tch!
In Search of Aliens
In Search of Aliens
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Evil Kin
Evil Kin
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Southern Fried Homicide
Southern Fried Homicide
Five Days
Five Days
Spooksville
Spooksville
Grossology
Grossology
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Stranded in Paradise
Stranded in Paradise
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Paradox
Paradox
Borgia
Borgia
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
The Secret of Crickley Hall
The Secret of Crickley Hall
Whodunnit?
Whodunnit?
Fatal Encounters
Fatal Encounters
Motives and Murder
Motives and Murder
Cadfael
Cadfael
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
Hotel Secrets & Legends
Hotel Secrets & Legends
Proof (2014)
Proof (2014)
Wire In The Blood
Wire In The Blood
Mini Monsters: Hidden Kingdoms
Mini Monsters: Hidden Kingdoms
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Amnesia (Anime)
Amnesia (Anime)
Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice
Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice
Frank Riva
Frank Riva
Killer Contact
Killer Contact
Redrum
Redrum
Jeong Yak-yong
Jeong Yak-yong
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
I Killed My BFF
I Killed My BFF
Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Alien Files
Alien Files
Nowhere To Hide
Nowhere To Hide
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
Irene Huss
Irene Huss
Diabolical
Diabolical
Monumental Mysteries
Monumental Mysteries
Babylon 5: The Movies
Babylon 5: The Movies
Siberia
Siberia
Suspense
Suspense
The Paranormal Project
The Paranormal Project
From Beyond
From Beyond
Crooked House
Crooked House
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
The Truth About Twisters
The Truth About Twisters
Destination Fear
Destination Fear
Ancient X-Files
Ancient X-Files
Final Cut
Final Cut