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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The Whispers
The Whispers
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Scream: The TV Series
Scream: The TV Series
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Witnesses
Witnesses
American Odyssey
American Odyssey
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Proof (2015)
Proof (2015)
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Columbo
Columbo
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Spooksville
Spooksville
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Matlock
Matlock
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Taggart
Taggart
Evil Kin
Evil Kin
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Revolution
Revolution
Race to Escape
Race to Escape
Ascension
Ascension
Hand Of God
Hand Of God
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
House of Cards (2013)
House of Cards (2013)
Bloodline
Bloodline
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
I Killed My BFF
I Killed My BFF
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Dark Secrets
Dark Secrets
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Borgia
Borgia
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Panic 9-1-1
Panic 9-1-1
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
Nowhere To Hide
Nowhere To Hide
Wire In The Blood
Wire In The Blood
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Forgotten Planet
Forgotten Planet
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
The Worricker Trilogy
The Worricker Trilogy
Murder By the Book
Murder By the Book
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Siberia
Siberia
The Unexplained Files
The Unexplained Files
Killer Contact
Killer Contact
The Perfect Murder
The Perfect Murder
Five Days
Five Days
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
Southern Fried Homicide
Southern Fried Homicide
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Darknet
Darknet
Cadfael
Cadfael
Primeval
Primeval
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries: Speedy Death
The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries: Speedy Death
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Fatal Encounters
Fatal Encounters
Nancy Grace Mysteries
Nancy Grace Mysteries
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
Monsters in America
Monsters in America
Irene Huss
Irene Huss
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Maria Wern
Maria Wern
Odyssey
Odyssey
In Search of Aliens
In Search of Aliens
48 Hours on ID
48 Hours on ID
School-Live!
School-Live!
Paradox
Paradox
Neverland
Neverland
Vampire High
Vampire High
Quiz From God 3
Quiz From God 3
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Catching Killers
Catching Killers
Why Planes Crash
Why Planes Crash
Lovejoy
Lovejoy
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Intruders
Intruders
Hinterland
Hinterland
Wallander: The Original Episodes
Wallander: The Original Episodes
Secrets of the Arsenal
Secrets of the Arsenal
Afterlife
Afterlife
The Brokenwood Mysteries
The Brokenwood Mysteries
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Curious and Unusual Deaths