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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House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Columbo
Columbo
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Matlock
Matlock
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
The Whispers
The Whispers
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Hinterland
Hinterland
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Spooksville
Spooksville
American Odyssey
American Odyssey
Scream: The TV Series
Scream: The TV Series
Taggart
Taggart
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Revolution
Revolution
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Five Days
Five Days
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Murder Book
Murder Book
Afterlife
Afterlife
Fatal Encounters
Fatal Encounters
I Killed My BFF
I Killed My BFF
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Jeong Yak-yong
Jeong Yak-yong
Irene Huss
Irene Huss
Primeval
Primeval
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Neverland
Neverland
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Maria Wern
Maria Wern
Serial Thriller
Serial Thriller
Ghost
Ghost
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
The Worricker Trilogy
The Worricker Trilogy
Hand Of God
Hand Of God
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
House of Cards (2013)
House of Cards (2013)
Darknet
Darknet
Detective Conan
Detective Conan
Cadfael
Cadfael
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Motives and Murder
Motives and Murder
To Catch a Smuggler
To Catch a Smuggler
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Panic 9-1-1
Panic 9-1-1
Southern Fried Homicide
Southern Fried Homicide
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
Close Encounters
Close Encounters
Proof (2015)
Proof (2015)
Forgotten Planet
Forgotten Planet
Ascension
Ascension
Bloodline
Bloodline
48 Hours on ID
48 Hours on ID
The VC Andrews Series
The VC Andrews Series
The Guilty (2013)
The Guilty (2013)
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
Will to Live
Will to Live
Borgia
Borgia
McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
My Dirty Little Secret
My Dirty Little Secret
Whodunnit?
Whodunnit?
American Haunting
American Haunting
Arne Dahl
Arne Dahl
Dark Secrets
Dark Secrets
Intruders
Intruders
Wallander: The Original Episodes
Wallander: The Original Episodes
Secrets & Lies (AU)
Secrets & Lies (AU)
South Beach
South Beach
My Shocking Story
My Shocking Story
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Rebus
Rebus
Hit & Miss
Hit & Miss
Happily Never After
Happily Never After
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
Maigret
Maigret
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition
Catching Killers
Catching Killers
Why Planes Crash
Why Planes Crash