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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Scream: The TV Series
Scream: The TV Series
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Dead of Summer
Dead of Summer
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Columbo
Columbo
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Matlock
Matlock
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
House of Cards
House of Cards
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Primeval
Primeval
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
The Whispers
The Whispers
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Revolution
Revolution
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
American Odyssey
American Odyssey
Ghost
Ghost
Hit & Miss
Hit & Miss
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
The Perfect Murder
The Perfect Murder
How (Not) to Kill Your Husband
How (Not) to Kill Your Husband
Houdini and Doyle
Houdini and Doyle
Lovejoy
Lovejoy
Bloodline
Bloodline
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
Five Days
Five Days
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Spooksville
Spooksville
Darknet
Darknet
Taggart
Taggart
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Vampire High
Vampire High
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
Irene Huss
Irene Huss
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
Cadfael
Cadfael
Fatal Encounters
Fatal Encounters
Happily Never After
Happily Never After
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Race to Escape
Race to Escape
Submission
Submission
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
The VC Andrews Series
The VC Andrews Series
Wire In The Blood
Wire In The Blood
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Forgotten Planet
Forgotten Planet
Detective Conan
Detective Conan
La Usurpadora
La Usurpadora
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice
Suspense
Suspense
Close Encounters
Close Encounters
Dateline On ID
Dateline On ID
In Search of Aliens
In Search of Aliens
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct
Hardy Boys
Hardy Boys
Nancy Grace Mysteries
Nancy Grace Mysteries
Legends of
Legends of
Body of Evidence
Body of Evidence
Evil Kin
Evil Kin
Evermoor
Evermoor
48 Hours on ID
48 Hours on ID
School-Live!
School-Live!
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Stephen King's N
Stephen King's N
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Borgia
Borgia
DNA
DNA
TNT Mystery Movie Night
TNT Mystery Movie Night
Find Our Missing
Find Our Missing
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Grossology
Grossology
The Secret of Crickley Hall
The Secret of Crickley Hall
Ancient X-Files
Ancient X-Files
Redrum
Redrum
The Definitive Guide to Aliens
The Definitive Guide to Aliens
Monumental Mysteries
Monumental Mysteries
Whodunnit?
Whodunnit?
Southern Fried Homicide
Southern Fried Homicide