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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Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Scream: The TV Series
Scream: The TV Series
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Columbo
Columbo
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Bloodline
Bloodline
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Matlock
Matlock
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Submission
Submission
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Houdini and Doyle
Houdini and Doyle
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
House of Cards
House of Cards
Hinterland
Hinterland
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Detective Conan
Detective Conan
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
The Whispers
The Whispers
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Ghost
Ghost
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Spooksville
Spooksville
The Secret of Crickley Hall
The Secret of Crickley Hall
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
Evermoor
Evermoor
Neverland
Neverland
The Perfect Murder
The Perfect Murder
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Vampire High
Vampire High
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
Ascension
Ascension
American Odyssey
American Odyssey
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Hardy Boys
Hardy Boys
How (Not) to Kill Your Husband
How (Not) to Kill Your Husband
Taggart
Taggart
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Primeval
Primeval
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Borgia
Borgia
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Southern Fried Homicide
Southern Fried Homicide
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
Afterlife
Afterlife
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
Fatal Encounters
Fatal Encounters
Panic 9-1-1
Panic 9-1-1
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Proof
Proof
Murder Book
Murder Book
The Worricker Trilogy
The Worricker Trilogy
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Forgotten Planet
Forgotten Planet
McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Five Days
Five Days
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Wire In The Blood
Wire In The Blood
Cadfael
Cadfael
Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Grossology
Grossology
Nancy Grace Mysteries
Nancy Grace Mysteries
Whodunnit?
Whodunnit?
Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic
Ebola
Ebola
The VC Andrews Series
The VC Andrews Series
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Campion
Campion
Will to Live
Will to Live
Original Sin
Original Sin
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
DNA
DNA
Murder in Suburbia
Murder in Suburbia
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries
God's Quiz 2
God's Quiz 2
God's Quiz
God's Quiz
Rebus
Rebus
Evil I
Evil I
Amnesia
Amnesia
Heat of the Sun
Heat of the Sun
The Unexplained Files
The Unexplained Files
Babylon 5: The Movies
Babylon 5: The Movies
Killer Contact
Killer Contact
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns