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
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Columbo
Columbo
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Dead of Summer
Dead of Summer
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Matlock
Matlock
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Bloodline
Bloodline
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Revolution
Revolution
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Primeval
Primeval
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
House of Cards
House of Cards
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Hinterland
Hinterland
Hit & Miss
Hit & Miss
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Spooksville
Spooksville
The Whispers
The Whispers
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
Taggart
Taggart
The Perfect Murder
The Perfect Murder
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
I Killed My BFF
I Killed My BFF
Inspector Manara
Inspector Manara
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
American Odyssey
American Odyssey
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Race to Escape
Race to Escape
Murder in Suburbia
Murder in Suburbia
Fatal Encounters
Fatal Encounters
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Maigret
Maigret
Siberia
Siberia
American Haunting
American Haunting
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
48 Hours on ID
48 Hours on ID
Submission
Submission
Babylon 5: The Movies
Babylon 5: The Movies
Darknet
Darknet
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Wire In The Blood
Wire In The Blood
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Forgotten Planet
Forgotten Planet
Hardy Boys
Hardy Boys
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice
Secrets & Lies
Secrets & Lies
Ghost
Ghost
Lovejoy
Lovejoy
Evermoor
Evermoor
The VC Andrews Series
The VC Andrews Series
Detective Conan
Detective Conan
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
Under the Hammer
Under the Hammer
McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
The Secret of Crickley Hall
The Secret of Crickley Hall
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
Body of Evidence
Body of Evidence
My Dirty Little Secret
My Dirty Little Secret
Why Planes Crash
Why Planes Crash
Beauty Queen Murders
Beauty Queen Murders
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Dateline On ID
Dateline On ID
Sex Slaves: Fighting Human Trafficking
Sex Slaves: Fighting Human Trafficking
Ascension
Ascension
Hand Of God
Hand Of God
School-Live!
School-Live!
La Usurpadora
La Usurpadora
Cadfael
Cadfael
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Derren Brown Investigates
Derren Brown Investigates
Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct
Will to Live
Will to Live
Neverland
Neverland
Best Evidence
Best Evidence
Legend of the Crystal Skulls
Legend of the Crystal Skulls
Borgia
Borgia
P.D. James: A Taste for Death
P.D. James: A Taste for Death
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries
Find Our Missing
Find Our Missing