Mystery TV Shows

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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
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Revolution
Revolution
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Columbo
Columbo
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Primeval
Primeval
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
House of Cards (2013)
House of Cards (2013)
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Matlock
Matlock
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
American Haunting
American Haunting
Happily Never After
Happily Never After
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic
Paradox
Paradox
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Southern Fried Homicide
Southern Fried Homicide
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
Neverland
Neverland
Evil Kin
Evil Kin
The Unexplained Files
The Unexplained Files
Dateline On ID
Dateline On ID
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Vampire High
Vampire High
Maria Wern
Maria Wern
Spooksville
Spooksville
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Stranded in Paradise
Stranded in Paradise
Grossology
Grossology
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Five Days
Five Days
Wire In The Blood
Wire In The Blood
Intruders
Intruders
In Search of Aliens
In Search of Aliens
Babylon 5: The Movies
Babylon 5: The Movies
Irene Huss
Irene Huss
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
Nowhere To Hide
Nowhere To Hide
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Frank Riva
Frank Riva
Alien Mysteries
Alien Mysteries
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
Hotel Secrets & Legends
Hotel Secrets & Legends
Ghost
Ghost
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Killer Contact
Killer Contact
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Redrum
Redrum
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
Fatal Encounters
Fatal Encounters
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Siberia
Siberia
Cadfael
Cadfael
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Motives and Murder
Motives and Murder
Amnesia (Anime)
Amnesia (Anime)
Proof (2014)
Proof (2014)
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Whodunnit?
Whodunnit?
SharkFest
SharkFest
Diabolical
Diabolical
Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Original Sin
Original Sin
Borgia
Borgia
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
Monumental Mysteries
Monumental Mysteries
Alien Files
Alien Files
Find Our Missing
Find Our Missing
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Legends of
Legends of
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Maigret
Maigret
The Paranormal Project
The Paranormal Project
My Dirty Little Secret
My Dirty Little Secret
Crooked House
Crooked House
Amber
Amber
Final Cut
Final Cut
Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice
Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice
Jeong Yak-yong
Jeong Yak-yong
Suspense
Suspense
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps