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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Beyond (2017)
Beyond (2017)
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Columbo
Columbo
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Agatha Raisin
Agatha Raisin
The OA
The OA
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Maigret
Maigret
Matlock
Matlock
Primeval
Primeval
Hinterland
Hinterland
Scream: The TV Series
Scream: The TV Series
House of Cards
House of Cards
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Nancy Drew
Nancy Drew
Freakish
Freakish
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Bloodline
Bloodline
Close Encounters
Close Encounters
Murder Book
Murder Book
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
Taggart
Taggart
Amber
Amber
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
My Dirty Little Secret
My Dirty Little Secret
Arne Dahl
Arne Dahl
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
Last Seen Alive
Last Seen Alive
Afterlife
Afterlife
Secrets & Lies
Secrets & Lies
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Kindred Spirits
Kindred Spirits
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Revolution
Revolution
The Killing Season
The Killing Season
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Submission
Submission
Evil Kin
Evil Kin
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Ascension
Ascension
Detective Conan
Detective Conan
Cadfael
Cadfael
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Dead Silent
Dead Silent
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Irene Huss
Irene Huss
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
La Usurpadora
La Usurpadora
Five Days
Five Days
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries
Catching Killers
Catching Killers
Mar de plastico
Mar de plastico
McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
Dead of Summer
Dead of Summer
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Curious and Unusual Deaths
The Whispers
The Whispers
Forgotten Planet
Forgotten Planet
American Odyssey
American Odyssey
48 Hours on ID
48 Hours on ID
Garage Sale Mystery
Garage Sale Mystery
Why Planes Crash
Why Planes Crash
From Beyond
From Beyond
Agatha Christie's Tommy & Tuppence: Partners in Crime
Agatha Christie's Tommy & Tuppence: Partners in Crime
Find Our Missing
Find Our Missing
Painted Lady
Painted Lady
Suspense
Suspense
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Dolmen
Dolmen
Beauty Queen Murders
Beauty Queen Murders
Nicolas le Floch
Nicolas le Floch
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
America's 60 Greatest Unsolved Mysteries and Crimes
America's 60 Greatest Unsolved Mysteries and Crimes
Inspector Nardone
Inspector Nardone
Inspector Manara
Inspector Manara
The Broker's Man
The Broker's Man
Lovejoy
Lovejoy
Dateline On ID
Dateline On ID
Nowhere To Hide
Nowhere To Hide
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters