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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Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Revolution
Revolution
Borgia
Borgia
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
American Odyssey
American Odyssey
Primeval
Primeval
House of Cards (2013)
House of Cards (2013)
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Siberia
Siberia
Intruders
Intruders
Whodunnit?
Whodunnit?
Diamond Divers
Diamond Divers
Bloodline
Bloodline
Columbo
Columbo
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Ascension
Ascension
Killer Contact
Killer Contact
Dusk Maiden of Amnesia
Dusk Maiden of Amnesia
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Wire In The Blood
Wire In The Blood
Grossology
Grossology
Natsu no Arashi!
Natsu no Arashi!
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
Redrum
Redrum
Matlock
Matlock
I Killed My BFF
I Killed My BFF
Southern Fried Homicide
Southern Fried Homicide
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Hit & Miss
Hit & Miss
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Fatal Encounters
Fatal Encounters
The Worricker Trilogy
The Worricker Trilogy
Secrets & Lies (AU)
Secrets & Lies (AU)
Paradox
Paradox
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice
Close Encounters
Close Encounters
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Rebus
Rebus
Irene Huss
Irene Huss
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Five Days
Five Days
Happily Never After
Happily Never After
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
American Haunting
American Haunting
Why Planes Crash
Why Planes Crash
Afterlife
Afterlife
Hand Of God
Hand Of God
48 Hours on ID
48 Hours on ID
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct
Neverland
Neverland
Motives and Murder
Motives and Murder
Quiz From God 3
Quiz From God 3
Ghost
Ghost
Amber
Amber
Final Cut
Final Cut
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
Maigret
Maigret
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
The Whispers
The Whispers
Dark Secrets
Dark Secrets
Unsealed: Conspiracy Files
Unsealed: Conspiracy Files
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Nowhere To Hide
Nowhere To Hide
Private Eye Vares
Private Eye Vares
Foreign Body
Foreign Body
Campion
Campion
Stephen King's N
Stephen King's N
The Witch Doctor Will See You Now
The Witch Doctor Will See You Now
P.D. James: Death of an Expert Witness
P.D. James: Death of an Expert Witness
P.D. James: Devices and Desires
P.D. James: Devices and Desires
Hardy Boys
Hardy Boys
McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife