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
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Columbo
Columbo
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Matlock
Matlock
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Scream: The TV Series
Scream: The TV Series
House of Cards
House of Cards
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Evermoor
Evermoor
Primeval
Primeval
American Odyssey
American Odyssey
Hinterland
Hinterland
Bloodline
Bloodline
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Ghost
Ghost
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Siberia
Siberia
The Whispers
The Whispers
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Taggart
Taggart
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Revolution
Revolution
Vampire High
Vampire High
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
Rebus
Rebus
Motives and Murder
Motives and Murder
Hit & Miss
Hit & Miss
Detective Conan
Detective Conan
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
I Killed My BFF
I Killed My BFF
To Catch a Smuggler
To Catch a Smuggler
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
Arne Dahl
Arne Dahl
Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Murder Book
Murder Book
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case
Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case
Maria Wern
Maria Wern
A Stranger in My Home
A Stranger in My Home
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
Ascension
Ascension
Cadfael
Cadfael
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Lovejoy
Lovejoy
In Search of Aliens
In Search of Aliens
Deadly Demands
Deadly Demands
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Houdini and Doyle
Houdini and Doyle
McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Forgotten Planet
Forgotten Planet
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
48 Hours on ID
48 Hours on ID
Darknet
Darknet
The VC Andrews Series
The VC Andrews Series
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Whodunnit?
Whodunnit?
Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks
Will to Live
Will to Live
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Amber
Amber
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
Heat of the Sun
Heat of the Sun
Evil Kin
Evil Kin
Why Planes Crash
Why Planes Crash
Monsters in America
Monsters in America
Unsealed: Conspiracy Files
Unsealed: Conspiracy Files
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
Hand Of God
Hand Of God
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Never Come Back
Never Come Back
Murder in Suburbia
Murder in Suburbia
Nancy Drew
Nancy Drew
Hardy Boys
Hardy Boys
Find Our Missing
Find Our Missing
Nancy Grace Mysteries
Nancy Grace Mysteries
Randall and Hopkirk
Randall and Hopkirk
Suspense
Suspense
My Dirty Little Secret
My Dirty Little Secret