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
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Submission
Submission
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Dead of Summer
Dead of Summer
Columbo
Columbo
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Matlock
Matlock
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Bloodline
Bloodline
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Wire In The Blood
Wire In The Blood
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Detective Conan
Detective Conan
House of Cards
House of Cards
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Ghost
Ghost
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Spooksville
Spooksville
The Whispers
The Whispers
Hinterland
Hinterland
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Primeval
Primeval
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Taggart
Taggart
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Rebus
Rebus
Revolution
Revolution
Afterlife
Afterlife
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
How (Not) to Kill Your Husband
How (Not) to Kill Your Husband
Cadfael
Cadfael
Hardy Boys
Hardy Boys
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Ascension
Ascension
Houdini and Doyle
Houdini and Doyle
The Perfect Murder
The Perfect Murder
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
I Killed My BFF
I Killed My BFF
Murder in Suburbia
Murder in Suburbia
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Neverland
Neverland
American Odyssey
American Odyssey
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Forgotten Planet
Forgotten Planet
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Borgia
Borgia
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Nancy Grace Mysteries
Nancy Grace Mysteries
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
The VC Andrews Series
The VC Andrews Series
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Will to Live
Will to Live
TNT Mystery Movie Night
TNT Mystery Movie Night
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
Fatal Encounters
Fatal Encounters
Motives and Murder
Motives and Murder
Hit & Miss
Hit & Miss
Panic 9-1-1
Panic 9-1-1
Whodunnit?
Whodunnit?
Siberia
Siberia
Arne Dahl
Arne Dahl
Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Inspector Manara
Inspector Manara
Dateline On ID
Dateline On ID
Darknet
Darknet
Lizzie Borden Had An Axe
Lizzie Borden Had An Axe
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Stephen King's N
Stephen King's N
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Curious and Unusual Deaths
From Beyond
From Beyond
Nancy Drew
Nancy Drew
P.D. James: The Black Tower
P.D. James: The Black Tower
God's Quiz 2
God's Quiz 2
Vampire High
Vampire High
Quiz From God 3
Quiz From God 3
To Catch a Smuggler
To Catch a Smuggler
Legends of
Legends of
The Secret of Crickley Hall
The Secret of Crickley Hall
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
Body of Evidence
Body of Evidence
The Family That Slays Together
The Family That Slays Together