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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Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Columbo
Columbo
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Ascension
Ascension
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Revolution
Revolution
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Vampire High
Vampire High
House of Cards (2013)
House of Cards (2013)
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Amnesia (Anime)
Amnesia (Anime)
Intruders
Intruders
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Matlock
Matlock
I Killed My BFF
I Killed My BFF
Five Days
Five Days
My Dirty Little Secret
My Dirty Little Secret
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Siberia
Siberia
Neverland
Neverland
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Borgia
Borgia
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Jeong Yak-yong
Jeong Yak-yong
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Grossology
Grossology
Babylon 5: The Movies
Babylon 5: The Movies
Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Lovejoy
Lovejoy
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
God's Quiz 2
God's Quiz 2
Wire In The Blood
Wire In The Blood
Maria Wern
Maria Wern
Rebus
Rebus
McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
Motives and Murder
Motives and Murder
Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice
Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice
Dateline On ID
Dateline On ID
Very Bad Men
Very Bad Men
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Whodunnit?
Whodunnit?
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Curious and Unusual Deaths
The Worricker Trilogy
The Worricker Trilogy
Paradox
Paradox
Maigret
Maigret
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
Ghost
Ghost
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Irene Huss
Irene Huss
Sex Slaves: Fighting Human Trafficking
Sex Slaves: Fighting Human Trafficking
Original Sin
Original Sin
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition
Alien Files
Alien Files
Cadfael
Cadfael
Redrum
Redrum
The Perfect Murder
The Perfect Murder
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Panic 9-1-1
Panic 9-1-1
Wallander: The Original Episodes
Wallander: The Original Episodes
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
Taggart
Taggart
Monsters in America
Monsters in America
The Unexplained Files
The Unexplained Files
Why Planes Crash
Why Planes Crash
A Stranger in My Home
A Stranger in My Home
Private Eye Vares
Private Eye Vares
Evermoor
Evermoor
Darknet
Darknet
Amber
Amber
Murder Book
Murder Book
My Uncle is the Green River Killer
My Uncle is the Green River Killer
Final Cut
Final Cut
Ebola
Ebola
The Secret of Crickley Hall
The Secret of Crickley Hall
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
Alien Mysteries
Alien Mysteries