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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House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Submission
Submission
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Raisin
Agatha Raisin
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Primeval
Primeval
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Hinterland
Hinterland
Matlock
Matlock
Taggart
Taggart
Rebus
Rebus
Scream: The TV Series
Scream: The TV Series
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Nancy Drew
Nancy Drew
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Five Days
Five Days
Beyond (2017)
Beyond (2017)
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Redrum
Redrum
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Catching Killers
Catching Killers
The Unexplained Files
The Unexplained Files
Lovejoy
Lovejoy
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Columbo
Columbo
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Revolution
Revolution
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
House of Cards
House of Cards
Dead of Summer
Dead of Summer
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Body of Evidence
Body of Evidence
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
The Whispers
The Whispers
Kindred Spirits
Kindred Spirits
Cadfael
Cadfael
Hardy Boys
Hardy Boys
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Maigret
Maigret
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
The Worricker Trilogy
The Worricker Trilogy
Secrets & Lies
Secrets & Lies
The OA
The OA
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Ghost
Ghost
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Arne Dahl
Arne Dahl
Close Encounters
Close Encounters
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
How It Really Happened
How It Really Happened
Mar de plastico
Mar de plastico
Case
Case
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
Suspense
Suspense
The Brokenwood Mysteries
The Brokenwood Mysteries
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
48 Hours on ID
48 Hours on ID
La Usurpadora
La Usurpadora
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
Agatha Christie's Tommy & Tuppence: Partners in Crime
Agatha Christie's Tommy & Tuppence: Partners in Crime
Painted Lady
Painted Lady
Amber
Amber
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
My Dirty Little Secret
My Dirty Little Secret
Siberia
Siberia
Frank Riva
Frank Riva
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
Irene Huss
Irene Huss
America's 60 Greatest Unsolved Mysteries and Crimes
America's 60 Greatest Unsolved Mysteries and Crimes
Maria Wern
Maria Wern
Inspector Nardone
Inspector Nardone
Inspector Manara
Inspector Manara
The Broker's Man
The Broker's Man
Last Seen Alive
Last Seen Alive
Forgotten Planet
Forgotten Planet
Nowhere To Hide
Nowhere To Hide
Private Eye Vares
Private Eye Vares
Wallander: The Original Episodes
Wallander: The Original Episodes
Darknet
Darknet
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
The Field of Blood
The Field of Blood
Hand Of God
Hand Of God
The Inspector Vivaldi Mysteries
The Inspector Vivaldi Mysteries
Jess Archer Versus
Jess Archer Versus