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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Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Revolution
Revolution
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Columbo
Columbo
Southern Fried Homicide
Southern Fried Homicide
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Happily Never After
Happily Never After
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Amnesia (Anime)
Amnesia (Anime)
House of Cards (2013)
House of Cards (2013)
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Matlock
Matlock
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
God's Quiz 2
God's Quiz 2
Maria Wern
Maria Wern
Paradox
Paradox
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Fatal Encounters
Fatal Encounters
God's Quiz
God's Quiz
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
Siberia
Siberia
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Natsu no Arashi!
Natsu no Arashi!
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Borgia
Borgia
Redrum
Redrum
Panic 9-1-1
Panic 9-1-1
Neverland
Neverland
Whodunnit?
Whodunnit?
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Five Days
Five Days
Cadfael
Cadfael
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Babylon 5: The Movies
Babylon 5: The Movies
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Ghost
Ghost
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Maigret
Maigret
Quiz From God 3
Quiz From God 3
Vampire High
Vampire High
American Haunting
American Haunting
Irene Huss
Irene Huss
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice
McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Amber
Amber
Campion
Campion
Devil in the Details
Devil in the Details
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Primeval
Primeval
Motives and Murder
Motives and Murder
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Alien Mysteries
Alien Mysteries
Diabolical
Diabolical
Proof (2014)
Proof (2014)
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
To Catch a Smuggler
To Catch a Smuggler
I Killed My BFF
I Killed My BFF
My Dirty Little Secret
My Dirty Little Secret
Monumental Mysteries
Monumental Mysteries
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition
Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Grossology
Grossology
Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice
Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice
Body of Evidence
Body of Evidence
Suspense
Suspense
Foreign Body
Foreign Body
Inspector Nardone
Inspector Nardone
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Final Cut
Final Cut
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct
Aliens On The Moon: The Truth Exposed
Aliens On The Moon: The Truth Exposed
Lovejoy
Lovejoy
Murder By the Book
Murder By the Book
The Paranormal Project
The Paranormal Project
Crooked House
Crooked House