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
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
I Killed My BFF
I Killed My BFF
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Ascension
Ascension
Columbo
Columbo
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Motives and Murder
Motives and Murder
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Revolution
Revolution
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Intruders
Intruders
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Five Days
Five Days
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Matlock
Matlock
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
House of Cards (2013)
House of Cards (2013)
Fatal Encounters
Fatal Encounters
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
Amnesia (Anime)
Amnesia (Anime)
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Borgia
Borgia
Killer Contact
Killer Contact
Darknet
Darknet
Panic 9-1-1
Panic 9-1-1
Paradox
Paradox
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case
Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case
Grossology
Grossology
Irene Huss
Irene Huss
Ghost
Ghost
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Vampire High
Vampire High
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Primeval
Primeval
Lovejoy
Lovejoy
The Perfect Murder
The Perfect Murder
Southern Fried Homicide
Southern Fried Homicide
Maria Wern
Maria Wern
Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Ebola
Ebola
Neverland
Neverland
Babylon 5: The Movies
Babylon 5: The Movies
Dateline On ID
Dateline On ID
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Hinterland
Hinterland
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Monumental Mysteries
Monumental Mysteries
My Uncle is the Green River Killer
My Uncle is the Green River Killer
Maigret
Maigret
In Search of Aliens
In Search of Aliens
Siberia
Siberia
Frank Riva
Frank Riva
Wire In The Blood
Wire In The Blood
Cursed
Cursed
Cadfael
Cadfael
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
Nancy Grace Mysteries
Nancy Grace Mysteries
Happily Never After
Happily Never After
The Secret of Crickley Hall
The Secret of Crickley Hall
Sherlock Holmes: The Master Blackmailer
Sherlock Holmes: The Master Blackmailer
Inside Homicide
Inside Homicide
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
Jeong Yak-yong
Jeong Yak-yong
Hit & Miss
Hit & Miss
Redrum
Redrum
And Baby Will Fall
And Baby Will Fall
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Murder Book
Murder Book
Alien Files
Alien Files
Arne Dahl
Arne Dahl
The Unexplained Files
The Unexplained Files
How (Not) to Kill Your Husband
How (Not) to Kill Your Husband
Find Our Missing
Find Our Missing
Loredana, Esq.
Loredana, Esq.
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Sex Slaves: Fighting Human Trafficking
Sex Slaves: Fighting Human Trafficking
Alien Mysteries
Alien Mysteries
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
The Family That Slays Together
The Family That Slays Together
Beauty Queen Murders
Beauty Queen Murders