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
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Columbo
Columbo
Revolution
Revolution
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Intruders
Intruders
Matlock
Matlock
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
House of Cards (2013)
House of Cards (2013)
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Alien Mysteries
Alien Mysteries
Amnesia (Anime)
Amnesia (Anime)
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Borgia
Borgia
Evil Kin
Evil Kin
Southern Fried Homicide
Southern Fried Homicide
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Fatal Encounters
Fatal Encounters
Maria Wern
Maria Wern
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
In Search of Aliens
In Search of Aliens
Happily Never After
Happily Never After
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Curious and Unusual Deaths
The Unexplained Files
The Unexplained Files
American Haunting
American Haunting
Nowhere To Hide
Nowhere To Hide
Karma's a B*tch!
Karma's a B*tch!
Dateline On ID
Dateline On ID
Find Our Missing
Find Our Missing
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries: Speedy Death
The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries: Speedy Death
Neverland
Neverland
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Killer Contact
Killer Contact
Ghost
Ghost
God's Quiz
God's Quiz
Motives and Murder
Motives and Murder
Grossology
Grossology
Cursed
Cursed
Primeval
Primeval
Babylon 5: The Movies
Babylon 5: The Movies
Frank Riva
Frank Riva
Siberia
Siberia
My Dirty Little Secret
My Dirty Little Secret
Proof (2014)
Proof (2014)
Spooksville
Spooksville
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Loredana, Esq.
Loredana, Esq.
Beauty Queen Murders
Beauty Queen Murders
Vampire High
Vampire High
Catching Killers
Catching Killers
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Very Bad Men
Very Bad Men
The Whispers
The Whispers
SharkFest
SharkFest
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
And Baby Will Fall
And Baby Will Fall
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct
Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice
Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice
How (Not) to Kill Your Husband
How (Not) to Kill Your Husband
Amber
Amber
Cadfael
Cadfael
Legends of
Legends of
To Catch a Smuggler
To Catch a Smuggler
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Forgotten Planet
Forgotten Planet
Whodunnit?
Whodunnit?
The Witch Doctor Will See You Now
The Witch Doctor Will See You Now
Panic 9-1-1
Panic 9-1-1
Inspector Nardone
Inspector Nardone
The Paranormal Project
The Paranormal Project
Crooked House
Crooked House
Irene Huss
Irene Huss
Redrum
Redrum
Suspense
Suspense
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost