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
The Lodge
The Lodge
Columbo
Columbo
Scream: The TV Series
Scream: The TV Series
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Matlock
Matlock
Kindred Spirits
Kindred Spirits
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
House of Cards
House of Cards
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Dead Silent
Dead Silent
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Agatha Raisin
Agatha Raisin
Falling Water
Falling Water
Dead of Summer
Dead of Summer
Revolution
Revolution
Primeval
Primeval
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Dirk Gently
Dirk Gently
The Whispers
The Whispers
Hinterland
Hinterland
Freakish
Freakish
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
The Secret of Crickley Hall
The Secret of Crickley Hall
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Hardy Boys
Hardy Boys
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Taggart
Taggart
The Killing Season
The Killing Season
Amber
Amber
Motives and Murder
Motives and Murder
Rebus
Rebus
Hit & Miss
Hit & Miss
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Ascension
Ascension
Secrets & Lies
Secrets & Lies
Last Seen Alive
Last Seen Alive
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
Afterlife
Afterlife
Borgia
Borgia
To Catch a Smuggler
To Catch a Smuggler
My Dirty Little Secret
My Dirty Little Secret
Maigret
Maigret
Evil Kin
Evil Kin
Babylon 5: The Movies
Babylon 5: The Movies
Close Encounters
Close Encounters
American Odyssey
American Odyssey
Heartless
Heartless
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Under the Hammer
Under the Hammer
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Spooksville
Spooksville
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
Bloodline
Bloodline
48 Hours on ID
48 Hours on ID
Detective Conan
Detective Conan
Submission
Submission
Wire In The Blood
Wire In The Blood
Stephen King's N
Stephen King's N
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Whodunnit?
Whodunnit?
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
The Perfect Murder
The Perfect Murder
Forgotten Planet
Forgotten Planet
The VC Andrews Series
The VC Andrews Series
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Legends of
Legends of
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
Siberia
Siberia
Why Planes Crash
Why Planes Crash
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Darknet
Darknet
Murder Book
Murder Book
Evermoor
Evermoor
Lost Boy
Lost Boy
Gourmet Detective
Gourmet Detective
Campion
Campion
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Will to Live
Will to Live
Neverland
Neverland
Masterpiece Contemporary: Place of Execution
Masterpiece Contemporary: Place of Execution
The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries: Speedy Death
The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries: Speedy Death