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
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
I Killed My BFF
I Killed My BFF
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Columbo
Columbo
Ascension
Ascension
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Revolution
Revolution
Motives and Murder
Motives and Murder
Matlock
Matlock
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Darknet
Darknet
House of Cards (2013)
House of Cards (2013)
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Intruders
Intruders
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic
The Unexplained Files
The Unexplained Files
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Borgia
Borgia
Amber
Amber
Happily Never After
Happily Never After
Inside Homicide
Inside Homicide
Babylon 5: The Movies
Babylon 5: The Movies
Southern Fried Homicide
Southern Fried Homicide
Ebola
Ebola
Amnesia (Anime)
Amnesia (Anime)
Killer Contact
Killer Contact
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Evil Kin
Evil Kin
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Paradox
Paradox
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Lovejoy
Lovejoy
Neverland
Neverland
Heat of the Sun
Heat of the Sun
Panic 9-1-1
Panic 9-1-1
Redrum
Redrum
McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
My Dirty Little Secret
My Dirty Little Secret
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Five Days
Five Days
Cursed
Cursed
Frank Riva
Frank Riva
Alien Mysteries
Alien Mysteries
Hinterland
Hinterland
Beauty Queen Murders
Beauty Queen Murders
Cadfael
Cadfael
In Search of Aliens
In Search of Aliens
Dateline On ID
Dateline On ID
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
Vampire High
Vampire High
Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case
Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition
Arne Dahl
Arne Dahl
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
Maigret
Maigret
Loredana, Esq.
Loredana, Esq.
Alien Files
Alien Files
Grossology
Grossology
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct
And Baby Will Fall
And Baby Will Fall
The Whispers
The Whispers
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
Stephen King's N
Stephen King's N
Primeval
Primeval
Fatal Encounters
Fatal Encounters
The Perfect Murder
The Perfect Murder
Hetty Wainthropp: Missing Persons
Hetty Wainthropp: Missing Persons
TNT Mystery Movie Night
TNT Mystery Movie Night
SharkFest
SharkFest
Final Cut
Final Cut
The Witch Doctor Will See You Now
The Witch Doctor Will See You Now
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
Crooked House
Crooked House