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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Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
House of Cards (2013)
House of Cards (2013)
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Columbo
Columbo
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Revolution
Revolution
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic
Secrets & Lies (AU)
Secrets & Lies (AU)
Ascension
Ascension
Vampire High
Vampire High
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
The Worricker Trilogy
The Worricker Trilogy
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Neverland
Neverland
Fatal Encounters
Fatal Encounters
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Redrum
Redrum
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
Borgia
Borgia
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
I Killed My BFF
I Killed My BFF
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
Panic 9-1-1
Panic 9-1-1
In Search of Aliens
In Search of Aliens
Intruders
Intruders
God's Quiz 2
God's Quiz 2
My Dirty Little Secret
My Dirty Little Secret
Cadfael
Cadfael
Primeval
Primeval
To Catch a Smuggler
To Catch a Smuggler
Lovejoy
Lovejoy
Paradox
Paradox
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Find Our Missing
Find Our Missing
Motives and Murder
Motives and Murder
Amber
Amber
Siberia
Siberia
Spooksville
Spooksville
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
Nowhere To Hide
Nowhere To Hide
Hinterland
Hinterland
Bloodline
Bloodline
McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
The Secret of Crickley Hall
The Secret of Crickley Hall
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Jeong Yak-yong
Jeong Yak-yong
Matlock
Matlock
Maigret
Maigret
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Curious and Unusual Deaths
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
Ghost
Ghost
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Inspector Nardone
Inspector Nardone
Private Eye Vares
Private Eye Vares
Darknet
Darknet
Murder Book
Murder Book
Foreign Body
Foreign Body
My Shocking Story
My Shocking Story
Wire In The Blood
Wire In The Blood
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Will to Live
Will to Live
The Witch Doctor Will See You Now
The Witch Doctor Will See You Now
DNA
DNA
The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries: Speedy Death
The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries: Speedy Death
P.D. James: Death of an Expert Witness
P.D. James: Death of an Expert Witness
P.D. James: Devices and Desires
P.D. James: Devices and Desires
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984
Dusk Maiden of Amnesia
Dusk Maiden of Amnesia
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Legends of
Legends of
Body of Evidence
Body of Evidence
Crooked House
Crooked House
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
Amnesia (Anime)
Amnesia (Anime)
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Southern Fried Homicide
Southern Fried Homicide
Bloody Tales of the Tower of London
Bloody Tales of the Tower of London
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
Evil Kin
Evil Kin
Why Planes Crash
Why Planes Crash
Babylon 5: The Movies
Babylon 5: The Movies
Diabolical
Diabolical
Unsealed: Conspiracy Files
Unsealed: Conspiracy Files
SharkFest
SharkFest
Amish Outcasts
Amish Outcasts
Mennonite Mob
Mennonite Mob
Afterlife
Afterlife
Hand Of God
Hand Of God
American Odyssey
American Odyssey
Sorority Forever
Sorority Forever
Taggart
Taggart
Natsu no Arashi!
Natsu no Arashi!
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Campion
Campion
Stephen King's N
Stephen King's N
Never Come Back
Never Come Back
Derren Brown Investigates
Derren Brown Investigates
The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu
The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu
Sherlock Holmes & The Leading Lady
Sherlock Holmes & The Leading Lady
Under the Hammer
Under the Hammer
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
Murder By the Book
Murder By the Book
From Beyond
From Beyond
Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct
Original Sin
Original Sin
Best Evidence
Best Evidence
Legend of the Crystal Skulls
Legend of the Crystal Skulls
Dick Francis Mysteries
Dick Francis Mysteries
The Dick Francis Thriller: The Racing Game
The Dick Francis Thriller: The Racing Game
Gemini Division
Gemini Division
Hetty Wainthropp: Missing Persons
Hetty Wainthropp: Missing Persons
TNT Mystery Movie Night
TNT Mystery Movie Night
Masterpiece Contemporary: Place of Execution
Masterpiece Contemporary: Place of Execution
Missing (2003)
Missing (2003)
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Murder in Suburbia
Murder in Suburbia
Nancy Drew
Nancy Drew
P.D. James: A Taste for Death
P.D. James: A Taste for Death
P.D. James: Cover Her Face
P.D. James: Cover Her Face
P.D. James: Shroud for a Nightingale
P.D. James: Shroud for a Nightingale
P.D. James: The Black Tower
P.D. James: The Black Tower
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries
Hardy Boys
Hardy Boys
Sherlock Holmes: The Eligible Bachelor
Sherlock Holmes: The Eligible Bachelor
Sherlock Holmes: The Master Blackmailer
Sherlock Holmes: The Master Blackmailer
Painted Lady
Painted Lady
God's Quiz
God's Quiz
Five Days
Five Days
Quiz From God 3
Quiz From God 3
Rebus
Rebus
Forensic Firsts
Forensic Firsts
Hurricane Hunters
Hurricane Hunters
Hit & Miss
Hit & Miss
Diamond Divers
Diamond Divers
Evil I
Evil I
ER Nights
ER Nights
Grossology
Grossology
The UneXplained
The UneXplained
Happily Never After
Happily Never After
Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Very Bad Men
Very Bad Men
Nancy Grace Mysteries
Nancy Grace Mysteries
Destination Fear
Destination Fear
Cursed
Cursed
Plane Xtreme
Plane Xtreme
Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case
Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case
Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice
Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice
Randall and Hopkirk
Randall and Hopkirk
Final Cut
Final Cut
The Family That Slays Together
The Family That Slays Together
Suspense
Suspense
Ancient X-Files
Ancient X-Files
Desperate Measures
Desperate Measures
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
The Paranormal Project
The Paranormal Project
Catch My Killer
Catch My Killer
Alien Mysteries
Alien Mysteries
The Definitive Guide to Aliens
The Definitive Guide to Aliens
A Wild Dog's Tale
A Wild Dog's Tale
Storm Riders
Storm Riders
The Truth About Twisters
The Truth About Twisters
Karma's a B*tch!
Karma's a B*tch!
Monumental Mysteries
Monumental Mysteries
Whodunnit?
Whodunnit?
Monroe: Class of '76
Monroe: Class of '76
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Heat of the Sun
Heat of the Sun
Frank Riva
Frank Riva
Catching Killers
Catching Killers
American Haunting
American Haunting
Alien Files
Alien Files
The Unexplained Files
The Unexplained Files