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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Bates Motel
Bates Motel
The Whispers
The Whispers
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Scream: The TV Series
Scream: The TV Series
American Odyssey
American Odyssey
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Proof (2015)
Proof (2015)
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Columbo
Columbo
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Revolution
Revolution
Ascension
Ascension
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Loredana, Esq.
Loredana, Esq.
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Witnesses
Witnesses
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Matlock
Matlock
House of Cards (2013)
House of Cards (2013)
The Worricker Trilogy
The Worricker Trilogy
The Perfect Murder
The Perfect Murder
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Primeval
Primeval
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
I Killed My BFF
I Killed My BFF
Evil Kin
Evil Kin
In Search of Aliens
In Search of Aliens
Borgia
Borgia
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Forgotten Planet
Forgotten Planet
Bloodline
Bloodline
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Wire In The Blood
Wire In The Blood
Rebus
Rebus
Diamond Divers
Diamond Divers
Killer Contact
Killer Contact
Irene Huss
Irene Huss
Dark Secrets
Dark Secrets
Race to Escape
Race to Escape
Vampire High
Vampire High
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Close Encounters
Close Encounters
Lovejoy
Lovejoy
Hinterland
Hinterland
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Afterlife
Afterlife
Evermoor
Evermoor
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Amnesia (Anime)
Amnesia (Anime)
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
Maria Wern
Maria Wern
Intruders
Intruders
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
48 Hours on ID
48 Hours on ID
Cadfael
Cadfael
Five Days
Five Days
Quiz From God 3
Quiz From God 3
Ghost
Ghost
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
Dateline On ID
Dateline On ID
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Darknet
Darknet
My Shocking Story
My Shocking Story
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Sherlock Holmes & The Leading Lady
Sherlock Holmes & The Leading Lady
Hardy Boys
Hardy Boys
Fatal Encounters
Fatal Encounters
Hurricane Hunters
Hurricane Hunters
Grossology
Grossology
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Panic 9-1-1
Panic 9-1-1
Catch My Killer
Catch My Killer
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Southern Fried Homicide
Southern Fried Homicide
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition
Heat of the Sun
Heat of the Sun
Why Planes Crash
Why Planes Crash
Dirk Gently
Dirk Gently
Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic
Sex Slaves: Fighting Human Trafficking
Sex Slaves: Fighting Human Trafficking
Stranded in Paradise
Stranded in Paradise
Inside Homicide
Inside Homicide