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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Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Columbo
Columbo
House of Cards (2013)
House of Cards (2013)
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Siberia
Siberia
Matlock
Matlock
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Ascension
Ascension
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Revolution
Revolution
The Worricker Trilogy
The Worricker Trilogy
Intruders
Intruders
McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
In Search of Aliens
In Search of Aliens
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Fatal Encounters
Fatal Encounters
Bloodline
Bloodline
Borgia
Borgia
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition
Redrum
Redrum
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Paradox
Paradox
Hinterland
Hinterland
I Killed My BFF
I Killed My BFF
The Secret of Crickley Hall
The Secret of Crickley Hall
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
My Dirty Little Secret
My Dirty Little Secret
Maria Wern
Maria Wern
Lovejoy
Lovejoy
Evermoor
Evermoor
Hand Of God
Hand Of God
Find Our Missing
Find Our Missing
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Why Planes Crash
Why Planes Crash
Cadfael
Cadfael
Jeong Yak-yong
Jeong Yak-yong
Panic 9-1-1
Panic 9-1-1
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Monsters in America
Monsters in America
American Haunting
American Haunting
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
God's Quiz 2
God's Quiz 2
Evil I
Evil I
To Catch a Smuggler
To Catch a Smuggler
Neverland
Neverland
Murder Book
Murder Book
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Spooksville
Spooksville
Amber
Amber
Southern Fried Homicide
Southern Fried Homicide
Hit & Miss
Hit & Miss
Wire In The Blood
Wire In The Blood
Babylon 5: The Movies
Babylon 5: The Movies
Murder in Suburbia
Murder in Suburbia
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
TNT Mystery Movie Night
TNT Mystery Movie Night
The Whispers
The Whispers
My Shocking Story
My Shocking Story
Five Days
Five Days
Painted Lady
Painted Lady
The Perfect Murder
The Perfect Murder
Catching Killers
Catching Killers
Darknet
Darknet
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries
Mennonite Mob
Mennonite Mob
Inspector Nardone
Inspector Nardone
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
Private Eye Vares
Private Eye Vares
Alien Files
Alien Files
Motives and Murder
Motives and Murder
Primeval
Primeval
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
Legends of
Legends of
Diabolical
Diabolical
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
Crooked House
Crooked House
Evil Kin
Evil Kin
Arne Dahl
Arne Dahl
DNA
DNA
Stephen King's N
Stephen King's N
SharkFest
SharkFest
Vampire High
Vampire High
Dusk Maiden of Amnesia
Dusk Maiden of Amnesia
My Uncle is the Green River Killer
My Uncle is the Green River Killer
Will to Live
Will to Live
Amish Outcasts
Amish Outcasts
Hardy Boys
Hardy Boys
Inside Homicide
Inside Homicide
The Witch Doctor Will See You Now
The Witch Doctor Will See You Now
P.D. James: Devices and Desires
P.D. James: Devices and Desires
P.D. James: Death of an Expert Witness
P.D. James: Death of an Expert Witness
Sole Custody
Sole Custody
Ghost
Ghost
Rebus
Rebus
Taggart
Taggart
Sex Slaves: Fighting Human Trafficking
Sex Slaves: Fighting Human Trafficking
Happily Never After
Happily Never After
Close Encounters
Close Encounters
Aliens On The Moon: The Truth Exposed
Aliens On The Moon: The Truth Exposed
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Sorority Forever
Sorority Forever
Foreign Body
Foreign Body
Grossology
Grossology
The UneXplained
The UneXplained
The Hunt For Hogzilla
The Hunt For Hogzilla
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Killer Contact
Killer Contact
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Fatal Attraction Reloaded
Fatal Attraction Reloaded
Navy Seals: Their Untold Stories
Navy Seals: Their Untold Stories
Dirk Gently
Dirk Gently
Afterlife
Afterlife
Secrets & Lies (AU)
Secrets & Lies (AU)
Secrets of the Arsenal
Secrets of the Arsenal
The First Kill
The First Kill
The Field of Blood
The Field of Blood
Nicolas le Floch
Nicolas le Floch
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
Wallander: The Original Episodes
Wallander: The Original Episodes
Irene Huss
Irene Huss
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
Last Seen Alive
Last Seen Alive
Odyssey
Odyssey
Campus Nightmares
Campus Nightmares
Proof (2014)
Proof (2014)
Nowhere To Hide
Nowhere To Hide
Forgotten Planet
Forgotten Planet
Die Trying
Die Trying
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Unsealed: Conspiracy Files
Unsealed: Conspiracy Files
Dark Secrets
Dark Secrets
Dateline On ID
Dateline On ID
Devil in the Details
Devil in the Details
The Broker's Man
The Broker's Man
How (Not) to Kill Your Husband
How (Not) to Kill Your Husband
Ebola
Ebola
Loredana, Esq.
Loredana, Esq.
Zodiac: Signs of the Apocalypse
Zodiac: Signs of the Apocalypse
The Worst Thing I Ever Did
The Worst Thing I Ever Did
America's 60 Greatest Unsolved Mysteries and Crimes
America's 60 Greatest Unsolved Mysteries and Crimes
Ghost Bait
Ghost Bait
Man vs. The Universe
Man vs. The Universe
Cell Block Psychic
Cell Block Psychic
The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu
The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu
Hotel Secrets & Legends
Hotel Secrets & Legends
Stranded in Paradise
Stranded in Paradise
Inspector Manara
Inspector Manara
Mini Monsters: Hidden Kingdoms
Mini Monsters: Hidden Kingdoms
Natsu no Arashi!
Natsu no Arashi!
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries: Speedy Death
The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries: Speedy Death
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
Sherlock Holmes: The Eligible Bachelor
Sherlock Holmes: The Eligible Bachelor
Sherlock Holmes: The Master Blackmailer
Sherlock Holmes: The Master Blackmailer
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984
God's Quiz
God's Quiz
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice
Quiz From God 3
Quiz From God 3
Forensic Firsts
Forensic Firsts
Hurricane Hunters
Hurricane Hunters
Diamond Divers
Diamond Divers
ER Nights
ER Nights
Missing (2003)
Missing (2003)
Masterpiece Contemporary: Place of Execution
Masterpiece Contemporary: Place of Execution
Hetty Wainthropp: Missing Persons
Hetty Wainthropp: Missing Persons
Campion
Campion