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
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Revolution
Revolution
Columbo
Columbo
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Southern Fried Homicide
Southern Fried Homicide
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Happily Never After
Happily Never After
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
Matlock
Matlock
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
House of Cards (2013)
House of Cards (2013)
Amber
Amber
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Maria Wern
Maria Wern
Panic 9-1-1
Panic 9-1-1
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
Borgia
Borgia
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Irene Huss
Irene Huss
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Amnesia (Anime)
Amnesia (Anime)
I Killed My BFF
I Killed My BFF
Natsu no Arashi!
Natsu no Arashi!
Siberia
Siberia
Babylon 5: The Movies
Babylon 5: The Movies
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Neverland
Neverland
Alien Mysteries
Alien Mysteries
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Monumental Mysteries
Monumental Mysteries
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
American Haunting
American Haunting
Primeval
Primeval
Killer Contact
Killer Contact
Curious and Unusual Deaths
Curious and Unusual Deaths
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Murder in Suburbia
Murder in Suburbia
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Five Days
Five Days
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Ghost
Ghost
Find Our Missing
Find Our Missing
Proof (2014)
Proof (2014)
McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
God's Quiz
God's Quiz
Redrum
Redrum
Wire In The Blood
Wire In The Blood
Devil in the Details
Devil in the Details
Maigret
Maigret
Fatal Encounters
Fatal Encounters
Original Sin
Original Sin
God's Quiz 2
God's Quiz 2
Motives and Murder
Motives and Murder
Taggart
Taggart
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition
Vampire High
Vampire High
To Catch a Smuggler
To Catch a Smuggler
Whodunnit?
Whodunnit?
Campion
Campion
Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Best Evidence
Best Evidence
TNT Mystery Movie Night
TNT Mystery Movie Night
Monsters in America
Monsters in America
Suspense
Suspense
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice
Foreign Body
Foreign Body
Final Cut
Final Cut
Diamond Divers
Diamond Divers
Arne Dahl
Arne Dahl
Murder By the Book
Murder By the Book
Paradox
Paradox
Diabolical
Diabolical
Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case
Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case
Ancient X-Files
Ancient X-Files
My Dirty Little Secret
My Dirty Little Secret
My Shocking Story
My Shocking Story
Evil Kin
Evil Kin
Rebus
Rebus