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
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Ascension
Ascension
Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
Vampire High
Vampire High
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Revolution
Revolution
Columbo
Columbo
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Bigfoot: The New Evidence
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Matlock
Matlock
Murder Book
Murder Book
I Killed My BFF
I Killed My BFF
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
House of Cards (2013)
House of Cards (2013)
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Intruders
Intruders
My Dirty Little Secret
My Dirty Little Secret
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Jeong Yak-yong
Jeong Yak-yong
Amnesia (Anime)
Amnesia (Anime)
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Borgia
Borgia
The Worricker Trilogy
The Worricker Trilogy
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Darknet
Darknet
Inside Homicide
Inside Homicide
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
Paradox
Paradox
Panic 9-1-1
Panic 9-1-1
Why Planes Crash
Why Planes Crash
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Unsealed: Conspiracy Files
Unsealed: Conspiracy Files
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
Fatal Encounters
Fatal Encounters
Killer Contact
Killer Contact
Wallander: The Original Episodes
Wallander: The Original Episodes
Neverland
Neverland
Primeval
Primeval
Dateline On ID
Dateline On ID
Secrets of the Arsenal
Secrets of the Arsenal
Five Days
Five Days
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Motives and Murder
Motives and Murder
The Secret of Crickley Hall
The Secret of Crickley Hall
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Babylon 5: The Movies
Babylon 5: The Movies
Best Evidence
Best Evidence
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
Evil Kin
Evil Kin
McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
Hinterland
Hinterland
Private Eye Vares
Private Eye Vares
To Catch a Smuggler
To Catch a Smuggler
Alien Files
Alien Files
Missing (2003)
Missing (2003)
Find Our Missing
Find Our Missing
Nowhere To Hide
Nowhere To Hide
Southern Fried Homicide
Southern Fried Homicide
Monsters in America
Monsters in America
And Baby Will Fall
And Baby Will Fall
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Sex Slaves: Fighting Human Trafficking
Sex Slaves: Fighting Human Trafficking
Spooksville
Spooksville
Dirk Gently
Dirk Gently
Crooked House
Crooked House
Catching Killers
Catching Killers
Happily Never After
Happily Never After
The Perfect Murder
The Perfect Murder
Inspector Nardone
Inspector Nardone
Final Cut
Final Cut
Legends of
Legends of
The Unexplained Files
The Unexplained Files
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice
Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice
Diabolical
Diabolical
Grossology
Grossology
SharkFest
SharkFest
Ebola
Ebola