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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The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House
Keeping Faith
Keeping Faith
Submission
Submission
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
How It Really Happened
How It Really Happened
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
The Killing Season
The Killing Season
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Matlock
Matlock
Grave Secrets
Grave Secrets
Dateline: Secrets Uncovered
Dateline: Secrets Uncovered
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
The Disappearance of Maura Murray
The Disappearance of Maura Murray
The Perfect Murder
The Perfect Murder
Midnight, Texas
Midnight, Texas
Scream: The TV Series
Scream: The TV Series
Columbo
Columbo
Absentia
Absentia
Agatha Raisin
Agatha Raisin
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Spooksville
Spooksville
Gone
Gone
Altered Carbon
Altered Carbon
Kindred Spirits
Kindred Spirits
Unforgotten
Unforgotten
Revolution
Revolution
Innocent
Innocent
Dead North
Dead North
The Mist
The Mist
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
House of Cards
House of Cards
Dead Silent
Dead Silent
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Freakish
Freakish
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Twin Peaks: The Return
Twin Peaks: The Return
Strange Evidence
Strange Evidence
The Murder of Laci Peterson
The Murder of Laci Peterson
Murder Calls
Murder Calls
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Happily Never After
Happily Never After
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Devilman Crybaby
Devilman Crybaby
Primeval
Primeval
Beyond (2017)
Beyond (2017)
A Stranger in My Home
A Stranger in My Home
Wire In The Blood
Wire In The Blood
Caribbean Pirate Treasure
Caribbean Pirate Treasure
Race to Escape
Race to Escape
Monumental Mysteries
Monumental Mysteries
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Falling Water
Falling Water
Five Days
Five Days
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
The Brokenwood Mysteries
The Brokenwood Mysteries
Les Petits Meurtres D'Agatha Christie (English Subtitled)
Les Petits Meurtres D'Agatha Christie (English Subtitled)
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
Maria Wern
Maria Wern
Ascension
Ascension
Houdini and Doyle
Houdini and Doyle
Hit & Miss
Hit & Miss
Borgia
Borgia
Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives
Gonul
Gonul
Haunted Towns
Haunted Towns
Legacies
Legacies
Whodunnit?
Whodunnit?
Evil Things
Evil Things
Deadly Intelligence
Deadly Intelligence
Mob Psycho 100
Mob Psycho 100
Maigret
Maigret
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Secrets & Lies
Secrets & Lies
Street Justice: The Bronx
Street Justice: The Bronx
Evil Kin
Evil Kin
Ordeal by Innocence
Ordeal by Innocence
Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case
Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
Diabolical
Diabolical
Beck
Beck
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Intruders
Intruders
Hear No Evil
Hear No Evil
I Killed My BFF
I Killed My BFF
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco
The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Dateline On ID
Dateline On ID
Into the Dark
Into the Dark
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Safe
Safe
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery