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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House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Submission
Submission
Dead North
Dead North
Keeping Faith
Keeping Faith
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Innocent
Innocent
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Murder Calls
Murder Calls
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards
It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards
Unforgotten
Unforgotten
Randall and Hopkirk
Randall and Hopkirk
Scream: The TV Series
Scream: The TV Series
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Strange Evidence
Strange Evidence
Absentia
Absentia
Gone
Gone
The Killing Season
The Killing Season
Kindred Spirits
Kindred Spirits
Dateline: Secrets Uncovered
Dateline: Secrets Uncovered
House of Cards
House of Cards
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Five Days
Five Days
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
The Disappearance of Maura Murray
The Disappearance of Maura Murray
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
Columbo
Columbo
A Stranger in My Home
A Stranger in My Home
Falling Water
Falling Water
Diabolical
Diabolical
Guilty Rich
Guilty Rich
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Evil Kin
Evil Kin
Mosaic
Mosaic
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Agatha Raisin
Agatha Raisin
The Murder of Laci Peterson
The Murder of Laci Peterson
Deadly Demands
Deadly Demands
Beyond (2017)
Beyond (2017)
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Midnight, Texas
Midnight, Texas
Nowhere To Hide
Nowhere To Hide
Haunted Towns
Haunted Towns
Grave Secrets
Grave Secrets
Borgia
Borgia
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
In Search of Aliens
In Search of Aliens
Dead Silent
Dead Silent
Outrageous Acts of Danger
Outrageous Acts of Danger
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Close Encounters
Close Encounters
Haunted Highway
Haunted Highway
Wolf Creek
Wolf Creek
Hinterland
Hinterland
The OA
The OA
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
The Perfect Murder
The Perfect Murder
Primeval
Primeval
Devil in the Details
Devil in the Details
My Dirty Little Secret
My Dirty Little Secret
Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case
Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case
The Brokenwood Mysteries
The Brokenwood Mysteries
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Murder Book
Murder Book
Murder in Suburbia
Murder in Suburbia
Spooksville
Spooksville
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Dirk Gently
Dirk Gently
Mini Monsters: Hidden Kingdoms
Mini Monsters: Hidden Kingdoms
Proof
Proof
American Odyssey
American Odyssey
Motives and Murder
Motives and Murder
The Unexplained Files
The Unexplained Files
Afterlife
Afterlife
The Inspector Vivaldi Mysteries
The Inspector Vivaldi Mysteries
Devilman Crybaby
Devilman Crybaby
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
Hailey Dean Mystery
Hailey Dean Mystery
Les Petits Meurtres D'Agatha Christie (English Subtitled)
Les Petits Meurtres D'Agatha Christie (English Subtitled)
Whodunnit?
Whodunnit?
Deadly Intelligence
Deadly Intelligence
Fatal Encounters
Fatal Encounters
The Whispers
The Whispers
Happily Never After
Happily Never After
I Killed My BFF
I Killed My BFF
Heartless
Heartless
Neverland
Neverland
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior