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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Legacies
Legacies
Midnight, Texas
Midnight, Texas
Submission
Submission
The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Dateline: Secrets Uncovered
Dateline: Secrets Uncovered
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Twin Peaks: The Return
Twin Peaks: The Return
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Gone
Gone
The Killing Season
The Killing Season
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
The Murder of Laci Peterson
The Murder of Laci Peterson
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Dead Silent
Dead Silent
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
Matlock
Matlock
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Kindred Spirits
Kindred Spirits
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
UFOs: The Lost Evidence
UFOs: The Lost Evidence
Grave Secrets
Grave Secrets
Guilty Rich
Guilty Rich
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Dead North
Dead North
Gonul
Gonul
Five Days
Five Days
How It Really Happened
How It Really Happened
Evil Kin
Evil Kin
Race to Escape
Race to Escape
Mar de plastico
Mar de plastico
Hear No Evil
Hear No Evil
Deadly Demands
Deadly Demands
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Blood Runs Cold
Blood Runs Cold
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Revolution
Revolution
The Brokenwood Mysteries
The Brokenwood Mysteries
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
Altered Carbon
Altered Carbon
Mob Psycho 100
Mob Psycho 100
A Stranger in My Home
A Stranger in My Home
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Absentia
Absentia
House of Cards
House of Cards
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Devilman Crybaby
Devilman Crybaby
Columbo
Columbo
Mythical Beasts
Mythical Beasts
Beyond (2017)
Beyond (2017)
Borgia
Borgia
Freakish
Freakish
The Perfect Murder
The Perfect Murder
Beck
Beck
Strange Evidence
Strange Evidence
Scream: The TV Series
Scream: The TV Series
Falling Water
Falling Water
Murder Calls
Murder Calls
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Picnic at Hanging Rock
The Mist
The Mist
The Frankenstein Chronicles
The Frankenstein Chronicles
The Woman in White
The Woman in White
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards
It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards
The Unexplained Files
The Unexplained Files
Die Trying
Die Trying
Murder in Suburbia
Murder in Suburbia
The Disappearance of Maura Murray
The Disappearance of Maura Murray
The OA
The OA
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
Cadfael
Cadfael
Afterlife
Afterlife
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
Garage Sale Mystery
Garage Sale Mystery
Devil in the Details
Devil in the Details
Ascension
Ascension
Unforgotten
Unforgotten
Southern Fried Homicide
Southern Fried Homicide
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Amber
Amber
Houdini and Doyle
Houdini and Doyle
My Dirty Little Secret
My Dirty Little Secret
Maigret
Maigret
Maria Wern
Maria Wern
Inspector Nardone
Inspector Nardone
Hinterland
Hinterland
Last Seen Alive
Last Seen Alive
Karma's a B*tch!
Karma's a B*tch!
Siberia
Siberia
Monumental Mysteries
Monumental Mysteries
God's Quiz 2
God's Quiz 2
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Spooksville
Spooksville
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
To Catch a Smuggler
To Catch a Smuggler