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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Midnight, Texas
Midnight, Texas
Twin Peaks: The Return
Twin Peaks: The Return
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Agatha Raisin
Agatha Raisin
Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio
Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
The Murder of Laci Peterson
The Murder of Laci Peterson
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
Cadfael
Cadfael
Hinterland
Hinterland
Garage Sale Mystery
Garage Sale Mystery
The Mist
The Mist
Murder in Suburbia
Murder in Suburbia
The Worricker Trilogy
The Worricker Trilogy
Channel Zero
Broadchurch
Maria Wern
Afterlife
Close Encounters
Primeval
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Agatha Christie's Marple
The Brokenwood Mysteries
Homicide Hunter
House of Cards
Kindred Spirits
Matlock
Freakish
Scream: The TV Series
Murder, She Wrote
Haunted Towns
Submission
Columbo
Caribbean Pirate Treasure
Taggart
Evil Things
The Whispers
Mar de plastico
Beyond (2017)
Grave Mysteries
Swamp Murders
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Sleepy Hollow
Guilty Rich
Siberia
A Touch of Frost
The Haunted Hathaways
Fatal Vows
Ascension
Hear No Evil
I Killed My BFF
American Odyssey
American Haunting
Borgia
Hangar 1: The UFO files
In Search of Aliens
Route 35
To Catch a Smuggler
A Stranger in My Home
Bloodline
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Catching Killers
My Dirty Little Secret
Nancy Drew
Rebus
The Unexplained Files
The Keepers
The OA
How It Really Happened
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Dick Tracy Vs. Crime Inc. (Original Serial)
Maigret
Arne Dahl
Dick Tracy's G-Men (Original Serial)
Irene Huss
Dick Tracy Returns (Original Serial)
Hand Of God
Shaun Ryder on UFOs
Inspector Nardone
Campion
Agatha Christie's Tommy & Tuppence: Partners in Crime
Secrets & Lies
Lovejoy
Dolmen
Southern Fried Homicide
Randall and Hopkirk
Dateline Mystery
Jess Archer Versus
Private Eye Vares
Wallander: The Original Episodes
The Field of Blood
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
The Broker's Man
The Inspector Vivaldi Mysteries