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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Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
The Brokenwood Mysteries
The Brokenwood Mysteries
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Afterlife
Afterlife
Submission
Submission
How It Really Happened
How It Really Happened
Taggart
Taggart
Primeval
Primeval
Five Days
Five Days
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Close Encounters
Close Encounters
Lovejoy
Lovejoy
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Matlock
Scream: The TV Series
Rebus
Swamp Monsters
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
Deadly Women
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
House of Cards
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunting Of
Columbo
Channel Zero
Detective Conan
A Touch of Frost
Murder, She Wrote
Spooksville
La Usurpadora
Hand Of God
Rosemary & Thyme
Agatha Raisin
Beyond (2017)
Kindred Spirits
Wire In The Blood
Alcatraz
The OA
Hinterland
Ellery Queen
Psychic Detectives
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
Panic 9-1-1
Swamp Murders
Revolution
Vampire High
I Killed My BFF
Hemlock Grove
Body of Evidence
Siberia
The Whispers
Race to Escape
Amber
Unsolved Mysteries
Dateline On ID
Maigret
Catching Killers
The Unexplained Files
Arne Dahl
Irene Huss
NASA's Unexplained Files
Maria Wern
Inspector Nardone
Secrets & Lies
Quincy, M.E.
Cold Squad
Darknet
Murder in Suburbia
Agatha Christie's Tommy & Tuppence: Partners in Crime
Find Our Missing
Painted Lady
McMillan & Wife
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Suspense
Ultra Seven
My Dirty Little Secret
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Southern Fried Homicide
Frank Riva
Dolmen
Nicolas le Floch
Flowers in the Attic
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
America's 60 Greatest Unsolved Mysteries and Crimes
Inspector Manara
The Broker's Man
Last Seen Alive
Nowhere To Hide
Private Eye Vares
Wallander: The Original Episodes
Murder Book