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
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Murder in Suburbia
Murder in Suburbia
Twin Peaks: The Return
Twin Peaks: The Return
Submission
Submission
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Freakish
Freakish
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Maigret
Maigret
The Brokenwood Mysteries
The Brokenwood Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Gone
Gone
Hand Of God
Hand Of God
Murder Book
Murder Book
Nowhere To Hide
Nowhere To Hide
Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio
The Disappearance of Maura Murray
House of Cards
Homicide Hunter
Matlock
The Mist
Kindred Spirits
In Search of Aliens
Midnight, Texas
Sleepy Hollow
Columbo
Murder, She Wrote
Intruders
Broadchurch
Scream: The TV Series
The Haunted Hathaways
Revolution
The Murder of Laci Peterson
Haunted Towns
Dateline Mystery
Taggart
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
The Haunting Of
The End
Five Days
Primeval
Deadly Women
Witnesses
The Perfect Murder
Whodunnit?
Dead Silent
Guilty Rich
Hinterland
I Killed My BFF
Cadfael
Agatha Raisin
How It Really Happened
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
The Unexplained Files
Falling Water
Wallander: The Original Episodes
Criminal Justice
Nancy Drew
Evil I
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Jack Taylor
Swamp Monsters
Rebus
Evil Things
Why Planes Crash
Cold Squad
Afterlife
Cops And Monsters
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Dick Tracy Vs. Crime Inc. (Original Serial)
Arne Dahl
Dick Tracy's G-Men (Original Serial)
Irene Huss
Dick Tracy Returns (Original Serial)
Suspense
Shaun Ryder on UFOs
Inspector Nardone
Campion
Agatha Christie's Tommy & Tuppence: Partners in Crime
Secrets & Lies
Close Encounters
Nicolas le Floch
NASA's Unexplained Files
Catching Killers
Dolmen
I Used To Love Her - Ten Years Later
Wolf Creek
Nero Wolfe
crime after crime web series
Southern Fried Homicide
Devil in the Details
Randall and Hopkirk
A Stranger in My Home
My Dirty Little Secret
Jess Archer Versus