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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Twin Peaks: The Return
Twin Peaks: The Return
Submission
Submission
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
House of Cards
House of Cards
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Freakish
Freakish
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
The Mist
The Mist
Matlock
Matlock
Hinterland
Hinterland
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Agatha Raisin
Agatha Raisin
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Primeval
Primeval
Scream: The TV Series
Scream: The TV Series
Murder in Suburbia
Murder in Suburbia
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
How It Really Happened
Secrets & Lies
Five Days
Sleepy Hollow
Murder Book
Homicide Hunter
La Usurpadora
Detective Conan
Wire In The Blood
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Taggart
The Keepers
Dateline Mystery
Murder, She Wrote
Columbo
Rosemary & Thyme
Revolution
Dead of Summer
The Secret of Crickley Hall
The Brokenwood Mysteries
Murder Calls
Deadly Women
The Perfect Murder
Swamp Murders
Hardy Boys
Spooksville
Houdini and Doyle
Arne Dahl
The Worricker Trilogy
Beyond (2017)
The Whispers
Fatal Vows
Ascension
Ellery Queen
Flowers in the Attic
The OA
Bloodline
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
Midnight, Texas
Quincy, M.E.
Hand Of God
Catching Killers
Channel Zero
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Nancy Drew
Jack Taylor
Swamp Monsters
A Touch of Frost
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Cold Squad
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Dick Tracy Vs. Crime Inc. (Original Serial)
Dick Tracy's G-Men (Original Serial)
Irene Huss
Dick Tracy Returns (Original Serial)
Suspense
Shaun Ryder on UFOs
Inspector Nardone
Nowhere To Hide
Agatha Christie's Tommy & Tuppence: Partners in Crime
Close Encounters
Nicolas le Floch
Lovejoy
Southern Fried Homicide
Devil in the Details
The Haunting Of
A Stranger in My Home
The Unexplained Files
Jess Archer Versus
America's 60 Greatest Unsolved Mysteries and Crimes
Private Eye Vares
Wallander: The Original Episodes
Dateline On ID
The Field of Blood
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
The Broker's Man
The Inspector Vivaldi Mysteries
Serangoon Road
Criminal Justice
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior