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"48 Hours Mystery" is a television show that airs on CBS every Saturday evening at 9PM Central and Mountain time. The documentary explores such topics as unexplained conspiracies, unresolved crimes, and strange occurrences. Interviews with experts, witnesses, and other professionals contribute to the credibility of the show. From crimes of passion to strange disappearances, reliable sources are always used to create an objective viewpoint. If investigating a mysterious murder and the only piece of evidence is a fingerprinted doorknob left by the suspect, then reporters might have an interview with a Forensic Fingerprint Expert. Other popular sources that are consulted on the show include attorneys, doctors, high-ranking officials, and family members who were close to the suspect or victim. Whatever the story, the goal of the show is always to present credible evidence in a non-biased manner to help viewers reach their own conclusions.

The show explores a diverse range of topics and themes, making each episode unique and interesting. One show might focus on the disappearance of a successful CEO during a business trip, while another encourages viewers who have any information regarding a career con artist on the lamb to file a report with the local authorities. Whatever the subject covered, viewers tune in each week because they can count on the show to learn something new.

The show also occasionally gives tribute to events that have shaped America, for better or for worse. Among such anniversaries celebrated by "48 Hours Mystery" have been 9/11 and the Virginia Tech tragedy. The purpose of the show is to give a factual account of the event while consulting sources and experts which might give new light on the subject.

By exploring a wide range of topics and themes, "48 Hours Mystery" takes TV journalism to a new and exciting level. From interviews with expert witnesses to conversations with family members involved, the show dissects each case in a manner that allows viewers to form their own educated opinion and think for themselves. For this reason, the show has prospered for over twenty years now with an even brighter future still ahead.

48 Hours Mystery is a Crime Documentary & Biography series that is currently running and has 34 seasons (659 episodes). The series first aired on January 1, 1988. It has moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.4.

48 Hours Mystery is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch 48 Hours Mystery on demand at CBS Amazon Prime, Hulu, iTunes, CBS online.

Saturday 10:00 PM et/pt on CBS
34 Seasons, 659 Episodes
January 1, 1988
Crime Documentary & Biography
7.4/10
Cast: Dan Rather, Maureen Maher, Erin Moriarty, Peter Van Sant
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  • A newsmagazine that focuses on a single story per episode, told from a number of perspectives by a group of correspondents.

  • A newsmagazine that focuses on a single story per episode, told from a number of perspectives by a group of correspondents.

  • The FBI believes skulls drawn in blood are the number of victims murdered by a prolific serial killer.

  • A 13-year-old girl vanishes in 1981.

  • A survivor deals with the trauma after her stepbrother is convicted of killing her family in order to go to the prom.

  • An Ohio mom is brutally murdered.

  • A man on death row says his blood was planted at the crime scene. Will an empty vial help his case? "48 Hours" correspondent Erin Moriarty reports.

  • Chacey Poynter, a Texas woman convicted in the 2016 murder of her husband, University Park Fire Department Captain Robert Poynter, tells her story for the first time about what happened the night he died, in an interview with Peter Van Sant.

  • A newsmagazine that focuses on a single story per episode, told from a number of perspectives by a group of correspondents.

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