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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Keeping Faith
Keeping Faith
Columbo
Columbo
Innocent
Innocent
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards
It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards
Unforgotten
Unforgotten
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Matlock
Matlock
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Murder Calls
Murder Calls
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Gone
Gone
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Kindred Spirits
Kindred Spirits
Haunted Towns
Haunted Towns
Submission
Submission
Revolution
Revolution
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Evil Kin
Evil Kin
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
The Murder of Laci Peterson
The Murder of Laci Peterson
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
The Killing Season
The Killing Season
Absentia
Absentia
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Falling Water
Falling Water
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
The Brokenwood Mysteries
The Brokenwood Mysteries
Close Encounters
Close Encounters
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Freakish
Freakish
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio
Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio
Guilty Rich
Guilty Rich
House of Cards
House of Cards
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
Grave Secrets
Grave Secrets
Mar de plastico
Mar de plastico
Deadly Demands
Deadly Demands
Dateline: Secrets Uncovered
Dateline: Secrets Uncovered
Swamp Murders
Swamp Murders
Redrum
Redrum
Maigret
Maigret
A Stranger in My Home
A Stranger in My Home
Beyond (2017)
Beyond (2017)
Vampire High
Vampire High
Murder Book
Murder Book
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Fatal Vows
Fatal Vows
Hinterland
Hinterland
Agatha Raisin
Agatha Raisin
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
The Perfect Murder
The Perfect Murder
Diabolical
Diabolical
Maria Wern
Maria Wern
Beck
Beck
Deadly Intelligence
Deadly Intelligence
Borgia
Borgia
Cadfael
Cadfael
Whodunnit?
Whodunnit?
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
Happily Never After
Happily Never After
Afterlife
Afterlife
The Mist
The Mist
The OA
The OA
Primeval
Primeval
Safe
Safe
Scream: The TV Series
Scream: The TV Series
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Spooksville
Spooksville
Randall and Hopkirk
Randall and Hopkirk
Ghost
Ghost
Unsealed: Alien Files
Unsealed: Alien Files
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Babylon 5: The Movies
Babylon 5: The Movies
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Five Days
Five Days
Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
La Usurpadora
La Usurpadora
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Garage Sale Mystery
Garage Sale Mystery
The Keepers
The Keepers
How It Really Happened
How It Really Happened
Dead of Summer
Dead of Summer
Wire In The Blood
Wire In The Blood
The Whispers
The Whispers
Forgotten Planet
Forgotten Planet
Midnight, Texas
Midnight, Texas
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
Wolf Creek
Wolf Creek
Motives and Murder
Motives and Murder
Devil in the Details
Devil in the Details