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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A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Submission
Submission
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Matlock
Matlock
How It Really Happened
How It Really Happened
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Twin Peaks: The Return
Twin Peaks: The Return
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
Five Days
Five Days
Primeval
Primeval
The Mist
The Mist
Witnesses
Witnesses
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Cadfael
Cadfael
Southern Fried Homicide
Southern Fried Homicide
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Ghost Asylum
Revolution
Columbo
Channel Zero
Street Justice: The Bronx
Broadchurch
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Murder, She Wrote
The Disappearance of Maura Murray
The Haunting Of
Spooksville
Kindred Spirits
Midnight, Texas
House of Cards
Sleepy Hollow
Panic 9-1-1
Grave Secrets
Taggart
Intruders
The Keepers
Whodunnit?
Agatha Raisin
Unsolved Mysteries
Gone
The Brokenwood Mysteries
Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio
Babylon 5: The Movies
Dead of Summer
Killer Instinct
I Killed My BFF
The Murder of Laci Peterson
The OA
How (Not) to Kill Your Husband
Arne Dahl
Close Encounters
Fatal Vows
Wolf Creek
Vanished by the Lake
Nancy Drew
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Quincy, M.E.
Hand Of God
Inspector Nardone
Campion
Falling Water
Murder in Suburbia
Afterlife
Frank Riva
The Worricker Trilogy
Dirk Gently
Rebus
Dateline Mystery
Freakish
Cops And Monsters
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Dick Tracy Vs. Crime Inc. (Original Serial)
Maigret
Dick Tracy's G-Men (Original Serial)
Irene Huss
Dick Tracy Returns (Original Serial)
Suspense
Murder Book
Shaun Ryder on UFOs
Nowhere To Hide
Agatha Christie's Tommy & Tuppence: Partners in Crime
Rosemary & Thyme
Nicolas le Floch
DNA
Dolmen
I Used To Love Her - Ten Years Later
Nero Wolfe
crime after crime web series
Devil in the Details
Beauty Queen Murders
A Stranger in My Home
The Unexplained Files
Scream: The TV Series
My Dirty Little Secret
Jess Archer Versus
America's 60 Greatest Unsolved Mysteries and Crimes