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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Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Twin Peaks: The Return
Twin Peaks: The Return
Freakish
Freakish
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
The Disappearance of Maura Murray
The Disappearance of Maura Murray
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Matlock
Matlock
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Agatha Raisin
Agatha Raisin
How It Really Happened
How It Really Happened
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Murder in Suburbia
Murder in Suburbia
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Dolmen
Kindred Spirits
The Murder of Laci Peterson
Midnight, Texas
Street Justice: The Bronx
Redrum
Cold Squad
The Mist
Cadfael
Close Encounters
Les Petits Meurtres D'Agatha Christie (English Subtitled)
Five Days
The Worricker Trilogy
Wire In The Blood
House of Cards
Homicide Hunter
Scream: The TV Series
Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio
The Haunted Hathaways
Columbo
Murder, She Wrote
Deadly Women
Swamp Murders
Sleepy Hollow
Evil Things
Haunted Towns
Haunted Highway
Spooksville
The Haunting Of
Mar de plastico
Submission
Grave Mysteries
In Search of Aliens
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
Dead Silent
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Original Sin
Detective Conan
Beyond (2017)
Deadly Demands
Caribbean Pirate Treasure
Hangar 1: The UFO files
Revolution
Alcatraz
Fatal Encounters
Hinterland
Taggart
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
Guilty Rich
Borgia
Hemlock Grove
Murder Book
Southern Fried Homicide
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
Inspector Manara
Swamp Monsters
Gone
Quincy, M.E.
Nowhere To Hide
A Stranger in My Home
Murder Calls
Gourmet Detective
Irene Huss
Hand Of God
Secrets & Lies
Criminal Justice
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Dirk Gently
Jack Taylor
Garage Sale Mystery
Psychic Detectives
Dateline Mystery
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Dick Tracy Vs. Crime Inc. (Original Serial)
Maigret
Arne Dahl
Dick Tracy's G-Men (Original Serial)
Dick Tracy Returns (Original Serial)
Suspense
Shaun Ryder on UFOs