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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House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Submission
Submission
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
NASA's Unexplained Files
NASA's Unexplained Files
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Altered Carbon
Altered Carbon
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Matlock
Matlock
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Cadfael
Cadfael
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Beck
Beck
Murder Book
Murder Book
Close Encounters
Close Encounters
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Falling Water
The Perfect Murder
House of Cards
Channel Zero
Scream: The TV Series
Columbo
The Disappearance of Maura Murray
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
Deadly Demands
Arne Dahl
Inspector Nardone
The Worricker Trilogy
The Haunting Of
Revolution
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Devilman Crybaby
Spooksville
James Patterson's Murder is Forever
Kindred Spirits
Absentia
Beyond (2017)
Sleepy Hollow
Midnight, Texas
Dead Silent
Broadchurch
The Murder of Laci Peterson
Intruders
Whodunnit?
I Killed My BFF
Rosemary & Thyme
Jack Taylor
Murder, She Wrote
Five Days
Bellevue
Mosaic
Murder in Suburbia
Street Justice: The Bronx
Evil Things
Swamp Murders
Strange Evidence
Hit & Miss
Evil Kin
Borgia
The End
My Dirty Little Secret
Vanished by the Lake
Henning Mankell's Wallander
Twin Peaks: The Return
Primeval
Mountain Monsters: Bigfoot Files
Quincy, M.E.
Gone
Hand Of God
Suspense
Nicolas le Floch
Wolf Creek
Nero Wolfe
Southern Fried Homicide
The Unexplained Files
Freakish
Why Planes Crash
The Haunted Hathaways
Dirk Gently
Cops And Monsters
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Maigret
Dick Tracy's G-Men (Original Serial)
Irene Huss
Fatal Encounters
Garage Sale Mystery
Shaun Ryder on UFOs
Campion
Agatha Christie's Tommy & Tuppence: Partners in Crime
American Odyssey
Catching Killers
Forgotten Planet
DNA
Dolmen
Happily Never After
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