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
Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries
Falling Water
Falling Water
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Vanished by the Lake
Vanished by the Lake
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Matlock
Matlock
Twin Peaks: The Return
Twin Peaks: The Return
Agatha Raisin
Agatha Raisin
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Catching Killers
Catching Killers
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Primeval
Primeval
House of Cards
House of Cards
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Cadfael
Rosemary & Thyme
NASA's Unexplained Files
The Brokenwood Mysteries
Broadchurch
Submission
Columbo
Murder, She Wrote
The Haunting Of
Midnight, Texas
Panic 9-1-1
Ellery Queen
The Mist
The Haunted Hathaways
Beyond (2017)
I Killed My BFF
The Disappearance of Maura Murray
The Whispers
Witnesses
Siberia
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Wolf Creek
Agatha Christie's Marple
Hemlock Grove
Swamp Murders
The Lost Room
Quincy, M.E.
The Unexplained Files
Monsters and Mysteries in America
Dateline Mystery
Maigret
Close Encounters
From Beyond
Murder in Suburbia
Serangoon Road
Criminal Justice
Five Days
Spooksville
Ghost Asylum
Jack Taylor
The Perfect Murder
Rebus
Detective Conan
La Usurpadora
Revolution
Mosaic
Bloodline
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Garage Sale Mystery
How It Really Happened
Dateline On ID
Freakish
Why Planes Crash
Devilman Crybaby
Darknet
The End
Cops And Monsters
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Gone
Deadly Demands
Arne Dahl
Dick Tracy's G-Men (Original Serial)
Irene Huss
Fatal Encounters
Hand Of God
Suspense
Murder Book
Shaun Ryder on UFOs
Maria Wern
Campion
Nowhere To Hide
Agatha Christie's Tommy & Tuppence: Partners in Crime
Secrets & Lies
Nicolas le Floch
DNA
Dolmen
Happily Never After
Fatal Vows
Nero Wolfe
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