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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Submission
Submission
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Matlock
Matlock
Agatha Christie's Marple
Agatha Christie's Marple
Twin Peaks: The Return
Twin Peaks: The Return
How It Really Happened
How It Really Happened
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Rosemary & Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme
Evil Kin
Evil Kin
Primeval
Primeval
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
The Mist
The Mist
Revolution
Revolution
Five Days
Five Days
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Columbo
Witnesses
Vanished by the Lake
House of Cards
Sleepy Hollow
Broadchurch
Murder, She Wrote
The Disappearance of Maura Murray
Street Justice: The Bronx
Spooksville
A Touch of Frost
Grave Secrets
Dateline: Secrets Uncovered
Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies
Taggart
The Lost Room
Kindred Spirits
Unsolved Mysteries
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
The Brokenwood Mysteries
Wolf Creek
Strange Evidence
Whodunnit?
I Killed My BFF
Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio
Beyond (2017)
Proof
Ascension
Intruders
Killer Instinct
Panic 9-1-1
Flowers in the Attic
Gone
Close Encounters
Fatal Vows
Murder in Suburbia
The Worricker Trilogy
Freakish
Scream: The TV Series
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
Arne Dahl
Hand Of God
Cadfael
Southern Fried Homicide
Agatha Raisin
Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries
The Unexplained Files
Falling Water
Wallander: The Original Episodes
Afterlife
Criminal Justice
Nancy Drew
Quincy, M.E.
McMillan & Wife
Frank Riva
Dirk Gently
Beck
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
Inspector Nardone
Campion
Nowhere To Hide
Agatha Christie's Tommy & Tuppence: Partners in Crime
Nicolas le Floch
NASA's Unexplained Files
Catching Killers
DNA
Dolmen
I Used To Love Her - Ten Years Later
Nero Wolfe
crime after crime web series
Devil in the Details