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TV Shows & Series: Best Mystery TV Shows/Series

A mystery film is a genre of film that revolves around the solution of a problem or a crime. It focuses on the efforts of the detective, private investigator or amateur sleuth to solve the mysterious circumstances of an issue by means of clues, investigation, and clever deduction. The plot often centers on the deductive ability, prowess, confidence, or diligence of the detective as he attempts to unravel the crime or situation by piecing together clues and circumstances, seeking evidence, interrogating witnesses, and tracking down a criminal. Suspense is often maintained as an important plot element. This can be done through the use of the soundtrack, camera angles, heavy shadows, and surprising plot twists. Alfred Hitchcock used all of these techniques, but would sometimes allow the audience in on a pending threat then draw out the moment for dramatic effect. This genre has ranged from early mystery tales, fictional or literary detective stories, to classic Hitchcockian suspense-thrillers to classic private detective films. A related film subgenre is spy films. ()

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Stranger Things(2016-)

TV-14
| 50min per episode | Drama, Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery
4.3/5 (with 6,521 votes)

When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one strange little girl.

Riverdale(2017-)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
4.3/5 (with 6,378 votes)

Set in the present, the series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surreality of small-town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.

Squid Game(2021-)

TV-MA
| 54min per episode | Action & Adventure, Mystery, Drama
3.9/5 (with 5,592 votes)

Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children's games—with high stakes. But, a tempting prize awaits the victor.

WandaVision(2021)

TV-14
| 36min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Drama
4.2/5 (with 5,129 votes)

Wanda Maximoff and Vision—two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.

Elite(2018-)

TV-MA
| 50min per episode | Crime, Mystery, Drama
4.1/5 (with 4,144 votes)

When three working class kids enroll in the most exclusive school in Spain, the clash between the wealthy and the poor students leads to tragedy.

Supernatural(2005-2020)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.1/5 (with 3,043 votes)

When they were boys, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. Subsequently, their father raised them to be soldiers. He taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America ... and he taught them how to kill it. Now, the Winchester brothers crisscross the country in their '67 Chevy Impala, battling every kind of supernatural threat they encounter along the way.

Dark(2017-2020)

TV-MA
| 53min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Drama, Mystery, Crime
4.2/5 (with 2,534 votes)

A missing child causes four families to help each other for answers. What they could not imagine is that this mystery would be connected to innumerable other secrets of the small town.

Arrow(2012-2020)

TV-14
| 42min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Action & Adventure
3.4/5 (with 2,458 votes)

Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow.

House(2004-2012)

TV-14
| 44min per episode | Drama, Mystery
4.3/5 (with 2,414 votes)

Dr. Gregory House, a drug-addicted, unconventional, misanthropic medical genius, leads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey.

American Horror Story(2011-)

TV-MA
| 43min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.1/5 (with 2,274 votes)

An anthology horror drama series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel, a farmhouse in Roanoke, a cult, the apocalypse and a summer camp.

Sherlock(2010-2017)

TV-14
| 1h 30min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
4.3/5 (with 1,885 votes)

A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Dark Desire(2020-)

TV-MA
| 35min per episode | Mystery, Drama
3.7/5 (with 1,790 votes)

Married Alma spends a fateful weekend away from home that ignites passion, ends in tragedy and leads her to question the truth about those close to her.

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13 Reasons Why(2017-2020)

TV-MA
| 57min per episode | Drama, Mystery
3.9/5 (with 1,691 votes)

After a teenage girl's perplexing suicide, a classmate receives a series of tapes that unravel the mystery of her tragic choice.

The Purge(2018-2019)

TV-MA
| 43min per episode | Mystery, Crime, Drama
3.5/5 (with 1,564 votes)

Set in a dystopian America ruled by a totalitarian political party, the series follows several seemingly unrelated characters living in a small city. Tying them all together is a mysterious savior who’s impeccably equipped for everything the night throws at them. As the clock winds down with their fates hanging in the balance, each character is forced to reckon with their pasts as they discover how far they will go to survive the night.

Under the Dome(2013-2015)

TV-14
| 42min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.6/5 (with 1,523 votes)

A small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. While military forces, the government and the media positioned outside of this surrounding barrier attempt to break it down, a small group of people inside attempt to figure out what the dome is, where it came from, and when (and if) it will go away.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina(2018-2020)

TV-14
| 1h per episode | Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Drama
4.2/5 (with 1,519 votes)

As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. Based on the Archie comic.

Death Note(2006-2007)

TV-14
| 22min per episode | Animation, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.3/5 (with 1,455 votes)

Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects—and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But will Light succeed in his noble goal, or will the Death Note turn him into the very thing he fights against?

Dexter(2006-2013)

TV-MA
| 55min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
4.1/5 (with 1,408 votes)

Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for the Miami Metro Police also leads a secret life as a serial killer, hunting down criminals who have slipped through the cracks of justice.

The Originals(2013-2018)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Drama, Mystery
4.3/5 (with 1,402 votes)

A spin-off from The Vampire Diaries and set in New Orleans, The Originals centers on the Mikaelson siblings, otherwise known as the world's original vampires: Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah. Now Klaus must take down his protégé, Marcel, who is now in charge of New Orleans, in order to re-take his city, as he originally built New Orleans. Klaus departed from the city after being chased down by his father Mikael, while it was being constructed and Marcel took charge. As Klaus has returned after many years, his ego has provoked him to become the king of the city. "Every King needs an heir" says Klaus, accepting the unborn child. The child is a first to be born to a hybrid and a werewolf.

The Mentalist(2008-2015)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
4.2/5 (with 1,304 votes)

Patrick Jane, a former celebrity psychic medium, uses his razor sharp skills of observation and expertise at "reading" people to solve serious crimes with the California Bureau of Investigation.

Criminal Minds(2005-2020)

TV-14
| 42min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
4.2/5 (with 1,301 votes)

An elite team of FBI profilers analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit's most experienced agent is David Rossi, a founding member of the BAU who returns to help the team solve new cases.

Lost(2004-2010)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Action & Adventure, Mystery
4.0/5 (with 1,292 votes)

Stripped of everything, the survivors of a horrific plane crash must work together to stay alive. But the island holds many secrets.

The Blacklist(2013-)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Drama, Crime, Mystery
3.8/5 (with 1,217 votes)

Raymond "Red" Reddington, one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, surrenders in person at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He claims that he and the FBI have the same interests: bringing down dangerous criminals and terrorists. In the last two decades, he's made a list of criminals and terrorists that matter the most but the FBI cannot find because it does not know they exist. Reddington calls this "The Blacklist". Reddington will co-operate, but insists that he will speak only to Elizabeth Keen, a rookie FBI profiler.

Sin senos sí hay paraíso(2016-2020)

TV-MA
| 50min per episode | Action & Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery
3.8/5 (with 1,174 votes)

A young woman born in a mafia-controlled town seeks revenge on those who wrongfully harmed and imprisoned her family.

The X-Files(1993-2018)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Crime
4.2/5 (with 1,157 votes)

The exploits of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who investigate X-Files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. Mulder believes in the existence of aliens and the paranormal while Scully, a skeptic, is assigned to make scientific analyses of Mulder's discoveries that debunk Mulder's work and thus return him to mainstream cases.

Grimm(2011-2017)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.1/5 (with 1,111 votes)

After Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt discovers he's descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as "Grimms," he increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a Grimm.

Pretty Little Liars(2010-2017)

TV-14
| 41min per episode | Drama, Mystery
4.0/5 (with 1,091 votes)

Based on the Pretty Little Liars series of young adult novels by Sara Shepard, the series follows the lives of four girls — Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily — whose clique falls apart after the disappearance of their queen bee, Alison. One year later, they begin receiving messages from someone using the name "A" who threatens to expose their secrets — including long-hidden ones they thought only Alison knew.

You(2018-)

TV-MA
| 45min per episode | Mystery, Crime, Drama
4.1/5 (with 1,042 votes)

A dangerously charming, intensely obsessive young man goes to extreme measures to insert himself into the lives of those he is transfixed by.

Gravity Falls(2012-2016)

4.2/5 (with 1,040 votes)

Twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel Pines are in for an unexpected adventure when they spend the summer helping their great uncle Stan run a tourist trap in the mysterious town of Gravity Falls, Oregon.

Directed by Aaron Springer, Rob Renzetti, Stephen Sandoval, Matt Braly

Tokyo Ghoul(2014-2018)

TV-MA
| 24min per episode | Action & Adventure, Animation, Drama, Mystery
4.3/5 (with 929 votes)

Ken Kaneki is a bookworm college student who meets a girl names Rize at a cafe he frequents. They're the same age and have the same interests, so they quickly become close. Little does Kaneki know that Rize is a ghoul – a kind of monster that lives by hunting and devouring human flesh. When part of her special organ – "the red child" – is transplanted into Kaneki, he becomes a ghoul himself, trapped in a warped world where humans are not the top of the food chain.

Directed by Shuhei Morita
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