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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 they attempt 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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Arrow(2012-)

TV-MA
| 42min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Action & Adventure
3.0/5 (with 1,517 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.

Stranger Things(2016-)

TV-14
| 50min per episode | Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Drama
4.2/5 (with 1,450 votes)

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

Supernatural(2005-)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.8/5 (with 1,092 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.

Sherlock(2010-)

TV-14
| 1h 30min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
4.2/5 (with 1,009 votes)

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

Dexter(2006-2013)

TV-MA
| 50min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
4.0/5 (with 766 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.

Lost(2004-2010)

3.9/5 (with 729 votes)

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

American Horror Story(2011-)

TV-MA
| 43min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.5/5 (with 628 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 and a cult.

House(2004-2012)

TV-14
| 44min per episode | Drama, Comedy, Mystery
4.1/5 (with 624 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.

The Blacklist(2013-)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Drama, Crime, Mystery
3.5/5 (with 577 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.

The X-Files(1993-2018)

TV-MA
| 45min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Drama
4.1/5 (with 534 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.

13 Reasons Why(2017-)

TV-MA
| 57min per episode | Drama, Mystery
3.6/5 (with 488 votes)

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

Twin Peaks(1990-2017)

TV-MA
| 46min per episode | Drama, Mystery
4.1/5 (with 428 votes)

The body of Laura Palmer is washed up on a beach near the small Washington state town of Twin Peaks. FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate her strange demise only to uncover a web of mystery that ultimately leads him deep into the heart of the surrounding woodland and his very own soul.

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Fringe(2008-2013)

TV-14
| 46min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Drama, Mystery
4.1/5 (with 421 votes)

FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham, brilliant but formerly institutionalized scientist Walter Bishop and his scheming, reluctant son Peter uncover a deadly mystery involving a series of unbelievable events and realize they may be a part of a larger, more disturbing pattern that blurs the line between science fiction and technology.

The Expanse(2015-)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.9/5 (with 412 votes)

A thriller set two hundred years in the future following the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship's captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.

Riverdale(2017-)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Drama, Mystery
3.7/5 (with 402 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.

Elementary(2012-2019)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Crime
3.6/5 (with 360 votes)

A modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD's most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare - a sober companion, Dr. Watson.

Criminal Minds(2005-)

TV-14
| 42min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
3.7/5 (with 353 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.

Grimm(2011-2017)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
3.6/5 (with 350 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.

Death Note(2006-2007)

TV-14
| 22min per episode | Animation, Mystery
4.2/5 (with 337 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?

Person of Interest(2011-2016)

4.0/5 (with 336 votes)

Person of Interest follows former CIA paramilitary operative, John Reese, who is presumed dead and teams up with reclusive billionaire Finch to prevent violent crimes in New York City by initiating their own type of justice. With the special training that Reese has had in Covert Operations and Finch's genius software inventing mind, the two are a perfect match for the job that they have to complete. With the help of surveillance equipment, they work "outside the law" and get the right criminal behind bars. 

True Blood(2008-2014)

3.7/5 (with 321 votes)

True Blood is an American television drama series created and produced by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a fictional, small town in northwestern Louisiana. The series centers on the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress with an otherworldly quality.

Star Trek: The Next Generation(1987-1994)

4.1/5 (with 320 votes)

Follow the intergalactic adventures of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard and his loyal crew aboard the all-new USS Enterprise NCC-1701D, as they explore new worlds.

American Gods(2017-)

TV-MA
| 1h per episode | Drama, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.5/5 (with 311 votes)

An ex-con becomes the traveling partner of a conman who turns out to be one of the older gods trying to recruit troops to battle the upstart deities. Based on Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel.

Pretty Little Liars(2010-2017)

TV-14
| 41min per episode | Drama, Mystery
3.4/5 (with 286 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.

The Mentalist(2008-2015)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Drama, Crime
3.8/5 (with 274 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.

Smallville(2001-2011)

3.6/5 (with 274 votes)

The origins of the world’s greatest hero–from Krypton refugee Kal-el’s arrival on Earth through his tumultuous teen years to Clark Kent’s final steps toward embracing his destiny as the Man of Steel.

Dark(2017-)

TV-MA
| 53min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Drama, Mystery, Crime
4.0/5 (with 266 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.

Taboo(2017-)

TV-MA
| 59min per episode | Drama, Mystery
4.0/5 (with 266 votes)

Adventurer James Keziah Delaney returns to London from Africa in 1814 along with fourteen stolen diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father.

Teen Wolf(2011-2017)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Drama
3.8/5 (with 265 votes)

Scott McCall, a high school student living in the town of Beacon Hills has his life drastically changed when he's bitten by a werewolf, becoming one himself. He must henceforth learn to balance his problematic new identity with his day-to-day teenage life. The following characters are instrumental to his struggle: Stiles, his best friend; Allison, his love interest who comes from a family of werewolf hunters; and Derek, a mysterious werewolf with a dark past. Throughout the series, he strives to keep his loved ones safe while maintaining normal relationships with them.

Altered Carbon(2018-)

TV-MA
| 1h per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.0/5 (with 258 votes)

After 250 years on ice, a prisoner returns to life in a new body with one chance to win his freedom: by solving a mind-bending murder.

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