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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-14
| 42min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Action & Adventure
3.0/5 (with 966 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.

With Colin Donnell, Katie Cassidy, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, Paul Blackthorne, David Ramsey, ...

Stranger Things(2016)

TV-14
| 50min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.2/5 (with 899 votes)

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

Directed by Duffer Brothers, Shawn Levy, Andrew Stanton - With Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Matthew Modine, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, ...

Supernatural(2005)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.6/5 (with 765 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.

With Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard, Mark Pellegrino, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, ...

Sherlock(2010)

TV-14
| 1h 30min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
4.2/5 (with 719 votes)

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

Directed by Euros Lyn, Paul McGuigan, Rachel Talalay - With Rupert Graves, Louise Brealey, Mark Gatiss, Vinette Robinson, Zoe Telford, Andrew Scott, ...

Dexter(2006)

TV-MA
| 50min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
4.0/5 (with 552 votes)

Dexter is an American television drama series. The series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for 'Miami Metro Police Department' who also leads a secret life as a serial killer, hunting down criminals who have slipped through the cracks of justice.

Directed by Michael Cuesta, Tony Goldwyn, Robert Lieberman, Steve Shill, Adam Davidson, Keith Gordon, ... - With Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, James Remar, Lauren Vélez, C. S. Lee, ...

Lost(2004)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery
3.9/5 (with 527 votes)

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

Directed by Jack Bender, Stephen Williams, J. J. Abrams - With Nestor Carbonell, Evangeline Lilly, Elizabeth Mitchell Lopez Padilla, Ian Somerhalder, Michelle Rodriguez, Harold Perrineau, ...

House(2004)

TV-14
| 44min per episode | Drama, Comedy, Mystery
4.1/5 (with 441 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.

Directed by Peter Medak, Bryan Singer, Jace Alexander, Peter O'Fallon, Newton Thomas Sigel, Greg Yaitanes, ... - With Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Robert Sean Leonard, Omar Epps, Jennifer Morrison, Jesse Spencer, ...

The X-Files(1993)

TV-MA
| 45min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.1/5 (with 427 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.

Directed by Rob Bowman - With David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, Annabeth Gish, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, ...

The Blacklist(2013)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Drama, Crime, Mystery
3.6/5 (with 402 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.

With James Spader, Megan Boone, Harry Lennix, Diego Klattenhoff, Ryan Eggold, Parminder Nagra, ...

American Horror Story(2011)

TV-MA
| 43min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.6/5 (with 397 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.

With Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Denis O'Hare, Jessica Lange, ...

Fringe(2008)

TV-14
| 46min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Drama, Mystery
4.1/5 (with 322 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.

Directed by J. J. Abrams - With Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Jasika Nicole, Lance Reddick, Kirk Acevedo, ...

Twin Peaks(1990)

TV-MA
| 46min per episode | Drama, Mystery
4.0/5 (with 321 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.

Directed by David Lynch, Mark Frost - With Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Richard Beymer, Lara Flynn Boyle, ...

13 Reasons Why(2017)

TV-MA
| 55min per episode | Drama, Mystery
3.6/5 (with 307 votes)

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

With Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Christian Lee Navarro, Alisha Boe, Brandon Flynn, Justin Prentice, ...

The Expanse(2015)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.8/5 (with 298 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.

Directed by Robert Lieberman, Terry McDonough - With Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham, Florence Faivre, ...

Grimm(2011)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
3.4/5 (with 273 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.

Directed by Norberto Barba, David Greenwalt, David Solomon - With David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Claire Coffee, Bree Turner, ...

Person of Interest(2011)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery
3.9/5 (with 265 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. 

With Kevin Chapman, Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Taraji P. Henson, Sarah Shahi, Amy Acker, ...

Elementary(2012)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Crime
3.5/5 (with 265 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.

With Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn, Jon Michael Hill, John Noble, Erik Jensen, ...

Star Trek: The Next Generation(1987)

4.1/5 (with 248 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.

With Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby, Michael Dorn, ...

Criminal Minds(2005)

TV-14
| 42min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
3.6/5 (with 241 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.

With Mandy Patinkin, Shemar Moore, Thomas Gibson, Lola Glaudini, Matthew Gray Gubler, A. J. Cook, ...

Pretty Little Liars(2010)

TV-14
| 41min per episode | Drama, Mystery
3.1/5 (with 208 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.

Directed by Norman Buckley, Ron Lagomarsino, Chad Lowe, Arlene Sanford, Michael Grossman, Melanie Mayron, ... - With Troian Bellisario, Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Sasha Pieterse, Shay Mitchell, Janel Parrish, ...

The Strain(2014)

TV-MA
| 44min per episode | Science Fiction, Drama, Mystery
3.3/5 (with 207 votes)

A high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

With Corey Stoll

American Gods(2017)

TV-MA
| 1h per episode | Drama, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.5/5 (with 204 votes)

Based on Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel about an ex-con who 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.

With Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover, Yetide Badaki, Pablo Schreiber, ...

Under the Dome(2013)

TV-14
| 42min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.1/5 (with 197 votes)

Under the Dome is based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. It tells the story of the residents of the small town of Chester's Mill in Maine, where a massive, transparent, indestructible dome suddenly cuts them off from the rest of the world. With no Internet access, no mobile signals and limited radio communication, the people trapped inside must find their own ways to survive with diminishing resources and rising tensions. 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.

Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, Jack Bender, Roxann Dawson, Paul A. Edwards, Kari Skogland, Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, ... - With Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Natalie Martinez, Alexander Koch, Colin Ford, Britt Robertson, ...

Taboo(2017)

TV-MA
| 59min per episode | Drama, Mystery
4.0/5 (with 193 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.

With Tom Hardy, Oona Castilla Chaplin, David Hayman, Jonathan Pryce, Edward Fox, Jessie Buckley, ...

Smallville(2001)

3.6/5 (with 191 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.

With Tom Welling, Laura Vandervoort, Annette O'Toole, Erica Durance, Kristin Kreuk, Allison Mack, ...

Death Note(2006)

TV-14
| 22min per episode | Animation, Mystery
4.1/5 (with 188 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?

The Mentalist(2008)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Mystery, Drama
3.8/5 (with 182 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.

With Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang, Owain Yeoman, Amanda Righetti, Rockmond Dunbar, ...

Bates Motel(2013)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Drama, Mystery
3.9/5 (with 171 votes)

A "contemporary prequel" to the 1960 film Psycho, depicting the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in Hitchcock's film, albeit in a different fictional town and in a modern setting. The series begins after the death of Norma's husband, when she purchases a motel located in a coastal Oregon town so she and Norman can start a new life.

With Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke, Nicola Peltz, Nestor Carbonell, ...

The Originals(2013)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.7/5 (with 166 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.

With Joseph Morgan

How to Get Away with Murder(2014)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
3.7/5 (with 164 votes)

A sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor. They become entangled in a murder plot and will shake the entire university and change the course of their lives.

With Viola Davis, Alfred Enoch, Tom Verica, Jack Falahee, Billy Brown, Charlie Weber, ...
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