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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. By 2022, mystery films are generally referred to as detective fiction. While cinema featured characters such as Sherlock Holmes in the early 1900s, several other Sherlock Holmes likes characters appeared such as Boston Blackie and The Lone Wolf. Several series of mystery films started in the 1930s with major studios featuring detectives like Nick and Nora Charles, Perry Mason, Nancy Drew and Charlie Chan. While original mystery film series were based on novels, by the 1940s many were sourced from comics and radio series. Towards the 1940s these series were predominantly produced as b-movies, with nearly no mystery series being developed by the 1950s. Around the 2020s a wave of popular theatrical straight mystery films were released theatrically including Kenneth Brannagh's Murder on the Orient Express (2017) and Rian Johnson's Knives Out (2019) as well as on streaming services with the parodic Murder Mystery (2019) starring Adam Sandler. ()

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Stranger Things(2016-)

4.3/5 (with 8,329 votes)

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

Squid Game(2021-)

3.9/5 (with 6,690 votes)

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

Riverdale(2017-2023)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
4.2/5 (with 6,635 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.

WandaVision(2021)

4.1/5 (with 5,777 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
4.0/5 (with 4,469 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.

Wednesday(2022-)

4.3/5 (with 3,974 votes)

Wednesday Addams is sent to Nevermore Academy, a bizarre boarding school where she attempts to master her psychic powers, stop a monstrous killing spree of the town citizens, and solve the supernatural mystery that affected her family 25 years ago — all while navigating her new relationships.

Supernatural(2005-2020)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.1/5 (with 3,546 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)

4.2/5 (with 3,123 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.

House(2004-2012)

TV-14
| 44min per episode | Drama, Mystery
4.3/5 (with 3,016 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.

Arrow(2012-2020)

TV-14
| 42min per episode | Crime, Drama, Action & Adventure
3.4/5 (with 2,847 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.

American Horror Story(2011-)

4.1/5 (with 2,668 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 2,479 votes)

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

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Black Mirror(2011-)

4.2/5 (with 2,309 votes)

Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we've had time to stop and question it. In every home; on every desk; in every palm - a plasma screen; a monitor; a smartphone - a black mirror of our 21st Century existence.

Dark Desire(2020-2022)

TV-MA
| 35min per episode | Mystery, Drama
3.7/5 (with 2,095 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.

13 Reasons Why(2017-2020)

TV-MA
| 57min per episode | Drama, Mystery
3.8/5 (with 1,971 votes)

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

Chucky(2021-)

3.9/5 (with 1,946 votes)

After a vintage Chucky doll turns up at a suburban yard sale, an idyllic American town is thrown into chaos as a series of horrifying murders begin to expose the town’s hypocrisies and secrets. Meanwhile, the arrival of enemies — and allies — from Chucky’s past threatens to expose the truth behind the killings, as well as the demon doll’s untold origins.

Dexter(2006-2013)

TV-MA
| 55min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
4.1/5 (with 1,920 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)

4.0/5 (with 1,918 votes)

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

Death Note(2006-2007)

TV-MA
| 22min per episode | Animation, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.3/5 (with 1,899 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?

Criminal Minds(2005-)

TV-14
| 42min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
4.2/5 (with 1,763 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.

The Mentalist(2008-2015)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
4.2/5 (with 1,760 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.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit(1999-)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
4.0/5 (with 1,757 votes)

In the criminal justice system, sexually-based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories.

Under the Dome(2013-2015)

TV-14
| 42min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.6/5 (with 1,719 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
4.1/5 (with 1,697 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.

The Purge(2018-2019)

TV-MA
| 43min per episode | Mystery, Crime, Drama
3.5/5 (with 1,623 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.

The Originals(2013-2018)

NR
| 45min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Drama, Mystery
4.3/5 (with 1,597 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.

Grimm(2011-2017)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.1/5 (with 1,490 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.

The Blacklist(2013-2023)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Drama, Crime, Mystery
3.8/5 (with 1,472 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)

4.2/5 (with 1,426 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.

Sin senos sí hay paraíso(2016-2020)

TV-MA
| 50min per episode | Action & Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery
3.8/5 (with 1,361 votes)

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

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