The Best Mystery TV Shows

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List Criteria: TV shows that involve solving mysteries.

The best Mystery TV shows make trying to solve a great mystery exciting for both the fans and characters. Nothing beats the feeling of a great reveal after experiencing several plot twists and forks in the road. Popular mystery TV shows and movies have been a staple of entertainment for years. This list ranks very best mystery shows in television history.

What constitutes a mystery TV show? Well, in could mean shows with new mysteries to solve each episode or series with longer story arcs centered around a mystery. Don't let your favorite mystery television programs in history get to the bottom of the list--be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot.

Want to know more about the top mystery shows on the list below? You can click on the show names for details such as top billed actors and a quick overview of the show. So if you've never heard of the shows Sherlock or Monk, then you can read up on them before diving into a week-long marathon session. Wonder no more about what are the best mystery shows of all time, as fans definitively answer that question below.

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    Nathalia Ramos, Alexandra Shipp, Jade Ramsey

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    Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins

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    Amanda Righetti, Robin Tunney, Simon Baker

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    Tom Baker, Eric Roberts, Jon Pertwee

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rachel Nichols, A. J. Cook

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    Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Molly Quinn

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    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Tamara Taylor

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    Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Claire Holt

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    Tony Shalhoub, Melora Hardin, Ted Levine

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku, Alyson Hannigan

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    Peter Falk, Patrick McGoohan, Robert Culp

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    Gillian Anderson, Lucy Lawless, David Duchovny

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    Lucy Liu, Natalie Dormer, Jonny Lee Miller

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    Evangeline Lilly, Ian Somerhalder, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Iain Glen, David Suchet, Zoë Wanamaker

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    Yvonne Strahovski, Julie Benz, John Lithgow

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    Casey Kasem, Frank Welker, Don Messick

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    Angela Lansbury, Len Cariou

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    Anthony Michael Hall, Maggie Lawson, Dulé Hill

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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

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    Sarah Shahi, Taraji P. Henson, Jim Caviezel

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    Kristen Bell, Amanda Seyfried, Alyson Hannigan

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    Tiffani Thiessen, Matt Bomer, Hilarie Burton

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    Dylan O'Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Colton Haynes

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    Heather Graham, Sherilyn Fenn, Lara Flynn Boyle

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    Cote de Pablo, Pauley Perrette, Mark Harmon

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Aisha Tyler, Jay Mohr

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    Morgan Freeman, Morgan Brittany, Rod Serling

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    Jeremy Brett, Charles Gray, Edward Hardwicke

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    James Spader, Megan Boone, Parminder Nagra

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    Alfred Hitchcock

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    Elisabeth Shue, Marg Helgenberger, Ted Danson

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    Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Amy Acker

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    Ioan Gruffudd, Alana de la Garza, Judd Hirsch

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    Paul Wesley, Kathryn Morris, Paula Malcomson

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    Lucy Lawless, Tricia Helfer, Gabrielle Anwar

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    Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Lesley-Ann Brandt

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    Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Donnie Wahlberg

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    Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys, Georgina Reilly

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    Lucy Lawless, Taylor Cole, Eva LaRue

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    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

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    Bruce Willis, Cybill Shepherd, Curtis Armstrong

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