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List Rules 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. This list also includes murder mystery TV shows, comedy drama mystery series, and crime TV shows. 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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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman Una Stubbs

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman Matt Smith

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Agatha Christie's Poirot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Agatha Christie's Poirot David Suchet, Hugh Fraser Philip Jackson

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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
The Mentalist Simon Baker, Robin Tunney Tim Kang

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson Mitch Pileggi

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Monk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Monk Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford Ted Levine

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Castle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Castle Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic Susan Sullivan

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bones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Bones Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz Michaela Conlin

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House of Anubis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
House of Anubis Alex Sawyer, Eugene Simon Brad Kavanagh

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Columbo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally John Finnegan

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Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Murder, She Wrote Angela Lansbury, William Windom Ron Masak

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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu Aidan Quinn

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox Jorge Garcia

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter David Zayas

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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Veronica Mars Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III Jason Dohring

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles Jim Beave

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler Thomas Gibson

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon Alyson Hannigan

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Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Pretty Little Liars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson Lucy Hale

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly Pauley Perrette

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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Fringe Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson Jasika Nicole

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Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Person of Interest Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson Kevin Chapman

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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean Mädchen Amick

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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone Diego Klattenhoff

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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
The Twilight Zone Rod Serling, Robert McCord Jay Overholts

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler John Williams

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Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Sherlock Holmes Jeremy Brett, Charles Gray Edward Hardwicke

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Psych is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Psych James Roday, Dulé Hill Timothy Omundson

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Ghost Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Ghost Whisperer Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad Camryn Manheim

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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
White Collar Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay Willie Garson

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Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Don Messick, Casey Kasem Nicole Jaffe

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Lucifer Tom Ellis, Lauren German Kevin Alejandro

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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Teen Wolf Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien Holland Roden

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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Burn Notice Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar Bruce Campbell

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Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Broadchurch David Tennant, Olivia Colman Jodie Whittaker

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Agatha Christie's Marple is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Agatha Christie's Marple Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie Stephen Churchett

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger George Eads

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Forever is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Forever Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza Joel David Moore

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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Magnum, P.I. Tom Selleck, John Hillerman Roger E. Mosley

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The Saint is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
The Saint Roger Moore, Ivor Dean Leslie Crawford

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Angel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Angel David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter Alexis Denisof

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Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Cold Case Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino John Finn

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Midsomer Murders is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Midsomer Murders Suzi Quatro, John Nettles Neil Dudgeon

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Rizzoli & Isles is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Rizzoli & Isles Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges Bruce McGill

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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Essie Davis, Nathan Page Hugo Johnstone-Burt

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Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Moonlighting Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis Allyce Beasley

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Medium is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Medium Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval Jake Weber

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Murdoch Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Murdoch Mysteries Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys Georgina Reilly

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Inspector Lewis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Inspector Lewis Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox Clare Holman

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Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Perry Mason Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale William Hopper