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, Una Stubbs

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    Alex Sawyer, Eugene Simon, Brad Kavanagh

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    Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

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    Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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    Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

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    David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson

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    Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

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    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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    Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

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    Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak

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    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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    Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

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    Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

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    Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

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    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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    Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

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    Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

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    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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    Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

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    James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

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    Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

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    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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    Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

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    Jeremy Brett, Charles Gray, Edward Hardwicke

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    Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim

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    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

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    Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

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    James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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    Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Joel David Moore

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    Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

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    Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

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    David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

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    David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker

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    Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie, Stephen Churchett

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    Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys, Georgina Reilly

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    Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn

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    David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

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    Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

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    Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

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    Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval, Jake Weber

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    Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman

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    Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper

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    Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley

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    Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann

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