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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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+ - 259 172
Agatha Christie's Poirot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Agatha Christie's Poirot David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson

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+ - 424 334
The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
The Mentalist Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

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+ - 431 343
Monk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Monk Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

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+ - 367 265
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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+ - 335 219
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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+ - 325 254
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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+ - 394 340
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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+ - 309 218
Columbo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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+ - 843 522
House of Anubis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
House of Anubis Alex Sawyer, Eugene Simon, Brad Kavanagh

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+ - 335 269
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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+ - 276 191
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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+ - 296 199
Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Murder, She Wrote Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak

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+ - 186 113
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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+ - 395 261
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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+ - 277 213
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Veronica Mars Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

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+ - 414 309
Lost is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

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+ - 612 410
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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+ - 275 180
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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+ - 507 392
Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Pretty Little Liars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

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+ - 279 217
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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+ - 233 134
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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+ - 271 189
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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+ - 187 110
Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Sherlock Holmes Jeremy Brett, Charles Gray, Edward Hardwicke

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+ - 199 142
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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+ - 349 232
Psych is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Psych James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

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+ - 222 151
White Collar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
White Collar Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

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+ - 178 130
Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

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+ - 109 58
The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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Ghost Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Ghost Whisperer Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim

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+ - 110 82
Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Burn Notice Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

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+ - 139 88
Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Broadchurch David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker

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+ - 278 218
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe

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+ - 363 303
Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Teen Wolf Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

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+ - 99 56
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Lucifer Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

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+ - 81 33
Midsomer Murders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Midsomer Murders Suzi Quatro, John Nettles, Neil Dudgeon

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+ - 120 84
Forever is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Forever Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Joel David Moore

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+ - 70 36
Agatha Christie's Marple is listed (or ranked) 38 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) 39 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

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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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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Magnum, P.I. Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

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+ - 71 36
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt

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+ - 113 94
Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Cold Case Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn

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+ - 123 111
Murdoch Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Murdoch Mysteries Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys, Georgina Reilly

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+ - 115 85
Rizzoli & Isles is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Rizzoli & Isles Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

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+ - 105 105
Angel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Angel David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

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+ - 86 65
Inspector Lewis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Inspector Lewis Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman

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+ - 95 110
Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Moonlighting Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley

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+ - 95 106
Medium is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Medium Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval, Jake Weber

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+ - 64 40
Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Perry Mason Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper