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. 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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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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    Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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    David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson

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    Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

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    Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

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    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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    Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

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    Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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    Alex Sawyer, Eugene Simon, Brad Kavanagh

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    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

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    Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak

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    Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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    Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

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    Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

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    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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    Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

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    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

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    Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

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    James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim

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    Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

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    James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

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    Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

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    Jeremy Brett, Charles Gray, Edward Hardwicke

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    Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe

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    Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

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    Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

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    David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker

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    Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

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    Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie, Stephen Churchett

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    Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

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    Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Joel David Moore

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    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

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    David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

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    Roger Moore, Ivor Dean, Leslie Crawford

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    Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn

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    Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley

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    Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

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    Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval, Jake Weber

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    Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt

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    Suzi Quatro, John Nettles, Neil Dudgeon

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    Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys, Georgina Reilly

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    Tom Bosley, Tracy Nelson, Mary Wickes

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    Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman

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