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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    Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

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    David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson

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    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

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    Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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    Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak

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    Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

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    Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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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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    Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

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    Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

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    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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    James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

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    Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

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    Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

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    Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

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    Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe

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    Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

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    Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

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    Jeremy Brett, Charles Gray, Edward Hardwicke

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

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    Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

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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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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim

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    David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

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    Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

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    Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Joel David Moore

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    David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker

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    Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

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    David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

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    Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

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    Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn

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    Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

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    Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys, Georgina Reilly

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    Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie, Stephen Churchett

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    Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley

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    Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper

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    Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval, Jake Weber

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    Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann

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    Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman

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    Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

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