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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    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

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    Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

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    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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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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    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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    Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

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    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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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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    Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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    Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

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    Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

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    Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe

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    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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    Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

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    Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak

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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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    Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

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    Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

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    Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

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    Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

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    James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

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    Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

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    Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

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    Jeremy Brett, Charles Gray, Edward Hardwicke

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

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    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

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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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    Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Joel David Moore

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    David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

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    Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

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    David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

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    Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

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    David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker

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    Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys, Georgina Reilly

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    Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn

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    Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

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    Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

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    Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley

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    Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval, Jake Weber

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    Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

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    Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross

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    Roger Moore, Ivor Dean, Leslie Crawford

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    David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux

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    Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin

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