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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    Alex Sawyer, Eugene Simon, Brad Kavanagh

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    Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

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    David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson

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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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    Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

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    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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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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    Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

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    James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

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    Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

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    Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

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    Jeremy Brett, Charles Gray, Edward Hardwicke

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    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim

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    Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe

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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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    Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

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    Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie, Stephen Churchett

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    Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

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    Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

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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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    Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval, Jake Weber

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    Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys, Georgina Reilly

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    Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

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    Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn

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    Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley

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    Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt

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