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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    House of Anubis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows

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    House of Anubis Alex Sawyer, Eugene Simon, Brad Kavanagh

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    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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    Agatha Christie's Poirot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows

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    Agatha Christie's Poirot David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson

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    Monk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Monk Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

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    Bones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Bones Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

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    The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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    Columbo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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    Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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    Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows

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    Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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    Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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    Castle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows

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    Castle Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

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    Dexter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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    Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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    Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Murder, She Wrote Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

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    Psych is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Psych James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

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    Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Pretty Little Liars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

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    Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

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    Lost is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

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    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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    NCIS is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe

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    The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows

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    The Twilight Zone Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

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    Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Veronica Mars Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

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    Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Teen Wolf Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

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    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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    Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows

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    Person of Interest Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

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    Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Sherlock Holmes Jeremy Brett, Charles Gray, Edward Hardwicke

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    Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Alfred Hitchcock Presents Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

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    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

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    The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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    Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Burn Notice Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

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    Ghost Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Ghost Whisperer Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim

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    Forever is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Forever Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Joel David Moore

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    Angel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows

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    Angel David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

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    Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Lucifer Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

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    Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows

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    Broadchurch David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker

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    CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows

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    CSI: Miami David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

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    CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    CSI: NY Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

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    Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn

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    Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys, Georgina Reilly

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    Agatha Christie's Marple is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Agatha Christie's Marple Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie, Stephen Churchett

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    Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Moonlighting Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley

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    Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

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    The Saint is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    The Saint Roger Moore, Ivor Dean, Leslie Crawford

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    The Sicret Circle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows

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    The Sicret Circle Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin

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    Medium is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Medium Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval, Jake Weber

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    Revenge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    Revenge Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann

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    CSI:NY is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows


    CSI:NY Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

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