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List Rules 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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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
TheresaFeng added Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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454 361
Monk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Monk Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

3
286 188
Agatha Christie's Poirot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Hothir added Agatha Christie's Poirot David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson

4
338 270
Castle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
xBegy added Castle Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

5
393 278
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

6
444 348
The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
The Mentalist Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

7
326 231
Columbo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

8
356 237
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
ashadjareh added Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

9
416 354
bones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Bones Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

10
316 208
Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Murder, She Wrote Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak

11
210 122
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

12
361 280
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

13
850 534
House of Anubis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
House of Anubis Alex Sawyer, Eugene Simon, Brad Kavanagh

14
414 271
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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295 202
Elementary is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
ashadjareh added Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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433 322
Lost is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

17
288 223
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Veronica Mars Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

18
629 423
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

19
286 189
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
ashadjareh added Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

20
293 226
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Fringe Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

21
368 242
Psych is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Psych James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

22
519 406
Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Pretty Little Liars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

23
209 114
Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Sherlock Holmes Jeremy Brett, Charles Gray, Edward Hardwicke

24
245 141
Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
ck123 added Person of Interest Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

25
186 137
Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

26
280 201
Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

27
212 147
The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
The Twilight Zone Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

28
234 159
White Collar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
White Collar Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

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120 68
The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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201 190
Ghost Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Ghost Whisperer Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim

31
156 92
Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
ashadjareh added Broadchurch David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker

32
116 90
Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Burn Notice Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

33
87 50
Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
slaft added Magnum, P.I. Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

34
288 224
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe

35
97 37
Midsomer Murders is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
michael-devenny added Midsomer Murders Suzi Quatro, John Nettles, Neil Dudgeon

36
371 312
Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Teen Wolf Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

37
81 41
Agatha Christie's Marple is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Agatha Christie's Marple Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie, Stephen Churchett

38
106 64
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Lucifer Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

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129 89
Forever is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Forever Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Joel David Moore

40
155 163
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

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52 48
The Saint is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
The Saint Roger Moore, Ivor Dean, Leslie Crawford

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85 40
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt

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123 98
Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
corriee21 added Cold Case Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn

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132 115
Murdoch Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Murdoch Mysteries Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys, Georgina Reilly

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95 68
Inspector Lewis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
ashadjareh added Inspector Lewis Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman

46
120 89
Rizzoli & Isles is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Rizzoli & Isles Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

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100 115
Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Moonlighting Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley

48
108 113
Angel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
ashadjareh added Angel David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

49
102 110
Medium is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Medium Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval, Jake Weber

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70 44
Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
slaft added Perry Mason Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper