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The Best Mystery TV Shows

Updated November 24, 2020 73.9k votes 9.0k voters 242.8k views165 items

List RulesVote up the best TV shows that focus on solving mysteries.

The best mystery shows on TV 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 series of all time.

What constitutes a mystery TV show? Well, it could mean shows with new mysteries to solve each episode or series with longer story arcs centered around a mystery. There could be a detective (or two), like Sherlock or Monk, doing the mystery-solving, or things could be more mysterious than a simple crime. This list also includes classic, old murder mystery shows, mystery dramas, crime TV shows, and even funny who done it 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!

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 Longmire or Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, 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, thanks to their votes.

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  • 1
    House of Anubis
    1,989
    1,057

    House of Anubis

    Alex Sawyer, Eugene Simon

    Premiered2011

    NetworkNickelodeon

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  • 2
    Sherlock
    1,814
    997

    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

    Premiered2010

    NetworkBBC One

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  • 3
    Criminal Minds
    804
    711

    Criminal Minds

    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

    Premiered2005

    NetworkA&E, CBS

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  • 4
    Supernatural
    957
    868

    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

    Premiered2005

    NetworkThe WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

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  • 5
    Stranger Things
    456
    432

    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

    NetworkNetflix

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  • 6
    Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
    347
    298

    Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

    Essie Davis, Nathan Page

    Premiered2012

    NetworkABS, ABC1

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  • 7
    Midsomer Murders
    375
    269

    Midsomer Murders

    Suzi Quatro, John Nettles

    Premiered1997

    NetworkITV, UTV, STV, ITV, Sveriges Television

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  • 8
    Magnum, P.I.
    277
    240

    Magnum, P.I.

    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman

    Premiered1980

    NetworkCBS

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  • 9
    Longmire
    131
    104

    Longmire

    Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff

    Premiered2012

    NetworkA&E

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  • 10
    The X-Files
    746
    766

    The X-Files

    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

    Premiered1993

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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  • 11
    Psych
    715
    719

    Psych

    James Roday, Dulé Hill

    Premiered2006

    NetworkUSA Network, ION Television

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  • 12
    Murdoch Mysteries
    315
    273

    Murdoch Mysteries

    Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys

    Premiered2008

    NetworkCity, CBC Television

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  • 13
    Agatha Christie's Marple
    305
    281

    Agatha Christie's Marple

    Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie

    Premiered2004

    NetworkITV

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  • 14
    Lucifer
    1,083
    241

    Lucifer

    Tom Ellis, Lauren German

    Premiered2015

    NetworkNetflix, Fox

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  • 15
    Agatha Christie's Poirot
    754
    765

    Agatha Christie's Poirot

    David Suchet, Hugh Fraser

    Premiered1989

    NetworkITV, UTV, STV, ITV

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  • 16
    Mission: Impossible
    130
    103

    Mission: Impossible

    Peter Graves, Barbara Bain

    Premiered1966

    NetworkCBS

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  • 17
    Columbo
    681
    714

    Columbo

    Peter Falk, Mike Lally

    Premiered1968

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company, NBC

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  • 18
    Foyle's War
    188
    157

    Foyle's War

    Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks

    Premiered2002

    NetworkITV

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  • 19
    Cold Case
    265
    259

    Cold Case

    Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino

    Premiered2003

    NetworkCBS

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  • 20
    Remington Steele
    59
    34

    Remington Steele

    Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan

    Premiered1982

    NetworkNBC

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  • 21
    Broadchurch
    352
    293

    Broadchurch

    David Tennant, Olivia Colman

    Premiered2013

    NetworkITV

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  • 22
    Monk
    847
    906

    Monk

    Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram

    Premiered2002

    NetworkUSA Network

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  • 23
    The Mentalist
    871
    923

    The Mentalist

    Simon Baker, Robin Tunney

    Premiered2008

    NetworkCBS

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  • 24
    Perry Mason
    249
    174

    Perry Mason

    Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale

    Premiered1957

    NetworkCBS

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  • 25
    The Rockford Files
    260
    196

    The Rockford Files

    James Garner, Noah Beery Jr.

    Premiered1974

    NetworkNBC

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