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The Best Mystery TV Shows

Updated January 26, 2021 75.9k votes 9.1k voters 245.8k views174 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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  • Castle26
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    Castle

    Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic

    Premiered2009

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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  • Lie to Me27
    143
    118

    Lie to Me

    Tim Roth, Kelli Williams

    Premiered2009

    NetworkFox

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  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!28
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    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

    Don Messick, Casey Kasem

    Premiered1969

    NetworkCartoon Network, CBS, American Broadcasting Company

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  • Mission: Impossible29
    136
    115

    Mission: Impossible

    Peter Graves, Barbara Bain

    Premiered1966

    NetworkCBS

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  • NCIS30
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    NCIS

    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly

    Premiered2003

    NetworkCBS

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  • Foyle's War31
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    Foyle's War

    Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks

    Premiered2002

    NetworkITV

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  • The Blacklist32
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    The Blacklist

    James Spader, Megan Boone

    Premiered2013

    NetworkNBC

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  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents33
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    Alfred Hitchcock Presents

    Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler

    Premiered1955

    NetworkCBS, NBC

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  • Inspector Lewis34
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    Inspector Lewis

    Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox

    Premiered2006

    NetworkITV Granada, ITV, UTV, STV, ITV

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    #11 of 76 The Best British Detective Series, Ranked#243 of 389 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate

  • Bones35
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    Bones

    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz

    Premiered2005

    NetworkFox

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  • Quincy, M.E.36
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    Quincy, M.E.

    Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin

    Premiered1976

    NetworkNBC

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  • The Twilight Zone37
    478
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    The Twilight Zone

    Rod Serling, Robert McCord

    Premiered1959

    NetworkUPN, CBS

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  • Person of Interest38
    492
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    Person of Interest

    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson

    Premiered2011

    NetworkCBS

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  • Sherlock Holmes39
    485
    499

    Sherlock Holmes

    Jeremy Brett, Charles Gray

    Premiered1984

    NetworkITV

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  • Dexter40
    662
    721

    Dexter

    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter

    Premiered2006

    NetworkShowtime

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  • Matlock41
    183
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    Matlock

    Andy Griffith, Linda Purl

    Premiered1986

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company, NBC

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    #35 of 75 The Best ABC Shows of All Time#205 of 396 The Best TV Shows to Rewatch

  • Inspector Morse42
    131
    100

    Inspector Morse

    John Thaw, Peter Woodthorpe

    Premiered1987

    NetworkITV

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  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer43
    492
    548

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

    NetworkThe WB

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  • Rizzoli & Isles44
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    Rizzoli & Isles

    Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander

    Premiered2010

    NetworkTNT

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  • Doctor Who45
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    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

    Premiered1963

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One, S4C, BBC HD

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  • Lost46
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    Lost

    Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin

    Premiered2004

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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  • Endeavour47
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    Endeavour

    Shaun Evans, Roger Allam

    Premiered2012

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  • The Avengers48
    167
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    The Avengers

    Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg

    Premiered1961

    NetworkITV, Thames Television

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  • Bosch49
    86
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    Bosch

    Titus Welliver, Jamie Hector

    Premiered2014

    NetworkAmazon Video

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  • Burn Notice50
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    311

    Burn Notice

    Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar

    Premiered2007

    NetworkUSA Network

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