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The Best Mystery TV Shows

Updated May 24, 2021 64.2k votes 9.5k voters 257.9k views148 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

    Jade Ramsey, Tasie Lawrence
    1,945
    1,039

    PremieredJanuary 1, 2011

    NetworkNIK

  • 2
    TheresaFeng added

    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman
    1,769
    957

    PremieredJuly 25, 2010

    NetworkBBC1

  • 3

    Psych

    James Roday Rodriguez, Dulé Hill
    745
    664

    PremieredJuly 7, 2006

    NetworkUSA

  • 4
    Luke Albright added

    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour
    483
    424

    PremieredJuly 15, 2016

    NetworkNETOV

  • 5

    Criminal Minds

    Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster
    781
    683

    PremieredSeptember 22, 2005

    NetworkCBS

  • 6

    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles
    924
    836

    PremieredSeptember 13, 2005

    NetworkWB, CW

  • 7
    michael-devenny added

    Midsomer Murders

    Neil Dudgeon, Nick Hendrix
    380
    282

    PremieredMarch 23, 1997

    NetworkITVMNF

  • 8

    Lucifer

    Tom Ellis, Lauren German
    1,011
    280

    PremieredJanuary 25, 2016

    NetworkFOX, NETOV

  • 9
    Hothir added

    Agatha Christie's Poirot

    David Suchet, Hugh Fraser
    748
    699

    PremieredJanuary 8, 1989

    NetworkITVMNF

  • 10

    The X-Files

    Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny
    730
    700

    PremieredSeptember 10, 1993

    NetworkFOX

  • 11
    ashadjareh added

    Broadchurch

    David Tennant, Olivia Colman
    379
    291

    PremieredMarch 4, 2013

    NetworkITVMNF

  • 12

    Murdoch Mysteries

    Yannick Bisson, Helene Joy
    325
    278

    PremieredJanuary 24, 2008

    NetworkCITY, CBC

  • 13

    The Rockford Files

    James Garner, Noah Beery
    267
    209

    PremieredSeptember 13, 1974

    NetworkNBC

  • 14
    slaft added

    Perry Mason

    Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale
    257
    178

    PremieredSeptember 21, 1957

    NetworkCBS

  • 15
    MikeLeebaw added

    The Closer

    Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons
    75
    42

    PremieredJune 13, 2005

    NetworkTNT

  • 16

    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

    Don Messick, Casey Kasem
    508
    442

    PremieredSeptember 13, 1969

    NetworkCBS

  • 17

    Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

    Essie Davis, Nathan Page
    354
    313

    PremieredFebruary 24, 2012

    NetworkABCTN

  • 18

    Monk

    Tony Shalhoub, Ted Levine
    834
    824

    PremieredJuly 12, 2002

    NetworkUSA

  • 19

    The Twilight Zone

    Rod Serling, Robert McCord
    454
    409

    PremieredOctober 2, 1959

    NetworkCBS

  • 20

    The Mentalist

    Simon Baker, Robin Tunney
    858
    836

    PremieredSeptember 23, 2008

    NetworkCBS

  • 21

    Agatha Christie's Marple

    Julia McKenzie, Geraldine McEwan
    314
    278

    PremieredDecember 12, 2004

    NetworkITV1GRA

  • 22

    Columbo

    Peter Falk, Mike Lally
    667
    652

    PremieredSeptember 15, 1971

    NetworkNBC, ABC

  • 23
    slaft added

    Magnum, P.I.

    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman
    290
    257

    PremieredDecember 11, 1980

    NetworkCBS

  • 24

    Murder, She Wrote

    Angela Lansbury
    621
    610

    PremieredSeptember 30, 1984

    NetworkCBS

  • 25
    Luke Albright added

    Longmire

    Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips
    152
    123

    PremieredJune 3, 2012

    NetworkAETV, NETOV