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The Best Mystery TV Shows

Updated October 1, 2020 73.4k votes 9.0k voters 241.4k views164 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    House of Anubis

    Alex Sawyer, Eugene Simon

    Premiered2011

    NetworkNickelodeon

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  • 2
    Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    992

    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

    Premiered2010

    NetworkBBC One

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  • 3
    Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    700

    Criminal Minds

    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

    Premiered2005

    NetworkA&E, CBS

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  • 4
    Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    418

    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

    NetworkNetflix

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

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

    Premiered2005

    NetworkThe WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

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  • 6
    Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    290

    Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

    Essie Davis, Nathan Page

    Premiered2012

    NetworkABS, ABC1

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  • 7
    Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    Magnum, P.I.

    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman

    Premiered1980

    NetworkCBS

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  • 8
    Midsomer Murders is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    266

    Midsomer Murders

    Suzi Quatro, John Nettles

    Premiered1997

    NetworkITV, UTV, STV, ITV, Sveriges Television

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  • 9
    The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    762

    The X-Files

    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

    Premiered1993

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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  • 10
    Longmire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    101

    Longmire

    Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff

    Premiered2012

    NetworkA&E

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  • 11
    Murdoch Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    Murdoch Mysteries

    Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys

    Premiered2008

    NetworkCity, CBC Television

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  • 12
    Psych is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    716

    Psych

    James Roday, Dulé Hill

    Premiered2006

    NetworkUSA Network, ION Television

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  • 13
    Agatha Christie's Poirot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    762

    Agatha Christie's Poirot

    David Suchet, Hugh Fraser

    Premiered1989

    NetworkITV, UTV, STV, ITV

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  • 14
    Agatha Christie's Marple is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    Agatha Christie's Marple

    Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie

    Premiered2004

    NetworkITV

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  • 15
    Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    238

    Lucifer

    Tom Ellis, Lauren German

    Premiered2015

    NetworkNetflix, Fox

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  • 16
    Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    102

    Mission: Impossible

    Peter Graves, Barbara Bain

    Premiered1966

    NetworkCBS

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  • 17
    The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    919

    The Mentalist

    Simon Baker, Robin Tunney

    Premiered2008

    NetworkCBS

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  • 18
    Monk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    905

    Monk

    Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram

    Premiered2002

    NetworkUSA Network

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  • 19
    Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    Cold Case

    Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino

    Premiered2003

    NetworkCBS

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  • 20
    The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    The Rockford Files

    James Garner, Noah Beery Jr.

    Premiered1974

    NetworkNBC

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  • 21
    Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    290

    Broadchurch

    David Tennant, Olivia Colman

    Premiered2013

    NetworkITV

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  • 22
    Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    174

    Perry Mason

    Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale

    Premiered1957

    NetworkCBS

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  • 23
    Columbo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    712

    Columbo

    Peter Falk, Mike Lally

    Premiered1968

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company, NBC

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  • 24
    Foyle's War is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    156

    Foyle's War

    Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks

    Premiered2002

    NetworkITV

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  • 25
    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
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    454

    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

    Don Messick, Casey Kasem

    Premiered1969

    NetworkCartoon Network, CBS, American Broadcasting Company

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