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The Best Mystery TV Shows

Updated March 3, 2021 64.0k votes 9.2k voters 247.5k views124 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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  • House of Anubis1
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    House of Anubis

    Alex Sawyer, Eugene Simon

    Premiered2011

    NetworkNickelodeon

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  • Sherlock2
    1,808
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    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

    Premiered2010

    NetworkBBC One

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  • Criminal Minds3
    804
    714

    Criminal Minds

    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

    Premiered2005

    NetworkA&E, CBS

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  • Supernatural4
    950
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    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

    Premiered2005

    NetworkThe WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

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  • Midsomer Murders5
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    Midsomer Murders

    Suzi Quatro, John Nettles

    Premiered1997

    NetworkITV, UTV, STV, ITV, Sveriges Television

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  • Lucifer6
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    Lucifer

    Tom Ellis, Lauren German

    Premiered2015

    NetworkNetflix, Fox

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  • Magnum, P.I.7
    290
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    Magnum, P.I.

    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman

    Premiered1980

    NetworkCBS

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  • Stranger Things8
    472
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    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

    NetworkNetflix

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  • Murdoch Mysteries9
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    Murdoch Mysteries

    Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys

    Premiered2008

    NetworkCity, CBC Television

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  • Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries10
    354
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    Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

    Essie Davis, Nathan Page

    Premiered2012

    NetworkABS, ABC1

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  • Longmire11
    141
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    Longmire

    Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff

    Premiered2012

    NetworkA&E

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  • Broadchurch12
    362
    294

    Broadchurch

    David Tennant, Olivia Colman

    Premiered2013

    NetworkITV

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  • Perry Mason13
    256
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    Perry Mason

    Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale

    Premiered1957

    NetworkCBS

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  • The Rockford Files14
    262
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    The Rockford Files

    James Garner, Noah Beery Jr.

    Premiered1974

    NetworkNBC

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  • Psych15
    735
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    Psych

    James Roday, Dulé Hill

    Premiered2006

    NetworkUSA Network, ION Television

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  • The X-Files16
    744
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    The X-Files

    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

    Premiered1993

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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  • Agatha Christie's Marple17
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    Agatha Christie's Marple

    Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie

    Premiered2004

    NetworkITV

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  • Agatha Christie's Poirot18
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    Agatha Christie's Poirot

    David Suchet, Hugh Fraser

    Premiered1989

    NetworkITV, UTV, STV, ITV

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  • Remington Steele19
    75
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    Remington Steele

    Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan

    Premiered1982

    NetworkNBC

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  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!20
    498
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    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

    Don Messick, Casey Kasem

    Premiered1969

    NetworkCartoon Network, CBS, American Broadcasting Company

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  • Inspector Lewis21
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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#232 of 389 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate

  • Monk22
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    Monk

    Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram

    Premiered2002

    NetworkUSA Network

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  • The Mentalist23
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    The Mentalist

    Simon Baker, Robin Tunney

    Premiered2008

    NetworkCBS

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  • Columbo24
    683
    714

    Columbo

    Peter Falk, Mike Lally

    Premiered1968

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company, NBC

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  • Quincy, M.E.25
    149
    106

    Quincy, M.E.

    Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin

    Premiered1976

    NetworkNBC

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