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List Rules TV shows that involve solving mysteries.

The best Mystery TV shows 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 shows in television history.

What constitutes a mystery TV show? Well, in could mean shows with new mysteries to solve each episode or series with longer story arcs centered around a mystery. This list also includes murder mystery TV shows, comedy drama mystery series, and crime TV 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 spot.

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 Sherlock or Monk, 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.

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House of Anubis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Alex Sawyer, Eugene Simon, Brad Kavanagh House of Anubis is a jointly Nickelodeon British, American, and Belgian mystery television series based on the Dutch-Belgian television series Het Huis Anubis aired in the Netherlands and ...more

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
TheresaFeng added Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more

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674 605
bones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin Bones is an American procedural comedy-drama television series that premiered on Fox in the United States on September 13, 2005. The show is based on forensic anthropology and forensic ...more

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698 611
The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang The Mentalist is an American police procedural television series that ran from September 23, 2008 until February 18, 2015, broadcasting 151 episodes over seven seasons, on CBS. The show was ...more

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Monk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine Monk is an American comedy-drama detective mystery television series created by Andy Breckman and starring Tony Shalhoub as the eponymous character, Adrian Monk. It originally ran from 2002 to ...more

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456 318
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts investigations ...more

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Agatha Christie's Poirot is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Hothir added David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson Agatha Christie's Poirot is a British television drama that aired on ITV from 8 January 1989 to 13 November 2013. David Suchet stars as the eponymous detective, Agatha Christie's fictional ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
ashadjareh added Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more

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674 535
Lost is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia Lost is an American television drama series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 ...more

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536 471
Castle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
xBegy added Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan Castle is an American drama television series, which premiered on ABC on March 9, 2009. The series is produced jointly by Beacon Pictures and ABC Studios. Created by Andrew W. Marlowe, it ...more

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589 467
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more

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785 582
Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale Pretty Little Liars is an American teen drama mystery–thriller television series loosely based on the popular book series of the same title, written by Sara Shepard. The show premiered on June ...more

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656 397
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...more

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542 455
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas Dexter is an American television drama series. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for Miami Metro Police Department who also leads a secret life ...more

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465 360
Elementary is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
ashadjareh added Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn Elementary is an American drama series that presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. The series was created by Robert Doherty and stars Jonny Lee ...more

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477 348
Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak This show is a television mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. The series aired for 12 seasons with 264 episodes from 1984 to 1996 on ...more

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476 387
Columbo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The character and show, created by William Link and Richard Levinson, ...more

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438 357
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring Veronica Mars is an American mystery drama television series created by screenwriter Rob Thomas. The series is set in the fictional town of Neptune, California, and stars Kristen Bell as the ...more

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914 548
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more

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560 431
Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden Teen Wolf is an American television series developed by Jeff Davis for MTV. It is loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name, and stars Tyler Posey as a teenager named Scott, who is bitten ...more

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403 330
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole Fringe is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. It premiered on the Fox Broadcasting network on September 9, 2008, and concluded ...more

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147 199
Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley Moonlighting is an American television series that aired on ABC from March 3, 1985, to May 14, 1989. The network aired a total of 66 episodes. Starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis as ...more

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Het Huis Anubis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
TheresaFeng added Loek Beernink, Iris Hesseling, Walter Crommelin Het Huis Anubis is a Belgian-Dutch children's television drama created by Studio 100 and Nickelodeon, airing in the Netherlands and Flanders. It first aired in September 2006 and the last ...more

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347 209
Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Jeremy Brett, Charles Gray, Edward Hardwicke Sherlock Holmes is the name given to the TV series of Sherlock Holmes adaptations produced by British television company Granada Television between 1984 and 1994, with the first two series ...more

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567 336
Psych is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson Psych is an American detective comedy-drama television series created by Steve Franks and broadcast on USA Network with syndication reruns on ION Television. It is produced by Franks and Tagline ...more

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375 225
Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
ck123 added Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman Person of Interest is an American science fiction drama television series created by Jonathan Nolan that premiered on September 22, 2011, on CBS. The series revolves around John Reese, a former ...more

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320 225
The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts The Twilight Zone is an American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is a series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, ...more

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Luke Albright added Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more

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242 235
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads This show is an American drama television series that premiered on CBS on October 6, 2000. The show was created by Anthony E. Zuiker and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. It is filmed primarily at ...more

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429 294
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
ashadjareh added Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams Alfred Hitchcock Presents is an American television anthology series hosted by Alfred Hitchcock. The series featured dramas, thrillers, and mysteries. By the time the show premiered on October ...more

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CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez CSI: Miami is an American police procedural television series that ran from September 23, 2002, to April 8, 2012, on CBS. It is the first spin-off of the orignal series. The pilot episode was ...more

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285 294
Ghost Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim Ghost Whisperer is an American television supernatural drama, which ran on CBS from September 23, 2005, to May 21, 2010. The series follows the life of Melinda Gordon, who has the ability to see ...more

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191 175
Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell Burn Notice is an American television series created by Matt Nix which originally aired on the USA Network from June 28, 2007 to September 12, 2013. The show stars Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle ...more

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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson White Collar is a USA Network television series created by Jeff Eastin, starring Tim DeKay as FBI Special Agent Peter Burke and Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey, a highly intelligent and ...more

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238 142
The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff The Blacklist is an American crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile ...more

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374 289
Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn Twin Peaks (Showtime, 2017) is a miniseries that follows FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in a continuation of the original 1990 series, created by David Lynch.

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Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
corriee21 added Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn Cold Case is an American police procedural television series which ran on CBS from September 28, 2003 to May 2, 2010. The series revolved around a fictionalized Philadelphia Police Department ...more

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Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe Scooby Doo, Where Are You! is the first incarnation of the long-running Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon series Scooby-Doo. Created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, it premiered on CBS ...more

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Agatha Christie's Marple is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie, Stephen Churchett Agatha Christie's Marple is a British ITV television series based on the books and short stories by British crime novelist Agatha Christie. The title character was played by Geraldine McEwan ...more

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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
slaft added Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley Magnum, P.I. is an American television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living on Oahu, Hawaii. The series ran from 1980 to 1988 in first-run broadcast on the ...more

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Murdoch Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys, Georgina Reilly Murdoch Mysteries is a Canadian television drama series aired on both City and CBC Television, titled The Artful Detective in the United States, featuring Yannick Bisson as William Murdoch, a ...more

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Midsomer Murders is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
michael-devenny added Suzi Quatro, John Nettles, Neil Dudgeon This is a British television detective drama that has aired on ITV since 1997. The show is based on Caroline Graham's Chief Inspector Barnaby book series, as originally adapted by Anthony ...more

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The Saint is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Roger Moore, Ivor Dean, Leslie Crawford The Saint is an ITC mystery spy thriller television series that aired in the UK on ITV between 1962 and 1969. It was based on the literary character Simon Templar created by Leslie Charteris in ...more

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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is an Australian television drama series. It was first broadcast on ABC on 24 February 2012. The series is based on author Kerry Greenwood's novels and was created ...more

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Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
ashadjareh added David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker Broadchurch is a British television drama broadcast on ITV. It was created and written by Chris Chibnall and produced by Kudos Film and Television, Shine America, and Imaginary Friends. The ...more

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171 210
CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper CSI: NY is an American police procedural television series that ran on CBS from September 22, 2004 to February 22, 2013 for a total of nine seasons and 197 original episodes. The show follows ...more

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Rizzoli & Isles is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill Rizzoli & Isles is a TNT television series starring Angie Harmon as police detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. The one-hour drama is based on the ...more

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Inspector Lewis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
ashadjareh added Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman Lewis is a British television detective drama produced for ITV. A spin-off from Inspector Morse, like that series it is set in Oxford. Kevin Whately reprises his character Robert ...more

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Forever is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Mystery TV Shows
Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Joel David Moore Forever is an American drama television series about Dr. Henry Morgan, an immortal medical examiner in New York City. The series aired on ABC as part of the 2014–15 fall television season. The ...more