Mystery TV

From the inscrutable Lost to Stranger Thing's supernatural head-scratcher to Scooby's obvious-in-hindsight plots (of course the caretaker did it!), television offers lots of mysteries for kids and teens. Some are scary and some are silly, but watching mysteries can be a great way to develop skills like listening, collecting and evaluating evidence, and forming a hypothesis. So put on your Sherlock hat and start solving! For more picks for curious kids trying to hone their detective skills, check out these Courtroom Dramas and TV Shows for Fans of Riverdale.

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Busytown Mysteries

age 3+

Richard Scarry's beloved characters solve kid-size queries.

Network: CBS (2007)
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The Creature Cases

age 4+

Dynamic duo investigates animal mysteries in funny series.

Network: Netflix (2022)
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Mira, Royal Detective

age 4+

Clever girl's adventures celebrate Indian culture.

Network: Disney Junior (2020)
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Noddy, Toyland Detective

age 4+

Colorful take on classic is fun, teaches problem-solving.

Network: Universal Kids (2016)
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Treehouse Detectives

age 4+

Simple mysteries teach preschoolers about natural world.

Network: Netflix (2018)
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Odd Squad

age 5+

Lively mixed-media series solves mysteries with math skills.

Network: PBS Kids (2014)
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Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

age 5+

Scoob and the gang are on the case! Families AOK.

Network: Boomerang (1969)
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Just Add Magic: Mystery City

age 6+

Exceptional spin-off show cooks up fun for the whole family.

Network: Amazon Prime Video (2020)
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Eerie, Indiana

age 7+

Short-lived '90s series is more fun than frightful.

Network: Hulu (1991)
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Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated

age 7+

Update of classic mystery show is targeted more at tweens.

Network: Cartoon Network (2010)
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House of Anubis

age 8+

British mystery series is clean, positive fun for tweens.

Network: Nickelodeon (2011)
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Martin Mystery

age 8+

Scooby-Doo meets X-Files; tweens OK.

Network: Nicktoons (2003)
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Theodosia

age 8+

Fun historical adventure series; suspense and mild scares.

Network: HBO Max (2022)
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The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries

age 9+

Squeaky-clean teens solve mysteries in 1970s drama.

Network: ABC (1977)
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Dead End: Paranormal Park

age 10+

Fun, spooky series features LGBTQ+ and racial diversity.

Network: Netflix (2022)
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The Indian Detective

age 12+

India-set murder mystery is gentle and easygoing.

Network: Netflix (2017)
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Murder, She Wrote

age 12+

Simple crime drama is tame by today's standards.

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Mysteries Decoded

age 12+

Sensational unsolved mystery show includes the paranormal.

Network: CW (2019)
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Perry Mason

age 12+

Classic courtroom drama wins the case.

Network: Hallmark Channel, Syndicated (1957)
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The Gil Mayo Mysteries

age 13+

Quirky Brit detective series is light on violence.

Network: BBC America (2006)
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