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 TV Poster Image
Richard Scarry's beloved characters solve kid-size queries.
Network: CBS
(2009)
(2007)
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Mira, Royal Detective TV Poster Image
Clever girl's adventures expose viewers to Indian culture.
Network: Disney Junior
(2020)
(2020)
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Noddy, Toyland Detective TV Poster Image
Colorful take on classic is fun, teaches problem-solving.
Network: Universal Kids
(2016)
(2016)
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Treehouse Detectives TV Poster Image
Simple mysteries teach preschoolers about natural world.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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Odd Squad TV Poster Image
Lively mixed-media series solves mysteries with math skills.
Network: PBS Kids
(2014)
(2014)
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Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! TV Poster Image
Scoob and the gang are on the case! Families AOK.
Network: Boomerang
(2004)
(1969)
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Just Add Magic: Mystery City TV Poster Image
Exceptional spin-off show cooks up fun for the whole family.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2020)
(2020)
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Eerie, Indiana TV Poster Image
Short-lived '90s series is more fun than frightful.
Network: Hulu
(2013)
(1991)
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Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated TV Poster Image
Update of classic mystery show is targeted more at tweens.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2010)
(2010)
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House of Anubis TV Poster Image
British mystery series is clean, positive fun for tweens.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2011)
(2011)
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Martin Mystery TV Poster Image
Scooby-Doo meets X-Files; tweens OK.
Network: Nicktoons
(2005)
(2003)
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The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries TV Poster Image
Squeaky-clean teens solve mysteries in 1970s drama.
Network: ABC
(2012)
(1977)
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The Indian Detective TV Poster Image
India-set murder mystery is gentle and easygoing.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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Murder, She Wrote TV Poster Image
Simple crime drama is tame by today's standards.
Network: A&E, Biography Channel, Hallmark Channel, Syndicated
(2004)
(1984)
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Mysteries Decoded TV Poster Image
Sensational unsolved mystery show includes the paranormal.
Network: CW
(2019)
(2019)
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Perry Mason TV Poster Image
Classic courtroom drama wins the case.
Network: Hallmark Channel, Syndicated
(2005)
(1957)
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The Gil Mayo Mysteries TV Poster Image
Quirky Brit detective series is light on violence.
Network: BBC America
(2007)
(2006)
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Locke & Key TV Poster Image
Suspense abounds in creepy graphic novel adaptation.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency TV Poster Image
Exceptional series based on loved books is great for teens.
Network: HBO
(2009)
(2009)
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Roswell, New Mexico TV Poster Image
Aliens of all kinds in worthy update of '90s cult fave.
Network: Syfy
(2019)
(2019)
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Stranger Things TV Poster Image
Dark "strange invader" drama will appeal to sci-fi fans.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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Unsolved Mysteries TV Poster Image
Worthy revamp of true crime mystery show has some violence.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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The X-Files (2016) TV Poster Image
The truth (and some scary stuff) is still out there.
Network: Fox
(2016)
(2016)
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The Blacklist TV Poster Image
Twisty plots save violent crime drama from predictability.
Network: NBC
(2013)
(2013)
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Blindspot TV Poster Image
A tattooed woman stumps the FBI in intriguing crime drama.
Network: NBC
(2015)
(2015)
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Castle Rock TV Poster Image
Tense Stephen King spin-off fun for fans, has some violence.
Network: Hulu
(2018)
(2018)
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Comrade Detective TV Poster Image
Faux-'80s Romanian cop series is a thought-provoking hoot.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2017)
(2017)
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Elementary TV Poster Image
Smart Sherlock drama is a great choice for mature teens.
Network: CBS
(2012)
(2012)
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Fringe TV Poster Image
Moody conspiracy drama is creepy, complex, and masterful.
Network: Fox
(2008)
(2008)
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Lost TV Poster Image
Excellent, sometimes scary drama for fearless families.
Network: ABC
(2005)
(2004)
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Riverdale TV Poster Image
Dark, dramatic take on Archie comics is campy fun.
Network: CW
(2017)
(2017)
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Sherlock TV Poster Image
Smart modern detective tales with dark, morbid elements.
Network: PBS
(2010)
(2010)
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The Society TV Poster Image
Language, violence, substance abuse in dark teen mystery.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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Twin Peaks TV Poster Image
Surreal cult hit might be too disturbing for teens.
Network: ABC
(2010)
(1990)
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Wayward Pines TV Poster Image
Moody mystery has bloody moments and a sinister undertone.
Network: Fox
(2015)
(2015)
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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency TV Poster Image
Quirky sci-fi comedy is fun but can be violent.
Network: BBC America
(2016)
(2016)
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How to Get Away with Murder TV Poster Image
Tense legal procedural is steamy with some violence.
Network: ABC
(2014)
(2014)
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Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries TV Poster Image
1920s Melbourne-set series stars strong female crime-solver.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
(2012)
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The Order TV Poster Image
Entertaining supernatural teen drama has violence, language.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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The Returned TV Poster Image
People come back from the dead in eerie supernatural drama.
Network: A&E
(2015)
(2015)
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The Umbrella Academy TV Poster Image
Great actors in quirky, dark, violent comic adaptation.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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Veronica Mars TV Poster Image
Strong female teen private eye digs into serious topics.
Network: CW
(2006)
(2004)
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11.22.63 TV Poster Image
Ambitious King adaptation is more adult drama than history.
Network: Hulu
(2016)
(2016)
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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina TV Poster Image
Thrilling update of spooky comic ramps up teen empowerment.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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Criminal Minds TV Poster Image
Entertaining crime drama's violence is too grim for kids.
Network: CBS
(2005)
(2005)
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I Am Not Okay with This TV Poster Image
Bloody violence, drinking in exhilarating teen genre mashup.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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The Stranger TV Poster Image
Violent stalker horror full of suspense, cursing.
Network: Quibi
(2020)
(2020)
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Perry Mason TV Poster Image
Gritty, violent reboot spins compelling origin story.
Network: HBO, HBO Max
(2020)
(2020)
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