Mysteries Decoded

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Sensational unsolved mystery show includes the paranormal.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

While hard evidence is cited as being most valuable when solving a mystery, there is credit given to paranormal investigation. 

Positive Role Models

Jennifer Marshall is respectful, but blunt when discussing her doubts about something.  


Heinous murders, accidents, etc. are discussed in some detail, but in a historical context. Archival photographs of crime scene photos, autopsies, etc. are shown, but the more bloody, sensitive imagery is blurred out. 


Marriage, romance, etc. discussed in a historical context. 


Skype is mentioned. Occasionally the Apple logo is visible.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mysteries Decoded is a reality series that investigates unsolved crimes and other mysteries that have become part of American popular culture. Both research and paranormal strategies are used as part of this process. There’s lots of discussion about violent events, including brutal killings, but very sensitive photographs and other supporting evidence are blurred. Younger or sensitive viewers may find it a little creepy or disturbing. 

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What's the story?

MYSTERIES DECODED is an investigation series that revisits some of the most notorious unsolved mysteries in America. Navy veteran and private investigator Jennifer Marshall heads each investigation, and studies newly uncovered evidence pertaining to cases like the murder of Lizzie Borden’s parents, the Mothman Prophecies, and even questions surrounding Area 51. With the help of researchers, witnesses, paranormal experts, and high-technology, she looks for evidence that will help point them to some answers. 

Is it any good?

This dark series combines a few research investigation tactics with paranormal ventures to create a unique form of entertainment. Marshall argues that she's more apt to rely on concrete evidence, and attempts to find archives, photographs, and other information that can fill in blanks. However, the show’s more captivating moments feature paranormal experts looking for activity from beyond the grave, and speaking to the dead. Despite her doubts, Marshall often appears impressed by these activities, too. Granted, the answers these combined answers come up with are speculative, and often seem to raise more questions than answers. But if you like this sort of thing, you’ll probably find Mysteries Decoded compelling.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the continued interest in crimes or mysteries that happened decades ago. Why are they so memorable? How have they become notable moments in American history?

  • Mysteries Decoded features both traditional and paranormal investigative techniques. Which ones are audiences supposed to take more seriously?

TV details

  • Premiere date: August 13, 2019
  • Cast: Jennifer Marshall
  • Network: CW
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: September 20, 2020

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