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The Best Mystery Shows on Amazon

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'Bosch' | Amazon Studios
'Bosch' | Amazon Studios

Who doesn’t love to kick back and relax to the soothing sounds of murder, mayhem, and the tortured suspense of an edge-of-your-seat mystery? Given the popularity of police procedural dramas and true-crime docuseries, the answer is: no one. Everyone seems to love a good mystery now more than ever. And if you’re a subscriber to Amazon Prime, you already have plenty of outstanding movies and TV shows to satiate your streaming appetite. You also have what probably amounts to years worth of high-quality mystery TV available at the click of a button.

But before you do a deep dive into the great unknown, start with these 10 shows -- they should satisfy your inner detective for at least a few months.  

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Amazon Studios

Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders (2019- )

Adapted from the classic Agatha Christie crime novel, this '30s-era mystery series stars John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot, a detective taunted by someone with the initials "A.B.C.," who sends him letters threatening to commit murder. Once murders start to plague London, the retired investigator feels compelled to jump into the investigation and piece together clues the killer leaves behind. It's a cannon mystery story, and Malkovich brings an interesting dynamism to the role to make for an eerie period piece.  
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Amazon Studios

Bosch (2014- )

Bosch hits on all of the conventions of police detective dramas, and hits them hard (including having a handful of The Wire alums in its rotation), so you kind of want to dislike it. Yet the plot investigating the murder of a young boy is good and quick, and makes you want to watch the next episode. It's essentially a summer beach-read TV show, for better or worse.
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Amazon Studios

Carnival Row (2019- )

You gotta hand it to Carnival Row: It sure is a show about an alternate urban fantasy universe where the world of humans and the world of the fairies are constantly at war with each other, starring Cara Delevingne as a winged fey named "Vignette Stonemoss" and Orlando Bloom as human detective "Rycroft Philostrate," caught in a love/hate relationship in London's seediest back alley, stalked by a magical Jack the Ripper. All things considered, the series certainly mostly invests in its elaborate production design and world building, but at the center of this alternative Victorian world is a crazed hunt for a serial killer -- so, basically, it's the perfect mystery for fantasy fans. If you let it, Carnival Row definitely has the power to cast a spell on you. 
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Star Media

Detective Anna (2016)

Nothing says "mystery" quite like a TV show that combines the main character’s discovery that she can communicate with the dead with the ability to solve cold case investigations. In this one-season Russian series set at the end of the 19th century, 19-year-old Anna uses her newfound supernatural powers -- coming in the form of dreams and visions -- to help close criminal investigations that have kept local police guessing.
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SyFy

The Expanse (2015- )

On the surface, SyFy's The Expanse has an un-mystery-like hook: It's Battlestar Galactica meets Game of Thrones. The ambitious series combines the tense, close-quarters naval space opera of the former with the sprawling, based-on-a-book-series storytelling approach of the latter. Easy enough. But then you see Thomas Jane, playing a weary detective who won't quit, wearing a fedora over a stringy Macklemore haircut and you realize this is actually an intergalactic neo-noir. Think Raymond Chandler with a pinch of Isaac Asimov. The special effects will draw you in, but the gumshoe-with-anti-gravity-boots narrative keeps you coming back for more. Unfortunately, only the first two seasons are included with Prime, but if you get hooked, you can always rent more.
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ITV

Fearless (2017)

As more and more real-life convictions are overturned or called into question by popular podcasts and documentaries (for instance, Serial, Truth & Justice, Making a Murderer, or The Innocent Man), lending a voice to Innocence Project cases across the country, it makes sense that TV dramas would follow suit. In Fearless, a six-part British miniseries, Emma Banville (Helen McCrory), a human rights lawyer, sets out to prove the innocence of a man convicted of murder 14 years earlier. Of course, in all such cases, the mystery lies at the heart of the question, "Did he or didn't he?" and Banville is willing to go to extreme lengths to find the answer.
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Amazon

Fortitude (2015-2018)

If you always wanted Twin PeaksLostFargo, and Let the Right One In to create an orgiastic love child starring Stanley Tucci, Fortitude is the show for you. Its most influential spiritual parent is Twin Peaks: A murder rocks a small, quiet town at the moment its business leaders are trying to sell investors on its future as a tourist destination. Add in mammoth-sized dashes of gruesome violence, infidelity, nudity, and alcohol-induced debauchery (plus an actual mammoth), and you'll find episodes of Fortitude go down as easy as a tumbler of vodka on a Norwegian night.
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Amazon Studios

Homecoming (2018- )

Adapted from the popular podcast of the same name, Homecoming tracks Heidi Bergman (Julia Roberts) as she tries to piece together her work as a therapist at a treatment center for veterans with PTSD. Over 10 fast-paced episodes (each one clocks in at around half an hour), the mystery of what a government contractor actually intends to do with the veterans unfolds in lockstep with Bergman's own investigation into the missing memories of her previous job. It's the rare streaming show that doesn't feel bloated, and leaves plenty of room for new storylines to develop in Season 2. 
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Fox

House (2004-2012)

If you're tired of police procedurals and true crime docuseries, switch things up with House, the classic medical mystery that made Hugh Laurie a star in the States. This eight-season drama focuses on the most baffling medical mysteries, which are invariably solved by Dr. Gregory House, an asshole of a doctor who gets away with torturing his residents and treating his patients like chopped liver due to his well-deserved reputation for getting to the bottom of impossible cases. House is a classic anti-hero, an addict and a destructive personality you simultaneously root for and against. Just remember, at the end of the day: It's never lupus. 
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Starz

The Missing (2014- )

The horror of losing a child gets cranked up to 11 in this pan-European anthology series, with both seasons using dual timelines to unspool the mysteries surrounding British parents who lost children abroad. In Season 1, the questions pile up on top of each other when an unexpected clue reopens a missing boy's case after eight years; in Season 2, a missing girl is reportedly found more than a decade after her disappearance. The panic and human folly inevitable in times of crisis pack each episode with tension, and you won't be able to resist watching an entire season in a weekend. 
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USA

Monk (2002-2009)

If you prefer comedy to drama, Monk is the mystery show for you. The genius main character, the eponymous Adrian Monk, may be an obsessive compulsive, multi-phobic former police detective who suffered a nervous meltdown that rendered him barely able to function in regular society, but with the assistance of a private nurse, he begins to lend his detective services to the San Francisco Police Department. Of course, this can pose a challenge given the 312 phobias that prevent him from performing many typical tasks. Each episode features a new criminal investigation served with a side of comedy.
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ITV

Prime Suspect (1991-2006)

This British series -- primarily known for making Helen Mirren a star (again) -- breaks a murder mystery into two feature-length movies. Like The Night Of, the show demonstrates how the police institution creates as many roadblocks as a crafty murderer. The seven seasons (comprised of 15 episodes and roughly 25 hours) are all solid, but start with the 1991 original, where Mirren's Jane Tennison assumes the role of senior investigating officer of a serial killer, much to the chagrin of her male colleagues. Mirren imbues the been-there-done-that format with movie-star bravado, and as the show charts Tennison's rise up the chain of command, her material only gets meatier.
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USA

Psych (2006-2014)

Another comedic take on the traditional police procedural, half the mystery of Psych lies in Shawn Spencer's (James Roday) ability to fool those around him into believing he's psychic. With highly honed observation skills, Spencer is able to identify clues that leave the police baffled, solving cases with panache and a comedic touch. With eight seasons available to stream on Amazon Prime, you'll have months' worth of lighthearted shows to help break up any penchant you have for more serious mystery TV.
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Amazon Studios

Undone (2019- )

It's rare to see Rotoscope animation outside of a handful of Richard Linklater movies, and Amazon's Undone is the first episodic TV series to utilize the surreal and trippy technique. It's more than a technological feat, though; the Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksberg-created series also tells a wildly compelling, funny, and heartbreaking mystery-box, reality-questioning story. After a horrible car accident puts Alma Winograd-Diaz (Rosa Salazar) into a coma, she wakes with the ability to communicate with her quantum physicist father, Jacob (Bob Odenkirk), who says he was murdered because of his research into time travel. Alma's younger sister Becca (Angelique Cabral), mother Camila (Constance Marie), and boyfriend Sam (Siddharth Dhananjay) all think she's losing it while she secretly experiments with bending time and dimension under her dad's guidance. Each 20-something minute episode is stuffed with an emotional spectrum that's draining, but Undone is so good that it's hard to stop watching until the very end.
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ITV

Unforgotten (2015-2018)

British investigators in this three-season drama (only the first two are Prime eligible) find themselves trying to unravel 40 years of lies and cover-ups in Season 1 after reopening a troubling cold case. The challenge, of course, is how much those being investigated have changed over time, and what they're willing to risk to protect their reputations and their families. At six episodes in each season, it's the kind of show that can suck you in for an entire weekend, especially if you're partial to British crime dramas. 
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NBC

Unsolved Mysteries: Original Robert Stack Episodes (1988-2002)

It’s the series that spawned a generation of mystery lovers and helped inspire the genres of true-crime and paranormal investigative television. Each episode of the original Unsolved Mysteries looked into cold-case murders, missing person cases, and paranormal phenomena like UFOs and ghost sightings. Now, you can watch all 12 of the original seasons -- from their 1980s "cheesy reenactment" glory to their reincarnation on Lifetime -- on your Amazon Prime account. Once you’re caught up, you’re in luck: Netflix recently approved a 12-episode reboot
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