Unsolved Mysteries is an American true crime television program, created by John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer. Documenting cold cases and paranormal phenomena, the show began as a series of seven specials, presented by Raymond Burr, Karl Malden, and Robert Stack, beginning on NBC on January 20, 1987, becoming a full-fledged television program on October 5, 1988, hosted by Stack. After nine seasons on NBC, the program moved to CBS for its 10th season on November 13, 1997. After adding Virginia Madsen as a co-host during season 11 failed to boost slipping ratings, CBS cancelled the program after only a two-season, 12-episode run on June 11, 1999. The program was revived by Lifetime in 2000, with season 12 beginning on July 2, 2001. Unsolved Mysteries aired 103 episodes on Lifetime, before ending on September 20, 2002, an end that coincided with Stack's illness and eventual death.
|Created by||John Cosgrove|
Terry Dunn Meurer
|Starring||Raymond Burr (1987)|
Karl Malden (1987)
Robert Stack (1987–2002)
Virginia Madsen (1999)
Dennis Farina (2008–10)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||14|
|No. of episodes||581 (including 7 specials) (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||John Cosgrove|
Terry Dunn Meurer
(1997–99 and 2001–02)
|Running time||44–52 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Cosgrove-Meurer Productions|
|Distributor||Buena Vista Television (1987–2002)|
HBO Distribution (2008–present)
|Original network||NBC (1987–97)|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||January 20, 1987 –|
April 27, 2010
After a six-year absence, the program was resurrected by Spike in 2007, and airing on October 13, 2008. This new, revived-version was hosted by veteran actor Dennis Farina, who mainly tied together repackaged segments from the original episodes. Farina hosted 175 episodes before the program ended again on April 27, 2010. Lifetime currently airs the Farina episodes in reruns.
Cosgrove-Meurer Productions maintains a website for the show, featuring popular accounts and ongoing cold cases (murder or missing persons), with a link to an online form should a viewer have information on an unsolved crime.
As of 2017, the show maintains a YouTube page where viewers can submit their own mysteries. If accepted, Unsolved Mysteries posts a video of the viewer describing the mystery.
FilmRise acquired worldwide digital distribution rights to the program and announced its intent to release updated versions of its episodes in 2017. These shows are currently streaming on Amazon Prime and Tubi TV in the United States and the United Kingdom. Since February 2017, the Spike episodes have been officially posted on YouTube, split into eight seasons. In July 2017, the program began streaming on Hulu in the United States.
On June 22, 2018, Terror Vision Records released the official soundtrack for the series.
Unsolved Mysteries used a documentary format to profile real-life mysteries and featured re-enactments of unsolved crimes, missing persons cases, conspiracy theories and unexplained paranormal phenomena (alien abductions, ghosts, UFOs, and "secret history" theories).
The concept was created in a series of three specials produced by John Cosgrove and Terry-Dunn Meurer, which were pitched to NBC in 1985 and shown in 1986 with the title, "Missing... Have You Seen This Person?" The success of the specials led Cosgrove and Meurer to broaden the program to include mysteries of all kinds.
The pilot of what eventually became Unsolved Mysteries was a special that aired on NBC on January 20, 1987, with Raymond Burr as host/narrator. Throughout the 1987–88 television season, six more specials aired, the first two hosted by Karl Malden and the final four by Robert Stack.
In 1988, the show debuted as a weekly program on NBC. Ratings steadily dropped after the 1993–94 season. Until 2002, it was hosted by Stack. In its second season on CBS in 1999, Stack was joined by co-host Virginia Madsen. Episodes released from between 1994 and 1997 featured journalist Keely Shaye Smith and television host Lu Hanessian as correspondents in the show's "telecenter", where they provided updates on previous stories. A March 14, 1997, episode featured journalist Cathy Scott in the reenactment of rapper Tupac Shakur's 1996 unsolved murder. In 2002, the program was canceled by Lifetime. In 2008, television network Spike revived the program with Dennis Farina as its host; the Spike revival ended in 2010.
The show was known for its eerie theme song composed by Michael Boyd and Gary Remal Malkin, and for Stack's grim presence and ominous narration. The theme music was changed five times, in 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001 and 2008.
In 2018, the novelty brand Terror Vision announced that music from the program would be released as a soundtrack for the first time. The release, a three-disc vinyl LP, will include all of the musical cues written for the ghost and paranormal segments on the program as well as five versions of the show's opening and closing theme music. All of the music was re-mastered directly using the original tapes.
Unsolved Mysteries featured segments in documentary film style, with actors portraying the victims, perpetrators and witnesses. In most cases, however, victim's family members and police officials were also featured in interview segments interspersed throughout the dramatizations. In contrast to many similarly formatted newsmagazines that air in the 21st century (including NBC's own Dateline NBC), NBC News disowned Unsolved Mysteries and requested a disclaimer at the beginning of each episode stating the show was not a newscast. In the earlier episodes, the following message was related to the audience at the beginning of the program:
This program is about unsolved mysteries. Whenever possible, the actual family members and police officials have participated in recreating the events. What you are about to see is not a news broadcast.[This quote needs a citation]
In the specials that first aired on NBC, the last sentence of the disclaimer said:
This is not an NBC News Production.[This quote needs a citation]
For other special episodes, like Mysteries of the Psychic Mind or Mysteries of the Afterlife, the message was:
This program is about unsolved mysteries. The re-enactments and special effects are actual eyewitness accounts. What you are about to see is not a news broadcast.[This quote needs a citation]
Each episode of Unsolved Mysteries usually featured three or four segments, each involving a different story. The show's host offered voice-over narration for each segment, and appeared on-screen to begin and end segments and offer segues.
While the show was in production, viewers were invited to telephone, write letters or, in the newer broadcasts, submit tips through their website if they had information that might help solve a case. The segments all involved actual events, and generally fell into one of four categories:
- Criminal cases: Accounts of abductions, suspicious deaths, homicides, robberies, claims of innocence, missing persons and other miscellaneous unsolved cases where the suspects were either unknown or could not be located.
- Lost loves: Accounts of individuals trying to reunite with someone from their past; often involving closed adoption, people separated by circumstances, or an unknown "Good Samaritan" that saved someone's life.
- Unexplained/Alternative history: Alternative theories of history (including the theories that outlaws such as Billy the Kid and Butch Cassidy did not die as history recorded, that the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov survived the 1918 regicide that killed her entire family, that the assassination of Louisiana senator Huey Long may have been an accident, that the assassination of Martin Luther King was in fact a conspiracy, and that Kurt Cobain may have been murdered).
- Paranormal matters: Accounts of miracles, alleged UFO/alien encounters (including examination of the Roswell UFO Incident and the Phoenix UFO Incident, the UFO incident in Eupen, Belgium observed by NATO fighter jets, or scientific questions about life on Mars), ghosts, Bigfoot, or other inexplicable phenomena.
Viewers were occasionally given updates on success stories, where suspects were brought to justice and loved ones reunited.
The show itself has been credited for bringing increased attention to certain cases and thus allowing them to be solved. One episode featured a video of an arsonist filming an unidentified house being burned down while he was giving strange commentary. Once it had been featured on the show, viewers were able to identify the house involved, and two suspects were arrested.
The show first aired on NBC from 1987 to 1997. The pilot episode was hosted by actor Raymond Burr. Karl Malden and Robert Stack was also hired to host further specials; when the program became a full-fledged television program in 1988, Stack became the full-time host. Unsolved Mysteries was also one of the few prime-time shows of its era to appeal to fans of the supernatural and used effective special effects to enhance tales of the unexplained.
In 1992, NBC aired a short-lived dramatized court show spin-off program called Final Appeal: From the Files of Unsolved Mysteries, also hosted by Stack. The premise of this program was to try to give the unjustly accused a final appeal for help, with the debut episode taking an in-depth look at the Jeffrey MacDonald case. The program was canceled after only a few episodes due to poor ratings.
The ratings for Unsolved Mysteries' had been steadily declining ever since it was moved from its original Wednesday evening timeslot to Friday evenings in the fall of 1994. At the end of the 1996–97 season, it was canceled by NBC. Upon the cancelation from NBC, CBS picked up the program for a tenth season. The first episode aired in November of 1997 as an Unsolved Mysteries special. When CBS canceled its Block Party line-up with shows such as Family Matters, and Step By Step in the spring of 1998, the network moved the show to its Friday 9:00 p.m timeslot. During the show's run on CBS, the program was limited to only six episode seasons, and airing on a sporadic schedule.
When the program returned for its abbreviated 11th season in the spring of 1999, Stack was joined by actress Virginia Madsen for hosting duties in an attempt to boost its female audience. But the effort failed, and CBS canceled the show soon afterwards. Later cable reruns of segments originally narrated by Madsen were re-dubbed with Stack's voice.
Lifetime Television, which had been airing re-runs of the NBC episodes since the early 1990s, began airing new episodes in 2001. Consisting of a mixture of new and old cases, these episodes were produced between 2001 and 2002, and usually aired on weekdays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The program ceased producing new episodes when Stack was diagnosed with prostate cancer in late 2002, from which he later died.
After Stack's death, old episodes continued to run in syndication on several television networks in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
During some shows, callers gave tips to the telecenter. When the show was in active production, the number was displayed on the bottom of the screen at the end of each segment. When the show left active production following Stack's death and went into reruns, the number was removed and replaced with a P.O. box address.
Spike TV (2008–10)Edit
According to Broadcasting & Cable, in 2007, HBO Distribution announced plans to bring back Unsolved Mysteries when the cable channel Lifetime's contract expired in 2008. The show featured a new set, new logo, new music, and updates on old cases. In addition, actor Dennis Farina became the new host, as Stack had died five years earlier. The show debuted on Spike on October 13, 2008.
This repackaged program run was criticized by fans for its presentation of past cases only, with no new case segments being produced. The existing segments were also edited to be shorter so the show could be expanded to present five cases in an hour rather than the four of the original program. Because the majority of the cases were now between 20 and 40 years old, the re-edited segments usually did not reference the years in which the events presented originally occurred. When updates for solved cases aired, Dennis Farina's voice over would refer to cases "in a recent broadcast...", when the case may have already been solved during the show's original run or during the program's hiatus from 2002 onward. Unsolved Mysteries ended its run on Spike on April 27, 2010.
A 12-part reboot was announced by Deadline Hollywood on January 19, 2019. The program is being "refreshed" by Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy and his company 21 Laps Entertainment along with Cosgrove-Meurer Productions and Netflix. Cosgrove and Meurer are expected to show run the program, with Levy and Josh Barry as executive producers. Robert Wise will act as co-executive producer, along with showrunner Dunn Meurer. Each episode will focus on one mystery.
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|Specials||7||NBC||January 20, 1987||May 18, 1988|
|1||28||NBC||October 5, 1988||September 6, 1989|
|2||30||NBC||September 20, 1989||September 12, 1990|
|3||33||NBC||September 19, 1990||September 11, 1991|
|4||37||NBC||September 18, 1991||September 9, 1992|
|5||35||NBC||September 16, 1992||September 15, 1993|
|6||33||NBC||September 22, 1993||September 18, 1994|
|7||29||NBC||September 25, 1994||August 30, 1995|
|8||30||NBC||October 20, 1995||September 13, 1996|
|9||27||NBC||September 20, 1996||August 8, 1997|
|10||6||CBS||November 13, 1997||May 29, 1998|
|11||6||CBS||April 5, 1999||June 11, 1999|
|12||55||Lifetime||July 2, 2001||April 29, 2002|
|13||48||Lifetime||June 10, 2002||September 20, 2002|
|14||175||Spike||October 13, 2008||April 27, 2010|
- On September 18, 1992, NBC debuted a short-lived 6-episode spin-off program, hosted by Robert Stack himself, entitled Final Appeal: From the Files of Unsolved Mysteries.
- On January 23, 1995, NBC aired a two-hour primetime movie called Escape from Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story.
- On April 22, 1996, NBC aired a two-hour primetime movie special entitled, From the Files of Unsolved Mysteries: Voice from the Grave.
- On April 28, 1997, NBC aired a new primetime movie called From the Files of Unsolved Mysteries: The Sleepwalker Killing.
Notable actors and celebritiesEdit
Famous actors and celebrities have appeared on the show, both as role actors (before finding stardom) and also in episodes where they had a connection with the events being portrayed.
As role actorsEdit
In 1992, Unsolved Mysteries filmed in Texas and cast Matthew McConaughey to play a murder victim. This was one of McConaughey's earliest on-screen roles. Cheryl Hines, Stephnie Weir, Bill Moseley, Ned Bellamy, Holmes Osborne, Scott Wilkinson, Daniel Dae Kim, Brent Spiner, David Ramsey, and Taran Killam also appeared on the program before receiving more notable work in Hollywood. Hill Harper also appeared in an episode about a woman looking for a childhood friend whom she later discovered was indeed her sister. In 1991, Jennifer G. Roberts appeared in one of her first on-screen roles, in the Phillip Breen episode.
Connections with episodesEdit
- Comedian Blake Clark was interviewed in the "Comedy Store Ghosts" episode.
- Author James Ellroy appeared in an episode looking for the man who murdered his mother.
- Football player Reggie White appeared in an episode trying to find the arsonists who set fire to his church.
- Musician Henry Rollins and actor Dennis Cole both appeared to find the people responsible for the murder of Cole's son, Joe.
- Musician Ron Bushy appeared in a story about the disappearance of fellow Iron Butterfly bandmate, Philip Taylor Kramer.
- Musician Jon Bon Jovi was interviewed about the death of his personal manager's daughter, Katherine Korzilius.
U.S. television ratings and awardsEdit
Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Unsolved Mysteries.
- Note: U.S. network television seasons generally start in late September and end in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.
The figure reflected starting with the 1988–89 season and ending with the 1996–97 season represents the total number of households viewing the program. Starting with the 1997–98 season, the viewing figure is based on total number of viewers.
First Look Studios released six theme-based DVD sets in Region 1 in 2004/2005. The sets were re-released on June 21, 2005 with a lower suggested retail price. On March 21, 2006, a compilation set called The Best of Unsolved Mysteries was released, which contained selected segments from each of the earlier DVD sets along with some previously unreleased-on-DVD content. A special boxed set featuring the first six sets along with the new content from the Best of collection was also produced.
|DVD Name||No. of Ep. #||Release Date|
|Volume 1: UFOs||26||September 7, 2004|
|Volume 2: Ghosts||34||September 14, 2004|
|Volume 3: Miracles||33||October 26, 2004|
|Volume 4: Incredible Psychics||28||January 25, 2005|
|Volume 5: Bizarre Murders||32||January 25, 2005|
|Volume 6: Strange Legends||27||February 15, 2005|
|Special Volume: Treasures & Ghosts||10||September 14, 2004|
|The Best of Unsolved Mysteries||33||March 21, 2006|
|Unsolved Mysteries: The Ultimate Collection||190||April 25, 2006|
|DVD Title/Volume||Disc||Episode/Segment Title||Original Title||Original Air Date||Commentaries||Special Features|
|UFOs||1||Bentwaters UFO||Rendlesham Forest Incident||September 18, 1991||Creator Introduction|
|Allagash Abductions||The Allagash Abductions||September 18, 1994||Allagash Abductions Commentary by John Cosgrove & Raymond Bridgers|
|Crop Circles||Canada Crop Circles||August 8, 2002|
|Phoenix UFO||Phoenix Lights||May 29,1998||Phoenix UFO Commentary by David Vassar||Behind the Scenes the 150th Solve|
|Nazca Lines||November 10, 1995|
|Mexico UFO||Mexico City UFO||October 28, 1994||Robert Stack Tribute|
|Vancouver Lights||December 12, 1990|
|UFOs||2||Roswell||Roswell Crash||September 20, 1989||Roswell Commentary by Raymond Bridgers|
|Roswell/Area 51 Connection||Area 51||September 18, 1994|
|Hudson Valley UFO||Hudson River UFO||September 16, 1992|
|Belgian UFO||Belgium UFO||November 20, 1991||Belgian UFO Commentary by David Vassar|
|Falcon Lake UFO||November 4, 1992|
|UFO Healing||Lynne Plaskett||April 25, 1997|
|UFOs||3||Australian UFO||Frederick Valentich||September 29, 1993|
|Missing Time||Robert Matthews; Kristina Florence||November 30, 1988||Missing Time Commentary by Raymond Bridgers|
|Socorro Close Encounter||Lonnie Zamora UFO Sighting||December 1, 1995|
|Kecksburg UFO||September 19, 1990|
|Texas UFO||Betty Cash and Vickie Landrum||February 6, 1991||Texas UFO Commentary by John Cosgrove|
|Face on Mars||February 1, 1989|
|UFOs||4||Men in Black||April 18, 1997|
|Canadian UFO||Guardian UFO||February 3, 1993||Canadian UFO Commentary by Bob Wise|
|Wheatfields Visitations||United Kingdom Crop Circles||January 31, 1990|
|Life on Mars||November 1, 1996||Life on Mars Commentary by David Vassar|
|Interceptors||March 2, 1994|
|The Blog||Oakville Blobs||May 9, 1997|
|UFO Odyssey||Wytheville UFO Sightings||February 19, 1992|
|Ghosts||1||Friendly Ghost||Pawley's Island||October 31, 1990||Creator Introduction|
|Resurrection Mary||Resurrection Cemetery||February 9, 1994|
|Matchmaker Ghost||Delta Queen Riverboat||April 9, 1999|
|Queen Mary Ghosts||The Queen Mary||October 26, 1988||Queen Mary Ghosts Commentary by John Cosgrove & Keva Rosenfeld||Behind the Scenes the 200th Solve|
|Grace’s Ghost||Covewood Lodge||January 5, 1996|
|Voice from the Grave||Teresita Basa||April 25, 1990|
|Ghosts Go To Court||Loews Cottage||April 16, 1999||Ghosts Go To Court Commentary by David Vassar||Robert Stack Tribute|
|The Entity||Three Partners Ranch||April 19, 1996|
|Ghost Boy||Jones House||July 25, 2001|
|Ghosts||2||Black Hope Curse||Black Hope||July 17, 2002||Black Hope Curse Commentary by John Cosgrove|
|Tallman’s Ghost||Tallman House||October 26, 1988|
|Ghost Blimp||The Crew of the L-8||May 19, 1993|
|Gordy’s Ghost||Wyrick House||October 21, 1994||Gordy’s Ghost Commentary by Bob Wise|
|Highway Vision||Highway 50 Phantom||February 21, 1997|
|Civil War Ghosts||Drum Barracks||October 28, 1992|
|Profiling the Paranormal||HOPE||June 11, 1999|
|Ghost Lights||Marfa Lights||October 25, 1989|
|Ghosts||3||Lizzie Borden’s House||Lizzie Borden House||July 23, 2001|
|Tatum’s Ghost||Tatum House||October 26, 1988|
|Ghostly Attraction||Harden House||October 30, 1991|
|Ghost Writer||Margaret Wilson||December 9, 1994|
|Mary Celeste||December 2, 1994|
|Comedy Store Ghosts||The Comedy Store||February 23, 1996|
|Myrtles Plantation||August 1, 2001||Myrtles Plantation Commentary by David Vassar|
|General Wayne’s Inn||The General Wayne Inn||October 26, 1988||General Wayne’s Inn Commentary by John Cosgrove & Keva Rosenfeld|
|Devil’s Backbone||The Devil’s Backbone||January 12, 1996|
|Ghosts||4||Gettysburg Ghosts||Gettysburg National Military Park||March 15, 1996||Gettysburg Ghosts Commentary by John Cosgrove & Raymond Bridgers|
|Frightened Family||Smith Home||April 4, 1997|
|Moss Beach Ghost||Moss Beach Distillery||October 28, 1992|
|Lady in Black||Robert Davidson||May 3, 1996|
|Bullock Deadwood||Hotel Bullock||December 9, 1992|
|Lake Wales Haunting||Mann House||October 27, 1993|
|Mystery Hum||E.L.F.||May 19, 1995||Mystery Hum Commentary by Bob Wise|
|Always, Karen||Karen Walker||October 21, 1994|
|Miracles||1||Lucky School||Cokeville Elementary School Explosion||December 13, 1996||Creator Introduction|
|Miracle of Lourdes||February 16, 1994|
|Fertility Statues||October 18, 1996|
|Shroud of Turin||The Shroud of Turin||October 2, 1991|
|Ice Woman||Jean Hilliard||February 9, 1996||Ice Woman Commentary by David Vassar||Robert Stack Tribute|
|Lucky Choir||West End Baptist Church||January 3, 1990||Lucky Choir Commentary by John Cosgrove & Keva Rosenfeld|
|Coma Healer||Audrey Santo||April 2, 1999|
|Angels||Janie Halliday; Estela Vera||May 25, 1994|
|Miracles||2||Miracle of Fatima||November 3, 1993||Miracle of Fatima Commentary by Bob Wise|
|Baby’s Breath||Logan Carroll||November 3, 1995|
|Healing from the Grave||Charlene Richard||June 11, 1999||Healing From The Grave Commentary by John Cosgrove|
|Power of Prayer||Kathleen Burghardt; Eric Danowski||May 5, 1995|
|Candy and Roxy||April 4, 1997|
|Trisha’s Miracle||Trisha Zemba||September 20, 1996|
|Father Solanus Casey||October 9, 1994|
|Christmas Miracle||Chucky McGivern||December 23, 1992|
|Miracles||3||Medjugorje Miracles||February 5, 1992|
|Police Woman Savior||Saviors of Doris Smith||May 28, 1999|
|Healing Touch||Michael Ziegler; George and Marie||April 13, 1994|
|Miracle Staircase||Loretto Chapel||November 21, 1990||Miracle Staircase Commentary by John Cosgrove|
|Miracle Child||Kristina Smith||April 4, 1990|
|Kentucky Visions||Valley Hill Lights||October 27, 1995|
|Life Saving Pets||Mia; Shadow||July 15, 2002||Life Saving Pets Commentary by David Vassar|
|Miracle Buffalo||Miracle the White Buffalo||December 8, 1995|
|Coma Recovery||Don Hamilton||November 15, 1989|
|Miracles||4||Image of Guadalupe||April 7, 1993|
|Car Crash Lazarus||David Shublak||May 9, 1997|
|MS Miracle||Mary Clamser||March 29, 1996||MS Miracle Commentary by David Vassar|
|Padre Pio||January 20, 1995|
|Christmas Miracle Baby||Teryn Hedlund||December 23, 1994|
|Miracle Cross||Blinking Crucifix||September 27, 1989||Miracle Cross Commentary by Stuart Schwartz|
|Signs from Heaven||Joe McCarthy; Herman Stegos; Michael Landon||November 13, 1997|
|Money from Heaven||Matt and Wendy Jameson||April 26, 1996|
|Incredible Psychics||1||Life After Lightning||Dannion Brinkley||October 21, 1994|
|Pix of the Dead||Coral Polge||November 28, 1990||Pix of the Dead Commentary by Mike Mathis|
|Rainboy||Don Decker||February 10, 1993||Rainboy Commentary by David Vassar|
|Reincarnated Submariner||Bruce Kelly||September 22, 1993|
|James Van Praagh||February 3, 1995|
|Epilepsy Pooches||Victoria Doroshenko||November 14, 1990|
|Plateau Vision||Milly McGregor||May 17, 1996|
|Incredible Psychics||2||George Anderson||November 18, 1992|
|Twins||Mark S. Newman and Gerald I. Levy; Donald M. and Louis G. Keith; Lavona and Lavelda Rowe-Richardson||May 2, 1990||Twins Commentary by David Vassar|
|Suddenly Psychic||John Holland; Elizabeth Joyce||April 16, 1999|
|Bible Code||Michael Drosnin||April 3, 1998|
|Storm In Hell||Howard Storm||November 15, 1996|
|POW Dream||Joe O’ Brien||October 20, 1995||Gulf POW Dream Commentary by Mike Mathis|
|Murder Premonition||Etta Smith||February 3, 1995|
|Lottery Miracle||Sam Zelikson||October 25, 1996|
|Incredible Psychics||3||Electric Lady||Jeanine Price||February 3, 1995|
|Reincarnation||Georgia Rudolph||February 14, 1990||Reincarnation Commentary by John Cosgrove & Raymond Bridgers|
|Dorothy AllisonDorothy Allison, Police Psychic||Dorothy Allison||May 6, 1988||Dorothy Allison Commentary by John Cosgrove|
|Mother’s Instinct||Carolyn Hebert; Elaine Emmi; Linda Babb||March 23, 1994|
|Twin ESP Connections||Karen and Kathy Mills||August 23, 2001|
|After Death Visits||John and Patti Eggleston; Paige Roark||May 4, 1994|
|Incredible Psychics||4||Past Lives||Sharon Johnson||November 6, 1991||Past Lives Commentary by Mike Mathis|
|Incredible Journeys||Nova; Lady||March 2, 1994||Incredible Journeys Commentary by Jim Lindsay|
|Psychic Detective||John Catchings||November 10, 1991|
|Life After Life||Kristle Merzlock; Thomas Sawyer||February 22, 1989|
|Powers of Miss Katie||Katie||October 31, 1990|
|Dreams Come True||Rhonda and Roxanne Anderson; Catherine Webb||October 21, 1992|
|Silent Witness||Nancy Myer||December 2, 1994|
|Bizarre Murders||1||Colorado Cop Killers||Jason McVean and Alan Pilon||April 9, 1999|
|Boston Strangler||May 11, 1994|
|Texas Most Wanted||Edward Bell||April 21, 1993||Texas Most Wanted Commentary by David Vassar & John Cosgrove|
|Trailer Terror||Danny and Kathy Freeman||July 3, 2001|
|Bad Chief||Greg Webb||April 28, 1993|
|Marie Hilley||November 3, 1991|
|Journalist’s Murder||Danny Casolaro||March 10, 1993||Journalist’s Murder Commentary by David Vassar|
|Bizarre Murders||2||Scared To Death||Cindy James||February 13, 1991|
|Murdered Heiress||Camilla Lyman||June 11, 1999||Murdered Heiress Commentary by John Cosgrove & Stuart Schwartz|
|Unicorn’s Secret||Ira Einhorn||January 5, 1996|
|Women’s Prison Killing||Jesslyn Rich||November 4, 1992|
|Skull Duggery||Linda Sherman||July 2, 2001|
|Backyard Bones||Monika Rizzo||November 13, 1997||Backyard Bones Commentary by John Cosgrove & Mike Mathis|
|World Leaders||James Fox; Elliott Leyton; Reid Maloy||November 3, 1991|
|Burning Bed||Megan Curl||December 10, 2001|
|Bizarre Murders||3||Mistake Hit||Charles Morgan||February 13, 1991||Mistake Hit Commentary by Jim Lindsay|
|Friends To The End||Don Henry and Kevin Ives||October 12, 1988|
|Whistle Blown||Dave Bocks||March 2, 1994|
|Richard’s Rampage||Richard Church||November 7 1990|
|Plane Crash Sabotage||Gander Plane Crash||May 5, 1993|
|Burned Evidence||Eric Tamiyasu||July 26, 2002|
|Jesse James Hollywood||August 2, 2002||Jesse James Hollywood Commentary by Bob Wise|
|Two Mary Murders||Mary Morris and Mary Morris||June 17, 2002|
|Bizarre Murders||4||Bordello Murders||Candy Belt and Gloria Ross||November 13, 1997||Bordello Murders Commentary by Jim Lindsay|
|Campus Murder||Brook Baker||April 2, 1999|
|Dakota’s Double||Arnold Archambeau and Ruby Bruguier||April 14, 1995||Dakota’s Double Death Commentary by Bob Wise|
|Margo Freshwater||August 26, 2002|
|Zodiac Unabomber||Zodiac Killer||September 20, 1996|
|The Other Intern||Chandra Levy and Joyce Chiang; Christine Mirzayan||June 10, 2002|
|Social Security Murders||Julius Patterson and Paulette Hite||November 17, 1993|
|Civil Rights Murders||O’Neal Moore||November 14, 1990|
|Campus Calamity||Bryan Nisenfeld||July 4, 2001|
|Strange Legends||1||Elvis’ Last Night||Elvis Presley||November 13, 1997|
|Brandon Lee||October 20, 1995||Brandon Lee Commentary by John Cosgrove & Raymond Bridgers|
|Eliot Ness||Butcher of Kingsbury Run||February 20, 1991|
|Holy Grail||Nanteos Cup||April 10, 1998|
|Amelia Earhart||November 7, 1990||Holy Grail Commentary by David Vassar|
|Alcatraz||Frank Morris and the Anglin Brothers||February 8, 1989|
|Strange Legends||2||Noah’s Ark||April 29, 1992||Noah’s Ark Commentary by Stuart Schwartz|
|Martin L. King||Dr. Martin Luther King||March 31, 1993|
|Big Foot in Oregon||Bigfoot||May 25, 1994|
|Sonny Liston||November 22, 1989|
|Who Killed Superman?||George Reeves||December 8, 1995|
|Billy The Kid||Brushy Bill Roberts||March 1 1989|
|BC Sea Monster||Caddy||December 15, 1995||BC Sea Monster Commentary by Bob Wise|
|Strange Legends||3||Elvis’ Twin||Jessie Presley||February 9, 1996|
|Yeti||February 12, 1992|
|DB Cooper||D. B. Cooper||October 12, 1988|
|Huey Long||September 30, 1992||Huey Long Commentary by David Vassar|
|Who Plugged Bugsy||Bugsy Siegel||April 2, 1999||Who Plugged Bugsy Commentary by Bob Wise|
|John Wilkes Booth||September 25, 1991|
|Mona Lisa||The Mona Lisa||November 17, 1993|
|Strange Legends||4||Agatha Christie||November 11, 1994||Agatha Christie Commentary by John Cosgrove & Christine Lenig|
|Skunk Ape||The Skunk Ape||April 9, 1999|
|Chair of Death||May 22, 1998|
|RFK Pix||Scott Enyart||May 3, 1996||RFK Pix Commentary by John Cosgrove|
|Anastasia||Anna Anderson||October 6, 1993|
|Bermuda Triangle||September 26, 1990|
|Mothman||July 26, 2002|
|Treasures & Ghosts||1||Ghost-Fighters||La Posada Hotel||October 2, 1994||Behind the Scenes the 200th Solve|
|Haunting on 37th Street||Woods Home||April 17, 1998|
|Direct Contact||Michelle O’Malley||February 16, 1996|
|Mummy’s Curse||The Curse of King Tut||May 10, 1996|
|Haunted Mansion||Beaty Castle||February 19, 1992|
|Dutch Schultz Treasure||April 27, 1994||Robert Stack Tribute|
|Marcos’ Buddha & Update||Yamashita’s Treasure||January 27, 1993|
|Lost Dutchman’s Mine||Lost Dutchman Mine||March 15, 1989|
|Nazi War Treasure||Lunersee Lake Treasure||October 17, 1990|
|Plummer’s Booty||Bannack Treasure||May 2, 1990|
In 2018, Terror Vision Records made a deal with program creator John Cosgrove to release the show's official score on vinyl, Unsolved Mysteries: Ghosts/Hauntings/The Unexplained. Two sets on color vinyl were released on June 22, 2018 – the first, a three vinyl set collecting the scores written for each of the show's ghost and missing/wanted segments along with three theme songs; the second, a 34 tracks single vinyl collection featuring the best cuts off the first three vinyl set. Segment cues were taken from the show's original DAT tapes.
- Aktenzeichen XY … ungelöst
- Corrupt Crimes
- Unsealed Files
- Traffic Cops (also called Car Wars)
- America's Most Wanted, similar program
- Fugitive Watch, similar program
- India's Most Wanted inspired program in India
- Police Report, similar program in Hong Kong
- Linha Direta, similar program in Brazil
- Efterlyst, similar program in Sweden
- Crimecall, similar program in Ireland
- Crime Watch, similar program in Trinidad and Tobago
- Police 5, similar program on ITV
- Crime Watch Daily, similar syndicated program hosted by Chris Hansen
- Crimewatch, similar program in the United Kingdom.
- Police Ten 7, similar program in New Zealand.
- The Hunt with John Walsh, a similar program
- BuzzFeed Unsolved
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