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Unsolved Mysteries is a 1988-2005 TV series that asked the public for help in unsolved crimes, catching lost fugitives, and finding lost people. Originating on NBC as a series of seven specials, it became an instant hit. It was first hosted by Perry Mason star Raymond Burr, then two more by Streets of San Francisco star Karl Malden, and the final four by The Untouchables star Robert Stack. Stack's voice narration, combined with the scary music, formulated it to a great success when it aired as a regular series on NBC in 1988. During its 15-year run, the cases consisted ghost stories, mysterious legends, and lost treasures. It possibly paved the way for other crime reality shows as America's Most Wanted and Forensic Files, even sharing a few cases in common with those shows.
After its cancellation on NBC in 1997, Unsolved Mysteries ran for one season on CBS. It then ran on Lifetime from 2000-2002. In 2008, a new version hosted by Dennis Farina had a limited run on Spike TV before moving back to Lifetime in 2010. The series was then revived on Netflix in 2020 with a new format, but continuing to focus on mysterious world phenomena.