In 1988, NBC began airing Unsolved Mysteries, a weekly TV series that examined the strange events behind cold cases and paranormal activity.
“Unsolved Mysteries” debuted on NBC in 1988 as part of a late-80s tabloid TV boom and endured for decades on various networks and cable channels.
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If you were a child in the ’80s or ‘90s — and maybe even if you were an adult — you probably lost a few nights’ sleep to “Unsolved Mysteries.”
Netflix announced another reboot, it came with a lot of baggage already attached. This new version of “Unsolved Mysteries” certainly tries to pay tribute to the original series, starting with a shadow of Stack accompanying the opening credits.
While the original Unsolved Mysteries spent most of its time in America, the reboot adds international cases to its mix. A new version of the long-running docu-series, which mixes true-crime stories with more paranormal tales, debuts Wednesday on Netflix.
The new “Unsolved Mysteries,” which reunites much of the original creative team, will debut Wednesday with a six-episode batch, to be followed by at least six more installments later this year. It arrives in an America it anticipated — a crime-obsessed, conspiracy-minded nation with increasingly subjective notions about truth.
The 12-episode series has each 45-50 minute episode focus on one individual mystery. Almost immediately, this is frustrating because numerous shows, like “Forensic Files” and this new series’ closest competitor, “Dateline,” already do this.
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Unsolved Mysteries Netflix Review
The new Unsolved Mysteries is not spooky. Even the frightening portions of the UFO episode are shot with some promise made by Close Encounters of the Third Kind. There are no Bigfoot, Devil’s Triangle or ghost episodes. We don’t get any insight on the Kennedy assassinations. The show is produced by John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer, who created the original Unsolved Mysteries, along with Stranger Things‘ executive producer Shawn Levy. So you’d think there would be stranger things in it. – Denofgeek
Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries might not be fast-paced or groundbreaking and unique, but it is interesting. If you’re fascinated by crime or just looking for a new watch that’s unsettling and engrossing, it might be your ideal next binge. You won’t get perfectly wrapped-up endings, but in a way, that’s the entire point. It’s up to you (and other viewers) to solve the unsolvable. – Mashable
Netflix’s Reboot ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ The series offers the sinking feeling one gets when you go to visit a favorite restaurant that’s now under new management. – Indiewire
‘Unsolved Mysteries’ Netflix reboots the classic Robert Stack-hosted, re-enactment-heavy true crime franchise without Robert Stack or nearly as many re-enactments. In remixed form, Michael Boyd and Gary Remal Malkin’s classic Unsolved Mysteries theme remains. It’s still good. – Hollywoodreporter
Two, the Netflix series, a reboot of the ’90s juggernaut that aired for 23 years on various networks, has no interest in closure. Well, that’s not exactly true—Unsolved Mysteries has no interest in giving you closure. Each vicious murder, mysterious death, disappearance, or supernatural occurrence ends exactly as the title suggests. – Glamour