Documenting chilly cases and also paranormal phenomena, it 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 series on October 5, 1988, hosted by Stack. After nine seasons on NBC, the series moved to CBS for its 10th season on November 13, 1997.
After including Virginia Madsen as a co-host throughout period 11 stopped working to increase sliding rankings, CBS terminated the collection after just a two-season, 12-episode work on June 11, 1999. The collection was revitalized by Lifetime in 2000, with period 12 start on July 2, 2001. Unsolved Mysteries broadcast 103 episodes on Lifetime, prior to upright September 20, 2002, an end that accompanied Stack's disease and also ultimate fatality.
After a six-year lack, the collection was reanimated by Spike in 2007 and also started broadcasting on October 13, 2008. This brand-new, revitalized variation was held by professional star Dennis Farina, that generally looped repackaged sections from the initial episodes. Farina held 175 episodes prior to the collection finished once more on April 27, 2010.
Cosgrove-Meurer Productions preserves a site for the program, including prominent accounts and also continuous cool instances (murder or missing out on individuals), with a web link to an on-line type must a visitor know on an unresolved criminal activity.
As of 2017, the program preserves a YouTube web page where visitors can send their very own secrets. If approved, Unsolved Mysteries messages a video clip of the audience explaining the secret.
FilmRise got around the world electronic circulation civil liberties to the collection and also introduced its intent to launch upgraded variations of its episodes in 2017. These programs are presently streaming on Amazon Prime, Tubi TELEVISION, and also by itself devoted network on Pluto TELEVISION in the United States and also the United Kingdom. Since February 2017, the Spike episodes have actually been formally published on YouTube, divided right into 8 periods. In July 2017, the collection started streaming on Hulu in the United States. Between February and also March 2019, FilmRise started uploading the re-edited and also electronically brought back Robert Stack-held episodes up on YouTube.
On June 22, 2018, Terror Vision Records launched the main soundtrack for the collection.
In 2017, the program's developers revealed passion in restoring the collection. On January 18, 2019, Netflix grabbed a reboot of the collection.
Unsolved Mysteries made use of a docudrama layout to profile real-life secrets and also included re-enactments of unresolved criminal activities, missing out on individual instances, conspiracy theory concepts and also unusual paranormal sensations (unusual kidnappings, ghosts, UFOs, and also “secret history” concepts).
The idea was produced in a collection of 3 specials generated by John Cosgrove and also Terry-Dunn Meurer, which were pitched to NBC in 1985 and also received 1986 with the title, “Missing… Have You Seen This Person?” The success of the specials led Cosgrove and also Meurer to expand the collection to consist of secrets of all kinds.
The pilot of what at some point ended up being Unsolved Mysteries was an unique that broadcast on NBC on January 20, 1987, with Raymond Burr as host/narrator. Throughout the 1987–88 tv period, 6 even more specials broadcast, the very first 2 held by Karl Malden and also the last 4 by Robert Stack.
In 1988, the program debuted as an once a week program on NBC. Ratings continuously went down after the 1993–94 period. Until 2002, it was held by Stack. In its 2nd period on CBS in 1999, Stack was signed up with by co-host Virginia Madsen. Episodes launched from in between 1994 and also 1997 included reporter Keely Shaye Smith and also tv host Lu Hanessian as reporters in the program's “telecenter”, where they gave updates on previous tales. A March 14, 1997, episode included reporter Cathy Scott in the reenactment of rap artist Tupac Shakur's 1996 unresolved murder. In 2002, the collection was terminated by Lifetime. In 2008, tv network Spike revitalized the collection with Dennis Farina as its host; the Spike rebirth finished in 2010.
The program was understood for its creepy signature tune made up by Michael Boyd and also Gary Remal Malkin, and also for Stack's grim visibility and also threatening narrative. The motif songs was altered 5 times, in 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001 and also 2008.
CBS had actually broadcast a comparable half-hour criminal activity docudrama collection throughout the 1955–56 period qualified Wanted, held by Walter McGraw.
Unsolved Mysteries included sections in documentary design, with stars depicting the sufferers, criminals and also witnesses. In most cases, however, victim's family members and also 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 also 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 also police officials have participated in recreating the events. What you are about to see is not a news broadcast.
In the specials that first aired on NBC, the last sentence of the disclaimer said:
This is not an NBC News Production.
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 also special effects are actual eyewitness accounts. What you are about to see is not a news broadcast.
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 also 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 instances: Accounts of abductions, suspicious deaths, homicides, robberies, claims of innocence, missing persons and also 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 were reunited.
The show itself has been credited for bringing increased attention to certain cases and thus allowing them to be solved. One episode included 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 also two suspects were arrested.
A 12-part reboot was announced by Deadline Hollywood on January 18, 2019. The series is being “refreshed” by Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy and also his company 21 Laps Entertainment along with Cosgrove-Meurer Productions and Netflix. Cosgrove and Meurer are expected to showrun the series, 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 a single mystery. Cosgrove stated that the reboot will be “pure documentary style” and there will be no host or narrator. The initially six episodes of the new period will certainly show up to stream starting July 1, 2020.