I mentioned this show in the Aliens thread but I think it (and shows like it) deserves it's own since it covers so much more so here we are. First showing up as some one-off specials in October 1987 hosted first by Raymond Burr and then Karl Malden, the series proper would start in 1988 and feature the presence of one Robert Stack (known to folks as either Ultra Magnus, Elliot Ness, or Captain Rex Kramer). The series lasted mostly on NBC from then till 1997, jumping ship to CBS for a couple more years. Surprisingly, it'd get a second continuation with Lifetime of all channels, ending in 2002.
A revival of the show happened six years later by what could be said as Lifetime's polar opposite, Spike TV. Hosted by Dennis Farina, it lasted until 2010, getting 175 episodes (which a considerable amount of them if not more being filled with segments from the original series).
In 2020, Neflix decided to host a second revival of the show with people from the original series as well as people behind Stranger Things both working on it. Each episode focuses on one mystery and out of respect for Robert Stack and his defining role as the original series' host, this version of the show has no host/narrator with the people connected to the mystery telling the tale.
As for the type of mysteries the show would cover, they ranged from criminal to paranormal to even tales of people simply trying to find those that helped them in the past long ago and wanting to find again. About 250+ cases seen in the original series has been solved, some as recent as a year or two ago.
That said, even with a lot of them solved, there's not always a happy ending and especially with the paranormal cases too weird or creepy to be solved. Case in point this particular segment which became one of the more famous segments of the show.https://youtu.be/aSJqmSfT62c
For those wanting to see the episodes, a group called Filmrise put the episodes up legally for free over in this Youtube channel
, having both the Robert Stack and Dennis Farina era shows.https://youtu.be/jB-1lLWy4NE
Naturally Unsolved Mysteries isn't the only show of it's kind but it's certainly the top dog of the pack. Still, if you know a show that you think is better, here's the thread to talk about it as well as the spooky stuff that'd be featured on them. Maybe talking about them may actually solve one of them. After all, as Robert Stack once said, "for every mystery, there is someone, somewhere, who knows the truth. Perhaps that someone is watching. Perhaps...it's you."