Combines dramatic re-enactments, interviews and updates, to tell stories of real mysteries, from human to the supernatural.
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Series cast summary:
Robert Stack ...  Self - Host / ... 292 episodes, 1987-2002
Dennis Farina ...  Self / ... 176 episodes, 1998-2009


Host Robert Stack presides over an investigation into unsolved mysteries ranging from murders to UFO sightings. Through reenactments and interviews, viewers are presented with the known facts of each case. Anyone with additional information is then urged to contact the show's producers via a toll-free telephone number. Written by Kevin Ackley <>

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Matthew McConaughey's first acting job was in a re-enactment season 5 episode 12 of Unsolved Mysteries. See more »


[repeated line]
Robert Stack: Join me. Perhaps you may be able to help solve a mystery.
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Alternate Versions

The segments that Viginia Madsen narrated on CBS in 1999 were later re-edited for Lifetime, with Robert Stack's voice replacing hers. As a result, she is excluded from the reruns. See more »


Referenced in One Lone Cat: Good-Bye, YouTube. Hello, Website (2017) See more »


Unsolved Mysteries Theme
Composed by Michael Boyd and Gary Malkin (as Gary Remal Malkin)
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It managed to keep itself both dignified and interesting
24 July 2015 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

I always loved this show, even when the broadcast schedule became erratic after 1997 and I had to chase it all over the schedule and from network to network. Robert Stack - Elliot Ness himself - was the definitive host, and was essential in the role he had. There were really two forces at work here that made the show a success. First, the producers of the show didn't put every backwoods legend that came across their desks on the air. They tried to document events and stories that could have happened. Second, Robert Stack was a great host, his trench coat-clad presence and dignified and sincere narration bringing respectability to each segment. Thus, no matter how fantastic something might appear on paper, it was presented as something that a rational person could believe was possible. Among the topics explored were:

UFOs - episodes devoted to alien abductions, crop circles, and the controversy surrounding Roswell and Area 51.

Ghosts - Among the episodes there is a friendly ghost (not Casper), a matchmaker ghost, a court case with new homeowners suing old homeowners because they weren't told the house was haunted, and other assorted ghost tales.

Miracles - Divine influence and angelic interventions were examined in a series of episodes that cover everything from inexplicably answered prayers, to alternative medicines, to religious visions.

Psychics - Accounts of ESP, fortune telling, past-life regression, strange seers, and other tales of mental magic. The more interesting segments involved psychics helping the police solve crimes.

Bizarre Murders - Focuses on some of the most notorious murders in history. Examines such infamous criminals as the Boston Strangler and the Zodiac Killer, as well as a woman possibly killed by one of her own alternate personalities, and the psychology behind well-known homicidal world leader.

Strange Legends" - Segments are included on Bigfoot, what happened to famed skyjacker D.B. Cooper, skunk apes, and other such matters. Also includes segments on the legend of the Mothman, the fate of Amelia Earhart, the death of "Adventures of Superman" star George Reeves, and the strange legacy of the Bermuda Triangle aired.

I'll always miss this series and Stack's dignified presence. Highly recommended if you ever run across it. And look closely. You just might recognize some stars of today as extras in the dramatic reconstructions.

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20 January 1987 (USA) See more »

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Unsolved Mysteries See more »

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