First broadcast in January of 1987, Unsolved Mysteries is one of the longest running programs in television and the inspiration for dozens of imitators. It is also the first television series with an audience interactive call-to-action requesting viewer tips to help solve actual cases.
Each episode consists of five segments profiling real-life mysteries and an update of a case which has been solved, often thanks to viewer tips. The segments are drawn from a variety of different categories: Murder, Missing Persons, Wanted Fugitives, UFOs, Ghosts, The Unexplained (Paranormal), Missing Heirs, Amnesia, Fraud, among others.
Viewers are urged to visit the series website, unsolved.com, if they have information that might help to solve a case. UM staff will forward the information to the appropriate authorities.
All of the segments have been updated with current information and will continue to be updated with new information resulting from the broadcasts on Spike TV. The host-narrator is Dennis Farina, star of Law and Order, Get Shorty, What Happens in Vegas, and many other film and television credits.
Over the years, Unsolved Mysteries has profiled more than one thousand cases in 260 episodes. 47% of the cases featuring wanted fugitives have been solved thanks to information from Unsolved Mysteries viewers. Also, over one hundred families have been reunited as a result of “Lost Love” segments featured on the show. In addition, several cases involving missing heirs,...