Unsolved Mysteries began as a special in 1987. The show was very popular and aired as a special several more times before being added as a regular series. It offered a spooky alternative to the other cop shows of the early 90's.
Just The Facts
- Unsolved Mysteries has aired on four channels. NBC, CBS and Lifetime all canceled the show once they learned there was no such thing as ghosts. Spike TV is still holding out hope they will bring a ghost to justice.
- Matthew McConaughey used Unsolved Mysteries to catapult himself into mainstream Hollywood success. His killer was captured within a year of the show airing.
- According to the Unsolved Mysteries website, over fifty percent of the fugitives profiled on the show have been captured. They also have reunited countless families and even proven the innocence of seven people convicted of crimes they did not commit. They have not, however, captured any ghosts as
Cracked on Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries knew the secret to make kids crap their pants. Sprinkle in some ghost stories with real tales of crime, along with a terrifying opening song, and no one slept well. Yet people continued to watch. Perhaps it was Robert Stack's perseverance that he would help capture any criminal that was not big enough to be featured on "America's Most Wanted." Or maybe it was just the fact that tv in the early to mid nineties stunk.