I'm ecstatic. "Unsolved Mysteries," the audience-interactive mystery show which aired from 1987-2010, is FINALLY available for streaming! "Unsolved Mysteries" sparked my interest in true crime and murder mysteries, was the foundation of my paranoia and is the reason I assume strange acting people are serial killers. From fraud to disappearances to murder to the paranormal, "Unsolved Mysteries" offers a variety of interesting cases and literally still takes tips from viewers. For many fans, streaming availability for "Unsolved Mysteries" has been long awaited. Although the series is willing to go back into production someday and would like to stream on different platforms, it's been a struggle to gain support. But, as of March 2017, Amazon Prime has added the original Robert Stack hosted seasons 1-4 and 8 seasons of the reboot hosted by Dennis Farina. Also, the official "Unsolved Mysteries" website states that more seasons are planned to be released throughout 2017. Excuse me while I send a thank you note and fruit basket to Amazon Prime.
Yeah, I know the series is 30 years old and many of the cases have been solved, but the chance of me helping solve a mystery is not the reason I love "Unsolved Mysteries." I love the series because the quality of the writing and reenactments are so much better than what is on tv today. "Unsolved Mysteries" used reenactments to portray the unsolved cases, which sounds lame, but they're actually really good. If you watch a lot of crime tv like me, you're aware of the horrible tv reenactments like what the ID Channel thrives off of. For me, nothing ruins an interesting case faster than relaying it through lame, poorly acted crime scene reenactments. "Unsolved Mysteries" reenactments actually don't have horrible acting or dumb dialogue, though they are kind of funny in a 1980s type of way. Robert Stack, and later Dennis Farina, voice over the events of the reenactments making for intriguing stories.
If you like watching crime tv, reading true crime cases or mystery novels, or listening to murder podcasts, I highly recommend you watch "Unsolved Mysteries." I'm so jealous that my parents and older siblings had the privilege of watching the show primetime, but even though I mainly watched reruns, I promise they're still relevant and interesting. There are cases I saw on the show 10 years ago that I still think of all the time because they really freaked me out. The cases plus the awesome hosts really made this show a cult gem. Whether you're a long-time fan or just learned of its existence, I hope you take advantage of Prime's streaming. As Robert Stack would say, maybe you can help solve a mystery.