Unsolved Mysteries is back!

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Posted on August 6, 2020

Just about everything about 2020 is turning out awful. Millions are sickened by a pandemic. Millions more have lost jobs because of the economic fallout. The beat of war drums is getting louder and louder, and murder hornets are taking residence in the United States. Is there no end to the madness?!?!

Well, amid all the turmoil that surrounds us, one important development has brightened my world. That update is the reboot of my all-time favorite TV show: Unsolved Mysteries. The reboot happened in the middle of the pandemic and couldn’t have come at a better time for me, as I was nearly out of binge-watching solutions to dull my mind from the madness of 2020.

A throwback to my childhood

I grew up watching Unsolved Mysteries hosted by the legend host Robert Stack. As a youngster, I would watch the series religiously, and usually at the end of each episode, I would be too scared to walk to my bedroom without turning on every light in the house! I always loved it when Mr. Stack introduced viewers to new ghost stories and UFO encounters. As one who has experience both of those phenomena in my life, it always struck a familiar, eerie chord in my heart.

Sadly, when Robert Stack died, so did the series, until Netflix (hooray for Netflix!) decided to reboot with a season showcasing episodes ranging from murders, UFOs, and other strange phenomena. Heck, they even did a reboot of the theme song. They remained loyal to the song’s melody and improved upon it in a remarkable way! I get scared just hearing it! (Love it!).

A new level of audience engagement

In the old days, Unsolved Mysteries asked viewers to call an 800 tip line if they had any information to help solve cases. Today, though, in the internet age, audiences are engaging with the new Unsolved Mysteries in a remarkable way. Reddit is particularly active as a forum for web sleuths to group-solve some of the mysteries. Already, a major breakthrough has occurred in one particular case–only weeks after it aired on Netflix.


So, if you find yourself sitting at home, waiting for the pandemic to pass, pop some popcorn and check out the new reboot of Unsolved Mysteries. The only complaint I have is they don’t have a host like Robert Stack. In fact, they don’t have a host, at all. Then again, no one can really replace the great Robert Stack.