Hosted by Robert Stack, this series uses re-enactments and interviews to retell the circumstances of, well, mysteries that are unsolved. Covering crimes, tales of lost love, unexplained history and paranormal events.
I love this show so much and it's great that Amazon is apparently getting all of the seasons. This is the perfect material for binging, and by the time you finish the entire Stack series, you can go back and start again. Perfect to listen to while cooking and to leave on while falling asleep. Despite how sad and scary some parts can be, it's very comforting to me because my mom and I watched so much of it while I was growing up.
I do miss the themed box sets (Bizarre Murders, Ghosts, etc), because they were so great when I was in the mood for a particular tone or topic. But the entire series streaming in chronological order is the next best thing and I hope Amazon has it for good.
Truly one of the best TV shows of all time, and it provided a valuable public service. No hype, no sensationalism, just facts. Ok, maybe they sometimes embellished effects beyond subject accounts for the sake of entertainment (like some of the ghost and UFO effects, perhaps), but it's all in good taste and very enjoyable.
This review is for season 9. If you're new to Unsolved Mysteries, this is the birth of true crime re-enactment tv shows, covering murders, wanted fugitives, missing persons, alternate historical theories, paranormal, and scientific anomalies/miracles. Season 1-6 in my opinion are the highest quality true crime programming out there. During its original run, the show was moved to the friday night "death slot" from season 7 and beyond, and the quality in stories chosen, production values, and delivery began to decline. They changed the theme song and score, title cards, and added Keely Shay Smith to narrate updates instead of having Robert Smith narrate everything solo. Overall, season 1-6 are classic and almost as high caliber as the Twilight Zone, while season 7 and beyond began to slide. Season 9 has some great episodes, but it's evident the show was losing steam by this point.
I'm fairly certain that I'm a good part responsible for pushing them to get this made, Having bothered John Cosgrove himself, and the Cosgrove Meurer team repeatedly via Twitter, email, and message boards. And having said that. I'm everything but disappointed, I've watched every single episode, some repeatedly. Thanks for the reliving of memories, the creepy escapes, and the resolutions. The effort paid off big, And I'm extremely grateful to everyone who made it happen.