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Watch The Trailer For Netflix's New True Crime Series 'Unsolved Mysteries'

Watch The Trailer For Netflix's New True Crime Series 'Unsolved Mysteries'

Netflix has released the trailer for its reboot of 1980s TV series Unsolved Mysteries. The results, as you can see from the trailer below, are incredibly impressive:

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Originally aired between 1987 and 2010, the series did what its name suggests - used re-enactments and interviews to piece together (you guessed it!) unsolved mysteries.

For this reboot, the creators of the original series, John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer, have teamed up with the producers of Netflix's retro supernatural thriller series Stranger Things. Sounds promising already.

Promoting the series, Netflix released the following statement alongside the trailer: "The iconic series Unsolved Mysteries is back! Fusing signature elements from the original series with contemporary immersive, character-driven storytelling, the 12 new episodes are rooted in the experiences of ordinary people who have lived the unthinkable - from the trauma of a loved one's unexplained disappearance or horrific death, to the shock of a bizarre paranormal encounter.

"Alongside detectives and journalists, family members offer clues, present theories, and identify suspects, hoping one viewer holds the key to solving the mystery."

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix
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As it did the first time around, the series will invite viewers of the series to provide information that could help solve the mystery at hand. Which means, even if you're never thought of yourself as a Sherlock Holmes type, you might stand a chance of helping solve a real life crime.

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In a lengthy statement about the reboot, Cosgrove and Meurer wrote: "Unsolved Mysteries evolved from three specials Cosgrove/Meurer Productions [CMP] produced for NBC in 1985 called Missing: Have You Seen This Person?

"When seven of those missing persons cases were solved as the result of viewer tips, we began wondering whether we could solve additional types of cases.

"We listed every category of mystery we could think of: murders, missing persons, wanted fugitives, UFOs and other paranormal stories, treasures, lost loves, robberies, home invasions, even unexplained creatures. That combination of stories became Unsolved Mysteries.

"First NBC staggered seven Unsolved Mysteries specials across different days and time slots, with little publicity or promotion - still, the audience still found every instalment and the ratings were great.

"The network debuted Unsolved Mysteries as a weekly series in 1988, with 22-24 episodes per season. Back then, the internet didn't exist, so we hired a clipping service to scour newspapers all over the country for mysteries with unique twists and turns.

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

"Once the series became very popular, fans began submitting their own mysteries, and our research team combed through huge bags of viewer mail. Law enforcement agencies also recognised the show's success in solving cases, and started sending submissions.

"The hardest part of our job was selecting only four stories for each episode. There are an overwhelming number of unsolved mysteries in the world, and we wish we could solve them all.

"We regarded Unsolved Mysteries as a 'mystery' show, not a 'true crime' show. When choosing cases, we've always looked for diversity in races, ages, locations and eras. We've covered such classic mysteries as Bigfoot, and high-profile, historic crimes ranging from the Black Dahlia murder to the Kennedy assassinations."

The series premieres on 1 July - so now you know what you'll be binge-watching throughout next month.

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Topics: TV and Film, Netflix

Mischa Pearlmen

Mischa is a freelance journalist usually based in either New York or London. He has written for Kerrang!, Record Collector, NME, the New York Observer and FLOOD magazine, among others. Contact him at [email protected]