Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries: everything you need to know about the iconic TV series’ revival

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Volume two of the hit Netflix series is coming sooner than you think…

Updated on 20 August: are you, like so many other true crime addicts, hooked on Unsolved Mysteries

Well, we’ve good news for you, as Netflix has confirmed that it will be injecting yet more unexplained disappearances, tragic events and bizarre occurrences into our autumn TV schedules.

That’s right: volume two of the first season of Unsolved Mysteries – which will be comprised of six new episodes – will be coming to the streaming platform on 19 October.

And, in a fitting twist for Halloween, we’ve been promised a ghost episode.

“It’s an unusual ghost episode,” teased showrunner Terry Dunn Meurer, in an interview with Variety

“That’s all I’ll say. It’s different. A bit different.”

Updated on 22 July: as per Unsolved Mysteries episode ‘No Ride Home’, Alonzo Brooks was last seen alive at a house party in rural Linn County, Kansas in April 2004. He was reported missing after his friends left the party without him and he failed to return home the next day. 

Witnesses at the party said that Brooks, who was of African-American and Mexican descent, was subjected to racist abuse from other guests.

The Netflix true-crime series went on to note that, while police officers claimed that they scoured the area for evidence about what happened to him, they turned up nothing. A month later, though, a search party organised by his family quickly found his body beside a wooded creek. 

No-one was ever arrested in relation to Brooks’ murder, and his autopsy could not determine his cause of death. However, on Tuesday 21 July, the Unsolved MysteriesTwitter account provided a huge update on the case, reporting that Brooks’s body had been exhumed after his case was recently reopened by the FBI.

“The body of Alonzo Brooks was exhumed this morning,” reads the tweet. 

“His case was recently reopened by the @FBI who are offering a $100K reward for tips leading to an arrest. If you know something please come forward.”

While it remains unclear as to whether or not the Unsolved Mysteries episode contributed towards the case being reopened, co-creator and executive producer Terry Dunn Meurer said that the episode about Brooks had generated more tips and potentially credible information from viewers than any of the other cases that were featured. 

“[Viewers submitted] lots of theories that we had already heard when we were producing the episodes, but there are some new names that have come in and that we forwarded onto the FBI,” she told Variety, adding that she believes that “somebody” at the party was a witness to what happened to Brooks.

It is worth noting that the FBI Field Office in Kansas City is leading the Brooks investigation, and it is encouraging anyone who has information about the case to contact them at 816-512-8200, to call the FBI Tips hotline at 816-474-TIPS, or to submit that info anonymously at tips.fbi.gov

Alternatively, Unsolved viewers can submit tips about Brooks or any of the other cases that were featured on the series through its website.

As reported on 2 July: true crime addicts will no doubt remember – or at least have heard of – Unsolved Mysteries, the classic documentary series which first aired way back in 1987. 

Now, well over 20 years since the show wrapped up NBC and CBS, Netflix has joined forces with original creators Terry Dunn Meurer and John Cosgrove (and Shawn Levy, the producer of Stranger Things) to reboot and revamped the TV show for 2020 audiences.

Which means, you guessed it, we’re going to spend our summer poring over inexplicable events from all over the world.

With that in mind, then, here’s everything you need to know about Netflix’s Unexplained Mysteries.

So, what will Netflix’s Unexplained Mysteries about?

The clue’s in the title, folks. The reboot, much like the original series, looks at a range of (ahem) unsolved mysteries. And that could mean pretty much anything, from the trauma of a loved one’s unexplained disappearance, to the shock of a bizarre paranormal encounter.

But here’s where things get really interesting. Rather than tie things up neatly and present you with the full package, the show’s creators are relying on you, the viewer, to help them get to the bottom of things.

“Alongside detectives and journalists, family members offer clues, present theories, and identify suspects, hoping one viewer holds the key to solving the mystery,” reads a statement from Netflix.

That’s right: just like in the original series, each episode will end with a chance for viewers to send in any relevant information or tips to a law enforcement agency.

And it’s worth noting that, so far, Unsolved Mysteries has helped solve over 260 cases. So, yeah, you could very well make a difference.

Is there a trailer for Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries?

There sure is, and you can watch it below:

Spooky, huh? It seems Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries will maintain the chilling feeling viewers loved about the original, while also telling the stories through the lens of a premium documentary series.

What cases will Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries be focusing upon?

So far, we know the titles and synopses for the first six episodes in the revival (as per People).

They are as follows:

  • Mystery on the Rooftop: the dead body of a newlywed is found in a Baltimore Hotel eight days after he disappeared.
  • 13 Minutes: a local hairdresser disappears in daylight, leaving behind her teenage son.
  • House of Terror: a French man’s wife is found buried under the porch of their home.
  • No Ride Home: a 23-year-old never returned home from a party he attended with friends in a rural Kansas town.
  • Berkshire’s UFO: residents of the Massachusetts town are convinced they saw a UFO in 1969.
  • Missing Witness: when a stepdaughter confesses to helping her mother dispose of her stepfather’s body, she suddenly disappears.

What have people said about Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries?

In a statement, Meurer and Cosgrove reflected on the “life-changing power” of the show, which evolved from three specials produced for NBC in 1985.

“It’s gratifying to know we’ve had an impact on people’s lives,” they said.

Levy also issued a statement about his involvement in the new iteration of Unsolved Mysteries, noting that the revival “is very loyal to the things we all love about the brand” and even uses the same title music.

How many episodes of Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries will there be?

12 brand new episodes will be dropping on the streaming site.

When will Unsolved Mysteries land on Netflix?

The first six episodes of this docuseries have been available to view on Netflix since 1 July 2020.

The other half will follow later in the year, although Netflix has yet to confirm when this will be.

To find out more about Unsolved Mysteries, and what else will be landing this July, check out our pick of the best films and TV shows coming to Netflix here.

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