Behold the Enduring Creepiness of “Unsolved Mysteries”

Gen-X Nostalgia Alert!

Recently I discovered that the late 80s-early 90s TV show “Unsolved Mysteries,” with Robert Stack, is available on Amazon Video. All the seasons in their entirety.

This is a show I would watch, spellbound, when I was younger, then go to bed and get scared of all the bandits who certainly wanted to break into my apartment, and I’d think “Don’t watch that show!” then the next week I’d watch and it would happen all over again.

This was not my fault. This show features creepy, irresistible theme music and the hypnotic eyes of Robert Stack, made more compelling by his cue-card reading that makes his gaze look just a bit off.

Who needs an unsolved mystery when you can just have nightmares about this guy

And his voice, which oozes authority and all the seriousness that an unsolved murder, or an unsolved ghost sighting, or alien-made crop circles require.

So I though I’d check out this show, just for a lark, figuring it would be so dated that I would maybe chuckle a bit and get back to work. (I have a job. I work from home. I sometimes take video breaks. YOLO.)

Not from the show

So check it out I did–the over-permed hairstyles of women! The feathered and middle-parted hair of men! Oversized sweaters in bright colors! It’s all there, folks.

I don’t know, some guy

And guess what–it just doesn’t matter. I’m still hooked.

Pop this over a turtleneck for a stylish winter ensemble

The best part is they have all the stories updated with the most current info. So if something was solved, you don’t have to go rushing to the innertubes to research it. Although I usually do, because I’m hopeless. (They never seem to have updates on the ghost ships, or the alien sightings, or the haunted hotels; why is that, I can’t imagine.)


Bonus: 27 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Unsolved Mysteries


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9 Responses to Behold the Enduring Creepiness of “Unsolved Mysteries”

  1. Sergeant Tibbs says:

    I don’t know that I’ve ever actually watched it before. It seemed too scary! But it was a major plot point in one of my favorite movies, Mumford, which is about a man named Mumford living in a town called Mumford. Mumford!

    Is this the beginning of a recap series?

    • flanny says:

      Yessss, Mumford! I saw Mumford in the theater because the guy who played Mumford was a secondary character in Gattaca (staring Jude Law) and I made my friend watch Gattaca so much she developed a crush on the guy in Mumford! I don’t remember Unsolved Mysteries in it, though.

  2. flanny says:

    I keep starting episode one and then turning it off very quickly because I get too scared. I should develop a backbone!

    • martinmegz says:

      You can do it, you made it all the way through a ghost tour of Downtown LA!

      • flanny says:

        Fully two nights later I was still so scared from tour that I had to sleep with the lights and a Golden Girls marathon on.

    • taoreader says:

      There’s something about that show. The good news is a lot of the scary things have been solved, so you get to find out about that.

      The last one I watched had the DB Cooper mystery, which ended with “The investigation into DB Cooper has been closed.” I think they decided he probably died in the jump, or is probably dead now.

      • hotspur says:

        I still believe, D.B. Cooper. I hope you are enjoying that margarita I know you’re enjoying right now.

  3. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    I might be thinking of a different show, but I’m 99% sure that I was home alone as a kid, watching Unsolved Mysteries, and the power went out and it scared me? I don’t know, it is a fuzzy memory. I have no recollection of watching this show, but for some reason, this reminded me of that.

    I might be mixing it up with the time that I tried to watch Pet Semetary by myself as a kid, and turned it off during the opening credits because a children’s choir singing as the camera panned over a cemetery was too creepy. I finally worked up the nerve to keep watching, and promptly turned it off when the character Zelda was introduced.

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