"For every mystery, there is someone, somewhere, who knows the truth.
Perhaps that someone is watching. Perhaps... it's you"
This program is about unsolved mysteries. Whenever possible, the actual
family members and police officials have participated in recreating the
events. What you are about to see is not a news broadcast.
Unsolved Mysteries - Host Robert Stack presides over an investigation into unsolved mysteries ranging from murders to UFO sightings. Through reenactments and interviews, viewers are presented with the known facts of each case. Anyone with additional information is then urged to contact the show's producers via a tool-free telephone number.
Unsolved Mysteries uses a documentary format profiling real-life mysteries and features reenactments of unsolved crimes, missing persons, conspiracy theories and unexplained paranormal phenomena (alien abductions, ghosts, UFOs, and "secret history" theories).
The concept of Unsolved Mysteries was created upon a series of three specials produced by John Cosgrove and Terry-Dunn Meurer that they pitched to NBC in 1985 and were shown in 1986 called "Missing... Have You Seen This Person?".
The success of the three programs led to Cosgrove and Meurer to broaden the program to include mysteries of all kinds. The pilot of "Unsolved Mysteries" was a special that aired on NBC on January 20th, 1987 with Raymond Burr as host/narrator to a rousing success.
Six more specials aired with the next two being hosted by Karl Malden and the final four by Robert Stack for the remaining 1987–1988 season. In 1988, the show became a weekly run series on NBC.
The show would lose some of its popularity after the 1994–1995 season.
Until 1998, the show was hosted by Stack, and during its brief 2-year run on CBS, co-hosted by Virginia Madsen in 1999. Later episodes featured journalist Keely Shaye Smith and television host Lu Hanessian as correspondents in the show's telecenter, from where they provided information on updated stories.
Due to failing health, Stack quit hosting the show in 2002 and died a year later.
In 2008, Spike revived the series, and it is now hosted by Dennis Farina. The show was known for its eerie theme song composed by Michael Boyd and Gary Remal Malkin, as well as Stack's unmistakable voice and presence, which became synonymous with the show.
The theme song was later changed in 1995 and remained until 2002. In 2008, the theme and music used was changed to an up-beat rock music much to dismay of loyal fans.