Netflix has set an official premiere date for its reboot of the creepy classic series Unsolved Mysteries with a brand new format. The series will premiere the first six of its twelve episodes on July 1, 2020.
It all began back in 1987 when after three initial specials hosted by Raymond Burr and Karl Malden, Robert Stack stepped into the series which enthralled audiences week after week. The show presented mysterious unsolved cases and urged viewers to call in at a special 1-800 number at the end of each episode if they had any information that might lead to resolution.
Stack became synonymous with the show, and without a doubt his narration of events involving everything from UFOs and the paranormal to missing persons and unsolved murders kept viewers coming back for more.
“The cross-generational fan base for UNSOLVED MYSTERIES is amazing,” executive producers Terry Dunn Meurer and John Cosgrove said in a statement. “We’ll hear from viewers — now in their 20s and 30s — who say, ‘I used to sneak episodes behind my parents’ backs when I was young.’ Everyone seems to have a favorite segment that totally freaked them out. We’ve learned that audiences like to be scared, and real stories scare people.”
The new series is produced by the original company CMP alongside Shawn Levy for 21 Laps Entertainment, the producers behind Netflix’s Stranger Things.
Back in the day, Unsolved Mysteries would present multiple stories in a single episode. The new iteration will, instead, focus on a single story giving it as much time as necessary to fully recount the events surrounding the case. They have also decided to proceed without a host which honestly makes sense as it would be difficult to find anyone to match Stack’s delivery.
And, of course, in the year 2020, viewers will be instructed to a website to turn in any information they might have rather than calling a 1-800 tip-line number.
Check out the descriptions of the first six episodes below, and let us know if you’ll be watching Unsolved Mysteries in July in the comments!
“Mystery on the Rooftop,” directed by Marcus A. Clarke:
The body of newlywed Rey Rivera was found in an abandoned conference room at Baltimore’s historic Belvedere Hotel in May 2006, eight days after he mysteriously disappeared. While the Baltimore Police maintained that the 32-year-old committed suicide by jumping from the hotel’s roof, the medical examiner declared Rey’s death “unexplained.” Many, including his devastated wife, Allison, suspect foul play.
“13 Minutes,” directed by Jimmy Goldblum:
Patrice Endres, 38, mysteriously vanished from her Cumming, Georgia, hair salon in broad daylight, during a 13-minute timeframe, leaving behind her teenage son, Pistol. Patrice’s disappearance intensified the existing tensions between Pistol and his stepfather as they dealt with the loss and searched for answers.
“House of Terror,” directed by Clay Jeter:
In April 2011, French police discovered the wife and four children of Count Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès buried under the back porch of their home in Nantes. Xavier, the family patriarch, was not among the dead and nowhere to be found. Investigators gradually pieced together clues and a timeline that pointed to Xavier as a devious, pre-meditate killer. For instance, they now know that shortly before the crimes occurred, Xavier inherited a gun that was the same model as the murder weapon.
“No Ride Home,” directed by Marcus A. Clarke:
Alonzo Brooks, 23, never returned home from a party he attended with friends in the predominantly white town of La Cygne, Kansas. A month later, a search party led by his family locates Alonzo’s body — in an area that law enforcement had already canvassed multiple times.
“Berkshire’s UFO,” directed by Marcus A. Clarke:
On September 1, 1969, many residents in Berkshire County, Massachusetts were traumatized by a sighting of a UFO. Eyewitnesses — many just children at the time — have spent their lives trying to convince the world that what they saw was real.
“Missing Witness,” directed by Clay Jeter:
At age 17, a guilt-ridden Lena Chapin confessed to helping her mother dispose of her murdered stepfather’s body four years prior. In 2012, Lena was issued a subpoena to testify against her mother in court, but the authorities were never able to deliver the summons — because Lena had disappeared, leaving behind a young son.