Updated 12/15/16 10:30 a.m.:
Two seasons of “Unsolved Mysteries” episodes hosted by Dennis Farina are currently streaming on Amazon. Original episodes hosted by Robert Stack, featuring new updates on the cases covered, will start streaming on Amazon in 2017.
Before the nation was captivated with true-crime hits like “Making a Murderer,” “The Jinx” and “Serial,” TV viewers tuned in weekly to watch “Unsolved Mysteries,” and the long-running show will soon be available to stream.
Film and television distributor FilmRise announced Wednesday that it acquired the worldwide digital distribution rights to the show that ran for more than 20 years after it premiered as an NBC special in 1987.
Episodes will start be available on digital and streaming platforms this month, though FilmRise did not specify which.
“We’re pleased to be releasing this celebrated series to a large audience of fans both old and new,” said Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise. “‘Unsolved Mysteries’ is an American tradition that FilmRise is excited to preserve.”
Hosted by Robert Stack, the series weaved together interviews and reenactments to examine cold cases, including bizarre crimes, missing persons’ reports, historical events and even paranormal activity. “Unsolved Mysteries” ran for 10 seasons on NBC before migrating to CBS, where it aired until 2002. The show briefly returned in 2008 with the late Dennis Farina (“Law and Order”) as host, re-examining previously covered mysteries.
The Emmy-nominated series was created and executive produced by John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer.
“‘Unsolved Mysteries’ has a long history of finding new audiences and we’re thrilled that the series is being given yet another life by FilmRise,” Meurer said. “We know the series will expand even further with their help and expertise.”
The deal was negotiated between Fisher and FilmRise’s VP of Acquisitions Max Einhorn with Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc.