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"Unsolved Mysteries" freaked out '90s kids. Now it’s back to scare a new generation. The creators of the new Netflix version take us behind the scenes.


Exec producer Shawn Levy says the goal is “to satisfy fans of the original and to indoctrinate people who come to this with no history,” likening it to his Netflix hit, “Stranger Things,” in its cross-generational appeal.


The spooky theme song is back in a new arrangement, and the franchise has likewise been retooled to suit contemporary tastes: there’s no host, no narration and no more literal reenactments.


The original's reenactments were not always high art, but they did help launch the career of at least one Oscar winner: In one of his first onscreen roles, Matthew McConaughey played a Texas man shot to death in front of his mother.


Each episode of the revival goes in-depth on just a single case. “The armchair detectives really like to dig into the details. People are ... hungry for more information and they want longer-form stories.” says exec producer Terry Meurer.


The team is confident the reach of Netflix and the ease of social media sharing will bring resolution to some cases. “I want this show to be entertaining,” says Levy, “but all the viewers in the world wouldn’t be as gratifying as one solved mystery.”


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