Netflix’s new true crime TV show, Unsolved Mysteries, become an instant hit after it debuted its first season with six episodes on July 1. (The show is actually a re-boot of the same series that ran from 1987 to 2002 and had over 500 episodes.)
With crazy stories like the murder of Rey Rivera, the French family that was murdered by their father (who is still on the loose), and the disappearance of new mom Lena Chapin, the story lines kept us captivated. But inquiring minds needs to know: Will there be a season two of Unsolved Mysteries? Good news, armchair detectives: Unsolved Mysteries is coming back for more on October 19, 2020.
Amateur sleuths and casual fans alike are getting more chilling drama with a "Volume 2" release of six more episodes, according to co-creator Terry Dunn Meurer's interview with the New York Post. Technically it’s just the first season broken up into two batches of six episodes, but really—who’s keeping track when there’s more on the way?
Here's everything you need to know about season two of Unsolved Mysteries:
When does Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2 premiere?
Set a calendar reminder now: Unsolved Mysteries season two will premiere globally on Netflix on October 19. Worth noting: It’s coming just in time for Halloween. Spooktacular at-home viewing party, anyone? (Sorry—had to.)
Also worth noting: The original season was in the Top 10 list, and stayed at #1 for a long time on Netflix, so it’s pretty much guaranteed to be in your "Popular on Netflix" section for ages when it returns. JIC you need another reminder when October rolls around...
Is there a new trailer yet?
Yep! Unsolved Mysteries just released a trailer for season two on October 8, and it’s just as creepy as you’d expect. In the trailer, you see all kinds of freaky scenes, like someone appearing at a doorstep dripping wet, police at a crime scene, people in hoodies shoving something into a dumpster, and someone lying on a bed in what appears to be a hotel room.
"People die all the time," a voiceover says in the trailer. "But I think their family deserves to know what happened to them."
Next, viewers see a monk who says, "Japanese people don’t separate the dead from the living," followed by a scene of someone putting out food for a late relative. Suddenly, a child’s toy starts making noise in the background.
And then there are snippets of other spine-tingling quotes, like, "The footage is haunting," "this can’t happen," and "she had vanished." The final quote is intense: "Somebody out there knows something."
You can watch the full Unsolved Mysteries volume two trailer here:
It will have the same format as the first 6 episodes.
"We wanted this be in the documentary world, where the people whose mysteries these episodes involve are more present and more of the storytellers," Meurer said in his New York Post interview. "In addition to interviewing family members and law enforcement, we go on location to get more of a sense of each case. We don’t try to come down on one point of view and try to create as balanced a story as we can."
And it will still go on without a host, unlike the original show that aired in the '90s.
One obvious difference between the numerous versions of past Unsolved Mysteries and the new Netflix reboot was the lack of a series narrator/host, with this new version instead opting to go with a more traditional documentary format. This was mainly attributed to not being able to replace Robert Stack. ("We decided it was really tough to fill Robert Stack’s shoes," Meurer told the Post. "He was an iconic host for so many years.") Stack, if you happened to catch the original Unsolved Mysteries, had an amazing way of making just about everything sound super freaky.
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Besides sticking to the same format, Netflix also promises that the new season will include more "unexplained disappearances, tragic events, and bizarre occurrences." And, they say, there’s a chance you could help. "Perhaps one viewer holds the key to solving these cases. Detectives, journalists, and family members offer intriguing theories in this gripping series," Netflix says in a statement.
Oh, and btw, these are the names of this season’s episodes:
"Washington Insider Murder"
"Death in Oslo"
"Death Row Fugitive"
"Lady in the Lake"
It's still unknown what those titles are ~actually~ referring to in each episode, but they sound pretty intriguing.
Some of the episodes were filmed internationally.
Meurer said two episodes were filmed outside of the U.S., and that they would like to do more international cases.
"Right now we’re tracking cases in Brazil," Meurer told the New York Post. The co-creater explained it’s largely due to the fact that these episodes are rolling out on a global streaming platform: "Netflix is the perfect place—we can produce international stories and can also reach out to a worldwide audience to try and solve mysteries in different countries."
The show has helped solve hundreds of crimes.
According to the New York Times, 260 cases from the original Unsolved Mysteries were cracked—and Netflix offers an even broader reach.
And Meurer told USA Today that 20 credible leads were passed off to law enforcement agencies one day after the recent series premiered. (Think you have one? You can reach out via the show's website, which Meurer says was flooded with tips after the first season’s premiere.)
You can watch original episodes online right now.
Can’t wait until season two rolls out? Understandable. The old school episodes are available online on Hulu, Tubi, and Pluto TV. And, of course, you can rewatch season one of the reboot on Netflix right now.
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