- Unsolved Mysteries hasn’t officially been renewed for a second season yet, but a ‘Volume 2’ of the first season will release later this year.
- Since it’s release on July 1, the show has settled in at the to of Netflix’s Top 10 chart.
- The show originally ran in various iterations between 1987 and 2010.
Netflix’s new reboot of Unsolved Mysteries didn’t exactly recreate the wheel, but it certainly found a way to keep people interested in the dead of summer. The show offered up six brand new cases for people to sink their teeth into, from rooftop mysteries, to UFO sightings, to potentially racially-motivated murders. True Crime fans who quickly gobbled up the first batch of episodes will be excited to know that while a second season of the show hasn’t yet been officially ordered by Netflix yet, there is a ‘Volume 2’ of the first season that will be coming later this year. That’s right: six more episodes, guaranteed.
And so if you’re still burning through these six intense tales of crime and unresolved mystery, know that this won’t be the end. If you’ve already zipped through, well, you might have to find something else to hold you over in the meantime (might we suggest I’ll Be Gone In The Dark on HBO?), but know that your wait will be satisfied: there is light at the other end of the tunnel (at least when it comes to the thirst for more Unsolved Mysteries).
Here’s what we know about the show going forward:
Volume 2 of Unsolved Mysteries Season 1 is coming later this year.
The show hasn’t officially been renewed for a Season 2 yet—that’s because we’re still in the midst of Season 1. No date has officially been given, but these first six episodes that have been released (“Volume 1”) are only the first half of the season, while six more are already in production and will be released at an undisclosed time later this year. Netflix has done this with a number of their shows, most recently announcing a split final season for the mega-hit drama Ozark.
Volume 2 will continue to track both domestic and international cases.
In fact, two of the upcoming six episodes were filmed internationally, and follow cases that take place outside of the United States (the first season only followed one: “House of Terror,” which was filmed in France and follows the de Ligonnès family).
This was part of the big appeal for co-creator Terry Dunn Meurer in bringing the series to Netflix: the global audience that the platform comes along with. “We had meetings with networks along the way but nothing felt like the right fit,” she said in an interview with the New York Post. “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.”
Meurer added that right now their team is looking at stories in Brazil (presumably for Season 2, if Volume 2’s episodes are all mostly completed).
An Unsolved Mysteries Season 2 would continue to go without a narrator.
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.”), the host most commonly attributed with the original series, though others like Raymond Burr, Dennis Farina, and Virginia Madsen have also hosted through the years.
When the time comes to start producing a Season 2 though—assuming they get the call—Meurer and company have already decided that they won’t turn back on the decision to go without a host and/or narrator. It sounds like they really like the more grounded balance that they’ve reached in this iteration of the show.
“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 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.”
A proper Season 2 for Unsolved Mysteries seems likely.
Considering Meurer and her team are already discussing research and planning for more episodes, it sounds like their end is more than interested in making new episodes—they’re ready to do it. And considering Unsolved Mysteries has been the #1 viewed content on Netflix from basically the moment it debuted, it would be a pretty questionable choice for Netflix to opt against bringing it back for more.
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But with those six more episodes in volume 2 still on the way, the streaming giant will have plenty of precious time to make that decision officially.
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