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These shows are all the rage in their era. They typically have a one-word-title. Like "Show". They are heavily character-driven. [[JigsawPuzzlePlot Each episode reveals only a little more of the overall plot]]. In many respects, they harken back to the style of old {{Television Serial}}s like the old ''Series/DoctorWho''... but DarkerAndEdgier, HotterAndSexier, and usually with a generous helping of MindScrew.

Not all of them are TV shows; some are movies. Many are made by Creator/JJAbrams, Tim Kring or their ilk. ''Series/{{Lost}}'' is probably the TropeCodifier, though other shows of its ilk came before, including ''Series/TheXFiles'', ''Series/BabylonFive'' and Abrams' own ''Series/{{Alias}}''. There are many, many, ''many'' more. These shows often either are ShortRunners or, on the opposite end, instead, are LongRunners. Either way, the creator usually makes [[ShrugOfGod little effort to actually bother to ever resolve]] [[MythArc the show's central plot]].

See also OntologicalMystery.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/TwentyFour''
* ''Series/{{The 100}}''
* ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred''
* ''Series/{{Alcatraz}}''
* ''Series/{{Alias}}''
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}''
* ''Series/{{Awake}}''
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': The PilotMovie first aired in 1993, and the MythArc and its structure was first planned out in 1986.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' (2003)
* ''Series/{{Carnivale}}''
* ''Series/CharlieJade''
* ''Series/{{Continuum}}''
* ''Series/DarkAngel''
* ''Series/DefyingGravity''
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''
* ''Series/{{Drive}}''
* ''Series/TheEvent''
* ''Series/FlashForward2009''
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}''
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}''
* ''Series/{{Haven}}''
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''
* ''Series/{{House}}'': An odd case, in that it started as a more or less by-the-numbers mystery show ([[RecycledINSPACE IN A HOSPITAL!]]), but eventually began developing slowly dribbled out arcs...that [[StatusQuoIsGod always managed to get sent back to square one at the end of the season]] (unless [[RealLifeWritesThePlot reality got in the way]]).
* ''Series/{{Invasion}}''
* ''Series/{{Jericho}}''
* ''Series/JohnDoe''
* ''Series/{{Journeyman}}''
* ''Series/{{Kings}}''
* ''Series/{{Life On Mars 2008}}'': The American version.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': The TropeCodifier.
* ''Series/NewAmsterdam''
* ''Series/ThePretender''
* ''Series/ThePrisoner'': The UrExample might be this show in 1967, which is a confirmed influence on several of the shows listed here, including ''Battlestar Galactica''. It even got its own literal example in [[Series/ThePrisoner2009 the 2009 miniseries version]].
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}''
* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': From what we saw yet.
* ''Series/SixFeetUnder'': At least after [[CerebusSyndrome character became more important]] than BlackComedy and focus [[FirstLawOfTragicomedies shifted from the quirks of running a funeral home and meditations on death to playing with everyone's love life]]. An early but self-consciously codifying example.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
* ''Surface''
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''
* ''Series/{{Threshold}}''
* ''Series/{{Touch}}''
* ''Series/TwinPeaks''
* ''Series/{{V 2009}}'': The 2009 remake of ''V''.
* ''Vanished''
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Its own MythArc was [[TheChrisCarterEffect made up on the fly]] rather than pre-planned, but it beat ''Babylon 5'' to air and was more popular.
* ''Series/ZeroHour''


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/TheMatrix''
* ''Film/VantagePoint''