The Top 7 Murder Mystery Shows for Preteen Girls
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It's a Mystery
I love murder mysteries but they have to be a certain type. It can't be cliffhangers that go on forever; can't handle those- too stressful. They can't be too violent or have too much sexual content (although cursing doesn't bother me).
The best murder mystery has witty conversations with a plot that is just complicated enough to keep me on my toes. They are solved by the end of the show- the answer tied up neatly in a nice little bundle.
For preteens, the genre of the murder mystery should be introduced to them through well written books. That should be done first.In this article, however, I want to concentrate on murder mysteries we watch. Viewing them together as a family leads to a wonderful time with lively discussions after.
Very entertaining. The lead is a woman that owns a mystery book store and tags along with detectives to solve murder mysteries. Some of the writing is a little fluffy and not realistic, but the main character is smart and very appealing to preteen girls.
My Murder Mystery List
These are the ones I felt are quality murder mystery productions with intrigue and storyline appropriate for a preteen.
- Mystery Woman
- Murder - She Wrote
- Sherlock - Season One
- Nancy Drew
- Young Sherlock
- Doctor Who (The Eleventh Doctor - Season One)
This is a terrific series. Monk is an ace detective who has OCD tendencies. The use of humor is well liked by my preteens. Well written. I personally like the earlier episodes with his assistant Sharona.
The Game is On
I'm glad our girls are watching less sitcoms and more detective dramas and Made-For-TV movies during their alloted screen time. In general, the scripts are better written.
Murder - She Wrote
Loved this series when I was young. Our girls found it a little dated, but it's worth a try. Maybe turn it into a tv critic activity and have them do a review on an episode.
Top TV Murder Mystery Series for Preteens +
All these shows wowed us from the beginning. I felt them appropriate for our daughters.
Sherlock - Season One
This series is outstanding. The scriptwriting, the acting are top notch. It is current so there are cellphones and texting woven into the story. Watson is played by the lead actor from "The Hobbit." There was one episode that went into sexual content so read the episode description or preview it before you view with your preteen.
Top Murder Mystery Movies for Preteens +
As far as movies go, our preteens have been getting into all the Anne Hathaway movies like "Princess Diaries." They are fun and well done. As far as murder mysteries, we have watched "Sherlock Holmes" with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, but the following shows I've listed below really 'hit the mark' for our kids.
This was a pleasant surprise we rented by chance and ended up buying. This movie was successful blending a girl detective character in the style of the original book with a modern setting. Great murder mystery for preteen girls.
Where Were You on the Night in Question?
Why are murder mysteries so appealing? It seems kind of gruesome when you first think of it. But I can see layers of meaning to why they 'hit the mark' for our brains.
- They're exciting and thrilling without getting into real danger.
- They're stimulating for the brain by getting it to think through the clues and try to come up with the answer before the main character does.
- It's compelling because it's a 'life and death' situation.
- It's escapist in a good way.
Young Sherlock Holmes
We thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It's a period piece but very adventurous with a lot of action.
The Game is Afoot!— Shakespeare quote reworded by Arthur Conan Doyle
Doctor Who - The Eleventh Hour
Okay, okay you got me. This is not a murder mystery or a movie per se. But they are a team that goes around the universe solving mysteries and helping humans and aliens alike. Excellent writing.This is an Amazon Rental.
Yes I am a Whovian and so are my preteens. We love the adventures and the character Amy is a good strong female role model. The banter is quick, but like Shakespeare, you get into the groove after a while.
These do-it-yourself party kits and the book remind me of my Magic School Bus birthday party I put together when my daughters were little. I dressed up as Ms. Frizzle with a red wig and dress and we had activity tables which included an erupting paper mache volcano! We made giant cardboard school buses the kids could customize. We had the theme music playing and experiments kids could take home. Lots and lots of fun.
Hosting a Mystery Party
I haven't gotten this yet but it has good reviews. I'm going to try this one or the next one here.