'Unsolved Mysteries' on Netflix: Why the New Version Doesn't Have a Host

Netflix has brought back the classic true crime show Unsolved Mysteries with one major difference–the reboot does not have a host. The first thing that many viewers will think of when they think of Unsolved Mysteries is the deep voice of Robert Stack, who hosted the show for 15 years between 1987 and 2002, but the show has also been hosted by Raymond Burr, Karl Malden, Virginia Madsen and Dennis Farina.

The reason that the show does not have a host, however, is due to the legacy of Stack. Unsolved Mysteries co-creator Terry Dunn Meurer told the New York Post: "We talked about that for a long time, even about using an unseen narrator, but we decided it was really tough to fill the late Robert Stack's shoes. He was an iconic host for so many years."

Meurer added in a TVLine interview: "The final decision was that it's very difficult to fill Robert Stack's shoes, and his trench coat. He's just such an iconic voice. He's such a signature of the show."

Another reason why the new Unsolved Mysteries goes without a host is because of the way true crime has changed since the show debuted in 1987–in part due to the influence of Netflix and its many shows telling the stories behind crimes. In shows like Making a Murderer, The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez and Tiger King, there is no host, with a focus on the stories of the victims and (sometimes) perpetrators of the crime.

This was something Meurer referred to in the Post. He said: "The other part of the equation was that we wanted this be in the documentary world, where the people whose mysteries these episodes involve are more present and more of the storytellers."

Though the lack of a host is a difference between the original Unsolved Mysteries and the new one, much remains the same from when the show first premiered in the 1980s. The show has kept its original eerie theme tune, composed by Michael Boyd and Gary Remal Malkin, and ends with the same appeal for information about the stories contained in the documentary series.

The creator of the show said of the similarities between the Netflix version and the original, "the premise of the show has always been: Someone somewhere knows the truth, and perhaps you can help solve a mystery. And that has not changed with the new iteration on Netflix. That's always been the mission."

Unlike other true crime shows, Unsolved Mysteries on Netflix will keep the original series' supernatural episodes about potential UFO sightings and other strange goings-on. Meurer reassured fans: "We have the UFOs and the ghosts and the treasure stories in addition to the wanteds and the missings and the murders."

Unsolved Mysteries is streaming now on Netflix.