Netflix drops ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ evidence on Reddit to help internet sleuths solve cases
Netflix’s recent revival of the beloved Unsolved Mysteries series is a hit, with the show appearing on the site’s Top 10 Most Watched list since premiering. While a lot has changed in the reboot itself, the biggest change is arguably how the show now exists in a world with Reddit sleuths.
Netflix even directly addressed those sleuths in a Reddit post on July 7. The post dropped an entire Google Drive of evidence organized by each episode’s case, containing not only the evidence that aired but also new speculation that didn’t make the cut.
While armchair internet detectives are certainly a double-edged and potentially harmful sword, this behavior isn’t new for Unsolved Mysteries. The show was always known for tapping fans to help solve cases, and in the past tips and leads from viewers actually did just that. The ethics of giving amateur online sleuths this kind of ammo remains questionable, but it is also a natural evolution of the show’s legacy. Each episode already ends with a call for viewers to contact the producers with any potential tips and lead through their website. Read more…