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Murder, She Wrote

Series Summary
Mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher - a down-to-earth, middle-aged widow - ferrets out the criminals in idyllic Cabot Cove, Maine, which apparently is the murder capital of the United States for the show's 12-season run. Though while traveling, she uncovers a fair number of killers as well.

Air Dates: 1984 - 1996

Genres: Drama, Mystery

Network: CBS

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  • Season 1, Ep. 1 : The Murder of Sherlock Holmes Sep 30, 1984

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    Newly successful mystery writer J.B. Fletcher gets involved in a murder at a New York publisher's costume bash.

  • Season 1, Ep. 2 : The Murder of Sherlock Holmes Sep 30, 1984

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    With her first hit mystery, Maine widow Jessica Fletcher makes a promotional trip to New York, and becomes involved in a murder at a publisher's costume bash.

  • Season 1, Ep. 3 : Deadly Lady Oct 7, 1984

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    A financier (Howard Duff), reportedly swept overboard during a hurricane, turns up in Jessica's yard disguised as a handyman.

  • Season 1, Ep. 4 : Birds of a Feather Oct 14, 1984

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    Jessica travels to San Francisco for a family wedding and discovers that the groom (Jeff Conaway) faces a murder charge.

  • Season 1, Ep. 5 : Hooray for Homicide Oct 28, 1984

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    Jessica is suspected of a producer's murder after people hear her threatening to stop the victim from filming her new novel.

  • Season 1, Ep. 6 : It's a Dog's Life Nov 4, 1984

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    Jessica delves into two investigations when both her wealthy Southern cousin and his daughter die mysteriously.

  • Season 1, Ep. 7 : Lovers and Other Killers Nov 18, 1984

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    Jessica sets out to prove her secretary isn't a murder suspect.

  • Season 1, Ep. 8 : Hit, Run and Homicide Nov 25, 1984

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    Jessica helps clear her neighbor (Van Johnson), an eccentric suspected of murdering with one of his inventions.

  • Season 1, Ep. 9 : We're Off to Kill the Wizard Dec 9, 1984

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    Murder ends a tycoon's (James Coco) plan to have Jessica design a house of horrors for one of his theme parks.

  • Season 1, Ep. 10 : Death Takes a Curtain Call Dec 16, 1984

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    A friend (Hurd Hatfield) asks Jessica to help two Soviet dancers defect, unaware one (George de la Pena) is a murder suspect.

  • Season 1, Ep. 11 : Death Casts a Spell Dec 30, 1984

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    A hypnotist (Jose Ferrer) is murdered before a host of would-be witnesses who all were in a deep trance at the time.

  • Season 1, Ep. 12 : Capitol Offense Jan 6, 1985

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    Jessica is asked to complete the last weeks of an expired congressman's term, and discovers politics is murder.

  • Season 1, Ep. 13 : Broadway Malady Jan 13, 1985

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    A Broadway legend's (Vivian Blaine) life is threatened after her daughter (Lorna Luft) is seriously injured in a mugging.

  • Season 1, Ep. 14 : Murder to a Jazz Beat Feb 3, 1985

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    A talk-show host (Clive Revill) and a cab driver (Garrett Morris) help Jessica solve the murder of a New Orleans jazz musician.

  • Season 1, Ep. 15 : My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean Feb 10, 1985

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    On a pleasure cruise, Jessica's niece (Belinda Montgomery) receives flowers and messages from her late husband.

  • Season 1, Ep. 16 : Paint Me a Murder Feb 17, 1985

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    Murder is part of a legendary artist's (Cesar Romero) birthday celebration on a Mediterranean island paradise.

  • Season 1, Ep. 17 : Tough Guys Don't Die Feb 24, 1985

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    Jessica cooperates with private detective Harry McGraw (Jerry Orbach), whose partner died while researching a murder trial.

  • Season 1, Ep. 18 : Sudden Death Mar 3, 1985

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    Jessica inherits part of a pro football team, but the owner's murder convinces her there is more roughness off the field than on.

  • Season 1, Ep. 19 : Footnote to Murder Mar 10, 1985

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    Jessica opposes an ambitious district attorney (Pat Harrington) who believes her poet friend (Paul Sand) killed a novelist.

  • Season 1, Ep. 20 : Murder Takes the Bus Mar 17, 1985

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    Stranded at a roadside diner by a storm, bus passengers Jessica and Sheriff Tupper investigate the murder of a fellow traveler.

  • Season 1, Ep. 21 : Armed Response Mar 31, 1985

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    Hospitalized in Dallas after an airport accident, Jessica endures the inconvenience of a leg cast to probe an in-patient murder.

  • Season 1, Ep. 22 : Murder at the Oasis Apr 7, 1985

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    Jessica reunites with her college roommate at a desert resort and probes the murder of the woman's ex-husband.

  • Season 1, Ep. 23 : Funeral at Fifty-Mile Apr 21, 1985

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    At a Wyoming rancher's grave, a man shocks mourners -- including the deceased's daughter -- by claiming to be the true heir.

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