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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 3, Ep. 1 : Death Stalks the Big Top Sep 28, 1986

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    Jessica discovers a circus clown arrested for murder is actually her long-lost brother-in-law (Jackie Cooper).

  • Season 3, Ep. 2 : Death Stalks the Big Top Oct 5, 1986

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    An attacker tries to stop Jessica when her investigation of two circus murders may clear Neil (Jackie Cooper).

  • Season 3, Ep. 3 : Unfinished Business Oct 12, 1986

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    A police retiree tries to solve a 10-year-old murder case reopened by a mistaken-identity shooting.

  • Season 3, Ep. 4 : One White Rose for Death Oct 19, 1986

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    A mysterious man involves Jessica in the defection of two European musicians and the murder of a British intelligence agent.

  • Season 3, Ep. 5 : Corned Beef and Carnage Nov 2, 1986

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    With a corned beef sandwich as the only clue, Jessica works to clear her niece (Genie Francis) of an ad executive's murder.

  • Season 3, Ep. 6 : Dead Man's Gold Nov 9, 1986

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    An old beau of Jessica's (Leslie Nielsen) incites murder and greed when he seeks sunken treasure in Cabot Cove.

  • Season 3, Ep. 7 : Deadline for Murder Nov 16, 1986

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    Jessica joins old friend Haskell Drake (Harry Guardino) to investigate a corrupt publisher's unexpected death.

  • Season 3, Ep. 8 : Magnum on Ice Nov 23, 1986

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    Feeling professionally threatened, detective Magnum (Tom Selleck) resists Jessica's efforts to prove he was framed.

  • Season 3, Ep. 9 : Obituary for a Dead Anchor Dec 7, 1986

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    Jessica reluctantly agrees to a television interview for an old friend but is surprised when a different reporter arrives to conduct the taping; a boat explosion leads everyone to believe the journalist (Chad Everett) has been killed.

  • Season 3, Ep. 10 : Stage Struck Dec 14, 1986

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    Jessica probes the murder by poison of an ex-colleague's understudy (Ann Turkel), after the leading lady (Eleanor Parker) is unable to go on at a small-town theater.

  • Season 3, Ep. 11 : Night of the Headless Horseman Jan 4, 1987

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    Jessica comes to the aid of a shy poet (Thom Bray) who is the prime suspect when his tormentor (Barry Williams) is found dead.

  • Season 3, Ep. 12 : The Corpse Flew First Class Jan 18, 1987

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    A London-bound plane is the setting for the murder of an heiress's bodyguard and the theft of a valuable necklace.

  • Season 3, Ep. 13 : Crossed Up Feb 1, 1987

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    While bedridden, Jessica overhears a telephone conversation between two men who are plotting a murder.

  • Season 3, Ep. 14 : Murder in a Minor Key Feb 8, 1987

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    Jessica shares the plot of her new book, in which a law student (Shaun Cassidy) seeks the killer of an arrogant professor (George Grizzard) with many enemies.

  • Season 3, Ep. 15 : The Bottom Line Is Murder Feb 15, 1987

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    Jessica pores through a long list of enemies and possible suspects when a janitor (George Takei) finds an obnoxious TV host dead in his office.

  • Season 3, Ep. 16 : Death Takes a Dive Feb 22, 1987

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    Jessica's trainer friend, Harry McGraw (Jerry Orbach), faces charges of killing a shady fight promoter.

  • Season 3, Ep. 17 : Simon Says, Color Me Dead Mar 1, 1987

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    Jessica investigates the murder of one of Cabot Cove's most illustrious citizens, a world-famous artist (Foster Brooks).

  • Season 3, Ep. 18 : No Laughing Murder Mar 15, 1987

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    A 25-year comedy feud hampers Jessica's probe of a stabbing murder at her goddaughter's engagement party.

  • Season 3, Ep. 19 : No Accounting for Murder Mar 22, 1987

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    Jessica's accountant nephew, Grady (Michael Horton), faces charges of tax fraud and murdering his boss (Michael Tolan).

  • Season 3, Ep. 20 : The Cemetery Vote Apr 5, 1987

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    Jessica investigates when an old friend is killed in a car accident in Idaho -- the man's widow (Ellen Bry) believes it was an accident, but the victim's father (John McLiam) is sure it was murder.

  • Season 3, Ep. 21 : The Days Dwindle Down Apr 19, 1987

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    Jessica looks into a 30-year-old murder in a continuation of the story from the 1949 film "Strange Bargain."

  • Season 3, Ep. 22 : Murder, She Spoke May 10, 1987

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    A murder occurs while Jessica is recording one of her novels for the Mystery Books for the Blind series.

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