Murder, She Wrote (season 1)

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Murder, She Wrote (season 1)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original channel CBS
Original run September 30, 1984 (1984-09-30) – April 21, 1985 (1985-04-21)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 March 29, 2005 (2005-03-29)
Season chronology
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List of Murder, She Wrote episodes

This is a list of episodes from the first season of Murder, She Wrote.

Broadcast history[edit]

The season Murder, She Wrote originally aired Sundays at 8:00-9:00 pm (EST) on CBS from September 30, 1984 to April 21, 1985.[1][2]

DVD release[edit]

The season was released on DVD by Universal Studios Home Entertainment.


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
1/2 1/2 "The Murder of Sherlock Holmes" Corey Allen Teleplay: Peter S. Fischer
Story: Richard Levinson & William Link and Peter S. Fischer
September 30, 1984 (1984-09-30) 59274
Pilot episode. (Airs as two separate episodes during syndication)
Jessica Fletcher, a retired schoolteacher from Cabot Cove, Maine, is shocked to find out that not only did her nephew send her manuscript to a publisher, but it's been accepted. Rushed to New York, Jessica is caught up in a whirlwind of publicity tours, book signings, and public appearances, but everything takes a turn when she attends a costume party in New Holvang and a private investigator dressed as Sherlock Holmes ends up facedown in the pool, shot. Jessica initially tries to stay out of things until her nephew Grady becomes the prime suspect, and Jessica decides to take matters into her own hands while fighting her attraction to Preston Giles, the first man to interest her since the death of her husband Frank. Suspected: Grady Fletcher, Ashley Vickers, Louise McCallum
3 3 "Deadly Lady" Corey Allen Peter S. Fischer October 7, 1984 (1984-10-07) 59206
After a terrible storm in Cabot Cove, Stephen Earl's four daughters tell Sheriff Tupper that their father died while they were out on the boat. Jessica is only mildly intrigued; she finds Ralph, the older gentleman who has offered to work for food, much more intriguing, especially since it is obvious he comes from money. The women's stories about what happened on the boat change constantly, but once Ralph is found dead and later found to be Stephen Earl, Jessica has to help Amos wade through the inconsistencies in the four Earl daughters' stories to determine who killed their father and why. Suspected: Maggie Earl, Nancy Earl
4 4 "Birds of a Feather" John Llewellyn Moxey Robert E. Swanson October 14, 1984 (1984-10-14) 59203
Pre-wedding jitters take on a new meaning for the fiancé of Jessica's niece when he's accused of a cabaret owner's murder. Suspected: Freddy York, Mike Dupont, Howard Griffin, Bill Patterson, Candice Drake
5 5 "Hooray for Homicide" Richard A. Colla Robert Van Scoyk October 28, 1984 (1984-10-28) 59201
It's lights, camera, murder when Jessica flies to Los Angeles to protest the movie adaptation of one of her novels, but when the producer ends up murdered, she unwittingly gets cast in the role of prime suspect. Suspected: Ross Hayley, Jessica Fletcher
6 6 "It's a Dog's Life" Seymour Robbie Mark Giles & Linda Shank November 4, 1984 (1984-11-04) 59208
Man's best friend gets a bad reputation when a fox hunter dies in a riding accident and the authorities try to blame the heir to his estate, his beloved pooch. Suspected: Teddy the Dog, Abigail Benton Freestone
7 7 "Lovers and Other Killers" Allen Reisner Peter S. Fischer November 18, 1984 (1984-11-18) 59207
Jessica searches for clues hidden in rainy Seattle when her personal secretary is accused of murdering his wealthy girlfriend. Suspected: Jack Kowalski, David Tolliver, Dr. Edward Gerrard
8 8 "Hit, Run and Homicide" Alan Cooke Gerald K. Siegel November 25, 1984 (1984-11-25) 59216
When a car with a mind of its own runs over a wealthy businessman, Jessica's very eccentric neighbor is accused of covering the tracks. Suspected: Daniel O'Brien
9 9 "We're Off to Kill the Wizard" Walter Grauman Teleplay by: Peter S. Fischer
Story by: Peter S. Fischer and Gerald K. Siegel
December 9, 1984 (1984-12-09) 59204
In a case of art imitating life, a disagreeable amusement park owner is found murdered after hiring Jessica to design the House of Horror. Suspected: Laurie Bascombe, Arnold Megrim, Nils Highlander
10 10 "Death Takes a Curtain Call" Allen Reisner Paul W. Cooper December 16, 1984 (1984-12-16) 59219
It's the final curtain for a man found murdered backstage during the performance of a popular Soviet ballet troupe. The last appearance of Ethan Cragg who disappears from the show with no explanation and is never heard of again. Suspected: Alexander Masurov, Natalia Masurov, Leo Peterson
11 11 "Death Casts a Spell" Allen Reisner Steve Hensley & Miyoko Hensley December 30, 1984 (1984-12-30) 59211
Jessica's deductive abilities are in demand when a flamboyant hypnotist turns up dead, behind locked doors, in front of an audience of journalists whom he had put into a trance. Suspected: Bud Michaels, Sheri Diamond, Joe Kellijian, Zack Bernard
12 12 "Capitol Offense" John Llewellyn Moxey Peter S. Fischer January 6, 1985 (1985-01-06) 59220
Jessica is assigned to fill the empty seat of a deceased congressman for a brief period of time and finds a great deal of political game-playing in Washington. Suspected: Congressman Dan Keppner, Ray Dixon, Thor Danzinger, Diana Sims
13 13 "Broadway Malady" Hy Averback Tom Sawyer January 13, 1985 (1985-01-13) 59209
Broadway legend Rita Bristol and her daughter star in a musical produced by her son, not knowing that murder is lurking in the wings. Suspected: Manny Farkus
14 14 "Murder to a Jazz Beat" Walter Grauman Teleplay by: Paul Savage
Story by: Paul Savage and David Abramowitz
February 3, 1985 (1985-02-03) 59212
While in New Orleans, Jessica must solve the mysterious murder of a famous musician who died from a heart attack while performing onstage. Suspected: Eubie Sherwin, Hec Tattersal, Jimmy Firth, Callie Coleman, Aaron Kramer
15 15 "My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean" Seymour Robbie Peter S. Fischer February 10, 1985 (1985-02-10) 59210
Jessica's niece is terrorized with reminders of her dead husband on a cruise intended to take her mind off her husband's recent suicide. Suspected: George Reed, Andrea Jeffreys Reed
16 16 "Paint Me a Murder" John Llewellyn Moxey Peter S. Fischer February 17, 1985 (1985-02-17) 59215
The life of a famous artist is threatened on what would be otherwise an idyllic Mediterranean island. Suspected: Willard Kauffman, Stefan Conrad, Miguel Santana
17 17 "Tough Guys Don't Die" Seymour Robbie Peter S. Fischer February 24, 1985 (1985-02-24) 59223
Jessica meets tough-as-nails Harry McGraw when they must pinpoint the motive for the murder of a private detective. Suspected: Priscilla Daniels, Ernie Santini
18 18 "Sudden Death" Edward M. Abroms Robert E. Swanson March 3, 1985 (1985-03-03) 59217
Jessica suddenly must learn all about football when she inherits an interest in a professional team. Suspected: Zak Farrell, Harris Talmadge
19 19 "Footnote to Murder" Peter Crane Robert E. Swanson March 10, 1985 (1985-03-10) 59221
An unpublished manuscript is stolen and its author murdered during an awards convention. Suspected: Horace Lynchfield, Frank Lapinski
20 20 "Murder Takes the Bus" Walter Grauman Michael Scheff & Maryanne Kasica March 17, 1985 (1985-03-17) 59231
After boarding a bus to travel to a convention in Boston, Jessica and Amos are forced to take refuge from a fierce storm at a remote diner where one of the passengers is discovered murdered. Suspected: Ben Gibbons, Joe Downing
21 21 "Armed Response" Charles S. Dubin Gerald K. Siegel March 31, 1985 (1985-03-31) 59228
Over Jessica's protests, she is taken to a hospital after a minor accident in the airport. Suspected: Nurse Jennie Wells
22 22 "Murder at the Oasis" Arthur Allan Seidelman Robert Van Scoyk April 7, 1985 (1985-04-07) 59222
An unpopular show-business personality discovers that elaborate security systems are no guarantee of safety. Suspected: Vic LaRosa, Terri Shannon
23 23 "Funeral at Fifty-Mile" Seymour Robbie Dick Nelson April 21, 1985 (1985-04-21) 59226
Jessica has to unravel the secrets and threats at the funeral of a friend in Wyoming. Suspected: Sally Mestin, Art Merrick