List of Murder, She Wrote episodes

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This is a list of Murder, She Wrote episodes in the order that they originally aired on CBS. Most of the episodes took place either in Jessica's fictional hometown of Cabot Cove, Maine, or in New York City, but her travels promoting books or visiting relatives and friends led to cases throughout the U.S. and the English-speaking world.

Beginning in season six, Angela Lansbury cut back her appearances. Thirteen episodes purported to be stories "written" by Jessica, or submitted to her by friends. She would introduce each episode, but generally disappear until the end, when she would wrap up the story. Other sleuths, professional and amateur, including reformed jewel thief turned insurance investigator Dennis Stanton (Keith Michell), retired British intelligence operative Michael Hagarty (Len Cariou), and down-at-heel private eye Harry McGraw (Jerry Orbach), took center stage. These episodes became known as "bookend episodes." Viewers, however, didn't like Jessica's frequent absences, and the "replacement detective" policy was eventually dropped.

After the final episode aired in 1996, Lansbury sporadically reprised the character of Jessica Fletcher in a handful of feature-length Murder, She Wrote specials starting in 1997. The last TV movie aired in May 2003. In February 2007, on the ABC daytime talk show The View,[1] Lansbury announced that she hoped to make another Murder, She Wrote TV movie in the near future but only if her son, director Anthony Shaw, could find a suitable story.[2]

Out of the many actors featured on Murder, She Wrote, Lansbury is the only actress to appear in every episode and TV movie, albeit not always playing Jessica Fletcher, but sometimes her cousin Emma McGill (only on two occasions) and her aunt Sarah.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 22 September 30, 1984 (1984-09-30) April 21, 1985 (1985-04-21)
2 22 September 29, 1985 (1985-09-29) May 18, 1986 (1986-05-18)
3 22 September 28, 1986 (1986-09-28) May 10, 1987 (1987-05-10)
4 22 September 20, 1987 (1987-09-20) May 8, 1988 (1988-05-08)
5 22 October 23, 1988 (1988-10-23) May 21, 1989 (1989-05-21)
6 22 September 24, 1989 (1989-09-24) May 20, 1990 (1990-05-20)
7 22 September 16, 1990 (1990-09-16) May 12, 1991 (1991-05-12)
8 22 September 15, 1991 (1991-09-15) May 17, 1992 (1992-05-17)
9 22 September 20, 1992 (1992-09-20) May 16, 1993 (1993-05-16)
10 21 September 12, 1993 (1993-09-12) May 22, 1994 (1994-05-22)
11 21 September 25, 1994 (1994-09-25) May 14, 1995 (1995-05-14)
12 24 September 21, 1995 (1995-09-21) May 16, 1996 (1996-05-16)
TV movies November 2, 1997 (1997-11-02) May 9, 2003 (2003-05-09)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1984–1985)[edit]

Season # Total # Title Original Airdate
1.0 Pilot The Murder of Sherlock Holmes September 30, 1984
1.1 1 Deadly Lady October 7, 1984
1.2 2 Birds of a Feather October 14, 1984
1.3 3 Hooray for Homicide October 28, 1984
1.4 4 It's a Dog's Life November 4, 1984
1.5 5 Lovers and Other Killers November 18, 1984
1.6 6 Hit, Run and Homicide November 25, 1984
1.7 7 We're Off to Kill the Wizard December 9, 1984
1.8 8 Death Takes a Curtain Call December 16, 1984
1.9 9 Death Casts a Spell December 30, 1984
1.10 10 Capitol Offense January 6, 1985
1.11 11 Broadway Malady January 13, 1985
1.12 12 Murder to a Jazz Beat February 3, 1985
1.13 13 My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean February 10, 1985
1.14 14 Paint Me a Murder February 17, 1985
1.15 15 Tough Guys Don't Die February 24, 1985
1.16 16 Sudden Death March 3, 1985
1.17 17 Footnote to Murder March 10, 1985
1.18 18 Murder Takes the Bus March 17, 1985
1.19 19 Armed Response March 31, 1985
1.20 20 Murder at the Oasis April 7, 1985
1.21 21 Funeral at Fifty-Mile April 21, 1985

Season 2 (1985–1986)[edit]

Season # Total # Title Original Airdate
2.1 22 Widow, Weep for Me September 29, 1985
2.2 23 Joshua Peabody Died Here... Possibly October 6, 1985
2.3 24 Murder in the Afternoon October 13, 1985
2.4 25 School for Scandal October 20, 1985
2.5 26 Sing a Song of Murder October 27, 1985
2.6 27 Reflections of the Mind November 3, 1985
2.7 28 A Lady in the Lake November 10, 1985
2.8 29 Dead Heat November 24, 1985
2.9 30 Jessica Behind Bars December 1, 1985
2.10 31 Sticks and Stones December 15, 1985
2.11 32 Murder Digs Deep December 29, 1985
2.12 33 Murder by Appointment Only January 5, 1986
2.13 34 Trial by Error January 12, 1985
2.14 35 Keep the Home Fries Burning January 19, 1986
2.15 36 Powder Keg February 9, 1986
2.16 37 Murder in the Electric Cathedral February 16, 1986
2.17 38 One Good Bid Deserves a Murder February 23, 1986
2.18 39 If a Body Meet a Body March 9, 1986
2.19 40 Christopher Bundy – Died on Sunday March 30, 1986
2.20 41 Menace, Anyone? April 6, 1986
2.21 42 The Perfect Foil April 13, 1986
2.22 43 If the Frame Fits May 18, 1986

Season 3 (1986–1987)[edit]

Season # Total # Title Original Airdate
3.1 44 Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 1 September 28, 1986
3.2 45 Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 2 October 5, 1986
3.3 46 Unfinished Business October 12, 1986
3.4 47 One White Rose for Death October 19, 1986
3.5 48 Corned Beef & Carnage November 2, 1986
3.6 49 Dead Man's Gold November 9, 1986
3.7 50 Deadline for Murder November 16, 1986
N/A Crossover Novel Connection: Part 1 (Magnum, P.I. Crossover) November 19, 1986
3.8 51 Magnum on Ice: Part 2 November 23, 1986
3.9 52 Obituary for a Dead Anchor December 7, 1986
3.10 53 Stage Struck December 14, 1986
3.11 54 Night of the Headless Horseman January 4, 1987
3.12 55 The Corpse Flew First Class January 18, 1987
3.13 56 Crossed Up February 1, 1987
3.14 57 Murder in a Minor Key February 8, 1987
3.15 58 The Bottom Line Is Murder February 15, 1987
3.16 59 Death Takes a Dive February 22, 1987
3.17 60 Simon Says, Color Me Dead March 1, 1987
3.18 61 No Laughing Murder March 15, 1987
3.19 62 No Accounting for Murder March 22, 1987
3.20 63 The Cemetery Vote April 5, 1987
3.21 64 The Days Dwindle Down April 19, 1987
3.22 65 Murder, She Spoke May 10, 1987

Season 4 (1987–1988)[edit]

Season # Total # Title Original Airdate
4.1 66 A Fashionable Way to Die September 20, 1987
4.2 67 When Thieves Fall Out September 27, 1987
4.3 68 Witness for the Defense October 4, 1987
4.4 69 Old Habits Die Hard October 11, 1987
4.5 70 The Way to Dusty Death October 25, 1987
4.6 71 It Runs in the Family November 1, 1987
4.7 72 If It's Thursday, It Must Be Beverly November 8, 1987
4.8 73 Steal Me a Story November 15, 1987
4.9 74 Trouble in Eden November 22, 1987
4.10 75 Indian Giver November 29, 1987
4.11 76 Doom With a View December 13, 1987
4.12 77 Who Threw the Barbitals in Mrs. Fletcher's Chowder? January 3, 1988
4.13 78 Harbinger of Death January 24, 1988
4.14 79 Curse of the Daanau February 7, 1988
4.15 80 Mourning Among the Wisterias February 14, 1988
4.16 81 Murder Through the Looking Glass February 21, 1988
4.17 82 A Very Good Year for Murder February 28, 1988
4.18 83 Benedict Arnold Slipped Here March 13, 1988
4.19 84 Just Another Fish Story March 27, 1988
4.20 85 Showdown in Saskatchewan April 10, 1988
4.21 86 Deadpan May 1, 1988
4.22 87 The Body Politic May 8, 1988

Season 5 (1988–1989)[edit]

Season # Total # Title Original Airdate
5.1 88 J.B. As in Jailbird October 23, 1988
5.2 89 A Little Night Work October 30, 1988
5.3 90 Mr. Penroy's Vacation November 6, 1988
5.4 91 Snow White, Blood Red November 13, 1988
5.5 92 Coal Miner's Slaughter November 20, 1988
5.6 93 Wearing of the Green November 27, 1988
5.7 94 The Last Flight of the Dixie Damsel December 18, 1988
5.8 95 Prediction: Murder January 1, 1989
5.9 96 Something Borrowed, Someone Blue January 8, 1989
5.10 97 Weave a Tangled Web January 15, 1989
5.11 98 The Search for Peter Kerry February 5, 1989
5.12 99 Smooth Operators February 12, 1989
5.13 100 Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble February 19, 1989
5.14 101 From Russia With Blood February 26, 1989
5.15 102 Alma Murder March 12, 1989
5.16 103 Truck Stop April 2, 1989
5.17 104 The Sins of Castle Cove April 9, 1989
5.18 105 Trevor Hudson's Legacy April 16, 1989
5.19 106 Double Exposure April 30, 1989
5.20 107 Three Strikes, You're Out May 7, 1989
5.21 108 Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Part 1 May 14, 1989
5.22 109 Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Part 2 May 21, 1989

Season 6 (1989–1990)[edit]

Season # Total # Title Original Airdate
6.1 110 Appointment in Athens September 24, 1989
6.2 111 Seal of the Confessional October 1, 1989
6.3 112 The Grand Old Lady October 8, 1989
6.4 113 The Error of Her Ways October 15, 1989
6.5 114 Jack & Bill October 29, 1989
6.6 115 Dead Letter November 5, 1989
6.7 116 Night of the Tarantula November 12, 1989
6.8 117 When the Fat Lady Sings November 19, 1989
6.9 118 Test of Wills November 26, 1989
6.10 119 Class Act December 3, 1989
6.11 120 Town Father December 17, 1989
6.12 121 Goodbye Charlie January 7, 1990
6.13 122 If the Shoe Fits January 21, 1990
6.14 123 How to Make a Killing Without Really Trying February 4, 1990
6.15 124 The Fixer-Upper February 11, 1990
6.16 125 The Big Show of 1965 February 25, 1990
6.17 126 Murder – According to Maggie March 4, 1990
6.18 127 O'Malley's Luck March 25, 1990
6.19 128 Always a Thief April 8, 1990
6.20 129 Shear Madness April 29, 1990
6.21 130 The Szechuan Dragon May 9, 1990
6.22 131 The Sicilian Encounter May 20, 1990

Season 7 (1990–1991)[edit]

Season # Total # Title Original Airdate
7.1 132 Trials & Tribulations September 16, 1990
7.2 133 Deadly Misunderstanding September 23, 1990
7.3 134 See You in Court, Baby September 30, 1990
7.4 135 Hannigan's Wake October 28, 1990
7.5 136 The Family Jewels November 4, 1990
7.6 137 A Body to Die For November 11, 1990
7.7 138 The Return of Preston Giles November 18, 1990
7.8 139 The Great Twain Robbery November 25, 1990
7.9 140 Ballad for a Blue Lady December 2, 1990
7.10 141 Murder in F Sharp December 16, 1990
7.11 142 Family Doctor January 6, 1991
7.12 143 Suspicion of Murder January 20, 1991
7.13 144 Moving Violation February 3, 1991
7.14 145 Who Killed J.B. Fletcher? February 10, 1991
7.15 146 The Taxman Cometh February 17, 1991
7.16 147 From the Horse's Mouth February 24, 1991
7.17 148 The Prodigal Father March 10, 1991
7.18 149 Where Have You Gone, Billy Boy March 17, 1991
7.19 150 Thursday's Child April 7, 1991
7.20 151 Murder, Plain & Simple April 28, 1991
7.21 152 Tainted Lady May 5, 1991
7.22 153 The Skinny According to Nick Cullhane May 12, 1991

Season 8 (1991–1992)[edit]

Season # Total # Title Original Airdate
8.1 154 Bite the Big Apple September 15, 1991
8.2 155 Night Fears September 22, 1991
8.3 156 Unauthorized Obituary September 29, 1991
8.4 157 Thicker Than Water October 6, 1991
8.5 158 Lines of Excellence November 3, 1991
8.6 159 Judge Not November 10, 1991
8.7 160 Terminal Connection November 17, 1991
8.8 161 A Killing in Vegas November 24, 1991
8.9 162 The Committee December 1, 1991
8.10 163 The List of Yuri Lermentov December 15, 1991
8.11 164 Danse Diabolique January 5, 1992
8.12 165 The Witch's Curse January 12, 1992
8.13 166 Incident in Lot 7 January 19, 1992
8.14 167 The Monte Carlo Murders February 2, 1992
8.15 168 Tinker, Tailor, Liar, Thief March 1, 1992
8.16 169 Ever After March 8, 1992
8.17 170 To the Last Will I Grapple with Thee March 15, 1992
8.18 171 Programmed for Murder April 5, 1992
8.19 172 Day of the Dead April 26, 1992
8.20 173 Angel of Death May 3, 1992
8.21 174 Badge of Honor May 10, 1992
8.22 175 Murder on Madison Avenue May 17, 1992

Season 9 (1992–1993)[edit]

Season # Total # Title Original Airdate
9.1 176 Murder in Milan September 20, 1992
9.2 177 Family Secrets September 27, 1992
9.3 178 The Mole October 4, 1992
9.4 179 The Wind Around the Tower November 1, 1992
9.5 180 The Dead File November 15, 1992
9.6 181 Night of the Coyote November 22, 1992
9.7 182 Sugar & Spice, Malice & Vice November 29, 1992
9.8 183 The Classic Murder December 6, 1992
9.9 184 A Christmas Secret December 13, 1992
9.10 185 The Sound of Murder January 3, 1993
9.11 186 Final Curtain January 10, 1993
9.12 187 Double Jeopardy January 17, 1993
9.13 188 Dead Eye February 7, 1993
9.14 189 Killer Radio February 14, 1993
9.15 190 The Petrified Florist February 23, 1993
9.16 191 Threshold of Fear February 28, 1993
9.17 192 The Big Kill March 7, 1993
9.18 193 Dead to Rights March 21, 1993
9.19 194 Lone Witness April 4, 1993
9.20 195 Ship of Thieves May 2, 1993
9.21 196 The Survivor May 9, 1993
9.22 197 Love's Deadly Desire May 16, 1993

Season 10 (1993–1994)[edit]

Season # Total # Title Original Airdate
10.1 198 A Death in Hong Kong September 12, 1993
10.2 199 For Whom the Bell Tolls September 26, 1993
10.3 200 The Legacy of Borbey House October 3, 1993
10.4 201 The Phantom Killer October 24, 1993
10.5 202 A Virtual Murder October 31, 1993
10.6 203 Bloodlines November 9, 1993
10.7 204 A Killing in Cork November 21, 1993
10.8 205 Love and Hate in Cabot Cove November 28, 1993
10.9 206 Murder at a Discount December 5, 1993
10.10 207 Murder in White December 19, 1993
10.11 208 Northern Explosion January 2, 1994
10.12 209 Proof in the Pudding January 9, 1994
10.13 210 Portrait of Death January 16, 1994
10.14 211 Deadly Assets January 23, 1994
10.15 212 Murder on the Thirtieth Floor February 6, 1994
10.16 213 Time to Die March 6, 1994
10.17 214 The Dying Game March 13, 1994
10.18 215 The Trouble with Seth March 27, 1994
10.19 216 Roadkill May 1, 1994
10.20 217 A Murderous Muse May 15, 1994
10.21 218 Wheel of Death May 22, 1994

Season 11 (1994–1995)[edit]

Season # Total # Title Original Airdate
11.1 219 A Nest of Vipers September 25, 1994
11.2 220 Amsterdam Kill October 2, 1994
11.3 221 To Kill a Legend October 9, 1994
11.4 222 Death in Hawaii October 16, 1994
11.5 223 Dear Deadly October 23, 1994
11.6 224 The Murder Channel November 6, 1994
11.7 225 Fatal Paradise November 13, 1994
11.8 226 Crimson Harvest November 20, 1994
11.9 227 Murder by Twos November 27, 1994
11.10 228 Murder of the Month Club December 4, 1994
11.11 229 An Egg to Die For December 11, 1994
11.12 230 The Scent of Murder January 9, 1995
11.13 231 Death 'n Denial January 22, 1995
11.14 232 Murder in High-C February 5, 1995
11.15 233 Twice Dead February 12, 1995
11.16 234 Film Flam February 19, 1995
11.17 235 Murder a la Mode February 26, 1995
11.18 236 The Dream Team March 19, 1995

Note: Last appearance of Michael Horton as Grady Fletcher.

11.19 237 School for Murder April 30, 1995
11.20 238 Another Killing in Cork May 7, 1995
11.21 239 Game, Set, Murder May 14, 1995

Season 12 (1995–1996)[edit]

Season # Total # Title Original Airdate
12.1 240 Nailed September 21, 1995
12.2 241 A Quaking in Aspen September 29, 1995
12.3 242 The Secret of Gila Junction October 5, 1995
12.4 243 Big Easy Murder October 12, 1995
12.5 244 Home Care October 19, 1995
12.6 245 Nan's Ghost: Part 1 November 2, 1995
12.7 246 Nan's Ghost: Part 2 November 9, 1995
12.8 247 Shooting in Rome November 16, 1995
12.9 248 Deadly Bidding November 23, 1995
12.10 249 Frozen Stiff November 30, 1995
12.11 250 Unwilling Witness December 14, 1995
12.12 251 Kendo Kill January 4, 1996
12.13 252 Death Goes Double Platinum January 7, 1996
12.14 253 Murder in Tempo January 11, 1996
12.15 254 The Dark Side of the Door February 1, 1996
12.16 255 Murder Among Friends February 8, 1996
12.17 256 Something Foul in Floppieville February 15, 1996
12.18 257 Track of a Soldier February 25, 1996
12.19 258 Evidence of Malice March 28, 1996
12.20 259 Southern Double-Cross April 4, 1996
12.21 260 Race to Death April 28, 1996
12.22 261 What You Don't Know Can Kill You May 5, 1996
12.23 262 Mrs. Parker's Revenge May 12, 1996
12.24 263 Death by Demographics May 19, 1996

TV Movies[edit]

TV Movie # Title Original Airdate
1 Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest November 2, 1997
2 Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For May 18, 2000
3 Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man May 2, 2001
4 Murder, She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle May 9, 2003

Home releases[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The View Recaps". ABC.com. Retrieved February 26, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Murder, She Wrote: Could Jessica Fletcher Return?". TVSeriesFinale.com. Retrieved February 28, 2007. 

External links[edit]