Murder, She Wrote (TV Series 1984–1996) Poster



Jump to: Followed by (4) | Spin-off (1) | Referenced in (123) | Featured in (10) | Spoofed in (12)

Followed by 


The Law and Harry McGraw (1987) (TV Series)
centres around the character of Harry McGraw, who originated in Murder, She Wrote.

Referenced in 

St. Elsewhere: Murder, She Rote (1985) (TV Episode)
title reference
Magnum, P.I.: Novel Connection (1986) (TV Episode)
Jessica Fletcher appears in the first part of a two-part crossover with Magnum, P.I. (1980) that concludes on Murder, She Wrote: Magnum on Ice (1986).
The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1987) (TV Movie)
Growing Pains: Broadway Bound (1987) (TV Episode)
Mike points to a picture of Angela Lansbury and says "And the old chick who solves all those crimes."
Video Violence 2 (1987) (Video)
"The Shining" and "Murder, She Wrote" are referenced by the title of a fictional movie: "Redrum, She Wrote".
The Golden Girls: The Auction (1989) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned by name.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Untamed Youth (1990) (TV Episode)
Tom: "I just got a reading for 'Murder, She Wrote.'"
Hey Dude: Murder, He Wrote (1990) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Wings: Murder She Roast (1991) (TV Episode)
The title is a reference to the title of that show.
Designing Women: Friends and Husbands (1991) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name.
Exclusive (1992) (TV Movie)
"This is not an episode of Murder, She Wrote"
The Simpsons: Mr. Plow (1992) (TV Episode)
Troy McClure names the hot coals event with Angela Lansbury after the show, calling it "Excitement, She Wrote".
Jimmy Hollywood (1994)
Jimmy says to William, "It's not like this is 'Murder, She Wrote', William. I mean, there are no motives anymore".
The Nanny: Fran-Lite (1994) (TV Episode)
Fran says to Niles, "You don't watch eight years of 'Murder, She Wrote' without walking away with something".
Murphy Brown: Burger, She Wrote (1994) (TV Episode)
title reference
Boy Meets World: The Uninvited (1994) (TV Episode)
Alan says he was watching Angela Lansbury solve crimes on the couch.
Weird Science: Grampira (1995) (TV Episode)
Gary refers to the series.
Saturday Night Live: David Duchovny/Rod Stewart (1995) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Zagat's
The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1995) (TV Special)
Announced as nominee.
Caroline in the City: Pilot (1995) (TV Episode)
Annie: "The old lady in 'Murder She Wrote' never thinks it's her fault."
Caroline in the City: Caroline and the Balloon (1995) (TV Episode)
Florence Henderson says she was supposed to do an episode of "Murder, She Wrote", hadn't she hurt her arm.
Married with Children: The Joke's on Al (1996) (TV Episode)
Lucky: "I've seen 15 'Murder, She Wrotes' that started like this."
The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper: Dead of the Class/A Spooky and Poil Moment/Y-Files (1996) (TV Episode)
Spooky mentiones "Murder She Hopes" in "A Spooky and Poil Moment."
Chasing Amy (1997)
When Holden mentions that Banky has been investigating Alyssa, Hooper X refers to him contemptuously as "Angela Lansbury."
Johnny Bravo: Hip Hop Flop/Talk to Me, Baby/Blanky Hanky Panky (1997) (TV Episode)
Johnny refers to the title character as "That Angry Old Chick who solves mysteries"
Hacks (1997)
Richard Kind's character is writing new episodes
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
"Angela Lansbury always had a plan"
The Bad Boys of Saturday Night Live (1998) (TV Special)
Mentioned during Zagats
The King of Queens: Head First (1998) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery (1998) (TV Movie)
title reference
Dawson's Creek: Sex, She Wrote (1999) (TV Episode)
title reference
Harlem Aria (1999)
"that bitch on 'Murder, She Wrote'"
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Adam Sandler (1999) (TV Special)
Mentioned in Zagat's
Gossip (2000)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Smashed (2001) (TV Episode)
Buffy: (to Spike) Way to go with the keen observy-ness Jessica Fletcher.
Footballers' Wives: On the Ball (2002) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned.
The Flying Car (2002) (TV Short)
The Sopranos: Watching Too Much Television (2002) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned.
Scrubs: My Lucky Day (2002) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Dr. Cox
Tripping the Rift: The Devil and a Guy Named Webster (2004) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Emmanuel Lewis
Will & Grace: Company (2004) (TV Episode)
Jack: "Murder, He/She wrote"
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
Cal: "You can f*ck her while she watches 'Murder, She Wrote'."
American Dad!: Con Heir (2005) (TV Episode)
A poster advertising the DVD release of the show is seen on the wall behind Steve and Snot when they make up.
Stacked: Crazy Ray (2005) (TV Episode)
Harold: "It was ... when I saw it on Murder, She Wrote."
Grandma's Boy (2006)
J.P. to Grandma Lilly - "Hey. It's 4 o'clock. Murder She Wrote is on."
Die ProSieben Märchenstunde: Rapunzel oder Mord ist ihr Hobby (2006) (TV Episode)
the title refers to "Mord ist ihr Hobby", the German title of "Murder, She Wrote"
Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Diff'rent Strokes' (2006) (TV Movie)
This show is one of the squares on the network schedule board.
The Mighty Boosh Live (2006) (Video)
"That 'Murder, She Wrote' Lady was a nymphomaniac"
Scrubs: My Night to Remember (2007) (TV Episode)
one of the girls' names that Dr. Cox uses for J.D.
Ideal: The Set-Up (2007) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Moz
The Mad (2007)
"Take it easy, 'Murder, She Wrote'."
Psych: Meat Is Murder, But Murder Is Also Murder (2007) (TV Episode)
Uncle Burton mentions it.
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates the New Kid (2007) (TV Episode)
The narrator mentions that Greg always watches "Murder, She Wrote"
Smother (2007)
Noah calls Marilyn 'Lansbury' when she's investigating her husband.
Torchwood: Sleeper (2008) (TV Episode)
Owen asks Gwen, "All right, Jessica Fletcher, who did it?"
October Road: Stand Alone by Me (2008) (TV Episode)
Ray mentions the series.
Muchachada nui: Episode #2.9 (2008) (TV Episode)
referenced in segment "Mundo Viejuno: Por favor, muérdeme".
Harold (2008)
Saturday Night Live: Jon Hamm/Coldplay (2008) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during Digital short
Come Dine with Me: Sunderland: Anthony (2009) (TV Episode)
Tony mentions the show by name.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Echelon Conspiracy/Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li/Crossing Over (2009) (TV Episode)
Ellen says that Angela Lansbury plays a villan and then says 'You'll never watch Murder, She Wrote the same way again'.
Greg Giraldo: Midlife Vices (2009) (TV Short)
Mentioned in dialogue.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.95 (2010) (TV Episode)
Reference in a $500 question
Shoot the Hero (2010)
Mentioned by name
Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town: The Butterfly Is to Blame (2010) (TV Episode)
Marnie mentions the show by name.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.104 (2010) (TV Episode)
Reference to Angela Lansbury's role in a $500 question
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.40 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jackie Earle Haley mentions that he appeared on the show
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.155 (2010) (TV Episode)
Cabot Cove is included in a $12,500 question
Murder She Solved: True Crime (2010) (TV Series)
Title reference.
Modern Family: The Old Wagon (2010) (TV Episode)
said about Angela Lansbury: "Good times, she wrote"
Conan: Murder, She Tweeted (2010) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Saturday Night Live: Anne Hathaway/Florence and the Machine (2010) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Guy Fieri (Bobby Moynihan) on Weekend Update
Bad Movie Beatdown: The Riddle (2010) (TV Episode)
"...using the Murder, She Wrote principle."
Murder He Wrote (2010) (Short)
Title reference.
Shameless: Aunt Ginger (2011) (TV Episode)
seen in TV schedule
Conan: 'Whisper,' She Shouted (2011) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Parks and Recreation: Indianapolis (2011) (TV Episode)
Lesley compares her detective skills to Angela Lansbury
Saturday Night Live: Elton John/Leon Russell (2011) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Muammar Gaddafi (Fred Armisen) on Weekend Update
The Nothing (2011)
In The Nothing, Bud mentions "Murder, She Wrote" by name.
80's Dan: Halloween III: Season of the Witch (2011) (TV Episode)
Dan mentions how guys in the 80's "hated" Murder, She Wrote.
Family Guy: Grumpy Old Man (2011) (TV Episode)
Angela Lansbury statue in old folks home
The Cleveland Show: Die Semi-Hard (2011) (TV Episode)
"Murder She Float"
The Office: Jury Duty (2012) (TV Episode)
Andy refers to Dwight as "Murder, She Wrote."
The Cinema Snob: Giallo a Venezia (2012) (TV Episode)
Snob mentions he watches this show
Parks and Recreation: Lucky (2012) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Leslie in a phone conversation with Ben
Awkward.: Sex, Lies and the Sanctuary (2012) (TV Episode)
Valerie mentions her "'Murder, She Wrote' glasses".
The L.A. Complex: Vacancy (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Sabrina
Castle: Murder He Wrote (2012) (TV Episode)
title reference
Spy: Codename: Citizen Lame (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by the Examiner
Hot in Cleveland: Fast and Furious (2013) (TV Episode)
show mentioned when Joy announces what she wants to do
Men at Work: Missed Connections (2013) (TV Episode)
Neal refers to an elderly woman as "Murder, She Wrote".
Home & Family: Episode dated 12 April 2013 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jon likens Castle to Murder, She Wrote.
Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23: The Leak... (2013) (TV Episode)
''Bye, Murder, she wrote.''
Twisted: Grief Is a Five-Letter Word (2013) (TV Episode)
Jessica Fletcher, Angela Lansbury and Murder, She Wrote mentioned by Rico.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.168 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay says his mother loved the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.169 (2013) (TV Episode)
Steve Byrne says his show "Sullivan & Son" is a cross between the show and "Star Trek"
Conan: Nurder, She Wrote Without Proofreading (2013) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Saturday Night Live: Edward Norton/Janelle Monae (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Seth on Weekend Update
Up Late with Alec Baldwin: Episode #1.4 (2013) (TV Episode)
Alec mentions the show by name.
The Crazy Ones: The Stan Wood Account (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Thanksgiving (2013) (TV Episode)
Rosa claims that Amy's apartment looks like the series' set.
Glee: Puppet Master (2013) (TV Episode)
Box set on table.
Raising Hope: Murder, She Hoped (2013) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Misfits: Episode #5.8 (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Rudy
The 7.39 (2014) (TV Movie)
Boss Grant Findlay looks at the empty workplace and complains about his staff not being there. He says, "Working from home, my arse! They're all in bed, watching Murder She Wrote."
Saturday Night Live: Jim Parsons/Beck (2014) (TV Episode)
Jessica Fletcher appears during Jim Parsons's opening monologue.
Veronica Mars (2014)
The crime-solving Veronica is called Angela Lansbury
Bob's Burgers: The Kids Rob a Train (2014) (TV Episode)
"Murder She Roach Exterminators"
The Michael J. Fox Show: Changes (2014) (TV Episode)
Annie refers to Eve as "Murder, She Wrote" when she's using her typewriter.
Parks and Recreation: Moving Up: Part 1 (2014) (TV Episode)
The sign at the conference Leslie attends has a sign with "Merger, She Wrote," complete with the font used for the original show's title.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Charlize Theron/Josh Hartnett/The Roots (2014) (TV Episode)
Charlize Theron acts out the title playing charades
Playing House: Bugs in Your Eyes (2014) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Emma
Red Band Society: Know Thyself (2014) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Brittany
Supernatural: Ask Jeeves (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Property Brothers at Home: The Guest House (2014) (TV Episode)
they attempt to tune it in on the TV
Looking: Looking for Results (2015) (TV Episode)
Patrick tells Noelle that she has a soothing voice like Angela Lansbury before saying his family loved Murder, She Wrote.
American Dad!: Manhattan Magical Murder Mystery Tour (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Rizzoli & Isles: 5:26 (2015) (TV Episode)
When Jane asks Maura whether she ever wants to do something else that doesn't involve dead bodies, one of the options Maura mentions, is moving to Maine and writing mystery novels, which is exactly what Jessica Fletcher does in "Murder, she wrote"
iZombie: Even Cowgirls Get the Black and Blues (2015) (TV Episode)
Chapter title, "Murder She Watched"
Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #2.10 (2015) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Pat Summerall" category
The Soup: Episode #12.49 (2015) (TV Episode)
Title referenced by Joel while talking about I Am Cait

Featured in 

The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995) (TV Special)
The Universal Story (1995) (TV Movie)
main tile shown
Biography: Angela Lansbury: A Balancing Act (1998) (TV Episode)
scenes shown
CBS at 75 (2003) (TV Special)
a clip is featured
I Love the 80's 3-D: 1986 (2005) (TV Episode)
They showed clips of it.
Breakfast: Episode dated 4 August 2011 (2011) (TV Episode)
Clip shown from Angela Landbury's latest work.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.88 (2012) (TV Episode)
Adam watches part of an episode with a woman
Britain's Favourite Detectives (2014) (TV Movie)
Number 16 in the Countdown

Spoofed in 

Stay Tuned (1992)
Dinosaurs: Network Genius (1992) (TV Episode)
"Test Pattern, She Wrote" is a parody of the series.
Roseanne: Another Mouth to Shut Up (1996) (TV Episode)
Roseanne says to Darlene that she learned from "Murder she wrote" when something is wrong
Family Guy: Brian: Portrait of a Dog (1999) (TV Episode)
Characters watch a spoof of this on television.
Spaced: Ends (1999) (TV Episode)
Daisy's typing spree is set to the theme tune from this movie, it spoofs the opening sequence of the show which is a sequence of similar shots to the same music.
Daria: Murder, She Snored (2000) (TV Episode)
The title is taken directly from this show, also Daria imitates Jessica Fletcher
Family Guy: The Story on Page One (2000) (TV Episode)
Peter sitting at the typewriter just like Angela Lansbury at the end of each episode
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: Episode #6.211 (2010) (TV Episode)
Sketch featuring Craig Ferguson as Jessica Fletcher and Alfred Molina as Sherlock Holmes
Conan: Zeus Was Framed (2010) (TV Episode)
Conan O'Brien mentions this show in a joke (as a spoof) at the beginning of the show
Regular Show: Carter and Briggs (2013) (TV Episode)
A show named "Crime She Typed" is shown and a pastiche of the theme is played
Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever (2014) (TV Movie)
Grumpy Cat writes "Terrible Movie, She Wrote" on a typewriter while using an accent
Robot Chicken: Blackout Window Heatstroke (2016) (TV Episode)
Parody skit

See also

Trivia | Goofs | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page