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Murder, She Wrote 

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Professional writer and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher (Dame Angela Lansbury) uses her intellect, charm, and persistence to get to the bottom of every crime she encounters.
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Series cast summary:
Angela Lansbury ...  Jessica Fletcher / ... 264 episodes, 1984-1996
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Storyline

Former high school English teacher and famed mystery writer Jessica Fletcher (Dame Angela Lansbury) has a gift for solving mysteries. You see, it seems murder follows her around, whether it be to the houses of her seemingly endless number of friends, nieces, and nephews, or right in her hometown of Cabot Cove, Maine. Jessica is sometimes assisted by her friend Dr. Seth Hazlitt (William Windom) or the local Sheriff, Amos Tupper (Tom Bosley) and Tupper's successor, Mort Metzger (Ron Masak), a former New York City cop. Sometimes, later in the series, Jessica would only serve as narrator. In later seasons, Jessica moved to Manhattan to teach criminology at Manhattan University. Written by Mike Hatchett <hatchetts13@webtv.net>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1984 (USA) See more »

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Murder, She Wrote See more »

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California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

| (262 episodes) | (1 Episode) | (1 Episode)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The episode Murder, She Wrote: Mr. Penroy's Vacation (1988) shares several plot points with Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). At one point, Helen Appletree (Teresa Wright) says to Lillian Appletree (Joan Leslie), "Not my best lace tablecloth!" See more »

Goofs

Jessica Fletcher often undertakes actions which would result in evidence and investigation being compromised. Since she is only a crime novel writer and has never been a police officer, these actions could result in cases being dropped or overturned upon appeal. There is no way that the local District Attorney would allow her to perform the actions that she does. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Jessica Fletcher: That's odd.
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I like to see shows that portray that type of woman. It is good for women.
14 August 1999 | by macpherrSee all my reviews

I like the series! Jessica Fletcher, played by Angela Lansbury (The Picture of Dorian Gray ) is adorable, refined, well read, has a sixth sense, insightful, witty, elegant and fun. I love the fact that she bikes everywhere she goes on her cute bike with a wicker basket, I have a basket on my bike just like hers and I also write. I have not resolved a murder case yet but I love forensic medicine, the legal issues. She is always outsmarting the sheriff. I like to see shows that portray that type of woman. It is good for women. Angela Lansbury is so talented: she can sing, dance, produce, yet she looks so vulnerable. I have probably watched the entire series because I made a point in hanging around the house when it was on. I have heard people say that the plot is repetitive. I do not care, I always have fun watching it. Things got more interesting when she befriended the doctor. He loves to eat. Although there is always a murder, there are no gory scenes. Just the mystery. Too bad they stopped making the series, but still runs in syndication. I love Angela Lansbury.


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