Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Jessica takes a teaching position in New York, gets an apartment and finds its previous tenant has been murdered.


David Moessinger


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Jay Acovone ... Sgt. Nick Acosta
Julie Adams ... Eve Simpson
Rebeccah Bush ... Sharon Kingsley
John Considine ... Harry Freelander
Alan Feinstein ... Mike Freelander
Rosemary Forsyth ... Estelle Freelander
Scott McGinnis ... Scott Freelander
Eugene Roche ... Lt. Jack Boyle
William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Liz Sheridan ... Rose Tessler
Andrew Johnson ... Ahmed Shankar (as Andrew Brye)
Alexander Folk ... Painter
David Schall David Schall ... Man at Party
Claire Paradis Claire Paradis ... Waitress


Tired of hotels, Jessica takes a Manhattan apartment now that she has accepted a New York teaching position. By the time Seth visits there, he can say 'I told you so' as he did at her Cabot Cove send-off party, although she'll spend weekends there. Her apartment's previous tenant, Mike Freelander, has been murdered and her apartment ransacked. So, Seth, moves in as a temporary guardian angel and questions the neighbors. She doesn't leave snooping to the NYPD detectives but investigates Freelander's family life and their involvement in theft and contraband smuggling. After another murder, she comes up with surprising suspects and a risky trap. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

15 September 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title refers to the nickname for New York City - The Big Apple. The moniker was first used by the reporter by John J. Fitz Gerald who wrote for the 'New York Morning Telegraph' in the 1920's. See more »


The Freelander & Freelander invoice that Jessica discovers in the shower rod places the business at 609 S. 43rd Street. In Manhattan, the numbered "Streets" run East/West so a correct address would read like 135 W. 45th St. or 275 E. 48th St. There is no such place or location SOUTH 43rd St. See more »


[first lines]
Eve SimpsonDr. Seth HazlittMan at Party: [singing] For she's a jolly good fellow / For she's a jolly good fellow / For she's a jolly good fellow / Which nobody can deny / Which nobody can deny / Which nobody can deny / For she's a jolly good fellow / Which nobody can deny.
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References General Hospital (1963) See more »

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Autumn in New York
2 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Season 8 of Murder She Wrote has Jessica Fletcher taking an apartment in New York because she's joined the faculty of one of the colleges here. Her BFF Dr. Hazlett is skeptical about big cities especially New York's reputation for crime in the streets.

William Windom when he visits Angela Lansbury spends the whole episode with an 'I told you so' look on his face because sure enough when she arrives Lansbury finds Alan Feinstein the previous tenant the subject of a murder and the cops in the persons of Eugene Roche and Jay Acovone investigating. In fact Roche is a big old fan.

Feinstein was in the smuggling business using his brother's import/export business for a cover. He's got a lot of people wishing him ill will.

There's a nice performance from Rosemary Forsyth who is Lansbury's new neighbor who keeps her door perpetually open. No mugger would bother this lady, but God forbid she should miss some juicy gossip.

A heralded debut in the Big Apple for Jessica Fletcher.

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