Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Night Fears 

A professor and ex-cop challenges Jessica to a race to solve a series of campus muggings.


Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)


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

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Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Tim Choate ... Luke Phillips
Wings Hauser ... Wallace Evans
Bobby Hosea ... Officer Kevin Bryce
John Lavachielli ... NYPD Ofc. David Morelli
Alan Oppenheimer ... Dr. Raymond Auerbach
Roxie Roker ... Jennifer Bryce
Julie St. Claire ... Roslyn Aramendi
Al Pugliese ... Capt. Jim Lupinski
Mary Pat Gleason ... Reference Librarian
Anthony Darren Anthony Darren ... Busboy (as Tony Darren)
Kelle Korbel Kelle Korbel ... Student
Leesa Zelkin ... Another Student (as Leesa Bryte)
Alina Rosario Alina Rosario ... Professor Felicia Archoa


Jessica agrees to teach at Manhattan University's criminology program for both students and crime fighting professionals, whose skepticism she soon overcomes. Her course predecessor, ex-cop Wallace Evans, challenges her to solve the campus' muggings as a workshop on a competitive base. When she refuses, he discloses that she was only asked to take his class as a recruiting stunt. Despite being stalked by Luke Phillips, after throwing him out of her class, Jessica starts snooping and becomes a shooting target herself as part of an elaborate display of crazy clues. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

22 September 1991 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Jessica is looking at the screen of who checked out the criminology textbook, one of the names is "Chester Gould." Chester Gould was the creator of Dick Tracy. See more »


When the gunman fires towards Jessica and his the car windows, the windows break incorrectly. Vehicle windows are made to break into tiny pieces, about 1/4" square-ish. This is so passengers are not badly cut in case of an accident. See more »


[first lines]
Jessica Fletcher: [on phone] Yes, Harold, I got the galleys and I finished going over them last night.
Jessica Fletcher: No, overall, it looks fine. Just a couple of typos I'll give to Kathryn later.
Jessica Fletcher: Oh, yeah, I forgot. At the bottom of page 270, there are three paragraphs that are really interior monologue, and they should be italicized.
Jessica Fletcher: Well, I'm looking forward very much to seeing the gook when it's done.
Jessica Fletcher: Well, I'd love to have lunch, Harold, but I can't. Well, you see, the reason I came...
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Mugging and murder on a university campus
20 October 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.

After Season 8 started off strongly with "Bite the Big Apple", "Night Fears", while not as good, continues the high standard. The mystery is engaging and interesting, but it's not one of the twisty, brain-teasing ones on 'Murder She Wrote' with a particularly predictable ending. It is a touch strange at times too, while interesting the whole thing with the stalker didn't quite gel. With that being said, there is not much wrong here, it is a very solid and well done episode but just lacks the extra spark of the very best episodes.

Like "Bite the Big Apple", "Night Fears" continues to do a good job establishing Jessica's move to New York and her new job, remarkable for so early on when it has practically only been introduced. The story intrigues and engages with some nice atmosphere, with a touch of subtle creepiness.

Can't say anything bad, as always, about Angela Lansbury. Wings Hauser is excellent in support and their chemistry is a joy to watch. The appearances from Roxie Roker and Mary Pat Gleason are charming, though Roker's role is a touch odd.

As for the production values, they are slick and stylish as ever. The music has energy and has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune. The writing is thoughtful, cosy and light-hearted while taking itself seriously as well.

Overall, solid and well done but not Season 8 or 'Murder She Wrote' at its best. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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