Angela Lansbury made famous the former high school English teacher and famed mystery writer, Jessica Beatrice (J.B.) Fletcher from 1984-1996. Living in small town Cabot Cove on the coast of Maine, Jessica had an inexhaustible list of friends and relatives scattered around the country and for 12 seasons the widowed Mrs. Fletcher’s penchant for solving crimes led her into some strange and surprising situations.
Over its twelve year run Murder, She Wrote received numerous award nominations. Angela Lansbury herself holds the record for the most Emmy nominations for outstanding lead actress in a drama series with twelve, one for each season. Murder, She Wrote has been syndicated in over 40 countries.
Monday, Oct. 6 | The Body Politics
Jessica moonlights as a campaign speech writer for her friend Kathleen Lane, only to become involved in clearing Kathleen of her campaign manager’s murder. Shirley Jones and Eddie Albert guest star.
Tuesday, Oct. 7 | Deadpan
A murder investigation ensues when a critic, who gave a rave review to a Broadway play based on Jessica’s novel, turns up dead. Guest stars: Dean Stockwell, Rich Little, Lloyd Bochner.
Wednesday, Oct. 8 | Curse of the Daanau
Seth’s deals with the murder of his brother, Richard - and the mystery of a stolen pendant’s curse. Larry Linville and Clive Revill guest star.
Thursday, Oct. 9 | Who Threw the Barbitals
Amos Tupper must entertain his sister, who has left her husband, but complications arise when his brother-in-law is murdered. Guest stars: Anne Meara and Tom Bosley.
Friday, Oct. 10 | Just Another Fish Story
At her nephew Grady’s suggestion, Jessica invests in a trendy New York City restaurant. Guest stars: Brenda Vaccaro, Sonny Bono and Norman Fell.
Monday, Oct. 13 | Benedict Arnold Slipped
A Cabot Cove home, once frequented by Benedict Arnold, becomes the scene of deadly competition. Brian Bedford and Dick O’Neill guest star.
Tuesday, Oct. 14 | J.B. as in Jailbird
A colossal mix-up puts Jessica in jail, as a suspect in a murder which only she witnessed. Gusts stars: Len Cariou and Michael Horton.
Wednesday, Oct. 15 | Last Flight Dixie Damsel
When an old war plane surfaces with a dead body aboard, authorities put the blame on Jessica’s late husband – and she works to clear his name. Jane Greer, Dale Robertson and Richard Roundtree guest star.
Thursday, Oct. 16 | Prediction: Murder
Jessica visits an old friend at his ranch in Arizona. When a psychic among the guests correctly predicts a murder, Jessica helps her friend eliminate suspects. Melody Anderson and David Birney guest star.
Friday, Oct. 17 | Mr. Penroy’s Vacation
Mort Metzger takes Amos Tupper’s place as Sheriff of Cabot Cove. When a man is found murdered in the garden of a boarding house, Mort and Jessica team up to solve the crime. Teresa Wright and Joan Leslie guest star.
Monday, Oct. 20 | The Coal Miner’s Slaughter
Jessica goes to West Virginia to bail out a former student who has been arrested for murder, but the unfriendly town hinders her investigation. Guest stars: Jared Rushton and Chuck Connors.
Tuesday, Oct. 21 | A Little Night Work
While she’s at a swank fund-raiser in New York, a mysterious stranger turns up on Jessica’s balcony. The next day, she learns that a murder took place in the room directly above hers. Guest stars: Jamie Farr, Keith Michell and Joe Santos.
Wednesday, Oct. 22 | Smooth Operations
Jessica discovers corrupt physicians while investigating the death of an alcoholic. With Dirk Benedict, Nicolas Coster and Shirley Knight.
Thursday, Oct. 23 | Trevor Hudson’s Legacy
Jessica recommends a young writer to help edit a dying man’s notes for his final book, but the young writer ends up dead in the library.
Friday, Oct. 24 | Snow White Blood Red
A jealous husband, an angry wife, a frustrated agent and a lodge full of competitors are suspects in a champion skier’s death. With Barry Newman, Emma Samms and Bo Svenson.
Monday, Oct. 27 | Wearing of the Green
Jessica visits a New York jewelry store, where an explosion occurs and the fabled Queen of Tara diamond tiara turns up missing. Guest stars: Jean Peters, Lucie Arnaz and Barbara Bosson.
Tuesday, Oct. 28 | Weave a Tangled Web
Jessica discovers that one of Cabot Cove’s prominent female residents is a bigamist after the woman is questioned about a murder. George Chakiris and Mel Ferrer guest star.
Wednesday, Oct. 29 | Something Borrowed, Someone Blue
At Grady and Donna’s wedding, the maid turns up dead with a meat thermometer in her back. Jessica must solve the crime before the wedding can take place. Michael Horton, Bill Macy, Howard Morris and Gale Storm guest star.
Thursday, Oct. 30 | Alma Murder
Jessica learns that an old college professor has admitted to murder and has been jailed. She travels to New Hampshire to get the facts to clear his name. Dinah Shore, E.G. Marshall, and Ralph Waite guest star.
Friday, Oct. 31 | Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble
A sighting of the ghost of a Pilgrim woman accused of witchcraft forshadows a Cabot Cove murder. Bill Maher guest stars. Guest stars: Roddy McDowall, Dee Wallace Stone and Christopher Stone.