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, Dec. 1 | If the Shoe Fits
Jessica comes to the defense of a Cabot Cove newcomer who is suspected in the murder of the town lecher. Lorna Luft and Kiel Martin guest star.
Tuesday, Dec. 2 | How to Make a Killing Without Really Trying
Jessica enters the world of high finance when she attempts to solve the murder of her stockbroker, a partner in a prestigious Wall Street firm. Guest stars: Edd Byrnes, Farley Granger and Morgan Brittany.
Wednesday, Dec. 3 | The Fixer-Upper
While in California, Jessica is reunited with her niece, Victoria, a real estate broker who becomes a suspect when a wealthy client is murdered. Chad Everett, Brenda Vaccaro and Marty Ingels guest star.
Thursday, Dec. 4 | The Big Show of 1965
Jessica attends a variety-show reunion to research a 25-year-old unsolved murder case. Donald O’Connor, Sheldon Leonard, Anne Lloyd Francis and Gavin MacLeod guest star.
Friday, Dec. 5 | Murder According to Maggie
Jessica’s former student, the creator of a highly-rated television series, becomes a suspect when the network programmer is murdered. Dwayne Hickman and Denis Arndt guest star.
Monday, Dec. 8 | O’Malley’s Luck
Jessica’s old friend, NYPD Detective Lt. O’Malley, investigates the suspicious suicide of a wealthy New York developer’s wife. Pat Hingle, Eileen Barnett and Ron Leibman guest star.
Tuesday, Dec. 9 | Always a Thief
Charming jewel thief Dennis Stanton, now an insurance investigator, becomes involved in two murders while checking into the theft of a valuable silver dollar. Guest stars: Shirley Knight, Dina Merrill.
Wednesday, Dec. 10 | Shear Madness
While Jessica is in Texas to attend her cousin Ann’s wedding, the groom is murdered – just as Ann’s first fiancé was 15 years earlier. Guest stars: Barbara Babcock, Robert Walker, Doris Roberts.
Thursday, Dec. 11 | The Szechuan Dragon
Jessica’s nephew Grady and his wife Donna enjoy housesitting in Cabot Cove – until they discover the body of a peg-legged murder victim on the living room floor. Guest stars: David Warner, Elinor Donahue, Belinda Bauer.
Friday, Dec. 12 | The Sicilian Encounter
While on a case in Sicily, British intelligence agent Michael Haggerty becomes involved with a widow who is under the watchful eye of volatile in-laws. Guest stars: Ian Ogilvy, Vincent Baggetta.
Monday, Dec. 15 | Trials and Tribulations
Jessica is accused of bribery and false testimony by the daughter of a convicted murderer who is killed in an attempted jailbreak. Guest stars: Kim Hunter, George Hearn.
Tuesday, Dec. 16 | Deadly Misunderstanding
When Jessica suffers a broken arm, she hires a typist to meet her deadline, but first she must clear the woman of a murder charge. Guest stars: David McCallum, Janet Margolin.
Wednesday, Dec. 17 | See You in Court, Baby
A contested divorce settlement ties into a complex inquiry into a wealthy attorney’s murder. Guest start: Vera Miles, Charles Haid.
Thursday, Dec. 18 | Hannigan’s Wake
At the request of a dying Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Jessica searches for the truth behind a 16-year-old murder case. Guest stars: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Bradford Dillman.
Friday, Dec. 19 | The Family Jewels
A murder takes place during a political fundraiser for Jessica’s old friend. Guest star: Charles Rocket.
Monday, Dec. 22 | A Body to Die For
A fitness instructor, who has captivated Cabot Cove’s female population, is linked to the murder of a con artist. Guest stars: Hugh O’Brian, Sally Struthers.
Tuesday, Dec. 23 | The Return of Preston Giles
Jessica’s first publisher, imprisoned for murder, is paroled and requires her help when he is suspected of another murder. Guest stars: Michael McKean, Brynn Thayer.
Wednesday, Dec. 24 | The Great Twain Robbery
Insurance investigator Dennis Stanton becomes suspicious when a shady former associate produces a manuscript attributed to Mark Twain. Guest star: Roy Dotrice.
Thursday, Dec. 25 | A Christmas Secret
A returning Gulf War veteran’s reunion with his fiancée is marred by his big secret. Guest stars: Larry Wilcox, Diane Baker.
Friday, Dec. 26 | Ballad for Blue Lady
While in Nashville, Tenn., visiting a country singer, Jessica discovers a web of infidelity and greed that leads to murder. Guest stars: Jimmy Dean, Mickey Gilley.
Monday, Dec. 29 | Murder in F Sharp
Insurance investigator Dennis Stanton confronts murder and arson while on a case involving a famous pianist. Guest stars: Ricardo Montalban, Patricia Neal, Stephen Caffrey.
Tuesday, Dec. 30 | Family Doctor
Jessica investigates a mob hit after Seth is asked to help a crime boss who was shot at a Boston restaurant. Guest star: Vincent Irizarry.
Wednesday, Dec. 31 | Suspicion of Murder
Reformed jewel thief Dennis Stanton becomes a murder suspect when the estranged husband of an old flame is found dead. Guest stars: Sam Bottoms, Dennis Cole.
Thursday, Jan. 1 | Moving Violation
Jessica attempts to clear Sheriff Matzger when he arrests an ambassador’s son and is later accused of his murder. Guest stars: Ron Masak, David Lansbury, Jack Colvin.
Friday, Jan. 2 | Who Killed J.B. Fletcher?
A member of Jessica’s fan club mysteriously dies – while impersonating her to investigate cheating at a dog show. Guest stars: Betty Garrett, Janet Blair, Margaret O’Brien.