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Murder, She Wrote is a one-hour murder mystery. It revolves around a former English teacher named Jessica Fletcher who has become a successful murder mystery writer. She uses her exceptional eye for detail to catch the clues the investigating officers almost always miss and her warm, inviting personality to draw out the people with significant information about the crime. Adding these two skills to her abilities to ask the right questions and recognize the clues, she always solves the case.

Many of the episodes take place in the small town of Cabot Cove, Maine where Jessica makes her home. In these cases, her crime solving skills are accepted by local law enforcement. But when she travels outside of her hometown, the response of the police can vary. Some officers are fans of her books and welcome her interest. At other times, she has to present that police department with a missed clue or an important piece of information she has gotten someone to divulge to earn their respect. Once she has done this, she gets varying levels of opportunities to participate in the investigation.

Another set of episodes has Jessica relocating and working as a university teacher of criminology in New York City. As expected, she continues to solve murders. Also, the transportation system in her new city allows her to continue her crime fighting without benefit of a driver

Murder, She Wrote is a series that is currently running and has 12 seasons (264 episodes). The series first aired on September 30, 1984.

Murder, She Wrote is available for streaming on the website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Murder, She Wrote on demand at, IMDb TV, Peacock online.

Sundays at 08:00 pm on CBS
12 Seasons, 264 Episodes
September 30, 1984
Drama Mystery
Cast: Angela Lansbury, Tom Bosley, William Windom, Ron Masak, Louis Herthum
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Murder, She Wrote Full Episode Guide

  • In her final case of the series' original run, Jessica investigates the murder of a San Francisco radio station owner whose new methods made him plenty of enemies.

  • Upon her arrival in Atlanta for an Amateur Mystery Writers convention, Jessica gets involved with a FBI investigation when a lethal virus is stolen from a Biological Research Institute. Following the death of her friend Mark, Jessica starts an investigation of her own to discover the identity of his murderer and why they wanted him dead.

  • Jessica is the only one who sees a connection between a motorcyclist's fatal accident and the seemingly unrelated murder of a wealthy attorney.

  • Rivalry between two yachtsmen escalates when one is murdered two days before a big race and the other's daughter becomes the key suspect.

  • While on a speaking engagement in Australia, Jessica discovers she's inherited 130,000 acres of local grazing land. To her horror, the locals' anger over this revelation leads to a pair of murders.

  • Following the death of a prominent businessman, Deputy Andy is accused of planting evidence against a shoe manufacturer he bought a house with numerous problems from. When the manufacturer ends up dead one night, Andy becomes the prime suspect in his murder. As a result, Jessica goes to work on clearing the deputy's name.

  • While vacationing at a lodge in the Grand Tetons, Jessica becomes embroiled in a squabble over a stolen diamond, blackmail and murder.

  • When a puppet that Jessica created is adapted for television show, she arrives on the set to see her creation come to life. However, when several individuals have different ideas for the puppet and blackmail abounds as a result, Jessica has to solve a murder that occurred at the studio.

  • While taping a PBS series at a Hollywood Studio, Jessica stumbles upon a murder mystery when a producer ends up dead after budget cuts forces her to cut some cast members of a popular sitcom.

  • When Jessica arrives in Cabot Cove to go to a benefit concert, she gets caught up in a murder investigation when the headliner is electrocuted during a sound check.

  • After discovering that a rising Latin band is involved with the head of a shady recording company, Jessica works on getting an A&R from a big company to distribute their debut album. But when a petty thug who works for the shady recording company is murdered, Jessica has to work with the cops to find out what the motive was and who was behind his death.

  • Jessica's trip to Osaka is interrupted when a motorcycle racer's life is threatened because he intends to marry a girl from a traditional Japanese family.

  • A tough-as-nails prosecutor is murdered while taking on an investment firm, and Jessica is called to testify before the grand jury when it's discovered that the deceased's last phone call was to her number.

  • Jessica travels to an ice cream factory to pick up a check for charity and maybe learn the secret ingredient in her favorite flavor. When she arrives, however, she discovers the money gone and a company executive dead.

  • While at an auction bidding on a rare manuscript by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jessica uncovers the murder of an art forger and helps friend and private investigator Charlie Garrett out of trouble. Wayne Rogers guest stars.

  • Ego clashes disrupt a movie shoot in Italy, but Jessica suspects sabotage when a crash occurs.

  • Jessica must escape imprisonment in the dungeon of an Irish castle and get to the bottom of a missing-antiques puzzle and a mysterious murder.

  • Jessica travels to Ireland, where ghosts and antique smugglers interrupt her stay at a castle bed and breakfast.

  • Suspicious deaths follow a nurse's return to Cabot Cove.

  • While in New Orleans to research a new novel, Jessica gets involved in an investigation of a series of murders that are the cause of voodoo curses. Following the death of a friend's husband, Jessica soon discovers that his death seems to be apart of the other murders, especially when a voodoo doll is found at the scene of the crime. As she investigates his death, Jessica discovers that while the housekeeper and her daughter may have motives for wanting him dead, the man's business associates got to him before the women could hurt him.

  • After deciding to visit a friend in Gila Junction, Arizona, Jessica reluctantly gets involved with several investigations, one of which surrounds the death of a resident that recently found a large cache of money believed to have been stolen by an area truck-stop bandit and hid in the desert.

  • As Laney Boswell is taking a walk with her friend and lawyer Terry Folger, she gets news that her husband died after losing control of his car and drove off a cliff. In the month since his death, Jessica arrives in Aspen to visit Laney and soon discovers that her friend is the prime suspect in her husband's death and that a witness can prove that Laney was seen purchasing various tools to tamper with her husband's car. Following the death of the witness, Jessica and Private Investigator Charlie Garrett team up with the local sheriff who is in charge of the investigation to prove Laney's innocence and that her husband is actually alive and trying to commit insurance fraud.

  • In the days following a party attended by numerous museum board members, Jessica gets involved with an investigation of several home invasion robberies that are connected to a highly sought after hairstylist that is rumored to leaving a popular beauty salon to start his own salon chain. When a scheming entrepreneur is found dead in the hairstylist's chair, the Lieutenant in charge of the investigation suspects that the salon owner is the one who committed the murder, Jessica soon uncovers some clues that promptly make her suspect the victim's wife and mistress are the ones who committed the crime.

  • Everyone knows that tennis phenom Louise Henderson's father's overbearing ways have taken their toll on his talented daughter. When the domineering loudmouth turns up dead, many wonder whether Louise simply met her breaking point.

  • Jessica's stay at an Ireland lodge is disrupted when a tourist is found drowned in a nearby well. When she begins to nose around, Jessica learns that the murder may be the work of a group pressuring the lodge owner to sell them his land.

  • The death of a history professor at St. Crispin's Academy is at first dismissed as a school prank gone wrong. But as Jessica pokes around, she learns of a deadly academic rivalry steeped in conspiracy, blackmail and murder.

  • When Jessica's nephew Grady lands a job with a local development firm, she becomes aware of the controversy surrounding a proposal to develop Cabot Cove. The controversy reaches its peak when the wife of one of the developers turns up dead.

  • On a book tour through Paris, Jessica becomes embroiled in a murder mystery in the elite world of high fashion. Her investigation leads her to the startling discovery of the slave-labor sweatshops that lie at the heart of the fashion industry.

  • While visiting a friend at his movie studio in Hollywood, Jessica gets involved with a murder investigation when an aspiring writer is found dead at the studio. As she sets out to discover the identity of the killers, Jessica learns the man's murder might have to do with a piracy ring, out to get their hands on a recently found film by a famous director that the studio plans on releasing.

  • After faking his death in a plane crash, a Nobel Prize winning scientist is eventually murdered when he continues his work on an up and coming vaccine, Jessica teams up with Lt. Gelber to find the killer when the scientist's supervisor is set-up for his murder.

  • Jessica comes to the rescue of American opera singer Andrea Beaumont when, on the eve of her Italian debut in Genoa, a mysterious stalker surfaces and threatens to kill Andrea before she ever reaches the stage.

  • On a trip to Cairo to finalize a cultural exchange program, Jessica comes to the aid of a friend and inadvertently becomes involved in the smuggling of a stolen Egyptian artifact when its theft leads to murder.

  • A business dispute over a magnolia tree seems to be at the center of the murder of Seth's wealthy botanist cousin. Jessica travels with her friend to his deceased cousin's South Carolina plantation to see what she can help him dig up.

  • While attending a book fair in Miami, Jessica meets a Russian detective who's tracking a murder suspect connected to the theft of a gold FabergĂ© egg, and she lends him a hand with the investigation.

  • While taping an infomercial on her promotional tour, Jessica and a panel of mystery writers find themselves the subjects of a real-life whodunit when allegations of plagiarism and blackmail lead to the murder of an audience member.

  • When the town bully and his mistress are murdered, Jessica pokes around and discovers that a deep-seated animosity among many members of the Cabot Cove bowling league may have led to the killings.

  • While visiting friends at their vineyard in Sonoma, Jessica gets involved with a murder investigation after the body of a competing vineyard owner is found on their property. As she works to clear the son of her friend of the murder, Jessica starts suspecting that the murder that occurred at the vineyard is somehow connected to the death of the friend's son when he was in San Francisco. Thanks to the help of a vineyard worker and his dog, Jessica is able to identify the murderer of both men.

  • While on vacation on the Caribbean Island Martinique, Jessica gets involved with a woman's murder when she discovers P.I. Charlie Garrett was sent there to find the woman by her husband. When the local police arrests Charlie for the woman's murder, Jessica promptly begins an investigation to clear Charlie's name and to find the real murderer and what that person's motive was for wanting the woman dead.

  • Jessica's amusement about her friend's television being inadvertently hooked up to a local surveillance feed turns to grave concern when she and her friends witness the planning of a robbery-murder right on the TV screen.

  • While in San Francisco to iron out some details in serialization of a novel, Jessica gets involved with some newsroom troubles when the star advice columnist gets murdered in her hotel room. When all the clues point to a close friend of the columnist, Jessica starts her own investigation into who wanted her dead and why the murderer chose to frame the columnist's friend.

  • Jessica's quest for a little R&R in Hawaii is derailed when her host's son, Matt Kincaid, becomes ensnared in a vicious Senate election campaign. When Matt disappears days before the election, Jessica suspects foul play.

  • When a letter written by George Washington surfaces, the validity of a legendary Cabot Cove hero is questioned and the production of a documentary about his life hangs in the balance -- a situation that results in the murder of the film's director.

  • While visiting Amsterdam, Jessica's dear friend Nigel Allison goes missing. Despite receiving warnings to mind her own business, Jessica investigates her friend's disappearance and stumbles across a major smuggling operation.

  • While doing some research at the local zoo, Jessica gets embroiled in a murder case. It seems Mark Atwater, the fiancĂ© of one of the zoo employees, was killed by someone using the poisonous black mamba snake as their weapon of choice.

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