Scarecrow and Mrs. King

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  • TV-14
  • 1983
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.0  (3,847)

Scarecrow and Mrs. King is an American television series that aired on CBS from 1983 to 1987. The show stars Kate Jackson as Amanda King, a divorced mother of two who works as a housewife in Washington D.C. In the pilot episode, Amanda unknowingly becomes involved with a spy named Lee Stetson, played by Bruce Boxleitner, who uses the name "Scarecrow" as his code name. After Scarecrow is injured on a mission, he enlists Amanda's help in completing the task. She proves herself to be a valuable asset, and Scarecrow decides to recruit her as a full-time agent in the spy organization, the Agency.

The bulk of the series focuses on Scarecrow and Mrs. King working together on various espionage missions. Amanda's ability to blend into various social circles, combined with Scarecrow's James Bond-esque skills and gadgets, makes for an entertaining pairing. While there is a sense of danger involved in their missions, the show never takes itself too seriously, often incorporating humor and lighthearted moments.

One recurring theme throughout the show is the relationship between Scarecrow and Mrs. King. While the two start out as colleagues, it becomes clear that there is an underlying romantic tension between them. However, there are obstacles in the way. Scarecrow is initially reluctant to pursue a relationship due to the dangerous nature of his work, and Amanda is still dealing with the aftermath of her divorce. As the series progresses, the two grow closer, but their relationship is always on the backburner to the missions at hand.

In addition to the spy missions, there are also several secondary characters who add to the overall charm of the show. Amanda's mother, Dotty, is a frequent presence in her life, often getting involved in the spy shenanigans herself. The two agents' boss, Billy Melrose, is a gruff but lovable presence. Finally, there is the character of Francine Desmond, Scarecrow's fellow agent who initially resents Amanda's involvement in their missions, but eventually grows to become her friend.

The show also has a distinct 1980s flair. With its bright colors, big hair, and synthesizer-heavy score, Scarecrow and Mrs. King is very much a product of its time. However, this is part of what makes it so charming. The show never takes itself too seriously, and the overall tone is one of fun and adventure.

Overall, Scarecrow and Mrs. King is a delightful spy-themed show that offers plenty of laughs and exciting moments. While the overarching plotlines are enjoyable, it is the chemistry between the two main characters that make the show truly memorable. Without a doubt, Scarecrow and Mrs. King is a classic example of 1980s television.

Scarecrow and Mrs. King is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (88 episodes). The series first aired on October 3, 1983.

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The Khrushchev List
22. The Khrushchev List
May 28, 1987
Lee (BRUCE BOXLEITNER) and Amanda (KATE JACKSON) help the Agency's founder uncover an old list of Soviet spies working in highly placed United States government jobs.
A Matter of Choice
21. A Matter of Choice
May 21, 1987
When Michael Brody (MICHAEL MacRAE), a prison escapee who murdered two Agency contacts, resurfaces at the same time as Francine's former lover--who wants to rekindle their romance--Lee suspects duplicity and works overtime to prove a link.
Suitable for Framing
20. Suitable for Framing
May 14, 1987
Francine and Lee (MARTHA SMITH and BRUCE BOXLEITNER) fall victim to a KGB plan to humiliate the Agency.
All That Glitters
19. All That Glitters
May 7, 1987
When priceless jewels, stolen along with a top-secret spy list during the invasion of Grenada, are among the birthday gifts given to his former girlfriend, Agent Lee "Scarecrow" Stetson (BRUCE BOXLEITNER) investigates. Blair Underwood guest stars.
One Flew East
18. One Flew East
February 27, 1987
The Agency is blamed for the kidnapping of a famous poet and vocal critic of the United States' nuclear defense policies. Scarecrow and Mrs. King (BRUCE BOXLEITNER and KATE JACKSON) must find the poet and exonerate the Agency.
Mission of Gold
17. Mission of Gold
February 20, 1987
A joyous honeymoon for Scarecrow and Mrs. King (BRUCE BOXLEITNER and KATE JACKSON) turns to anguish as Amanda is critically shot in a bizarre war over gold doubloons.
Do You Take This Spy?
16. Do You Take This Spy?
February 13, 1987
A million dollar art heist and a murder must be solved before Scarecrow and Mrs. King (BRUCE BOXLEITNER and KATE JACKSON) can be married.
Bad Timing
15. Bad Timing
February 6, 1987
When the Russians inject superspy Lee "Scarecrow" Stetson (BRUCE BOXLETTNER) with a lethal drug that leaves him with just hours to live, he and Amanda (KATE JACKSON) face the challenge of finding the antidote before time runs out.
Rumors of My Death
14. Rumors of My Death
January 23, 1987
A skeleton identified as Lee Stetson is discovered in a demolished building.
Promises to Keep
13. Promises to Keep
January 9, 1987
As Scarecrow and Mrs. King (BRUCE BOXLEITNER and KATE JACKSON) discover, even a best friend can be insidiously involved in the deadly game of narcotics.
Any Number Can Play
12. Any Number Can Play
January 2, 1987
When Dotty West (BEVERLY GARLAND) becomes enamored of a mysteriously debonair man, a bizarre interplay of murder and international intrigue ensues.
Santa's Got a Brand New Bag
11. Santa's Got a Brand New Bag
December 19, 1986
A calm Christmas Eve turns deadly for Scarecrow and Mrs. King (BRUCE BOXLEITNER and KATE JACKSON) when a disgruntled toy maker, who believes much more than children's toys are being made at the company where he once worked, enlists their help.
Need to Know
10. Need to Know
December 5, 1986
Scarecrow and Mrs. King (BRUCE BOYLEITNER and KATE JACKSON) must stop a maniacal newspaper magnate, who is using his considerable power as a ploy to destroy the nation's security.
The Man Who Died Twice
9. The Man Who Died Twice
November 21, 1986
Agents Lee "Scarecrow" Stetson (BRUCE BOTLEITNER) and Amanda King (KATE JACKSON) must solve a mystery if they are to save the lives of a Chinese trade envoy. At the same time, the couple must decide if a life together would expose them to additional danger.
Photo Finish
8. Photo Finish
November 14, 1986
Mrs. King (KATE JACKSON)--a political radical? When an old photograph links her to a student protest, threatening her status at the Agency, she and her partner, Lee "Scarecrow" Stetson (BRUCE BOTLEITNER), set out to prove her innocence with some disquieting results.
Billy's Lost Weekend
7. Billy's Lost Weekend
November 7, 1986
Section Chief Billy Melrose (MEL STEWART) can only remember bizarre fragments of the previous weekend, and Scarecrow and Mrs. King (BRUCE BOXLEITNER and KATE JACKSON) must piece together Billy's strange weekend before it's too late.
Night Crawler
6. Night Crawler
October 31, 1986
While captives of a vicious Middle Eastern terrorist--their death imminent--Lee (BRUCE BOXLEITNER) proposes marriage to Amanda (KATE JACKSON). But will she have time to answer him?.
It's in the Water
5. It's in the Water
October 17, 1986
Lee and Amanda (BRUCE BOXLEITNER and KATE JACKSON) must stop a hired assassin from poisoning the Washington, D.C., water supply using the knowledge of a young Ph.D. student.
No Thanks for the Memory
4. No Thanks for the Memory
October 10, 1986
A reluctant KGB agent desperately wants to defect to the United States. But until his top-secret mission is known, he is a spy with no one to turn to ... except Scarecrow and Mrs. King (BRUCE BOXLEITNER and KATE JACKSON).
Unfinished Business
3. Unfinished Business
October 3, 1986
Lee (BRUCE BOXLEITNER) tries to learn the truth about his parents' mysterious past, and in the process he uncovers a plot to assassinate a presidential candidate from a small country.
Stemwinder (2)
2. Stemwinder (2)
September 26, 1986
Lee and Amanda (BRUCE BOXLEITNER and KATE JACKSON) must stop a hired assassin from poisoning the Washington, D.C., water supply using the knowledge of a young Ph.D. student.
Stemwinder (1)
1. Stemwinder (1)
September 19, 1986
A vengeful Soviet masterspy brands Scarecrow (BRUCE BOXLEITNER) and Mrs. King (KATE JACKSON) as traitors, forcing them to become fugitives.
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  • Premiere Date
    October 3, 1983
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (3,847)