Scarecrow and Mrs. King

Scarecrow and Mrs. King

  • TV-PG
  • 1983
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.0  (2,635)

Scarecrow and Mrs. King is a lighthearted television show about every day housewife Amanda King who accidentally gets pulled into the world of American espionage by spy Lee Stetson. Amanda is a recently divorced mother of two living with her mother in Arlington, Virginia. Little does she know that her world will be turned upside down one morning when a strange man--Lee--hands her a plain brown package at the train station and asks her to give it to the man in the red hat. Unfortunately there must have been a convention of some sort going on as Amanda discovers that everyone on that particular train car is wearing a red fez hat. Unsure what to do with the package at that point she takes it home with her. Lee learns that his package was never delivered when his contact turns up dead and Lee has to use his government resources to track down Amanda. We discover that Lee's code name is Scarecrow and that he is a spy working for a government agency known simply as The Agency. Initially Amanda wants nothing to do with Lee or his spy lifestyle. Lee manages to convince her to help him by explaining to her that the mysterious package contains a vital clue into the deaths of several agents. Through a series of unusual circumstances and mishaps Amanda gets involved in Lee's case and ends up saving his life. Due to Amanda's gift of gab combined with her natural peppiness Lee is reluctant to continue working with her. However, his boss Billy disagrees and appreciates Amanda's unique perspective and ideas. Since she is also unemployed and looking for work, it seems like a perfect fit. As the show takes place toward the end of the cold war and just before the Berlin Wall came down the main bad guys are often Russian or Communists looking to undermine the American way of life. Lee and Amanda frequently have to deal with KGB operatives and in a few cases have to work alongside Russian agents to achieve an ends and solve cases. During season two of the four season run, the cast and crew traveled to Europe to film several episodes.

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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.
Scarecrow And Mrs. King
Scarecrow And Mrs. King

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Scarecrow and Mrs. King is a lighthearted television show about every day housewife Amanda King who accidentally gets pulled into the world of American espionage by spy Lee Stetson. Amanda is a recently divorced mother of two living with her mother in Arlington, Virginia. Little does she know that her world will be turned upside down one morning when a strange man--Lee--hands her a plain brown package at the train station and asks her to give it to the man in the red hat. Unfortunately there must have been a convention of some sort going on as Amanda discovers that everyone on that particular train car is wearing a red fez hat. Unsure what to do with the package at that point she takes it home with her.

Lee learns that his package was never delivered when his contact turns up dead and Lee has to use his government resources to track down Amanda. We discover that Lee's code name is Scarecrow and that he is a spy working for a government agency known simply as The Agency. Initially Amanda wants nothing to do with Lee or his spy lifestyle. Lee manages to convince her to help him by explaining to her that the mysterious package contains a vital clue into the deaths of several agents. Through a series of unusual circumstances and mishaps Amanda gets involved in Lee's case and ends up saving his life. Due to Amanda's gift of gab combined with her natural peppiness Lee is reluctant to continue working with her. However, his boss Billy disagrees and appreciates Amanda's unique perspective and ideas. Since she is also unemployed and looking for work, it seems like a perfect fit.

As the show takes place toward the end of the cold war and just before the Berlin Wall came down the main bad guys are often Russian or Communists looking to undermine the American way of life. Lee and Amanda frequently have to deal with KGB operatives and in a few cases have to work alongside Russian agents to achieve an ends and solve cases. During season two of the four season run, the cast and crew traveled to Europe to film several episodes.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.

Where to Watch Scarecrow and Mrs. King

Scarecrow and Mrs. King is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Scarecrow and Mrs. King on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    October 3, 1983
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (2,635)