List of Murder, She Wrote episodes

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This is a list of Murder, She Wrote episodes in the order that they originally aired on CBS. Most of the episodes took place either in Jessica's fictional hometown of Cabot Cove, Maine, or in New York City, but her travels promoting books or visiting relatives and friends led to cases throughout the U.S. and around the world.[ citation needed ]

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After the final episode aired in 1996, Angela Lansbury sporadically reprised the character of Jessica Fletcher in a handful of feature-length Murder, She Wrote specials starting in 1997. The last TV movie aired in May 2003. In February 2007, on the ABC daytime talk show The View , Lansbury announced that she hoped to make another Murder, She Wrote TV movie in the near future but only if her son, director Anthony Shaw, could find a suitable story. [1] [2]

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankRating
First airedLast aired
1 22September 30, 1984 (1984-09-30)April 21, 1985 (1985-04-21)820.1
2 22September 29, 1985 (1985-09-29)May 18, 1986 (1986-05-18)325.3
3 22September 28, 1986 (1986-09-28)May 10, 1987 (1987-05-10)425.4
4 22September 20, 1987 (1987-09-20)May 8, 1988 (1988-05-08)920.2
5 22October 23, 1988 (1988-10-23)May 21, 1989 (1989-05-21)819.9
6 22September 24, 1989 (1989-09-24)May 20, 1990 (1990-05-20)1317.7 [lower-alpha 1]
7 22September 16, 1990 (1990-09-16)May 12, 1991 (1991-05-12)1216.4
8 22September 15, 1991 (1991-09-15)May 17, 1992 (1992-05-17)816.9
9 22September 20, 1992 (1992-09-20)May 16, 1993 (1993-05-16)517.7
10 21September 12, 1993 (1993-09-12)May 22, 1994 (1994-05-22)1116.0
11 21September 25, 1994 (1994-09-25)May 14, 1995 (1995-05-14)815.6 [lower-alpha 2]
12 24September 21, 1995 (1995-09-21)May 19, 1996 (1996-05-19)589.50
Movies 4November 2, 1997 (1997-11-02)May 9, 2003 (2003-05-09)N/AN/A

Episodes

Season 1 (1984–85)

No.
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No. in
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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
10"The Murder of Sherlock Holmes" Corey Allen Story by: Richard Levinson & William Link & Peter S. Fischer
Teleplay by: Peter S. Fischer
September 30, 1984 (1984-09-30)
Following the publication of her first mystery book, Jessica travels to New York City on a publicity tour where she gets involved with the murder of a restaurant magnate (Brian Keith).
This episode is double length.
21"Deadly Lady"Corey AllenPeter S. FischerOctober 7, 1984 (1984-10-07)
A millionaire (Howard Duff) falls overboard during a rough storm out at sea, leaving a large estate behind. His four daughters fall under suspicion when certain things come to light. To top it all off, the victim turns up at Jessica's house, posing as a hobo, then ends up dead for real.
32"Birds of a Feather"John Llewellyn MoxeyRobert SwansonOctober 14, 1984 (1984-10-14)
Jessica's niece Victoria (Genie Francis) is getting married and having her wedding in San Francisco. When the groom, Howard Griffin (Jeff Conaway) is accused of murdering a local night club owner, Jessica tags along with the detective working the case to clear Howard's name.
43"Hooray for Homicide"Richard CollaRobert Van ScoyckOctober 28, 1984 (1984-10-28)
A screenplay adaptation of Jessica's book has her upset. She travels to Hollywood to straighten things out with the producer (John Saxon), only to become the prime suspect when he is murdered on the set.
John Astin, Melissa Sue Anderson, and Lyle Waggoner also guest star.
54"It's a Dog's Life" Seymour Robbie Mark Giles & Linda ShankNovember 4, 1984 (1984-11-04)
When Jessica's cousin dies in a freak accident, his dog inherits the family fortune. But foul play aimed at getting the dog's millions causes Jessica to investigate.
65"Lovers and Other Killers"Allen ReisnerPeter S. FischerNovember 18, 1984 (1984-11-18)
Jessica gives a seminar series at a university. A student assigned to be her secretary has a murky past, which comes to light when his girlfriend is murdered.
Lois Nettleton guest stars.
76"Hit, Run and Homicide"Alan CookeGerald K. SiegelNovember 25, 1984 (1984-11-25)
Cabot Cove's Founder's Day Picnic is disrupted by a series of unusual hit and run accidents by a station wagon with a mind of its own, leaving the town on edge. When two Boston tourists fall victim to the phantom car, leaving one of them dead, a device invented by an eccentric resident (Van Johnson) is discovered to be at fault, and Jessica must steer the police in another direction to spare the man from a murder charge.
June Allyson also guest stars.
87"We're Off to Kill the Wizard"Walter GraumanStory by: Peter S. Fischer & Gerald K. Siegel
Teleplay by: Peter S. Fischer
December 9, 1984 (1984-12-09)
When the events surrounding an amusement tycoon's (James Coco) sudden suicide point instead toward murder Jessica must decipher all the clues.
George DiCenzo also guest stars.
98"Death Takes a Curtain Call"Allen ReisnerPaul W. CooperDecember 16, 1984 (1984-12-16)
A night at the ballet turns deadly as a couple of Russian dancers try to defect during the show, and one of them is framed for murdering a KGB agent.
109"Death Casts a Spell"Allen ReisnerJ. Miyoko Hensley & Steven HensleyDecember 30, 1984 (1984-12-30)
A hypnotist (Jose Ferrer) is murdered, but all the witnesses were under a spell. The police are baffled, and Jessica tries to help.
1110"Capitol Offense"John Llewellyn MoxeyPeter S. FischerJanuary 6, 1985 (1985-01-06)
The death of a sitting Congressman throws Jessica into the world of politics.
Gary Sandy guest stars.
1211"Broadway Malady"Hy AverbackTom SawyerJanuary 13, 1985 (1985-01-13)
A suspicious mugging leads Jessica to follow clues that may put a legendary actress (Vivian Blaine) in grave danger.
Gregory Sierra and Milton Berle also guest star.
1312"Murder to a Jazz Beat"Walter GraumanStory by: Paul Savage & David Abramowitz
Teleplay by: Paul Savage
February 3, 1985 (1985-02-03)
When a jazz musician drops dead onstage while the cameras are rolling, Jessica senses that it wasn't from a weak heart.
Stan Shaw guest stars, as does Bradford Dillman in his first of many various roles on the show.
1413"My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean"Seymour RobbiePeter S. FischerFebruary 10, 1985 (1985-02-10)
A cruise turns into terror for Jessica's niece, who seems to be haunted by the ghost of her dead husband, and stalked by another passenger (Rosemary Forsyth) who then apparently commits suicide for no reason. The seas become even more rough when it turns out the stalker was murdered.
Vicki Lawrence also guest stars.
1514"Paint Me a Murder"John Llewellyn MoxeyPeter S. FischerFebruary 17, 1985 (1985-02-17)
Jessica travels to a Mediterranean island for a renowned artist's (Cesar Romero) birthday party, but his murder disrupts the celebration.
1615"Tough Guys Don't Die"Seymour RobbiePeter S. FischerFebruary 24, 1985 (1985-02-24)
Jessica and Boston private eye Harry McGraw (Jerry Orbach) meet for the first time when they investigate the murder of Harry's partner.
Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Alex Rocco, and Barbara Babcock also guest star. This is Orbach's first appearance as the character Harry McGraw.
1716"Sudden Death"Edward M. AbromsRobert SwansonMarch 3, 1985 (1985-03-03)
Jessica's late uncle wills her half of his pro football team, but when the man who inherited the other half is murdered, the team's star player (Bruce Jenner) is accused of the crime.
Dick Butkus, Gary Lockwood, and James McEachin also guest star.
1817"Footnote to Murder"Peter CraneRobert SwansonMarch 10, 1985 (1985-03-10)
Jessica attends a poetry awards ceremony which does not go as planned when a poet (Paul Sand) is accused of stealing the winning manuscript and murdering the author (Kenneth Mars) who wrote it.
Robert Reed and Pat Harrington, Jr. also guest star, as does Ron Masak, who would later play Mort Metzger from the fifth season throughout the remainder of the series.
1918"Murder Takes the Bus"Walter GraumanMichael Scheff & Mary Ann KasicaMarch 17, 1985 (1985-03-17)
When the bus taking them to Portland is forced to stop at a roadside diner due to bad weather, Jessica and Amos find themselves having to investigate the murder of one of the passengers.
Michael Constantine, Larry Linville, and Rue McClanahan guest star.
2019"Armed Response" Charles S. Dubin Gerald K. SiegelMarch 31, 1985 (1985-03-31)
Jessica falls in a Texas airport, injuring her leg, but won't let that stop her from investigating when the chief physician at the hospital is murdered and a nurse is the prime suspect.
Kevin McCarthy guest stars.
2120"Murder at the Oasis"Arthur Allan SeidelmanRobert Van ScoykApril 7, 1985 (1985-04-07)
Jessica visits one of her sorority sisters whose ex-husband is murdered during the visit.
Ken Howard and Linda Purl guest star.
2221"Funeral at Fifty-Mile"Seymour RobbieDick NelsonApril 21, 1985 (1985-04-21)
Jessica travels to Wyoming to attend a friend's funeral and investigates the suspicious suicide of another rancher.
William Windom, who would play Seth Hazlitt beginning next season, guest stars.

Season 2 (1985–86)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
231"Widow, Weep for Me" Michael A. Hoey Peter S. Fischer September 29, 1985 (1985-09-29)
A frantic letter from an old friend sends Jessica masquerading as a reclusive socialite on a luxury resort island. But by the time she arrives, Jessica finds out her friend has been killed - one of several killings connected to the robberies of wealthy guests. To find the killer, Jessica teams up with MI6 agent Michael Haggarty (Len Cariou), who makes his first appearance.
Howard Hesseman and Mary Wickes also guest star.
242"Joshua Peabody Died Here...Possibly" Peter Crane Tom SawyerOctober 6, 1985 (1985-10-06)
Cabot Cove has erupted in controversy, when a cheap tycoon plans to continue construction on a high-rise hotel after the finding of a skeleton many believe to be local legend Joshua Peabody. When the tycoon is found murdered on the construction site, Jessica has to weed her way through the plenty of enemies he has made to find the killer.
William Windom and John Astin make their first appearances as Seth Hazlitt and Harry Pierce, respectively.
253"Murder in the Afternoon" Arthur Allan Seidelman Story by: Paul W. Cooper
Teleplay by: Paul Savage
October 13, 1985 (1985-10-13)
Jessica's niece, Nita (Alice Krige) is excited when she lands the starring role in a new play. But when the play's arrogant producer (Jessica Walter) is murdered, Nita becomes the prime suspect, and Jessica takes the stage to clear her name.
William Atherton, Tricia O'Neil, and Lurene Tuttle also guest star. Jessica Walter later played a killer in the third season and two more victims in the ninth and eleventh seasons.
264"School for Scandal"Arthur Allan SeidelmanRobert SwansonOctober 20, 1985 (1985-10-20)
Jessica investigates a murder at a college which she is visiting to open the graduation ceremony.
June Lockhart and Roddy McDowall guest star.
275"Sing a Song of Murder" John Llewellyn Moxey Peter S. FischerOctober 27, 1985 (1985-10-27)
Jessica's identical cousin Emma McGill (also played by Angela Lansbury) invites her to London, where Jessica must find out who is behind an attempt on Emma's life.
Glynis Johns guest stars.
286"Reflections of the Mind" Seymour Robbie Robert SwansonNovember 3, 1985 (1985-11-03)
A concerned Jessica rushes to the side of her old friend Franchesca (Ann Blyth) who is having nightmares about her deceased first husband. When Franchesca's second husband dies in what appears to be an accident, Jessica suspects something's up.
Martin Milner and Esther Rolle also guest star.
297"A Lady in the Lake" Walter Grauman Robert Van ScoykNovember 10, 1985 (1985-11-10)
What is supposed to be a relaxing weekend at a lakeside inn for Jessica, Amos, and Harry turns into another murder case, when one of the guests (Susan Blanchard) is found dead, presumably having fallen into the lake. When the accident is found to be faked, the woman's husband (Laurence Luckinbill) is accused of the murder. However, Jessica isn't so sure he's guilty.
William Christopher and Lee Meriwether also guest star.
308"Dead Heat"Peter CraneJ. Miyoko Hensley & Steven HensleyNovember 24, 1985 (1985-11-24)
Jessica's niece, Tracy (Linda Grovenor), wins her first ever race as a jockey, but quarrels with the horse's owner (Lonny Chapman) and is accused of murdering him.
319"Jessica Behind Bars"John Llewellyn MoxeyCarleton EastlakeDecember 1, 1985 (1985-12-01)
Jessica fills in as the teacher at a writing class in a women's prison. When the prison doctor (Janet MacLachlan) is found dead, and a shy prisoner is accused of the crime, the prisoners riot and take over. All attempts to neutralize the situation fail when a prison employee is murdered, and to stop the National Guard from storming the prison, Jessica has to help the warden (Vera Miles) unravel what really happened.
Adrienne Barbeau and Eve Plumb also guest star.
3210"Sticks and Stones"Seymour RobbieStory by: Jackson Gillis, Linda Shank & Mark Giles
Teleplay by: Linda Shank & Mark Giles
December 15, 1985 (1985-12-15)
On the eve of Amos Tucker's retirement as sheriff, a woman dies in what seems to be an accident. The next day, letters flood the town containing false accusations that pits neighbors against each other. Jessica believes the letters are red herrings and enlists the help of a visiting travel writer and a retired Amos and they uncover corruption as well as motive for murder.
Joseph Campanella and Marsha Hunt guest star. This is John Astin's final appearance as Harry Pierce.
3311"Murder Digs Deep"Philip LeacockMaryanne Kasica & Michael ScheffDecember 29, 1985 (1985-12-29)
Jessica joins Seth Hazlitt in a New Mexican Native American archaeological dig site. Unfortunately, the expedition changes its target to clues when a tour guide (Randolph Mantooth) is murdered.
George Grizzard and Robert Vaughn also guest star.
3412"Murder by Appointment Only"Arthur Allan SeidelmanJerry RossJanuary 5, 1986 (1986-01-05)
Jessica visits New York and her nephew Grady Fletcher (Michael Horton), who's trying to get a job with the Lila Lee Cosmetics Corporation, run by Lila Lee Amberson (Jayne Meadows) herself, and her brother Norman (Robert Culp). When Norman's fiancee, Elizabeth (Ann Dusenberry) - by coincidence, a former student of Jessica - is found brutally murdered, Jessica applies her sleuthing skills to uncover the killer.
3513"Trial by Error"Seymour RobbieStory by: Scott Shepherd
Teleplay by: Paul Savage
January 12, 1986 (1986-01-12)
Jessica is the jury foreperson in a double murder of two people (Diane Lander, Michael Swan) whose spouses (Tony Bill, Doran Clark) were romantically involved.
David Ackroyd, Alan Hale, and Arlene Golonka also guest star.
3614"Keep the Home Fries Burning"Peter CranePhilip GersonJanuary 19, 1986 (1986-01-19)
After one person (Marcia Rodd) dies and several others become ill after eating at the Joshua Peabody Inn, what is initially thought to be food poisoning turns out to be just poison, so Jessica has to figure out who poisoned the strawberry preserves and why.
3715"Powder Keg"John Llewellyn MoxeyPeter S. FischerFebruary 9, 1986 (1986-02-09)
Jessica accompanies one of her former teaching colleagues to meet a friend of his in a small redneck town, but get caught up in a mob when the friend's son is accused of murdering the town bully.
3816"Murder in the Electric Cathedral"John Llewellyn MoxeyDick NelsonFebruary 16, 1986 (1986-02-16)
Jessica puts herself in the middle of a feud of an evangelist's family members amongst themselves, believing one of them murdered a close friend of hers.
3917"One Good Bid Deserves a Murder"Seymour RobbieJ. Miyoko Hensley & Steve HensleyFebruary 23, 1986 (1986-02-23)
Harry McGraw (Jerry Orbach) helps Jessica investigate the murder of an auctioneer.
Karen Black also guest stars.
4018"If a Body Meet a Body"Walter GraumanSteve StoliarMarch 9, 1986 (1986-03-09)
When the body in the casket at Henry Vernon's funeral turns out not to be him, Jessica is drawn into investigating a murder and saving the money of Cabot Cove citizens from an embezzler.
4119"Christopher Bundy Died on Sunday"Peter CraneGerald K. SiegelMarch 30, 1986 (1986-03-30)
When Jessica's first short story is sold to a pornographic magazine, Jessica and Grady go to confront the magazine owner, Christopher Bundy (Bert Convy). But when he takes a plunge down the stairs with bullet wounds, Jessica and Grady find themselves trapped at his estate with a killer on the loose.
Alex Rocco also guest stars.
4220"Menace, Anyone?"Seymour RobbieRobert B. ShermanApril 6, 1986 (1986-04-06)
Jessica is the guest of honor at a tennis tournament her former student Carol McDermott (Linda Hamilton) is playing in. But when Carol's fiance, Brian (Bryan Cranston) is murdered during the celebration, Carol is the prime suspect, and Jessica must take the field to find the killer.
Van Johnson also guest stars.
4321"The Perfect Foil"Walter GraumanRobert E. SwansonApril 13, 1986 (1986-04-13)
Jessica travels to New Orleans where her cousin Cal (Peter Bonerz)is accused of killing the operator (George DiCenzo) of an illegal gambling den during a Mardi Gras party. She has to see through the suspect's disguises to uncover the real killer.
Barbara Babcock and Robert Fuller also guest star.
4422"If the Frame Fits"Paul LynchPhilip GersonMay 18, 1986 (1986-05-18)
Jessica tries to prove an art gallery owner, Donald Granger (Christopher Allport), innocent of killing his wife Julia (Anne Schedeen), despite Julia's father (Norman Lloyd) being an old friend of hers.
John de Lancie, Gordon Jump, and Audrey Meadows also guest star.

Season 3 (1986–87)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
451"Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 1"Seymour RobbieStory by: Peter S. Fischer
Teleplay by: Paul Savage
September 28, 1986 (1986-09-28)
Jessica searches for her brother-in-law, Neil (Jackie Cooper), once thought dead. Her search leads her to a circus plagued by accidents and suddenly, a murder of a hated circus worker. Her brother-in-law, who works as a circus clown, is a suspect and the local mayor is more concerned about the case effecting his re-election then about the facts.
Florence Henderson also guest stars in both parts.
462"Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 2"Seymour RobbieStory by: Peter S. Fischer
Teleplay by: Paul Savage
October 5, 1986 (1986-10-05)
As Jessica tries to clear her brother-in-law, accidents and murder continues at the circus, as well as the mayor's involvement in the case.
473"Unfinished Business"Walter GraumanJackson GillisOctober 12, 1986 (1986-10-12)
A retired police officer (Pat Hingle) comes to Cabot Cove to reexamine an old case, but a fresh murder puts his plans on hold.
Erin Moran also guest stars.
484"One White Rose for Death"Peter CranePeter S. FischerOctober 19, 1986 (1986-10-19)
Jessica's night out at a concert in Washington D.C. takes a drastic turn when Michael Haggerty (Len Cariou) asks her to help him defect two German musician siblings. But the murder of a spy assisting with the operation puts their plans in jeopardy.
Bernard Fox and Jenny Agutter also guest star. This is the second "Murder, She Wrote" episode to feature defection, the first being "Death Takes a Curtain Call" in the first season.
495"Corned Beef & Carnage"John Llewellyn MoxeyRobert SwansonNovember 2, 1986 (1986-11-02)
Jessica visits her niece and nephew-in-law, Victoria and Howard Griffin (Genie Francis, Jeff Conaway), in San Francisco, but her visit is disrupted when Victoria is accused of murdering her boss, Larry Kinkaid (Richard Kline).
Bill Macy, David Ogden Stiers, Peter Haskell, and Marcia Wallace guest star. This episode is mostly similar to the first season episode "Birds of a Feather", in which Victoria and Howard first appeared; in that episode, it was Howard who was employed by the victim and accused of the murder.
506"Dead Man's Gold"Seymour RobbieRobert Van ScoykNovember 9, 1986 (1986-11-09)
A treasure hunter's (Leslie Nielsen) visit to Cabot Cove to search for treasure is halted by the murder of one of his crew members.
517"Deadline for Murder"Seymour RobbieStory by: John Kennedy, Michael McGough & Tom Sawyer
Teleplay by: Tom Sawyer
November 16, 1986 (1986-11-16)
A reporter (Harry Guardino) is accused of murdering a publisher who harassed him into having a heart attack.
Eugene Roche and Katherine Cannon also guest star.
528"Magnum on Ice: Part 2 [note 1] "Peter CraneRobert E. SwansonNovember 23, 1986 (1986-11-23)
With private investigator Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) in jail framed for murder, he asks Jessica to help get him out.
Jessica Walter also guest stars in her second of four "Murder, She Wrote" appearances.
539"Obituary for a Dead Anchor"Walter GraumanStory by: Bob Shayne
Teleplay by: Robert Van Scoyk
December 7, 1986 (1986-12-07)
Jessica investigates the murder of an out-of-town TV personality (Robert Pine), whose attitude means suspects are not running short.
Kathleen Lloyd and Robert Lipton also guest star. Richard Paul makes his first appearance as Cabot Cove mayor Sam Booth.
5410"Stage Struck" John Astin Philip GersonDecember 14, 1986 (1986-12-14)
Jessica attends a play staring an actress friend of hers and investigates the murder of an understudy.
5511"Night of the Headless Horseman"Walter GraumanR. Barker PriceJanuary 4, 1987 (1987-01-04)
Jessica travels to meet a friend of hers, Dorian Beecher, who is a schoolteacher in a small town. But after Dorian plays the Headless Horseman in a Halloween skit, a bullying resident (Barry Williams) is found murdered and beheaded, and Dorian is accused of the crime.
This episode's plot is similar to the second season episode "Powder Keg".
5612"The Corpse Flew First Class"Walter GraumanDonald RossJanuary 18, 1987 (1987-01-18)
On a flight to London, Jessica and a Scotland Yard inspector investigate the murder of a bodyguard of an actress (Kate Mulgrew) and the theft of a $2 million necklace.
Mary Jo Catlett also guest stars.
5713"Crossed Up"David HemmingsSteven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van SickleFebruary 1, 1987 (1987-02-01)
Jessica accidentally overhears a murder plot over the phone while bedridden with arthritis, and after the murder takes place, Jessica must identify the voices on the line, as well as prove the call is relevant to the murder.
Tony Dow guest stars.
5814"Murder in a Minor Key"Nick HavingaStory by: Arthur Marks
Teleplay by: Gerald K. Siege and Peter S. Fischer
February 8, 1987 (1987-02-08)
Jessica relates the events that inspired her latest novel, dedicated to two college students, Chad and Jenny (Shaun Cassidy, Dinah Manoff), who are big fans of her work. This is a result of Chad and Jenny using Jessica's methods to help their friend and classmate Michael (Paul Clemens), an aspiring composer, after he is accused of murdering an arrogant professor (George Grizzard) who stole Michael's songs and passed them off as his own.
Rene Auberjonois, Herb Edelman, Scott Jacoby, and Karen Grassle also guest star. This is the first of fourteen "bookend episodes", where Jessica only appears briefly and the episode is centered around another character who is somehow connected to Jessica.
5915"The Bottom Line Is Murder"Anthony ShawSteven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van SickleFebruary 15, 1987 (1987-02-15)
A client whos products were desecrated on TV is framed for the murder of an advocate.
George Takei and Adrienne Barbeau also guest star.
6016"Death Takes a Dive"Seymour RobbiePeter S. FischerFebruary 22, 1987 (1987-02-22)
Harry McGraw (Jerry Orbach) becomes a boxer owner, and ropes in Jessica as a manager, but the fight is put on hold when Harry is framed for murdering a promoter (Adam West).
This episode is 75mins long. John Amos, Ernest Borgnine, LeVar Burton, and Bradford Dillman also guest star.
6117"Simon Says, Color Me Dead"Kevin G. CreminRobert E. SwansonMarch 1, 1987 (1987-03-01)
When a famous artist (Foster Brooks) spending the summer in Cabot Cove is murdered and his newest painting stolen, his housekeeper, a young single mother, is accused of the crime.
Dick Sargeant and Ann Dusenberry also guest star.
6218"No Laughing Murder"Walter GraumanTom SawyerMarch 15, 1987 (1987-03-15)
Jessica is invited to a dinner hosted by two estranged comedians (Buddy Hackett, Steve Lawrence), whose children (George Clooney, Beth Windsor) are getting married. But several frightening incidents occur, ending in the death of another guest (Arte Johnson).
6319"No Accounting for Murder"Peter CraneGerald K. SiegelMarch 22, 1987 (1987-03-22)
Grady gets a new job at an accounting firm, but is haunted by a supposed "ghost" and accused of murdering his boss (Michael Tolan).
Ron Masak, the future Sheriff Metzger, also guest stars.
6420"The Cemetery Vote"Seymour RobbieRobert Van ScoykApril 5, 1987 (1987-04-05)
When the mayor of a small town is killed in a car crash during election time, Jessica, who knew him and his widow (Ellen Bry) in college, visits to pay her respects. But the deceased mayor's father (John McLiam), positive his son was murdered, causes havoc around town trying to prove it, and is eventually murdered as well.
Joseph Campanella also guest stars.
6521"The Days Dwindle Down"Michael LynchPhilip GersonApril 19, 1987 (1987-04-19)
Jessica's stop in a small-town diner ends with her investigating a 30-year-old murder.
6622"Murder, She Spoke"Anthony ShawSi RoseMay 10, 1987 (1987-05-10)
A blackout occurs at a recording studio where Jessica is recording one of her books on audio tape, and when the lights come back on, the studio director (Patrick Wayne) is found murdered, and his rival (William Atherton), a blind friend of Jessica's, becomes the prime suspect.

Season 4 (1987–88)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
671"A Fashionable Way to Die"Nick HavingaDonald RossSeptember 20, 1987 (1987-09-20)
While in Paris, Jessica helps a French fashion designer accused of killing a rival.
682"When Thieves Fall Out"Seymour RobbieArthur David WeingartenSeptember 27, 1987 (1987-09-27)
A man (John Glover) comes to Cabot Cove after serving 20 years for a murder he claims he didn't commit, but his visit coincides with the murder of a resident who was also involved.
693"Witness for the Defense"Seymour RobbieRobert E. SwansonOctober 4, 1987 (1987-10-04)
A friend of Jessica's (Christopher Allport), a writer, is accused of killing his cheating wife, and Jessica is called to testify for him.
Patrick McGoohan also guest stars. This episode's plot is similar to the second season finale "If the Frame Fits", with Allport's character in the same situation here as he was there.
704"Old Habits Die Hard"John Llewellyn MoxeyChris ManheimOctober 11, 1987 (1987-10-11)
Jessica investigates a nun's suspicious suicide while at a convent visiting a former sorority sister.
715"The Way to Dusty Death"Nick HavingaPhilip GersonOctober 25, 1987 (1987-10-25)
An executive (Cornel Wilde) is murdered after inviting Jessica and his top executives to his estate for a dinner party.
Lawrence Pressman also guest stars.
726"It Runs in the Family"Walter GraumanPeter S. FischerNovember 1, 1987 (1987-11-01)
Set in England, Angela Lansbury solely appears as Jessica's identical British cousin, Emma McGill, who is suspected of murdering one of her former lovers, a prestigious patriarch.
Carolyn Seymour guest stars.
737"If It's Thursday, It Must Be Beverly"Peter CraneWendy Graf & Lisa StorskyNovember 8, 1987 (1987-11-08)
When a sheriff's deputy (Rick Lenz) - who is a lothario - is accused of murdering his wife (Antoinette Bower), Jessica has to wade through the red herrings to prove his innocence.
748"Steal Me a Story"John Llewellyn MoxeyPeter S. FischerNovember 15, 1987 (1987-11-15)
Jessica is accused of murdering a TV producer (Sid Sharkey) who stole one of her plots for his show.
Bradford Dillman and Fionnula Flanagan also guest star.
759"Trouble in Eden"Nick HavingaStory by: John D.F. Black
Teleplay by: John D.F. Black & Paul Savage
November 22, 1987 (1987-11-22)
Jessica travels to Oregon on behalf of her friend, Mary Rose (Joan Caulfield), to look into her sister Charlotte's death after a man tries to run over Mary Rose in New York City. Jessica poses as Mary Rose and finds out unexpected details about Charlotte's life and work. She must dig deep to recognize truth from lies to find out the truth behind Charlotte's death from a supposed heart attack and her missing will.
7610"Indian Giver"Walter GraumanGerald K. SiegelNovember 29, 1987 (1987-11-29)
George Longbow (Bernard White), a Native American descended from a tribe who lived in the area of Cabot Cove, claims he owns the entire town per an agreement the British made with his tribe. Extreme tension begins with many residents when he begins to demand "rent", and it is made worse when someone (Lonny Chapman) is murdered and Mr. Longbow is suspected while the authenticity of his claim is questioned.
Theodore Bikel and Jack Colvin also guest star.
7711"Doom With a View"Walter GraumanKenneth Alan BergDecember 13, 1987 (1987-12-13)
Grady (Michael Horton) is accused of killing his high school crush at a prestigious New York hotel.
Charlotte Rae guest stars.
7812"Who Threw the Barbitals in Mrs. Fletcher's Chowder?"John Llewellyn MoxeyRobert Van ScoykJanuary 3, 1988 (1988-01-03)
Amos Tucker's in-laws come to Cabot Cove after his sister Winnie (Anne Meara) arrives for a visit to get away from her abusive husband, Elmo Banner (Guy Stockwell). When Jessica hosts a dinner consisting of clam chowder, Elmo dies from a barbital overdose, and Jessica must determine who was driven to murder by his antics.
Henry Gibson also guest stars.
7913"Harbinger of Death"Anthony ShawR. Barker PriceJanuary 24, 1988 (1988-01-24)
Jessica's niece and nephew-in-law, Carrie and Leonard Palmer (Kate McNeil, Dean Jones), at an astrophysics institution where Leonard works as a researcher. But the couple are subsequently accused of killing Carrie's lover, the assistant of a famous gossip columnist (Marcia Rodd), and Leonard is fired to protect the company's image. Jessica must now sort out what actually happened before a famous comet arrives so Leonard can photograph it.
Jeffrey Tambor, Karen Grassle, and George DiCenzo also guest star.
8014"Curse of the Daanav"Walter GraumanChris ManheimFebruary 7, 1988 (1988-02-07)
Jessica and Seth travel to Maryland to attend a polo-match hosted by Seth's brother, Richard, whom he has been estranged from for a long time. However, they successfully reconcile during the after party, when Richard gives his new wife, Alice, a precious jewel known as the Daanav. However, when the gem is stolen and Richard is murdered, a phony government agent (actually the archaeologist who discovered the jewel) is caught with the Daanav in his pocket and accused of the murder.
Larry Linville guest stars.
8115"Mourning Among the Wisterias"Walter GraumanScott AndersonFebruary 14, 1988 (1988-02-14)
While helping a friend (Barry Nelson), with his new play, Jessica investigates the murder of his unscrupulous lawyer.
Rene Auberjonois, Frank Gorshin, Matt McCoy, Lois Nettleton, Linda Purl, and Beah Richards also guest star.
8216"Murder Through the Looking Glass"Seymour RobbieRobert Van ScoykFebruary 21, 1988 (1988-02-21)
Jessica overhears a dying hit man's confession while in Connecticut, and ends up investigating a mysterious safe house.
Cliff DeYoung, Laurence Luckinbill, Robert Reed, Gregory Sierra, and Karen Valentine guest star.
8317"A Very Good Year for Murder"Walter GraumanPeter S. FischerFebruary 28, 1988 (1988-02-28)
Jessica investigates the murder of a hitman found in an Italian family's wine cellar.
Billy Zane guest stars.
8418"Benedict Arnold Slipped Here"Seymour RobbieStory by: Wendy Graf & Lisa Storsky
Teleplay by: Robert Van Scoyk
March 13, 1988 (1988-03-13)
After an elderly woman dies, Jessica is made the executor of her will, but things become complicated when competition for the house and its furniture (thought to be treasure) ends in a murder.
Final appearance of Tom Bosley as Cabot Cove sheriff Amos Tupper.
8519"Just Another Fish Story"Walter GraumanPhilip GersonMarch 27, 1988 (1988-03-27)
Grady gets engaged as Jessica arrives in New York to visit the restaurant she's invested her money into, and she immediately changes her plans to celebrate the occasion. But Grady and his wife-to-be, Donna Mayberry (Debbie Zipp) have trouble being open which each other, and the matter is further complicated by the murder of the sadistic maitre d' (Dick Gautier) at the restaurant Jessica was visiting.
Sonny Bono, Norman Fell, and Brenda Vaccaro also guest star.
8620"Showdown in Saskatchewan"Vincent McEveetyDick NelsonApril 10, 1988 (1988-04-10)
Jessica's niece (Kristy McNichol) runs away to Canada with a rodeo cowboy, and Jessica follows to retrieve her. But the rodeo they attend is disrupted by a charging bull and ends with the murder of the rodeo doctor.
Terry Kiser, Larry Wilcox, and Cassie Yates guest star.
8721"Deadpan"E.W. SwackhamerStory by: Arthur Weingarten
Teleplay by: Maryanne Kasica & Michael Scheff
May 1, 1988 (1988-05-01)
Jessica tries to prove a theater critic (Dean Stockwell) murdered his partner and framed one of her friends.
Eugene Roche and Marilyn Hassett also guest star.
8822"The Body Politic"Anthony ShawDonald RossMay 8, 1988 (1988-05-08)
A senatorial candidate (Shirley Jones) is accused of murdering her speechwriter (Peter Fox), whom she was supposedly having an affair with.
Eddie Albert, Robert Fuller, and George Grizzard also guest star.

Season 5 (1988–89)

No.
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No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
Rating/share
(households)
891"J.B. as in Jailbird"Anthony ShawRobert E. SwansonOctober 23, 1988 (1988-10-23)28.4 [3] 20.1/30 [3]
902"A Little Night Work"Walter GraumanPeter S. FischerOctober 30, 1988 (1988-10-30)27.7 [4] 19.5/29 [4]
913"Mr. Penroy's Vacation"Anthony ShawRobert SwansonNovember 6, 1988 (1988-11-06)31.2 [5] 21.4/31 [5]
Jessica and Cabot Cove's new sheriff deal with two bodies found in the flowerbed of two local spinsters. One victim, supposedly an out-of-town priest, and the other a new resident who was living at the spinsters' home, turn out to be part of a group of thieves from Boston.
924"Snow White, Blood Red" Vincent McEveety Peter S. FischerNovember 13, 1988 (1988-11-13)23.7 [6] 16.5/23 [6]
Jessica intends to vacation at a ski lodge with Grady, which ends up being ruined by a blizzard (thus meaning Grady can't make it) and the murders of a skiing team.
935"Coal Miner's Slaughter"Walter GraumanChris ManheimNovember 20, 1988 (1988-11-20)28.6 [7] 20.1/29 [7]
When Jessica goes to bail out a former student (Megan Mullally), she becomes embroiled in the murder of a coal mine owner and the mystery surrounding a mining explosion a decade earlier.
946"Wearing of the Green"Seymour RobbiePeter S. FischerNovember 27, 1988 (1988-11-27)29.9 [8] 20.6/29 [8]
957"The Last Flight of the Dixie Damsel"Vincent McEveetyPeter S. FischerDecember 18, 1988 (1988-12-18)27.8 [9] 19.9/31 [9]
968"Prediction: Murder"Walter GraumanRichard Stanley & Ralph Mayering, Jr.January 1, 1989 (1989-01-01)34.7 [10] 22.9/36 [10]
979"Something Borrowed, Someone Blue"John Llewellyn MoxeyPhilip GersonJanuary 8, 1989 (1989-01-08)37.0 [11] 25.1/35 [11]
9810"Weave a Tangled Web"Seymour RobbieRobert SwansonJanuary 15, 1989 (1989-01-15)31.6 [12] 21.9/33 [12]
9911"The Search for Peter Kerry"Walter GraumanPeter S. FischerFebruary 5, 1989 (1989-02-05)38.7 [13] 25.9/37 [13]
10012"Smooth Operators"Anthony ShawGerald K. SiegelFebruary 12, 1989 (1989-02-12)31.9 [14] 22.2/33 [14]
10113"Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble"John Llewellyn MoxeyTom SawyerFebruary 19, 1989 (1989-02-19)34.0 [15] 22.5/34 [15]
10214"From Russia...with Blood"Vincent McEveetyDonald RossFebruary 26, 1989 (1989-02-26)33.3 [16] 22.8/33 [16]
10315"Alma Murder"Anthony ShawChris ManheimMarch 12, 1989 (1989-03-12)30.5 [17] 21.2/32 [17]
After getting a phone call from an old sorority sister (Dinah Shore), Jessica heads to her former university to find out why her dearest professor (E. G. Marshall) takes the blame for a murder he didn't do.
10416"Truck Stop"Vincent McEveetyPhilip GersonApril 2, 1989 (1989-04-02)30.4 [18] 21.2/34 [18]
10517"The Sins of Castle Cove"John Llewellyn MoxeyRobert Van ScoykApril 9, 1989 (1989-04-09)28.1 [19] 19.3/29 [19]
When one of Jessica's former students releases her debut novel The Sins of Castle Cove, the town is ecstatic to have another writer in their midst. But the book that has thinly-veiled references to actual citizens soon causes an uproar - and the murder of one of Jessica's friends.
10618"Trevor Hudson's Legacy"Walter GraumanStory by: Eric Houston
Teleplay by: Paul Savage
April 16, 1989 (1989-04-16)31.6 [20] 21.5/36 [20]
10719"Double Exposure"Anthony ShawRobert SwansonApril 30, 1989 (1989-04-30)28.2 [21] 19.6/33 [21]
10820"Three Strikes, You're Out"Seymour RobbieDonald RossMay 7, 1989 (1989-05-07)25.6 [22] 18.5/30 [22]
10921"Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Part 1"Walter GraumanPeter S. FischerMay 14, 1989 (1989-05-14)22.1 [23] 15.3/26 [23]
11022"Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Part 2"Walter GraumanPeter S. FischerMay 21, 1989 (1989-05-21)25.0 [24] 17.6/30 [24]

Season 6 (1989–90)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1111"Appointment in Athens" Vincent McEveety Tom SawyerSeptember 24, 1989 (1989-09-24)
1122"Seal of the Confessional"Vincent McEveetyStory by: Whitney Wherrett Roberson
Teleplay by: Lynne Kelsey
October 1, 1989 (1989-10-01)
1133"The Grand Old Lady"Vincent McEveety Peter S. Fischer October 8, 1989 (1989-10-08)
Jessica relates the story of another mystery writer who encounters a murder on a post-WW2 Queen Mary (script originally written for the Ellery Queen TV series)
1144"The Error of Her Ways"Anthony ShawDonald RossOctober 15, 1989 (1989-10-15)
When Jessica proves a wife killed her husband, everything seems sorted. But when she claims to be innocent, and millions of dollars have gone missing, Jessica wonders: has she gotten it all wrong?
1155"Jack & Bill" Chuck Bowman Peter S. Fischer & Chuck BowmanOctober 29, 1989 (1989-10-29)
1166"Dead Letter"Anthony ShawPaul SchifferNovember 5, 1989 (1989-11-05)
1177"Night of the Tarantula"Vincent McEveetyChris ManheimNovember 12, 1989 (1989-11-12)
1188"When the Fat Lady Sings"Walter GraumanPeter S. FischerNovember 19, 1989 (1989-11-19)
1199"Test of Wills"Anthony ShawRobert SwansonNovember 26, 1989 (1989-11-26)
On a dark and stormy night on a remote island, Jessica finds herself in the middle of a wealthy family squabbling over the inheritance of millionaire Henry Reynard (Gene Barry). Henry invites Jessica to his island convinced that someone is out to murder him and that it is one of his greedy heirs wanting Jessica to find out which one it is.
12010"Class Act"Allen ReisnerPeter S. FischerDecember 3, 1989 (1989-12-03)
12111"Town Father"John Llewellyn MoxeyPhilip GersonDecember 17, 1989 (1989-12-17)
A young woman arrives in Cabot Cove claiming that mayor Sam Booth, who is running for re-election, is the father of her children. When she ends up murdered, Sam is suspected. However, when Jessica and Sheriff Metzger investigate, the woman's background story turns out to be false and her claims and murder may have connections to outside political influences.
12212"Goodbye Charlie"Anthony ShawRobert Van ScoykJanuary 7, 1990 (1990-01-07)
12313"If the Shoe Fits"Anthony ShawLynne KelseyJanuary 21, 1990 (1990-01-21)
Jessica helps a young man (Jonathan Brandis) whose struggling single mother (Season Hubley) is accused of the murder of their skeezy landlord (Bruce Glover).
12414"How to Make a Killing Without Really Trying"Walter GraumanStory by: Charles Leinenweder
Teleplay by: Robert Swanson
February 4, 1990 (1990-02-04)
Jessica's inept, playboy stockbroker (John Calvin) is murdered and his secretary (Lela Ivey) is charged.
12515"The Fixer-Upper"John Llewellyn MoxeyStory by: Paul Schiffer
Teleplay by: Oliver Hailey
February 11, 1990 (1990-02-11)
12616"The Big Show of 1965"Jerry JamesonRobert Van ScoykFebruary 25, 1990 (1990-02-25)
12717"Murder -- According to Maggie"John Llewellyn MoxeyPeter S. FischerMarch 4, 1990 (1990-03-04)
12818"O'Malley's Luck"Michael J. LynchStory by: Gerald K. Siegel
Teleplay by: Lynne Kelsey
March 25, 1990 (1990-03-25)
12919"Always a Thief"Walter GraumanPeter S. FischerApril 8, 1990 (1990-04-08)
13020"Shear Madness"Walter GraumanChris ManheimApril 29, 1990 (1990-04-29)
13121"The Szechuan Dragon"Kevin G. CreminTom SawyerMay 6, 1990 (1990-05-06)
13222"The Sicilian Encounter"Kevin G. CreminRobert SwansonMay 20, 1990 (1990-05-20)

Season 7 (1990–91)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1331"Trials and Tribulations"Vincent McEveetyPeter S. FischerSeptember 16, 1990 (1990-09-16)
1342"Deadly Misunderstanding"Anthony ShawRobert E. SwansonSeptember 23, 1990 (1990-09-23)
1353"See You in Court, Baby"Vincent McEveetyPeter S. FischerSeptember 30, 1990 (1990-09-30)
1364"Hannigan's Wake"Vincent McEveetyPeter S. FischerOctober 28, 1990 (1990-10-28)
1375"The Family Jewels"Jerry JamesonTom SawyerNovember 4, 1990 (1990-11-04)
1386"A Body to Die For"Anthony ShawDonald RossNovember 11, 1990 (1990-11-11)
1397"The Return of Preston Giles"Walter GraumanTom SawyerNovember 18, 1990 (1990-11-18)
Jessica's former flame and first killer Preston Giles (Arthur Hill) is released on parole to help his former publishing company out of financial ruin, and his first job: get J.B. Fletcher back to the company. But when one of the board members - who embezzled from Preston years before - is found murdered, Jessica helps Preston to clear his name.
1408"The Great Twain Robbery"Jerry JamesonSteve BrownNovember 25, 1990 (1990-11-25)
1419"Ballad for a Blue Lady"Jerry JamesonWilliam BigelowDecember 2, 1990 (1990-12-02)
14210"Murder in F Sharp"Kevin G. CreminWilliam BigelowDecember 16, 1990 (1990-12-16)
14311"Family Doctor"Walter GraumanRobert Van ScoykJanuary 6, 1991 (1991-01-06)
14412"Suspicion of Murder"Vincent McEveetyPeter S. FischerJanuary 20, 1991 (1991-01-20)
14513"Moving Violation"Anthony ShawRobert E. SwansonFebruary 3, 1991 (1991-02-03)
14614"Who Killed J.B. Fletcher?"Walter GraumanLynn KelseyFebruary 10, 1991 (1991-02-10)
14715"The Taxman Cometh"Anthony ShawDonald RossFebruary 17, 1991 (1991-02-17)
14816"From the Horse's Mouth"Jerry JamesonGerry DayFebruary 24, 1991 (1991-02-24)
14917"The Prodigal Father"Anthony ShawMaryann Kasica & Michael ScheffMarch 10, 1991 (1991-03-10)
15018"Where Have You Gone, Billy Boy?"John Llewellyn MoxeyPeter S. FischerMarch 17, 1991 (1991-03-17)
15119"Thursday's Child"Anthony ShawRobert SwansonApril 7, 1991 (1991-04-07)
15220"Murder, Plain & Simple"Vincent McEveetyChris ManheimApril 28, 1991 (1991-04-28)
15321"Tainted Lady"Vincent McEveetyRobert Van ScoykMay 5, 1991 (1991-05-05)
15422"The Skinny According to Nick Cullhane"Walter GraumanTom SawyerMay 12, 1991 (1991-05-12)

Season 8 (1991–92)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1551"Bite the Big Apple"David MoessingerDavid MoessingerSeptember 15, 1991 (1991-09-15)
After buying a flat in New York Jessica has to capture a murderer who killed the previous tenant.
1562"Night Fears"Anthony ShawJ. Michael StraczynskiSeptember 22, 1991 (1991-09-22)
Jessica starts teaching Criminology in New York when mysterious assailant is threatening the students.
1573"Unauthorized Obituary"Walter GraumanRobert E. SwansonSeptember 29, 1991 (1991-09-29)
1584"Thicker Than Water"Anthony ShawLarry DiTillioOctober 6, 1991 (1991-10-06)
When Sheriff Metzger's younger brother turns up in Cabot Cove, will trouble be far behind?
1595"Lines of Excellence"Walter GraumanJ. Michael StraczynskiNovember 3, 1991 (1991-11-03)
J.B. learns how to use a computer but her professor is apparently involved in fencing stolen hardware. Once he's murdered she takes every step necessary to find his killer.
1606"Judge Not"Chuck BowmanGerald DiPegoNovember 10, 1991 (1991-11-10)
1617"Terminal Connection"Walter GraumanRobert SwansonNovember 17, 1991 (1991-11-17)
1628"A Killing in Vegas"Anthony ShawBruce LansburyNovember 24, 1991 (1991-11-24)
1639"The Committee"Jerry JamesonJ. Michael StraczynskiDecember 1, 1991 (1991-12-01)
16410"The List of Yuri Lermentov"Anthony ShawTom SawyerDecember 15, 1991 (1991-12-15)
16511"Danse Diabolique"Alexander SingerJo William PhilippJanuary 5, 1992 (1992-01-05)
Jessica attends a ballet rehearsal. All dancers are in grave danger when someone cuts a rope with a stage decoration. Adrian Paul, Robert Torti and Stephen Nichols guest star.
16612"The Witch's Curse"Jerry JamesonTracy FriedmanJanuary 12, 1992 (1992-01-12)
16713"Incident in Lot 7"Anthony ShawJ. Michael StraczynskiJanuary 19, 1992 (1992-01-19)
16814"The Monte Carlo Murders"Jerry JamesonBruce LansburyFebruary 2, 1992 (1992-02-02)
16915"Tinker, Tailor, Liar, Thief"Peter SalimRobert E. SwansonMarch 1, 1992 (1992-03-01)
A British double agent (Clement von Franckenstein) is found murdered soon after he meets Jessica. Lloyd Bochner, Guy Doleman, Trevor Eve, and Sharon Maughan guest star.
17016"Ever After"Anthony ShawRobert Van ScoykMarch 8, 1992 (1992-03-08)
Jessica assists in the investigation of the murder of a man married (Kevin McCarthy) married to a soap opera actress (Kate Mulgrew). Tony Roberts also guest stars.
17117"To the Last Will I Grapple with Thee"Walter GraumanJ. Michael StraczynskiMarch 15, 1992 (1992-03-15)
A colleague (George Hearn) of Jessica is accused of murder.
17218"Programmed for Murder"Jerry JamesonTom SawyerApril 5, 1992 (1992-04-05)
17319"Day of the Dead"Anthony ShawMark A. BurleyApril 26, 1992 (1992-04-26)
17420"Angel of Death"Walter GraumanRobert E. SwansonMay 3, 1992 (1992-05-03)
17521"Badge of Honor"David MoessingerDavid MoessingerMay 10, 1992 (1992-05-10)
17622"Murder on Madison Avenue"Jerry JamesonBruce LansburyMay 17, 1992 (1992-05-17)

Season 9 (1992–93)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1771"Murder in Milan"Anthony ShawLaurence HeathSeptember 20, 1992 (1992-09-20)
1782"Family Secrets"Walter GraumanRobert HamnerSeptember 27, 1992 (1992-09-27)
1793"The Mole"Peter SalimTom SawyerOctober 4, 1992 (1992-10-04)
1804"The Wind Around the Tower"Walter GraumanJ. Michael StraczynskiNovember 1, 1992 (1992-11-01)
1815"The Dead File"Anthony ShawTom SawyerNovember 15, 1992 (1992-11-15)
1826"Night of the Coyote"Jerry JamesonMark A. BurleyNovember 22, 1992 (1992-11-22)
1837"Sugar & Spice, Malice & Vice" Vincent McEveety Robert E. Swanson November 29, 1992 (1992-11-29)
1848"The Classic Murder"Vincent McEveety Robert Van Scoyk December 6, 1992 (1992-12-06)
1859"A Christmas Secret"Anthony ShawBruce LansburyDecember 13, 1992 (1992-12-13)
18610"The Sound of Murder" Anthony Pullen Shaw(credited as Anthony Shaw)Bruce LansburyJanuary 3, 1993 (1993-01-03)
18711"Final Curtain" Walter Grauman J. Michael Straczynski January 10, 1993 (1993-01-10)
18812"Double Jeopardy"Anthony Pullen Shaw (credited as Anthony Shaw) Laurence Heath January 17, 1993 (1993-01-17)
18913"Dead Eye" Jerry Jameson Tom SawyerFebruary 7, 1993 (1993-02-07)
19014"Killer Radio" Peter Salim Carlton Hollander February 14, 1993 (1993-02-14)
19115"The Petrified Florist"Anthony Pullen Shaw Donald Ross February 21, 1993 (1993-02-21)
19216"Threshold of Fear"Vincent McEveety James L. Novack February 28, 1993 (1993-02-28)
19317"The Big Kill"Jerry Jameson Mark A. Burley March 7, 1993 (1993-03-07)
19418"Dead to Rights"Anthony Pullen Shaw (credited as Anthony Shaw)Tom SawyerMarch 21, 1993 (1993-03-21)
19519"Lone Witness"Walter Grauman Maryanne Kasica and Michael Scheff April 4, 1993 (1993-04-04)
19620"Ship of Thieves"Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)Bruce LansburyMay 2, 1993 (1993-05-02)
19721"The Survivor"Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)Robert Van ScoykMay 9, 1993 (1993-05-09)
19822"Love's Deadly Desire" Robert M. Wiliams Jr. Chris Manheim May 16, 1993 (1993-05-16)

Season 10 (1993–94)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1991"A Death in Hong Kong"Vincent McEveetyLaurence HeathSeptember 12, 1993 (1993-09-12)
2002"For Whom the Ball Tolls"Anthony ShawDonald RossSeptember 26, 1993 (1993-09-26)
2013"The Legacy of Borbey House"Walter GraumanDanna Doyle & Debbie SmithOctober 3, 1993 (1993-10-03)
An occultist/author is in Cabot Cove to research an infamous house and its history for a book. He also believes the house's current inhabitant, a mysterious man, is a vampire. The home owner is later murdered with a stake in his heart. However, the murder may be related to a local woman who has been missing for months.
2024"The Phantom Killer"Anthony ShawTom SawyerOctober 24, 1993 (1993-10-24)
2035"A Virtual Murder"Lee SmithCarlton HollanderOctober 31, 1993 (1993-10-31)
2046"Bloodlines"Don MischerStory by: Michael Berlin & Eric Estrin
Teleplay by: Robert Hamner
November 7, 1993 (1993-11-07)
2057"A Killing in Cork"Anthony ShawBruce LansburyNovember 21, 1993 (1993-11-21)
2068"Love & Hate in Cabot Cove"Anthony ShawRobert Van ScoykNovember 28, 1993 (1993-11-28)
2079"Murder at a Discount"Walter GraumanRick MittlemanDecember 5, 1993 (1993-12-05)
20810"Murder in White"Vincent McEveetyLawrence VailDecember 19, 1993 (1993-12-19)
20911"Northern Explosion"Anthony ShawMark A. BurleyJanuary 2, 1994 (1994-01-02)
21012"Proof in the Pudding"Jerry JamesonLisa SeidmanJanuary 9, 1994 (1994-01-09)
21113"Portrait of Death"Vincent McEveetyDonald RossJanuary 16, 1994 (1994-01-16)
21214"Deadly Assets"Anthony ShawTom SawyerJanuary 23, 1994 (1994-01-23)
21315"Murder on the Thirtieth Floor"Walter GraumanRobert Van ScoykFebruary 6, 1994 (1994-02-06)
21416"Time to Die"Anthony ShawLaurence HeathMarch 6, 1994 (1994-03-06)
21517"The Dying Game"Jerry JamesonBruce LansburyMarch 13, 1994 (1994-03-13)
21618"The Trouble with Seth"Anthony ShawTom SawyerMarch 27, 1994 (1994-03-27)
21719"Roadkill"Walter GraumanMark A. BurleyMay 1, 1994 (1994-05-01)
21820"A Murderous Muse"Anthony ShawBruce LansburyMay 15, 1994 (1994-05-15)
21921"Wheel of Death"Walter GraumanRobert Van ScoykMay 22, 1994 (1994-05-22)

Season 11 (1994–95)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
2201"A Nest of Vipers"Anthony ShawRick MittlemanSeptember 25, 1994 (1994-09-25)
Jessica is for a wild time when she visits the Los Angeles Animal Park to do research for her new book and ends up investigating the murder of a self-proclaimed anti-zoo activist who was bitten by a large poisonous snake.
2212"Amsterdam Kill"Jerry JamesonJerry LudwigOctober 2, 1994 (1994-10-02)
The best-laid travel plans go seriously awry when Jessica puts her holiday in Amsterdam on hold in order to look into the disappearance of a friend and, shockingly, becomesthe main suspect in an even more serious crime.
2223"To Kill a Legend"Anthony ShawDavid Bennett Carren & J. Larry CarrollOctober 9, 1994 (1994-10-09)
A documentary film about a Cabot Cove Legend becomes more of a suspense-thriller when the director is killed is killed and Jessica is forced to seek clues frame by frame.
2234"Death in Hawaii"Don MischerLaurence HeathOctober 16, 1994 (1994-10-16)
Jessica's Hawaiian vacation is interrupted when there's trouble in paradise and a family political feud escalates into accusations of money laundering and, ultimately, murder.
2245"Dear Deadly"Anthony ShawDonald RossOctober 23, 1994 (1994-10-23)
Nothing's black-and-white when Jessica investigates the sudden death of a San Francisco Union love and marriage columnist who met an abrupt ending none of her readers could have predicted.
2256"The Murder Channel"Walter GraumanJerry LudwigNovember 6, 1994 (1994-11-06)
A birthday present of free cable TV ends up being more trouble than it's worth when Jessica witnesses an on-camera murder, and her investigation of the crime leads to a potential diamond robbery.
2267"Fatal Paradise"Jerry JamesonTom SawyerNovember 13, 1994 (1994-11-13)
During a break in Martinique, Jessica graciously comes to the aid of a private investigator who is accused of killing the woman he was tracking on the tropical island.
2278"Crimson Harvest"Anthony ShawBruce LansburyNovember 20, 1994 (1994-11-20)
With the fate of a struggling winery handing in the balance, Jessica looks into two brutal deaths in beautiful Sonoma and finds help in the form of a telepathic dog and an unusual cellarman.
2289"Murder by Twos"Anthony ShawBruce LansburyNovember 27, 1994 (1994-11-27)
Secrets and lies are exposed when Cabot Cove's bullying town barber is found electrocuted in his garage and suspicion falls on the high school teacher who was clandestine lover.
22910"Murder of the Month Club"Walter GraumanDonald RossDecember 4, 1994 (1994-12-04)
It's a case of publish or perish when Jessica must prove that a hard-drinking fellow mystery writer, who hasn't produced a book in years, is not responsible for a brtal crime.
23011"An Egg to Die For"Robert M. Williams, Jr.Maryanne Kasica & Michael ScheffDecember 11, 1994 (1994-12-11)
A book fair in Florida becomes the backdrop for a case of international intrigue when Jessica and a mysterious Russian detective investigate the strange link between a stolen Faberge egg and a family member of one of the show attendees.
23112"The Scent of Murder"Anthony ShawLaurence HeathJanuary 9, 1995 (1995-01-09)
Jessica's friend Dr. Seth Hazlitt takes her to visit his wealthy cousin's plantation, but the trip takes an unexpected turn when their host is killed and the doctor becomes co-owner of the estate with the victim's young fiancee.
23213"Death 'N Denial"Jerry JamesonMark A. BurleyJanuary 22, 1995 (1995-01-22)
A trip to Cairo with a museum curator begins badly when Jessica's bag is stolen, and then takes a turn for the worse when a priceless relic also goes missing and the hard-boiled thief is murdered.
23314"Murder in High 'C'"Anthony ShawJerry LudwigFebruary 5, 1995 (1995-02-05)
The passionate -and sometimes bizarre- world of Italian opera envelops Jessica when she works with an eccentric police inspector in Genoa, Italy, to catch the mkurderer of an opera company's manager.
23415"Twice Dead"Walter GraumanPaul SchifferFebruary 12, 1995 (1995-02-12)
The world believes that Jessica's scientist friend took his own life, but she knows that he really faked his death. When he actually does die at the hands of a killer, she works to set the record straight.
23516"Film Flam"Anthony ShawDonald RossFebruary 19, 1995 (1995-02-19)
There's no business like show business, as Jessica learns when she travels to Hollywood to discuss a screen adaptation, but ends up on a case involving the deaths of a movie memorabilia fanatic and a legendary director.
23617"Murder A La Mode"Jerry JamesonLaurence HeathFebruary 26, 1995 (1995-02-26)
Jessica meets some lowlifes in the world of high fashion when she visits Paris to help launch her novel and learns about a plot to assassinate the ruthless owner of slave-labor sweatshops.
23718"The Dream Team"Anthony ShawTom SawyerMarch 19, 1995 (1995-03-19)
Plans for a huge marina between Cabot Cove and neighboring town Craggy Neck turn deadly when the jilted wife of one of the developers drowns in her car off the waterfront. Note: Last appearance of: Michael Horton as Grady Fletcher.
23819"School for Murder"Vincent McEveetyStory by: Robert Brennan
Teleplay by: Robert Brennan & Jerry Ludwig
April 30, 1995 (1995-04-30)
Beneath the serene surface of academia, Jessica discovers jealousy, bitterness and even murder when she delivers a creative-writing lecture at an exclusive Ive League Prep school.
23920"Another Killing in Cork"Anthony ShawBruce LansburyMay 7, 1995 (1995-05-07)
Jessica needs some luck o' the Irish when she visits the Emerald Isle and fights to stop a destructive mining conglomerate headed by a councilman who controls local politicians through bribery or even murder.
24021"Game, Set, Murder"Walter GraumanPhilip John TaylorMay 14, 1995 (1995-05-14)
A US Open hopeful with a tragic past turns to Jessica for help when those close to her are killed and her tennis-pro lover is accused of the crimes.

Season 12 (1995–96)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
2411"Nailed"Anthony ShawDonald RossSeptember 21, 1995 (1995-09-21)
Beauty is only skin deep when a business entrepreneaur is stabbed with a famous hair stylist's scissors and Jessica finds the culprit by following a string of ugly break-ins.
2422"A Quaking in Aspen"Vincent McEveetyTom SawyerSeptember 29, 1995 (1995-09-29)
While helping a friend launch a new TV show in Aspen, Jessica and investigator Charlie Garrett look into a mysterious death with a multi-million dollar payout.
2433"The Secret of Gila Junction"Anthony ShawJerry LudwigOctober 5, 1995 (1995-10-05)
Jessica finds that there's more than one secret buried in the desert sands surrounding the town of Gila Junction when the discovery of a strongbox filled with cash leads to murder.
2444"Big Easy Murder"Vincent McEveetyCynthia Deming & William RoyceOctober 12, 1995 (1995-10-12)
Jessica gets wrapped up in the deadly world of New Orleans black magic when a voodoo doll is linked to a local turf war between rival supper-club owners.
2455"Home Care"Anthony ShawRobert Van ScoyckOctober 19, 1995 (1995-10-19)
Murder strikes close to home when a young nurse under suspicion of performing mercy killings becomes the primary care provider for Jessica's best friend, Maggie.
2466"Nan's Ghost: Part 1"Anthony ShawBruce LansburyNovember 2, 1995 (1995-11-02)
A terrifying ghost story threatens to become all too real when Jessica investigates the killing of a healthy American in Ireland and his connections to a haunted castle.
2477"Nan's Ghost: Part 2"Anthony ShawBruce LansburyNovember 9, 1995 (1995-11-09)
After narrowly escaping a harrowing demise in the castle dungeon, Jessica sets a trap to catch the perpetrators of a hoax who will stop at nothing to scare their victims to death.
2488"Shooting in Rome"Vincent McEveetyJerry LudwigNovember 16, 1995 (1995-11-16)
Script rewrites on a film adaptation taje a back seat when Jessica witnesses the fiery end of a stuntman during what should have been a routine car crash.
2499"Deadly Bidding"Anthony ShawTom SawyerNovember 23, 1995 (1995-11-23)
Jessica enters the high-stakes world of art smuggling when a stolen Degas shows up beneath a recently auctioned painting and an obscure painter is murdered that very night.
25010"Frozen Stiff"Paul LazarusMark A. BurleyNovember 30, 1995 (1995-11-30)
Some people do get their just desserts as Jessica discovers when she investigates an unpleasant ice cream company owner found on ice in the corporate freezer.
25111"Unwilling Witness"Anthony ShawRobert Van ScoyckDecember 14, 1995 (1995-12-14)
It's Jessica versus a federal grand jury when she's subpoenaed in the case of a corrupt investment firm and the only person who can clear her name turns up dead.
25212"Kendo Killing"Walter GraumanLaurence HeathJanuary 4, 1996 (1996-01-04)
When a traditional Japanese marriage contract is broken after the fiance is killed by a masked assailant, Jessica must decipher a politically charged love triangle in order to find the culprit.
25313"Death Goes Double Platinum"Anthony ShawPhilip John TaylorJanuary 7, 1996 (1996-01-07)
Jessica works to help an up-and-coming band land a recording deal, but the bass guitarist finds himself singing the blues when his sister is implicated in a murder.
25414"Murder in Tempo"Kevin CorcoranLaurence HeathJanuary 11, 1996 (1996-01-11)
A benefit concert to save Cabot Cove's Maine Woods from development goes distinctly off-key when a sniper takes aim at a celebrated young singer.
25515"The Dark Side of the Door"Anthony ShawJames L. NovackFebruary 1, 1996 (1996-02-01)
Jessica finds herself working on an 11-year-old case when a young editor wants to throw the book at the celebrated novelist who, she believes, kidnapped her when she was a child.
25616"Murder Among Friends"Vincent McEveetyJerry LudwigFebruary 8, 1996 (1996-02-08)
It's lights, camera. murder when a powerful producer is killed the night before announcing which of the six stars of a hit series is going to be fired.
25717"Something Foul in Flappieville"Anthony ShawRobert Van ScoyckFebruary 15, 1996 (1996-02-15)
A child's toy becomes an instrument of death when a security guard is found murdered, and the only "suspect" is a puppet based on a character that Jessica created in a short story.
25818"Track of a Soldier"Vincent McEveetyBruce LansburyFebruary 25, 1996 (1996-02-25)
Jessica's visit with a friend running for senator is disrupted by the arrival of a man who threatens to reveal some scandalous...and later is found knifed to death.
25919"Evidence of Malice"Anthony ShawTom SawyerMarch 28, 1996 (1996-03-28)
Deputy Andy turns to his old pal Jessica for help when he is accused of planting evidence and then framed for murder.
26020"Southern Double-Cross"Walter GraumanMark A. BurleyApril 4, 1996 (1996-04-04)
When she learns that she may inherit land in Australia, Jessica ventures down under and finds herself involved in a deadly clash between sheep owners and miners.
26121"Race to Death"Vincent McEveetyStory by: Peter Barwood and Laurence Heath
Teleplay by: Laurence Heath
April 28, 1996 (1996-04-28)
A young skipper on a quest for the World Cup finds herself in hot water when her main competitor is found murdered, and Cabot Cove's Honorary Commodore Jessica works to solve the killing.
26222"What You Don't Know Can Kill You"Kevin CorcoranRobert Van ScoyckMay 5, 1996 (1996-05-05)
The landscape gardener redesigning Jessica's yard is killed when his motorcycle goes off the road, and his fiancee is convinced that his death was no accident.
26323"Mrs. Parker's Revenge"Anthony ShawAnne C. CollinsMay 12, 1996 (1996-05-12)
Jessica's trip to Georgia is anything but peachy when a hotel room mix-up gets her involved with a weapons broker looking to buy a vial of a deadly virus.
26424"Death by Demographics"Anthony ShawDonald RossMay 19, 1996 (1996-05-19)
This year's annual visit to San Francisco to participate in a "book-talk" radio show is very different for Jessica: the station has made drastic changes in its effort to reach more listeners...and the shock jock's manipulative manager has been killed.

TV movies

TitleOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
Murder, She Wrote: South by SouthwestNovember 2, 1997 (1997-11-02)18.6
Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die ForMay 18, 2000 (2000-05-18)N/A
Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free ManMay 2, 2001 (2001-05-02)11.3 [25]
Murder, She Wrote: The Celtic RiddleMay 9, 2003 (2003-05-09)10.7 [26]

Home media

Explanatory notes

  1. Continuing story started in "Novel Connection" ( Magnum, P.I. S7E9)
  1. Tied with Chicken Soup .
  2. Tied with Friends .

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