Murder, She Wrote (season 1)

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Murder, She Wrote (season 1)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes22
Original channelCBS
Original runSeptember 30, 1984 (1984-09-30) – April 21, 1985 (1985-04-21)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1March 29, 2005 (2005-03-29)
Region 2August 29, 2005 (2005-08-29)
Region 4May 2, 2007 (2007-05-02)
Season chronology
Next →
Season 2
List of Murder, She Wrote episodes
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Murder, She Wrote (season 1)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes22
Original channelCBS
Original runSeptember 30, 1984 (1984-09-30) – April 21, 1985 (1985-04-21)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1March 29, 2005 (2005-03-29)
Region 2August 29, 2005 (2005-08-29)
Region 4May 2, 2007 (2007-05-02)
Season chronology
Next →
Season 2
List of Murder, She Wrote episodes

This is a list of episodes from the first season of Murder, She Wrote.

Broadcast history[edit]

Filming commenced on the series' pilot episode on April 11, 1984.[1] The series stars Angela Lansbury as schoolteacher-turned-crime novelist Jessica Fletcher, who resides in the small Maine town of Cabot Cove. Recurring cast members commencing in the first season were Tom Bosley as Cabot Cove sheriff Amos Tupper, Claude Akins as fisherman Ethan Cragg, Michael Horton as Jessica's loyal nephew Grady, and Jerry Orbach as private eye Harland 'Harry' McGraw. Bruce Gray, who would later play Jessica's agent Ted Hartley, Herb Edelman, who went on to play NYPD Lt. Artie Gerber, John Astin, who would subsequently play town real estate agent Harry Pierce, Ron Masak who would play Sheriff Mort Metzger, and William Windom, who would later play town doctor Seth Hazlitt, made their debut appearances on the show, but as different guest characters.

The season originally aired Sundays at 8:00-9:00 pm (EST) on CBS.[2][3] The first season was the 8th most watched primetime series of the 1984-85 season, the first of eight seasons it spent in the top ten.[4]

The season won an Edgar Award for Best Episode of a TV series (Deadly Lady), and Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Drama Series and Best Drama Series. It was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actress at the 37th Primetime Emmy Awards, and won for Outstanding Music Composition (John Addison).[5]

DVD release[edit]

The season was released on DVD by Universal Studios Home Entertainment.


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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProduction
1/21/2"The Murder of Sherlock Holmes"Corey AllenTeleplay: Peter S. Fischer
Story: Richard Levinson & William Link and Peter S. Fischer
September 30, 1984 (1984-09-30)59274

Pilot episode. (Airs as two separate episodes during syndication)
Jessica Fletcher, a retired schoolteacher from Cabot Cove, Maine, is shocked to find out that not only did her nephew send her manuscript to a publisher, but it's been accepted. Rushed to New York, Jessica is caught up in a whirlwind of publicity tours, book signings, and public appearances, but everything takes a turn when she attends a costume party in New Holvang and a private investigator dressed as Sherlock Holmes ends up facedown in the pool, shot. Jessica initially tries to stay out of things until her nephew Grady becomes the prime suspect, and Jessica decides to take matters into her own hands while fighting her attraction to Preston Giles, the first man to interest her since the death of her husband Frank.

Suspected: Grady Fletcher, Ashley Vickers, Louise McCallum
33"Deadly Lady"Corey AllenPeter S. FischerOctober 7, 1984 (1984-10-07)59206

After a terrible storm in Cabot Cove, Stephen Earl's four daughters tell Sheriff Tupper that their father died while they were out on the boat. Jessica is only mildly intrigued; she finds Ralph, the older gentleman who has offered to work for food, much more intriguing, especially since it is obvious he comes from money. The women's stories about what happened on the boat change constantly, but once Ralph is found dead and later found to be Stephen Earl, Jessica has to help Amos wade through the inconsistencies in the four Earl daughters' stories to determine who killed their father and why.

Suspected: Maggie Earl, Nancy Earl
44"Birds of a Feather"John Llewellyn MoxeyRobert E. SwansonOctober 14, 1984 (1984-10-14)59203

Pre-wedding jitters take on a new meaning for the fiancé of Jessica's niece when he's accused of a cabaret owner's murder.

Suspected: Freddy York, Mike Dupont, Howard Griffin, Bill Patterson, Candice Drake
55"Hooray for Homicide"Richard A. CollaRobert Van ScoykOctober 28, 1984 (1984-10-28)59201

It's lights, camera, murder when Jessica flies to Los Angeles to protest the movie adaptation of one of her novels, but when the producer ends up murdered, she unwittingly gets cast in the role of prime suspect.

Suspected: Ross Hayley, Jessica Fletcher
66"It's a Dog's Life"Seymour RobbieMark Giles & Linda ShankNovember 4, 1984 (1984-11-04)59208

Man's best friend gets a bad reputation when a fox hunter dies in a riding accident and the authorities try to blame the heir to his estate, his beloved pooch.

Suspected: Teddy the Dog, Abigail Benton Freestone
77"Lovers and Other Killers"Allen ReisnerPeter S. FischerNovember 18, 1984 (1984-11-18)59207

Jessica searches for clues hidden in rainy Seattle when her personal secretary is accused of murdering his wealthy girlfriend.

Suspected: Jack Kowalski, David Tolliver, Dr. Edward Gerrard
88"Hit, Run and Homicide"Alan CookeGerald K. SiegelNovember 25, 1984 (1984-11-25)59216

When a car with a mind of its own runs over a wealthy businessman, Jessica's very eccentric neighbor is accused of covering the tracks.

Suspected: Daniel O'Brien
99"We're Off to Kill the Wizard"Walter GraumanTeleplay by: Peter S. Fischer
Story by: Peter S. Fischer and Gerald K. Siegel
December 9, 1984 (1984-12-09)59204

In a case of art imitating life, a disagreeable amusement park owner is found murdered after hiring Jessica to design the House of Horror.

Suspected: Laurie Bascombe, Arnold Megrim, Nils Highlander
1010"Death Takes a Curtain Call"Allen ReisnerPaul W. CooperDecember 16, 1984 (1984-12-16)59219

It's the final curtain for a man found murdered backstage during the performance of a popular Soviet ballet troupe. The last appearance of Ethan Cragg who disappears from the show with no explanation and is never heard of again.

Suspected: Alexander Masurov, Natalia Masurov, Leo Peterson
1111"Death Casts a Spell"Allen ReisnerSteve Hensley & Miyoko HensleyDecember 30, 1984 (1984-12-30)59211

Jessica's deductive abilities are in demand when a flamboyant hypnotist turns up dead, behind locked doors, in front of an audience of journalists whom he had put into a trance.

Suspected: Bud Michaels, Sheri Diamond, Joe Kellijian, Zack Bernard
1212"Capitol Offense"John Llewellyn MoxeyPeter S. FischerJanuary 6, 1985 (1985-01-06)59220

Jessica is assigned to fill the empty seat of a deceased congressman for a brief period of time and finds a great deal of political game-playing in Washington.

Suspected: Congressman Dan Keppner, Ray Dixon, Thor Danzinger, Diana Sims
1313"Broadway Malady"Hy AverbackTom SawyerJanuary 13, 1985 (1985-01-13)59209

Broadway legend Rita Bristol and her daughter star in a musical produced by her son, not knowing that murder is lurking in the wings.

Suspected: Manny Farkus
1414"Murder to a Jazz Beat"Walter GraumanTeleplay by: Paul Savage
Story by: Paul Savage and David Abramowitz
February 3, 1985 (1985-02-03)59212

While in New Orleans, Jessica must solve the mysterious murder of a famous musician who died from a heart attack while performing onstage.

Suspected: Eubie Sherwin, Hec Tattersal, Jimmy Firth, Callie Coleman, Aaron Kramer
1515"My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean"Seymour RobbiePeter S. FischerFebruary 10, 1985 (1985-02-10)59210

Jessica's niece is terrorized with reminders of her dead husband on a cruise intended to take her mind off her husband's recent suicide.

Suspected: George Reed, Andrea Jeffreys Reed
1616"Paint Me a Murder"John Llewellyn MoxeyPeter S. FischerFebruary 17, 1985 (1985-02-17)59215

The life of a famous artist is threatened on what would be otherwise an idyllic Mediterranean island.

Suspected: Willard Kauffman, Stefan Conrad, Miguel Santana
1717"Tough Guys Don't Die"Seymour RobbiePeter S. FischerFebruary 24, 1985 (1985-02-24)59223

Jessica meets tough-as-nails Harry McGraw when they must pinpoint the motive for the murder of a private detective.

Suspected: Priscilla Daniels, Ernie Santini
1818"Sudden Death"Edward M. AbromsRobert E. SwansonMarch 3, 1985 (1985-03-03)59217

Jessica suddenly must learn all about football when she inherits an interest in a professional team.

Suspected: Zak Farrell, Harris Talmadge
1919"Footnote to Murder"Peter CraneRobert E. SwansonMarch 10, 1985 (1985-03-10)59221

An unpublished manuscript is stolen and its author murdered during an awards convention.

Suspected: Horace Lynchfield, Frank Lapinski
2020"Murder Takes the Bus"Walter GraumanMichael Scheff & Maryanne KasicaMarch 17, 1985 (1985-03-17)59231

After boarding a bus to travel to a convention in Boston, Jessica and Amos are forced to take refuge from a fierce storm at a remote diner where one of the passengers is discovered murdered.

Suspected: Ben Gibbons, Joe Downing
2121"Armed Response"Charles S. DubinGerald K. SiegelMarch 31, 1985 (1985-03-31)59228

Over Jessica's protests, she is taken to a hospital after a minor accident in the airport.

Suspected: Nurse Jennie Wells
2222"Murder at the Oasis"Arthur Allan SeidelmanRobert Van ScoykApril 7, 1985 (1985-04-07)59222

An unpopular show-business personality discovers that elaborate security systems are no guarantee of safety.

Suspected: Vic LaRosa, Terri Shannon
2323"Funeral at Fifty-Mile"Seymour RobbieDick NelsonApril 21, 1985 (1985-04-21)59226

Jessica has to unravel the secrets and threats at the funeral of a friend in Wyoming.

Suspected: Sally Mestin, Art Merrick