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Murder she wrote

Murder, She Wrote was an CBS network crime drama series created by Peter S. Fischer & Richard Levinson, starring Angela Lansbury, Tom Bosley, William Windom and Ron Masak.

The show premiered on September 30, 1984 and became one of the most successful and longest-running TV shows in history and averaged close to 26 million viewers per week.

For her role in the series, Angela Lansbury was nominated for 10 Golden Globes and 12 Emmy Awards, holding the record for the most Golden Globe nominations & wins for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series".

As for the series, it has received three Emmy nominations, but no wins in the "Outstanding Drama Series" category. It was nominated for a Golden Globe award in the same category six times and won the award twice.

In 1987, the show spawned a short-lived spin-off series "The Law & Harry McGraw."

On May 19, 1996, "Murder, She Wrote" ended on May 19, 1996 after 12 seasons and 264 episodes.

After the show's end, a series of four TV movies were released between 1997 and 2003.

SynopsisEdit

Mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher, a down-to-earth, middle-aged widow who ferrets out the criminals in idyllic Cabot Cove, Maine.

CastEdit

  • Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher
  • William Windom as Doctor Seth Hazlett
  • Tom Bosley as Sheriff Amos Tupper [seasons 1-4]
  • Jerry Orbach as Harry McGraw [seasons 1-6]
  • Michael Horton as Grady Fletcher [seasons 1-11]
  • Richard Paul as Mayor Sam Booth [seasons 3-7]
  • Julie Adams as Eve Simpson [seasons 4-9]
  • Will Nye as Deputy Floyd [seasons 5-7]
  • Keith Michell as Dennis Stanton [seasons 5-9]
  • Ron Masak as Sheriff Mort Metzger [seasons 5-12]
  • James Sloyan as Robert Butler [seasons 6-7]
  • Ken Swofford as Lt. Perry Catalano [seasons 6-7]
  • Hallie Todd as Rhoda Markowitz [seasons 6-7]
  • Louis Herthum as Deputy Andy Broom [seasons 8-12]

RatingsEdit

Television ratings
Season Episodes Season premiere Season finale TV season Rank Rating
1 22 September 30, 1984 April 21, 1985 1984–85 #8 20.1
2 22 September 29, 1985 May 18, 1986 1985–86 #3 25.3
3 22 September 28, 1986 May 10, 1987 1986–87 #4 25.4
4 22 September 20, 1987 May 8, 1988 1987–88 #4 20.2
5 22 October 23, 1988 May 21, 1989 1988–89 #8 19.9
6 22 September 24, 1989 May 20, 1990 1989–90 #13 17.7
7 22 September 16, 1990 May 12, 1991 1990–91 #12 16.4
8 22 September 15, 1991 May 17, 1992 1991–92 #8 16.9
9 22 September 20, 1992 May 16, 1993 1992–93 #5 17.7
10 21 September 12, 1993 May 22, 1994 1993–94 #11 16.0
11 21 September 25, 1994 May 14, 1995 1994–95 #8 15.6
12 24 September 21, 1995 May 19, 1996 1995–96 #58 9.50

Awards & AchievementsEdit

Group Award Year(s) Result
Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Angela Lansbury) 1985–96 (nominated)
Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (John Addison) 1985 (won)
Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Bruce Babcock) 1993, 1995 (nominated)
Outstanding Costume Design for a Series (Alfred E. Lehman) 1986 (won)
Golden Globe Awards Best TV Series – Drama 1985, 1986 (won)
Best TV Series – Drama 1987–90 (nominated)
Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series – Drama (Angela Lansbury) 1985, 1987, 1990 & 1992 (won)
Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series – Drama (Angela Lansbury) 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993 & 1995 (nominated)
Edgar Awards Best Episode of a TV Series ("Deadly Lady") 1985 (won)
Best Episode of a TV Series ("The Dead File") 1993 (nominated)
Screen Actors Guild Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series – Drama (Angela Lansbury) 1995 (nominated)

VideoEdit

Murder, She Wrote Series Premiere Promo (1984)00:22

Murder, She Wrote Series Premiere Promo (1984)

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