Murder, She Wrote

Murder, She Wrote is an American crime drama television series, created by Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson and William Link, starring Angela Lansbury, and produced and distributed by Universal Television for the CBS network. The series focuses on the life of Jessica Fletcher, a mystery writer and amateur detective,[4][5] who finds herself becoming involved in solving a series of murders that take place in the fictional town of Cabot Cove, Maine, as well as across the United States and abroad. The program ran for 12 seasons from September 30, 1984 to May 19, 1996, for a total of 264 episodes, and included amongst its recurring cast Tom Bosley, William Windom and Ron Masak, as well as a vast array of guest cast members including Michael Horton, Keith Michell and Julie Adams.

Murder, She Wrote
GenreCrime drama
Detective fiction
Created by
Theme music composerJohn Addison
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons12
No. of episodes265 (+ 4 TV movies) (list of episodes)
Executive producers
Running time
  • 48 minutes
  • (excluding commercials)
Production companies
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkCBS[3]
Picture format
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 30, 1984 (1984-09-30) 
May 19, 1996 (1996-05-19)
Related shows

The series proved a ratings hit during its broadcast, becoming a staple of CBS Sunday night TV schedule for around a decade, while achieving distinction as one of the most successful and longest-running television shows in history, averaging more than 30 million viewers per week in its prime.[6] In syndication, the series is still highly successful and popular throughout the world. For her role on the program, Lansbury was nominated for ten Golden Globes, winning four, along with nominations for 12 Emmy Awards, earning her the record for the most Golden Globe nominations and wins for Best Actress in a television drama series and the most Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The series itself also received three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Drama Series, as well as six Golden Globe nominations in the same category, with two major wins.

After the series finished in 1996, four television films were released between 1997 and 2003, with two point-and-click video games released for PC: one in 2009,[7] and a sequel in 2012.[8] A spin-off book series continues publication at present.

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