Murder, She Wrote

1984 TV-PG 6 seasons

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Murder, She Wrote

1984 TV-PG 6 seasons
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Whether at home in cozy Cabot Cove or on the road promoting her popular mystery novels, charming author Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) always encounters cold-blooded murders that she cleverly solves using her intellect and astounding deduction skills. Lansbury, who was nominated for an Emmy in each of her 12 seasons, stars in this successful whodonit alongside series regulars like Tom Bosley, William Windom and Michael Horton.
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  5
  • SEASON  9
  • SEASON  10
  • SEASON  11
  • SEASON  12

Summary of Season 3 (1986) - 6 discs

As the heroine of this popular prime-time series, Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) is constantly gathering material for her next best-seller, using her know-how as a mystery writer to solve a slew of real-life murders. In the show's third season, Jessica stakes out a circus to track down a long-lost relative; looks into the death of a fast-food advertising executive; and offers assistance to Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck's "Magnum, P.I." persona).
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
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age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that although the violence in this fan-favorite crime drama is extremely tame compared to many of today's graphic series (almost to the point of being a bit cheesy), each episode does revolve around a murder investigation. The deadly confrontation is often shown on screen, as well as several scenes of the corpse and the crime scene (often blood-stained). The heroine is a successful, self-confident woman whose determined inquiries and attention to detail often outshine the work of professional detectives.

Sexual Content

Characters occasionally talk around the subject of sex with loaded comments like "I don't know what you're doing or who you're doing it with." Extramarital affairs often pop up in investigations. Female characters sometimes dress in skimpy clothing. There's occasional kissing and some light fondling (rubbing thighs or backs, for instance).


Each episode revolves around a death, and often the act of murder is shown as well as a few shots of the dead body (though it's all very tame compared to modern forensic crime dramas). There are lots of verbal threats ("I'll kill you") and some fist fights and scuffles here and there, which lead to bruises and bloody lips.


"Damn" and "hell" are used infrequently.

Social Behavior

The main character is a strong, intelligent woman who's never afraid to ask tough questions and always speaks her mind. While there's plenty of lying, stealing, and allusions to sleeping around among suspects, the bad guys always get their due in the end.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults often drink wine or beer in social settings.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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