The BEST Episodes of Murder, She Wrote

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 25, 2020

Network: CBS

Murder seems to follow Jessica Fletcher, a former English teacher and a mystery writer full of charm, zest-for-life, and personality; who happens to become "the investigator" when traveling around the country to promote a series of novels. Murder always occurs when she is present. Even in Cabot Cove!

Night of the Coyote

#1 - Night of the Coyote

Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 22, 1992

The legend of a stage coach robber's hidden treasure leads to the murder of an old mining town entrepreneur.

star 8.08
152 votes
Directors: Jerry Jameson
Writers: Mark A. Burley
Portrait of Death

#2 - Portrait of Death

Season 10 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 16, 1994

A piece of sculpture does double duty as a murder weapon.

star 7.93
120 votes
Writers: Donald Ross
The Days Dwindle Down

#3 - The Days Dwindle Down

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 19, 1987

Thirty years ago, Sam Wilson was sent to prison for murdering his boss, Malcolm Jarvis. After finally being released, Sam goes home to his wife and now-grown son who is expecting his first child with his wife, Terry. At Georgia Jarvis' request, Jessica looks into the crime, and through flashbacks, Sam remembers when Jarvis had offered him $10,000 to make his suicide look like murder. While Jessica believes that Sam is innocent, she doesn't believe it was suicide, and asks Sam's son Rod, a police officer, to lend a hand.

star 7.89
130 votes
Writers: Philip Gerson
A Christmas Secret

#4 - A Christmas Secret

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 13, 1992

The return of a Gulf War veteran and his reunion with his fiancee is marred by his big secret.

star 7.88
121 votes
Writers: Bruce Lansbury
Murder in White

#5 - Murder in White

Season 10 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 19, 1993

A producer staging an adaptation of one of Jessica's novels finds no joy in London.

star 7.88
118 votes
Writers: Lawrence Vail
The Phantom Killer

#6 - The Phantom Killer

Season 10 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 24, 1993

A media tycoon may have been killed by a literary agent who seems as substantial as smoke.

star 7.85
117 votes
Writers: Tom Sawyer
The Petrified Florist

#7 - The Petrified Florist

Season 9 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 21, 1993

Was a Beverly Hills florist killed because he was supplying more than flowers for gossip magazine editors?

star 7.84
114 votes
Writers: Donald Ross
Deadly Assets

#8 - Deadly Assets

Season 10 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 23, 1994

A mobster is upset when he learns that a petty thief has found an unexpected $900,000.

star 7.83
124 votes
Writers: Tom Sawyer
The Legacy of Borbey House

#9 - The Legacy of Borbey House

Season 10 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 3, 1993

A new Victorian house owner is killed in the manner befitting a vampire -- a wooden stake in his chest.

star 7.82
124 votes
Directors: Walter Grauman
Writers: Danna Doyle, Debbie Smith
Dead to Rights

#10 - Dead to Rights

Season 9 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 21, 1993

Jessica knows her former researcher is a congenital liar, so why should she believe her now?

star 7.81
117 votes
Writers: Tom Sawyer
Murder on the Thirtieth Floor

#11 - Murder on the Thirtieth Floor

Season 10 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 6, 1994

Jessica is shocked to learn that her editor has taken a flying leap from his high-rise office.

star 7.81
118 votes
Directors: Walter Grauman
Writers: Robert Van Scoyck
The Murder Channel

#12 - The Murder Channel

Season 11 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 6, 1994

In a friend's apartment, Jessica and her friends are amused by and then puzzled by the strange drama unfolding on TV.

star 7.76
38 votes
Directors: Walter Grauman
Writers: Jerry Ludwig
Northern Explosion

#13 - Northern Explosion

Season 10 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 2, 1994

In Canada, a land war breaks out between Native Americans and a mining company.

star 7.75
111 votes
Writers: Mark A. Burley
Killer Radio

#14 - Killer Radio

Season 9 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 14, 1993

The prospective owner of a radio station in the prairies is killed before the sale goes through.

star 7.74
145 votes
Directors: Peter Salim
Writers: Carlton Hollander
No Accounting for Murder

#15 - No Accounting for Murder

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 22, 1987

Grady Fletcher is in big trouble when his boss, a specialist in tax shelters, is found dead and he is the main suspect.

star 7.69
124 votes
Directors: Peter Crane
Writers: Gerald K. Siegel
Nan's Ghost (2)

#16 - Nan's Ghost (2)

Season 12 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 9, 1995

Jessica is trapped in the rat-infested dungeon of an ancient Irish castle, but uses her ingenuity to get rescued and find the treasure and a murderer.

star 7.67
64 votes
Writers: Bruce Lansbury
Film Flam

#17 - Film Flam

Season 11 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 19, 1995

Jessica sets out to prove that the death of a young movie buff is murder.

star 7.66
111 votes
Writers: Donald Ross
Something Foul in Flappieville

#18 - Something Foul in Flappieville

Season 12 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 15, 1996

The puppets are dancing to a different tune, much to the dismay of the young designer.

star 7.64
28 votes
Writers: Robert Van Scoyck
Trial by Error

#19 - Trial by Error

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 12, 1986

It's a bad day for the jurors when Jessica is the foreperson of the jury hearing the case of a man claiming self-defense in the death of an enraged husband.

star 7.62
147 votes
Directors: Seymour Robbie
Writers: Paul Savage, Scott Shepherd (2)
Witness for the Defense

#20 - Witness for the Defense

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 4, 1987

Jessica goes to Quebec to testify at the trial of a friend who is accused of killing his wife and burning his house.

star 7.55
161 votes
Directors: Seymour Robbie
Writers: Robert Swanson
What You Don't Know Can Kill You

#21 - What You Don't Know Can Kill You

Season 12 - Episode 22 - Aired May 5, 1996

Seth's niece returns to Cabot Cove for her wedding only to have her groom die "accidentally" before the event.

star 7.55
22 votes
Directors: Kevin Corcoran
Writers: Robert Van Scoyck
Murder Takes the Bus

#22 - Murder Takes the Bus

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 17, 1985

Bus trips are not always as relaxing as they should be. In this case, one passenger had a one-way ticket.

star 7.54
210 votes
Directors: Walter Grauman
Writers: Mary Ann Kasica, Michael Scheff
Murder By Appointment Only

#23 - Murder By Appointment Only

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 5, 1986

One of Jessica's former students is murdered and she takes a personal interest in the investigation.

star 7.50
88 votes
Writers: Jerry Ross
The Secret of Gila Junction

#24 - The Secret of Gila Junction

Season 12 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 5, 1995

People in a sleepy Arizona town, are threatened by a truck- stop bandit and suspicious treasure hunters.

star 7.47
62 votes
Writers: Jerry Ludwig
Murder Digs Deep

#25 - Murder Digs Deep

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 29, 1985

An archaeological dig at the site of Coronado's City of Gold does not please everyone and a new corpse is dug up.

star 7.47
142 votes
Directors: Philip Leacock
Writers: Mary Ann Kasica, Michael Scheff