Murder, She Wrote

The BEST episodes of Murder, She Wrote

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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!

Last Updated: 4/19/2022Network: CBS
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Night of the Coyote
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7.92
175 votes

#1 - Night of the Coyote

Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/22/1992

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

Directors: Jerry Jameson
The Days Dwindle Down
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7.89
152 votes

#2 - The Days Dwindle Down

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/19/1987

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.

Directors: Michael J. Lynch
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A Christmas Secret
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7.89
143 votes

#3 - A Christmas Secret

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/13/1992

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

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The Legacy of Borbey House
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7.86
143 votes

#4 - The Legacy of Borbey House

Season 10 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/3/1993

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

Directors: Walter Grauman
Murder in White
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7.80
136 votes

#5 - Murder in White

Season 10 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/19/1993

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

Directors: Vincent McEveety
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Portrait of Death
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7.78
137 votes

#6 - Portrait of Death

Season 10 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/16/1994

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

Directors: Vincent McEveety
The Phantom Killer
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7.75
135 votes

#7 - The Phantom Killer

Season 10 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/24/1993

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

Deadly Assets
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7.74
142 votes

#8 - Deadly Assets

Season 10 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/23/1994

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

Murder on the Thirtieth Floor
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7.73
135 votes

#9 - Murder on the Thirtieth Floor

Season 10 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/6/1994

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

Directors: Walter Grauman
Northern Explosion
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7.72
128 votes

#10 - Northern Explosion

Season 10 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/2/1994

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

Trial by Error
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7.70
175 votes

#11 - Trial by Error

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/12/1986

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.

Directors: Seymour Robbie
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The Petrified Florist
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7.69
133 votes

#12 - The Petrified Florist

Season 9 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/21/1993

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

Nan's Ghost (2)
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7.68
79 votes

#13 - Nan's Ghost (2)

Season 12 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/9/1995

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.

Dead to Rights
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7.65
137 votes

#14 - Dead to Rights

Season 9 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/21/1993

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

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No Accounting for Murder
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7.65
145 votes

#15 - No Accounting for Murder

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/22/1987

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

Directors: Peter Crane
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Killer Radio
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7.62
164 votes

#16 - Killer Radio

Season 9 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/14/1993

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

Directors: Peter Salim
Film Flam
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7.62
124 votes

#17 - Film Flam

Season 11 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/19/1995

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

Witness for the Defense
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7.57
189 votes

#18 - Witness for the Defense

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/4/1987

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

Directors: Seymour Robbie
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The Murder Channel
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7.55
58 votes

#19 - The Murder Channel

Season 11 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/6/1994

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

Directors: Walter Grauman
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Murder Takes the Bus
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7.53
240 votes

#20 - Murder Takes the Bus

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/17/1985

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

Directors: Walter Grauman
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A Body to Die For
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7.52
118 votes

#21 - A Body to Die For

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/11/1990

Eve is appalled to find the body of a friend of the local gym owner in her bedroom, but at a loss to explain it.

Curse of the Daanav
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7.50
147 votes

#22 - Curse of the Daanav

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/7/1988

Seth's family is touched by an ancient curse attached to the history of a ruby.

Directors: Walter Grauman
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Tainted Lady
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7.50
113 votes

#23 - Tainted Lady

Season 7 - Episode 21 - Aired 5/5/1991

The owner of a diner is accused of using too much 'spice' in the food, when someone finds arsenic.

Directors: Vincent McEveety
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A Virtual Murder
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7.49
168 votes

#24 - A Virtual Murder

Season 10 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/31/1993

Jessica is fascinated by a demo of a VR game based on her book, but, while playing it, she thinks she sees a real murder.

Directors: Lee Smith
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Murder, She Spoke
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7.49
180 votes

#25 - Murder, She Spoke

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/10/1987

During a short black-out in the studio where Jessica is recording a book for the blind, the studio co-owner is murdered.

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