The BEST Episodes of Murder, She Wrote

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 20, 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 8.03
161 votes
Directors: Jerry Jameson
Writers: Mark A. Burley
A Christmas Secret

#2 - 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 7.95
128 votes
Writers: Bruce Lansbury
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 7.92
140 votes
Writers: Philip Gerson
The Legacy of Borbey House

#4 - 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 7.89
130 votes
Directors: Walter Grauman
Writers: Danna Doyle, Debbie Smith
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 7.89
126 votes
Writers: Lawrence Vail
Portrait of Death

#6 - Portrait of Death

Season 10 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 16, 1994

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

star 7.89
126 votes
Writers: Donald Ross
The Phantom Killer

#7 - 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
123 votes
Writers: Tom Sawyer
The Petrified Florist

#8 - 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 7.83
121 votes
Writers: Donald Ross
Nan's Ghost (2)

#9 - 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 7.81
69 votes
Writers: Bruce Lansbury
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
125 votes
Writers: Tom Sawyer
Deadly Assets

#11 - 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 7.80
131 votes
Writers: Tom Sawyer
Murder on the Thirtieth Floor

#12 - 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 7.79
126 votes
Directors: Walter Grauman
Writers: Robert Van Scoyck
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 7.76
118 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 7.72
153 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 7.71
133 votes
Directors: Peter Crane
Writers: Gerald K. Siegel
The Murder Channel

#16 - 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 7.70
47 votes
Directors: Walter Grauman
Writers: Jerry Ludwig
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 7.68
116 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 7.67
36 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 7.65
161 votes
Directors: Seymour Robbie
Writers: Paul Savage, Scott Shepherd (2)
Murder Takes the Bus

#20 - 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 7.57
221 votes
Directors: Walter Grauman
Writers: Mary Ann Kasica, Michael Scheff
Witness for the Defense

#21 - 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 7.56
173 votes
Directors: Seymour Robbie
Writers: Robert Swanson
What You Don't Know Can Kill You

#22 - 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 7.54
28 votes
Directors: Kevin Corcoran
Writers: Robert Van Scoyck
Deadly Bidding

#23 - Deadly Bidding

Season 12 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 23, 1995

Jessica agrees to go to New York to bid on a manuscript purportedly by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and while there, she gets mixed up in the murder of a local forger who had been involved in the theft of a priceless Degas painting two years earlier when she tries to help Charlie Garrett out of a jam.

star 7.53
66 votes
Writers: Tom Sawyer
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 7.53
68 votes
Writers: Jerry Ludwig
Fatal Paradise

#25 - Fatal Paradise

Season 11 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 13, 1994

Private investigator Charlie Garrett is in luck when Jessica is in Martinique vacationing at the same time he is accused of murdering the woman he's been trying to locate for a client.

star 7.53
70 votes
Directors: Jerry Jameson
Writers: Tom Sawyer