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      Season 3 – Murder, She Wrote

      1986 Drama Mystery & Thriller List
      Reviews 90% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score Mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher - a down-to-earth, middle-aged widow - ferrets out the criminals in idyllic Cabot Cove, Maine, which apparently is the murder capital of the United States for the show's 12-season run. Though while traveling, she uncovers a fair number of killers as well. Read More Read Less Watch on Peacock Stream Now

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      Previous Episode 1 Aired Sep 28, 1986 Death Stalks the Big Top Jessica discovers a circus clown arrested for murder is actually her long-lost brother-in-law (Jackie Cooper). Details Episode 2 Aired Oct 5, 1986 Death Stalks the Big Top An attacker tries to stop Jessica when her investigation of two circus murders may clear Neil (Jackie Cooper). Details Episode 3 Aired Oct 12, 1986 Unfinished Business A police retiree tries to solve a 10-year-old murder case reopened by a mistaken-identity shooting. Details Episode 4 Aired Oct 19, 1986 One White Rose for Death A mysterious man involves Jessica in the defection of two European musicians and the murder of a British intelligence agent. Details Episode 5 Aired Nov 2, 1986 Corned Beef and Carnage With a corned beef sandwich as the only clue, Jessica works to clear her niece (Genie Francis) of an ad executive's murder. Details Episode 6 Aired Nov 9, 1986 Dead Man's Gold An old beau of Jessica's (Leslie Nielsen) incites murder and greed when he seeks sunken treasure in Cabot Cove. Details Episode 7 Aired Nov 16, 1986 Deadline for Murder Jessica joins old friend Haskell Drake (Harry Guardino) to investigate a corrupt publisher's unexpected death. Details Episode 8 Aired Nov 23, 1986 Magnum on Ice Feeling professionally threatened, detective Magnum (Tom Selleck) resists Jessica's efforts to prove he was framed. Details Episode 9 Aired Dec 7, 1986 Obituary for a Dead Anchor Jessica reluctantly agrees to a television interview for an old friend but is surprised when a different reporter arrives to conduct the taping; a boat explosion leads everyone to believe the journalist (Chad Everett) has been killed. Details Episode 10 Aired Dec 14, 1986 Stage Struck Jessica probes the murder by poison of an ex-colleague's understudy (Ann Turkel), after the leading lady (Eleanor Parker) is unable to go on at a small-town theater. Details Episode 11 Aired Jan 4, 1987 Night of the Headless Horseman Jessica comes to the aid of a shy poet (Thom Bray) who is the prime suspect when his tormentor (Barry Williams) is found dead. Details Episode 12 Aired Jan 18, 1987 The Corpse Flew First Class A London-bound plane is the setting for the murder of an heiress's bodyguard and the theft of a valuable necklace. Details Episode 13 Aired Feb 1, 1987 Crossed Up While bedridden, Jessica overhears a telephone conversation between two men who are plotting a murder. Details Episode 14 Aired Feb 8, 1987 Murder in a Minor Key Jessica shares the plot of her new book, in which a law student (Shaun Cassidy) seeks the killer of an arrogant professor (George Grizzard) with many enemies. Details Episode 15 Aired Feb 15, 1987 The Bottom Line Is Murder Jessica pores through a long list of enemies and possible suspects when a janitor (George Takei) finds an obnoxious TV host dead in his office. Details Episode 16 Aired Feb 22, 1987 Death Takes a Dive Jessica's trainer friend, Harry McGraw (Jerry Orbach), faces charges of killing a shady fight promoter. Details Episode 17 Aired Mar 1, 1987 Simon Says, Color Me Dead Jessica investigates the murder of one of Cabot Cove's most illustrious citizens, a world-famous artist (Foster Brooks). Details Episode 18 Aired Mar 15, 1987 No Laughing Murder A 25-year comedy feud hampers Jessica's probe of a stabbing murder at her goddaughter's engagement party. Details Episode 19 Aired Mar 22, 1987 No Accounting for Murder Jessica's accountant nephew, Grady (Michael Horton), faces charges of tax fraud and murdering his boss (Michael Tolan). Details Episode 20 Aired Apr 5, 1987 The Cemetery Vote Jessica investigates when an old friend is killed in a car accident in Idaho -- the man's widow (Ellen Bry) believes it was an accident, but the victim's father (John McLiam) is sure it was murder. Details Episode 21 Aired Apr 19, 1987 The Days Dwindle Down Jessica looks into a 30-year-old murder in a continuation of the story from the 1949 film "Strange Bargain." Details Episode 22 Aired May 10, 1987 Murder, She Spoke A murder occurs while Jessica is recording one of her novels for the Mystery Books for the Blind series. Details Next
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      Previous Audience Member This was my Mom and I's show back in the day, and the last one I'd get to watch before bedtime most Sunday nights. But, it gave me nightmares. Episode 3 "Murder, She Spoke" from this season scared the pants off me, and I never forgot the infrared murder of music studio boss Randy Withworth. After I told my Mom, "I see red and Randy being stabbed to death when I close my eyes!" my Mom "Maybe you shouldn't watch these anymore?" which I "Who will employ Jessica Fletcher if she can't continue to celebrate murderers through her creative work?"...? ...Not really. I wasn't quite aware of my nighttime dose of bloodlust at the time. I'm sure everyone is aware now...? Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member If you love mystery shows, Jessica Fletcher is one of the best detectives around. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Next Post a review

      Season Info

      Director
      Seymour Robbie, Peter Crane, Walter Grauman, John Llewellyn Moxey, Anthony Shaw
      Executive Producer
      Peter S. Fischer
      Screenwriter
      Peter S. Fischer, Tom Sawyer, Gerald K. Siegel, Philip Gerson, Paul Savage, Steven Long Mitchell, Robert Van Scoyk, Robert E. Swanson, Craig W. Van Sickle
      Network
      CBS
      Rating
      TV-G
      Genre
      Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date
      Sep 28, 1986
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