Former substitute English teacher and famed mystery writer Jessica Fletcher has a gift for solving mysteries. You see, it seems murder follows her around, whether it be to the houses of her seemingly endless number of friends, nieces, and nephews or right in her hometown of Cabot Cove, Maine.
Last Episode12x24 Death by Demographics Aired: May. 19, 1996
- When a San Francisco radio station decides to change its format to be geared towards teenagers, the promoter of an up and coming DJ winds …
Series Fun Facts
- Angela Lansbury was the fourth choice to play Jessica Fletcher. Jean Stapleton was offered the part but turned it down, as did Doris Day.
- Goof (continuity error): When Jessica sneaks into Ashley's office, the double light switch on the wall had the left switch up, and the right switch down, and the lights were off. When Jessica…
[show]Goof (continuity error): When Jessica sneaks into Ashley's office, the double light switch on the wall had the left switch up, and the right switch down, and the lights were off. When Jessica peaks down the hall (because she hears Ashley coming), both light switches are up, but the lights are still off in the office. When Ashley comes in, she changes one switch and the office lights go on (but we can't see which switch she changes). When Ashley leaves the office, she flips the right switch down and the lights go off.
- Nearing the end of the eighth season, CBS TV demanded a lower pay-rate-fee for the guest actor payroll rate be implemented on the following season of shows. Peter Fisher argued with Les…
[show]Nearing the end of the eighth season, CBS TV demanded a lower pay-rate-fee for the guest actor payroll rate be implemented on the following season of shows. Peter Fisher argued with Les Moonvies, that the guest actor pay rate had been established, refusing to pay less for star personalities, if he remained on the series. A showdown occurred between CBS/Universal, with Peter Fisher and his associate producer Robert "Bob" O'Neil declaring their departure from the series under revolt of the CBS dictum. As a result, a new producing team was implemented by Universal and CBS. The new producing team, expected to provide scripts, David Mossinger also agreeing to direct, agreeing with the lower pay scale for guest stars, utilizing a younger breed of guest acting personalities, placing senior movie personalities in the lime light for guest-shot appearances. Moving Madam Fletcher to New York City, to teach writing at an (un-named) university, sleuthing murder while on her mystery writing career! Coinciding with the NY police department! This new producing team lasted one year! Angela and Peter Shaw's Corymore Productions took over, installing David Shaw, Peter's first born son, as a producer, and Angela as Executive Producer. Mark Burley remained with the series as producer. With the transition of power, Angela had the set decorator Robert "Bob" Wingo fired, replaced with her family friend, decorator Fred Winston. Fred had worked the series, previously, in the first three years of the series, when alternating art department teams had been pattern. Winston lasted one year as decorator. His mother's friendship with Angela, he assumed, guaranteed a show longevity.