Murder She Wrote - The Complete First Season

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Overview

Angela Lansbury stars as Jessica Fletcher, a mystery novelist who is frequently called upon to play sleuth in real life in this collection of episodes from the long-running television series Murder, She Wrote. Murder, She Wrote: The Complete First Season features all 21 installments from the show's first season, which aired in 1984-1985, as well as The Murder of Sherlock Holmes, the made-for-TV movie which served as a pilot for the series. Episodes include "Deadly Lady, "Birds of a Feather, "Hooray for Homicide, ...
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Overview

Angela Lansbury stars as Jessica Fletcher, a mystery novelist who is frequently called upon to play sleuth in real life in this collection of episodes from the long-running television series Murder, She Wrote. Murder, She Wrote: The Complete First Season features all 21 installments from the show's first season, which aired in 1984-1985, as well as The Murder of Sherlock Holmes, the made-for-TV movie which served as a pilot for the series. Episodes include "Deadly Lady, "Birds of a Feather, "Hooray for Homicide, "It's a Dog's Life, "Lovers and Other Killers, "Hit, Run and Homicide, "We're Off to Kill the Wizard, "Death Takes a Curtain Call, "Death Casts a Spell, "Capitol Offense, "Broadway Malady, "Murder to a Jazz Beat, "My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean, "Paint Me a Murder, "Tough Guys Don't Die, "Sudden Death, "Footnote to Murder, "Murder Takes the Bus, "Armed Response, "Murder at the Oasis, and "Murder at Fifty Mile."
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Conceived in the fertile imaginations of Columbo creators Richard Levinson, William Link, and Peter S. Fischer, this popular CBS mystery series provided Reagan-era TV viewers with a pleasant throwback to the classic movie whodunits of an earlier era. Murder, She Wrote stuck closely to a formula established at the outset of the series, relying on ingenious and complicated scripts that always supplied a satisfying denouement in which the murderer -- usually the least likely suspect -- was unmasked by one of TV's most unassuming sleuths. Angela Lansbury portrayed English teacher turned mystery writer Jessica Fletcher, who found herself in the middle of more crime scenes than any middle-aged woman could possibly imagine -- even in her hometown of Cabot Cove, Maine. The 21 episodes of Season 1, most written by Fischer, establish the show’s tradition of parading familiar Hollywood faces in guest roles. Among the highlights of the season are "Hooray for Homicide," a star-studded romp that finds Jessica in Hollywood to protest the adaptation of one of her novels into a trashy movie. This episode introduces Claude Akins in the semi-regular character of police Capt. Ethan Cragg; another recurring character playing Watson to Jessica's Sherlock Holmes was Tom Bosley, as Sheriff Amos Tupper. "Death Takes a Curtain Call" reunites Lansbury with Hurd Hatfield, her costar in 1945's The Picture of Dorian Gray, in the story of a backstage murder that disrupts a ballet. "Murder to a Jazz Beat" finds Jessica investigating the unexpected onstage death of a popular New Orleans musician. And "Tough Guys Don't Die" involves the search for a private investigator's killer. That episode also introduces semi-regular Jerry Orbach as private eye Harry McGraw, who eventually went on to star in a short-lived spin-off series of his own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2005
  • UPC: 025192610523
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Mixed Media Set / Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 18:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,325

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Angela Lansbury Jessica Beatrice McGill Fletcher
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1, Side A
1. Having a Ball [27:09]
2. Confidential Information [36:33]
3. Anonymous Tip [16:54]
4. Finding Out for Herself [12:48]
1. Suspicious Storm [12:05]
2. No Accident [11:23]
3. The Engagement [12:24]
4. Sibling Rivalry [12:40]
1. Unexpected Visit [15:18]
2. Howard's Interrogation [10:55]
3. Ulterior Motives [13:37]
4. Giving Him a Shot [6:35]
Side #2 -- Disc 1, Side B
1. Trashy Rewrite [15:45]
2. Murder on Stage Three [8:13]
3. "Prime Suspect" [14:14]
4. Finishing the Picture [10:19]
1. Carried Away [15:48]
2. A Second Investigation [8:46]
3. Whistle Blower [15:09]
4. Dog Gone Trial [8:45]
1. Super Secretary [14:22]
2. Meeting the Alibi [10:34]
3. "In the Shoes of a Murderer" [10:54]
4. Jealous Admirers [12:40]
1. Bad Driving [13:09]
2. Joyride [13:35]
3. Remote Control [12:46]
4. Ease Off the Speed [8:58]
Side #3 -- Disc 2, Side A
1. Horrible Horatio [14:33]
2. Airport Security [11:46]
3. Bookkeeping [8:28]
4. Misdirection [13:40]
1. Making a Scene [11:19]
2. Followed [13:51]
3. Obstructing Justice [7:39]
4. Offstage [15:41]
1. The Great Cagliostro [16:44]
2. Memory Lock [6:50]
3. Trapeze Act [14:32]
4. Posthypnotic Suggestion [10:23]
1. Congressional Duty [13:18]
2. Gut Instinct [7:50]
3. Back Scratching [13:52]
4. Speaking Up [13:30]
Side #4 -- Disc 2, Side B
1. False Expectations [13:21]
2. Drowning in Sorrow [10:43]
3. Strung Out [13:28]
4. Filling the Role [10:59]
1. A New Sound [18:14]
2. Publicity Stunt [10:12]
3. Ms. Emma [10:32]
4. Hitting a Bad Note [9:31]
1. Bottled Up [14:42]
2. Pushed Around [10:42]
3. Overdose [13:28]
4. Drunken Proof [9:37]
1. "Happy Birthday, Amigo" [14:12]
2. Threat of Death [12:40]
3. Deadly Quarrel [9:57]
4. Right-Hand Man [11:40]
Side #5 -- Disc 3, Side A
1. Gunned Down [17:36]
2. Head Honcho [9:50]
3. Unresolved Mystery [7:52]
4. Blackmail [13:10]
1. Playing the Game [18:16]
2. No-Cut Contract [7:59]
3. Getting Hurt [11:35]
4. Turnover [10:37]
1. Rivalry of Writers [17:05]
2. Poking Around [7:41]
3. Swift Confession [15:56]
4. Protecting the Copyright [7:47]
1. One-Way Ticket [14:22]
2. Emergency Damper [11:29]
3. Not the Cause of Death [11:43]
4. Getting Off the Bus [11:50]
Side #6 -- Disc 3, Side B
1. Texas Hospitality [14:34]
2. Fancy Folks [10:30]
3. "Reading People" [12:02]
4. Doctored Up [11:29]
1. Overprotective [13:46]
2. Inside Job [10:26]
3. "Something to Hold On To" [13:31]
4. Getting the Picture [10:50]
1. Ill Will [16:25]
2. Process of Elimination [8:44]
3. Western Warning [10:24]
4. The Truth About Mary [12:58]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Disc 1, Side A
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   Episode Index
      The Murder of Sherlock Holmes - Pilot
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         Scenes
      Deadly Lady
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         Scenes
      Birds of a Feather
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   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
Side #2 -- Disc 1, Side B
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   Episode Index
      Hooray for Homicide
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         Scenes
      It's a Dog's Life
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      Lovers and Other Killers
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         Scenes
      Hit, Run and Homicide
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   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
Side #3 -- Disc 2, Side A
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   Episode Index
      We're Off to Kill the Wizard
         Play
         Scenes
      Death Takes a Curtain Call
         Play
         Scenes
      Death Casts a Spell
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         Scenes
      Capitol Offense
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         Scenes
      Episode List
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   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
Side #4 -- Disc 2, Side B
   Play All
   Episode Index
      Broadway Malady
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         Scenes
      Murder to a Jazz Beat
         Play
         Scenes
      My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean
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         Scenes
      Paint Me a Murder
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         Scenes
      Episode List
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   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
Side #5 -- Disc 3, Side A
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   Episode Index
      Tough Guys Don't Die
         Play
         Scenes
      Sudden Death
         Play
         Scenes
      Footnote to Murder
         Play
         Scenes
      Murder Takes the Bus
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         Scenes
      Episode List
      Play All
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
Side #6 -- Disc 3, Side B
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   Episode Index
      Armed Response
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         Scenes
      Murder at the Oasis
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         Scenes
      Funeral at Fifty-Mile
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      Episode List
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   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Excellent: What a great first season. Angela Lansbury is a world

    Excellent:
    What a great first season. Angela Lansbury is a world-wide treasure, Tom Bosley is so great and so many 
    guest stars it is just one of the greatest series ever! Buy-it!

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

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    Classic

    So having finished watching Lynley Mysteries and so looked up on Netflix, other shows that are similar. And found this one. Which I keep hearing about and sometimes references in other shows but haven't gotten around to watch it. Finally have and its pretty good. A classic fun mystery show and love love Angela Lansbury. She's fun to watch. Good start to the show. And will be watching the other seasons. Yeah its cheesy at times, and the acting is at times over the top and kind of funny, but its still one of those shows you got to watch at least once.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great First Season

    I love murder mysteries and am very critical of "bad" books or movies. The first season of Murder, She Wrote was excellent. Although I've seen almost all of Murder, She Wrote seasons, I remembered some of the characters, but not the "plots". It was fun and entertaining to watch.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Predictable fun

    Who doesn't enjoy a fun mystery with Jessica Fletcher? I prefer the "Midsomer Murders", but Angela Landsbury is great in this series. A great way to relax and have some fun.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Murder She Wrote

    If you like this show than you will really like the ability to watch the episodes without commercial break ins! Also, I liked the ability to know who the actors are and look them up on the internet. Some of them repeated on the other episodes that were not in Season 1,2,3.
    I wish I could afford to buy all of the series. It no longer is on TV in my area.
    I highly recommend seasons 1,2,3.

    Fan from Dallas, TX

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I just love this series!!!

    I was always a fan of this great series way back when it first aired but I missed alot of episodes,so I was so happy when it came out in DVD.I now own my own set of the series up to the sixth season.I plan on buying the rest of the seasons to make my collection complete. I love it ,love it, love it! I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone who loves mysteries and the lovely and wonderful actress,Angela Landsbury!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love my DVD set!

    I remember my folks faithfully watching this show in the 80's, and me as a teen, rolling my eyes as I'd walk through the room. However, now that I'm grown, I really enjoy the series. I wanted Season 1 to start from the beginning. I love seeing the charactor actors, the scenery, the styles (we actually WORE those?!) and I love the mysteries. Angela Lansbury is a classic! I plan on adding subsequent seasons to my collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I've been watching Murder She Wrote for as long as I can remember! The show came about in 1984, six years before I was even born. But growing up I remember sitting with my grandma watching Murder, She Wrote with her. My grandma died about a year ago but I still watch the reruns and think of her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wonderful !!

    i look forward to watching this dvd set every chance i get...and , cant wait until the second year is available. we can only hope and pray for the other years to follow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ready for More MSW

    I love this show.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MY FAVORITE STAR IS ANGELA LANSBURY

    I LOVE HER CHARACTERS IN THAT 'MURDER SHE WROTE', SHE IS VERY EXCELLANT ACTRESS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    it's about time

    OH BOY!! I love this show it's about an retired schoolteacher turned mystery writer and finds herself in the most unusual sitautions . i am hoping that they include the crossover with magnum

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's about time!

    'Murder, She Wrote' is one of the all-time greatest TV shows. Angela Lansbury created a classic character in J.B. Fletcher, and I have no doubt that this DVD release of Season 1 will only whet the appetites of MSW fans around the world!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jessica's Back!

    Longtime Murder She Wrote fans will be thrilled by this first entry in what we hope is all 11 Seasons on DVD! Angela Lansbury is perfect as the schoolteacher-turned writer-turned amateur detective, and we never tire of seeing Jessie solve those mysteries with seemingly invisible clues to go on....a must for a rainy day!

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