Worst & Best Murder, She Wrote Episodes

Title: Murder, She Wrote
Genre: Mystery
Series: 12
Episodes: 263
First Transmission: 1984-1996

Professional writer and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher uses her intellect, charm, and persistence to solve every crime she encounters.

Notes

*The Standard Deviation (SD) of the ratings is a measure of how much spread there is in the numbers. The median represents the middle value of the ratings

The top-rated episode differs from the mean-rated episode by 2.74 standard deviations.

The bottom-rated episode differs from the mean-rated episode by 3.11 standard deviations.

 

Best Episode #55

The Corpse Flew First Class (1987) – On a flight to London, Jessica and a Scotland Yard inspector investigate the murder of the bodyguard of an actress and the theft of a $2 million necklace.

2nd Best Episode #34

Trial by Error (1986) – Jessica is the foreperson of a jury hearing the case of a man claiming self-defense in the death of an enraged husband. The jurors are in for a bad day!

3rd Best Episode #18

Murder Takes the Bus (1985) – When one of the passengers is found stabbed in his seat on a bus to Boston, Jessica and the rest of the passengers have to take refuge from a storm at a diner.

4th Best Episode #145

Who Killed J.B. Fletcher? (1991) – Marge Allen gets arrested using a fake JB Fletcher identity card from a literary fan club while investigating the McCauley kennel. Later, she is found dead in her crashed car.

5th Best Episode #109

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall: Part 2 (1989) – Eudora McVeigh is determined to fill Jessica’s role in solving a local murder.

6th Best Episode #108

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall: Part 1 (1989) – Eudora McVeigh, a rival mystery writer, arrives at Jessica’s door with seemingly friendly intentions. The discovery of a corpse and a web of deceit leads Jessica to suspect the woman of sinister motives

7th Best Episode #64

The Days Dwindle Down (1987) – Jessica investigates the possibility that a recent parolee went to jail for a crime he didn’t commit.

Worst Episode #149

Where Have You Gone, Billy Boy? (1991) – A shy ventriloquist, whose puppet is called Billy Boy, is suspected of murdering a ruthless comedy club owner.

 




 

Full Episode List

Key:-Blue episodes rated above par. Brown episodes rated below par.

#1 Deadly Lady (1984)
#2 Birds of a Feather (1984)
#3 Hooray for Homicide (1984)
#4 It’s a Dog’s Life (1984)
#5 Lovers and Other Killers (1984)
#6 Hit, Run and Homicide (1984)
#7 We’re Off to Kill the Wizard (1984)
#8 Death Takes a Curtain Call (1984)
#9 Death Casts a Spell (1984)
#10 Capitol Offense (1985)
#11 Broadway Malady (1985)
#12 Murder to a Jazz Beat (1985)
#13 My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean (1985)
#14 Paint Me a Murder (1985)
#15 Tough Guys Don’t Die (1985)
#16 Sudden Death (1985)
#17 Footnote to Murder (1985)
#18 Murder Takes the Bus (1985)
#19 Armed Response (1985)
#20 Murder at the Oasis (1985)
#21 Funeral at Fifty-Mile (1985)
#22 Widow, Weep for Me (1985)
#23 Joshua Peabody Died Here… Possibly (1985)
#24 Murder in the Afternoon (1985)
#25 School for Scandal (1985)
#26 Sing a Song of Murder (1985)
#27 Reflections of the Mind (1985)
#28 A Lady in the Lake (1985)
#29 Dead Heat (1985)
#30 Jessica Behind Bars (1985)
#31 Sticks and Stones (1985)
#32 Murder Digs Deep (1985)
#33 Murder by Appointment Only (1986)
#34 Trial by Error (1986)
#35 Keep the Home Fries Burning (1986)
#36 Powder Keg (1986)
#37 Murder in the Electric Cathedral (1986)
#38 One Good Bid Deserves a Murder (1986)
#39 If a Body Meet a Body (1986)
#40 Christopher Bundy – Died on Sunday (1986)
#41 Menace, Anyone? (1986)
#42 The Perfect Foil (1986)
#43 If the Frame Fits (1986)
#44 Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 1 (1986)
#45 Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 2 (1986)
#46 Unfinished Business (1986)
#47 One White Rose for Death (1986)
#48 Corned Beef and Carnage (1986)
#49 Dead Man’s Gold (1986)
#50 Deadline for Murder (1986)
#51 Magnum on Ice (1986)
#52 Obituary for a Dead Anchor (1986)
#53 Stage Struck (1986)
#54 Night of the Headless Horseman (1987)
#55 The Corpse Flew First Class (1987)
#56 Crossed Up (1987)
#57 Murder in a Minor Key (1987)
#58 The Bottom Line Is Murder (1987)
#59 Death Takes a Dive (1987)
#60 Simon Says, Color Me Dead (1987)
#61 No Laughing Murder (1987)
#62 No Accounting for Murder (1987)
#63 The Cemetery Vote (1987)
#64 The Days Dwindle Down (1987)
#65 Murder, She Spoke (1987)
#66 A Fashionable Way to Die (1987)
#67 When Thieves Fall Out (1987)
#68 Witness for the Defense (1987)
#69 Old Habits Die Hard (1987)
#70 The Way to Dusty Death (1987)
#71 It Runs in the Family (1987)
#72 If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Beverly (1987)
#73 Steal Me a Story (1987)
#74 Trouble in Eden (1987)
#75 Indian Giver (1987)
#76 Doom with a View (1987)
#77 Who Threw the Barbitals in Mrs. Fletcher’s Chowder? (1988)
#78 Harbinger of Death (1988)
#79 Curse of the Daanav (1988)
#80 Mourning Among the Wisterias (1988)
#81 Murder Through the Looking Glass (1988)
#82 A Very Good Year for Murder (1988)
#83 Benedict Arnold Slipped Here (1988)
#84 Just Another Fish Story (1988)
#85 Showdown in Saskatchewan (1988)
#86 Deadpan (1988)
#87 The Body Politic (1988)
#88 J.B.. as in Jailbird (1988)
#89 A Little Night Work (1988)
#90 Mr. Penroy’s Vacation (1988)
#91 Snow White, Blood Red (1988)
#92 Coal Miner’s Slaughter (1988)
#93 Wearing of the Green (1988)
#94 The Last Flight of the Dixie Damsel (1988)
#95 Prediction: Murder (1989)
#96 Something Borrowed, Someone Blue (1989)
#97 Weave a Tangled Web (1989)
#98 The Search for Peter Kerry (1989)
#99 Smooth Operators (1989)
#100 Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble (1989)
#101 From Russia… with Blood (1989)
#102 Alma Murder (1989)
#103 Truck Stop (1989)
#104 The Sins of Castle Cove (1989)
#105 Trevor Hudson’s Legacy (1989)
#106 Double Exposure (1989)
#107 Three Strikes, You’re Out (1989)
#108 Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall: Part 1 (1989)
#109 Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall: Part 2 (1989)
#110 Appointment in Athens (1989)
#111 Seal of the Confessional (1989)
#112 The Grand Old Lady (1989)
#113 The Error of Her Ways (1989)
#114 Jack and Bill (1989)
#115 Dead Letter (1989)
#116 Night of the Tarantula (1989)
#117 When the Fat Lady Sings (1989)
#118 Test of Wills (1989)
#119 Class Act (1989)
#120 Town Father (1989)
#121 Good-Bye Charlie (1990)
#122 If the Shoe Fits (1990)
#123 How to Make a Killing Without Really Trying (1990)
#124 The Fixer-Upper (1990)
#125 The Big Show of 1965 (1990)
#126 Murder — According to Maggie (1990)
#127 O’Malley’s Luck (1990)
#128 Always a Thief (1990)
#129 Shear Madness (1990)
#130 The Szechuan Dragon (1990)
#131 The Sicilian Encounter (1990)
#132 Trials and Tribulations (1990)
#133 Deadly Misunderstanding (1990)
#134 See You in Court, Baby (1990)
#135 Hannigan’s Wake (1990)
#136 The Family Jewels (1990)
#137 A Body to Die For (1990)
#138 The Return of Preston Giles (1990)
#139 The Great Twain Robbery (1990)
#140 Ballad for a Blue Lady (1990)
#141 Murder in F Sharp (1990)
#142 Family Doctor (1991)
#143 Suspicion of Murder (1991)
#144 Moving Violation (1991)
#145 Who Killed J.B. Fletcher? (1991)
#146 The Taxman Cometh (1991)
#147 From the Horse’s Mouth (1991)
#148 The Prodigal Father (1991)
#149 Where Have You Gone, Billy Boy? (1991)
#150 Thursday’s Child (1991)
#151 Murder, Plain and Simple (1991)
#152 Tainted Lady (1991)
#153 The Skinny According to Nick Cullhane (1991)
#154 Bite the Big Apple (1991)
#155 Night Fears (1991)
#156 Unauthorized Obituary (1991)
#157 Thicker Than Water (1991)
#158 Lines of Excellence (1991)
#159 Judge Not (1991)
#160 Terminal Connection (1991)
#161 A Killing in Vegas (1991)
#162 The Committee (1991)
#163 The List of Yuri Lermentov (1991)
#164 Danse Diabolique (1992)
#165 The Witch’s Curse (1992)
#166 Incident in Lot 7 (1992)
#167 The Monte Carlo Murders (1992)
#168 Tinker, Tailor, Liar, Thief (1992)
#169 Ever After (1992)
#170 To the Last Will I Grapple with Thee (1992)
#171 Programmed for Murder (1992)
#172 Day of the Dead (1992)
#173 Angel of Death (1992)
#174 Badge of Honor (1992)
#175 Murder on Madison Avenue (1992)
#176 Murder in Milan (1992)
#177 Family Secrets (1992)
#178 The Mole (1992)
#179 The Wind Around the Tower (1992)
#180 The Dead File (1992)
#181 Night of the Coyote (1992)
#182 Sugar & Spice, Malice & Vice (1992)
#183 The Classic Murder (1992)
#184 A Christmas Secret (1992)
#185 The Sound of Murder (1993)
#186 Final Curtain (1993)
#187 Double Jeopardy (1993)
#188 Dead Eye (1993)
#189 Killer Radio (1993)
#190 The Petrified Florist (1993)
#191 Threshold of Fear (1993)
#192 The Big Kill (1993)
#193 Dead to Rights (1993)
#194 Lone Witness (1993)
#195 Ship of Thieves (1993)
#196 The Survivor (1993)
#197 Love’s Deadly Desire (1993)
#198 A Death in Hong Kong (1993)
#199 For Whom the Ball Tolls (1993)
#200 The Legacy of Borbey House (1993)
#201 The Phantom Killer (1993)
#202 A Virtual Murder (1993)
#203 Bloodlines (1993)
#204 A Killing in Cork (1993)
#205 Love & Hate in Cabot Cove (1993)
#206 Murder at a Discount (1993)
#207 Murder in White (1993)
#208 Northern Explosion (1994)
#209 Proof in the Pudding (1994)
#210 Portrait of Death (1994)
#211 Deadly Assets (1994)
#212 Murder on the Thirtieth Floor (1994)
#213 Time to Die (1994)
#214 The Dying Game (1994)
#215 The Trouble with Seth (1994)
#216 Roadkill (1994)
#217 A Murderous Muse (1994)
#218 Wheel of Death (1994)
#219 A Nest of Vipers (1994)
#220 Amsterdam Kill (1994)
#221 To Kill a Legend (1994)
#222 Death in Hawaii (1994)
#223 Dear Deadly (1994)
#224 The Murder Channel (1994)
#225 Fatal Paradise (1994)
#226 Crimson Harvest (1994)
#227 Murder by Twos (1994)
#228 Murder of the Month Club (1994)
#229 An Egg to Die For (1994)
#230 The Scent of Murder (1995)
#231 Death ’N Denial (1995)
#232 Murder in High “C” (1995)
#233 Twice Dead (1995)
#234 Film Flam (1995)
#235 Murder a la Mode (1995)
#236 The Dream Team (1995)
#237 School for Murder (1995)
#238 Another Killing in Cork (1995)
#239 Game, Set, Murder (1995)
#240 Nailed (1995)
#241 A Quaking in Aspen (1995)
#242 The Secret of Gila Junction (1995)
#243 Big Easy Murder (1995)
#244 Home Care (1995)
#245 Nan’s Ghost: Part 1 (1995)
#246 Nan’s Ghost: Part 2 (1995)
#247 Shooting in Rome (1995)
#248 Deadly Bidding (1995)
#249 Frozen Stiff (1995)
#250 Unwilling Witness (1995)
#251 Kendo Killing (1996)
#252 Death Goes Double Platinum (1996)
#253 Murder in Tempo (1996)
#254 The Dark Side of the Door (1996)
#255 Murder Among Friends (1996)
#256 Something Foul in Flappieville (1996)
#257 Track of a Soldier (1996)
#258 Evidence of Malice (1996)
#259 Southern Double-Cross (1996)
#260 Race to Death (1996)
#261 What You Don’t Know Can Kill You (1996)
#262 Mrs. Parker’s Revenge (1996)
#263 Death by Demographics (1996)