Why We Loved Jessica Fletcher!

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“Jessica Fletcher”

Remember an attractive, soft spoken, energetic older lady who never looked for trouble yet managed to solve a murder mystery each week on TV for twelve seasons?

Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) was a retired teacher, now a best selling author living in Cabot Cove, Maine.  She seemed a typical lady of her age who baked, kept a nice home, had lots of friends and wrote successful mysteries She was also an amateur detective.

Murders happened wherever Jessica might be. It could be Cabot Cove or it could be anywhere in the country or even overseas.  When Jess went on tour, murder was sure to follow.

It didn’t seem to matter where Jessica Fletcher might be traveling.  She might be on a book tour or just visiting with her many friends or family.  Wherever it was Jess would come across a murder.  Occasionally the detectives in that area would be a fan of her books and welcome her assistance.  More often the detectives resented her meddling in their crime scene until she proved her deductions were on target.

Eventually Ms Fletcher developed friendships with members of police departments all over the United States and in Scotland Yards.

Law enforcement in her hometown  learned to tolerate Ms Fletcher.  Over time Sheriff Amos Tupper (Tom Bosley) and later Sheriff Mort Metzger (Ron Masak) developed an appreciation for her powers of deduction.  The sheriff may think the most obvious suspect was the murderer.  Jessica through logic would prove why it was not that suspect but someone else responsible for the crime.

In Cabot Cove one of her best friends was the town doctor, Dr. Seth Hazlitt (William Windom).  Dr. Hazlitt was often a sounding board for Jessica.  He’d try to caution her about this or that only she never seemed to heed the warnings.  Seth then would sometimes assists with Jessica’s sleuthing.

Jessica’s favorite nephew was Grady Fletcher (Michael Horton).  It seems that through no fault of his own Grady was always getting into some kind of trouble with the law. His aunt, of course, would have to help out.

In later episodes Jessica Fletcher moved to New York in order to be nearer her publisher.  As always, murders that needed her powers of deduction turned up there.

Murder She Wrote was a well-acted, very enjoyable show.  Many of the episodes featured familiar guest stars that we may not have seen for a long time.

Her devoted fans had the pleasure of watching Jessica Fletchers and company each week from 1984 to 1996 on their TV sets.  You watched the show and tried to figure out the culprit.  It was a sad day when the series ended.

During it’s run Murder She Wrote was one of the most successful shows in television, not only in this country, but also around the world.  The series won the Golden Globe twice in the Outstanding Drama Series category.

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  1. Mackey says:

    Jessica and husband Frank raised nephew Grady Fletcher (Michael Horton) after his parents died. I cannot remember how or why they perished but Grady became the child they never had. And, as I recall, Jessica moved to New York because she had accepted a teaching position at a New York City college. Again, the name escapes me. Apologies for not having these 2 details.

  2. Lori says:

    I remember her saying once “after my sister and brother in law died in that awful accident” or something to that affect.

  3. Louise says:

    Jessica had a lot of nephews and nieces, but I don’t remember ever seeing any of Jessica’s siblings.

    • June Floyd says:

      Her brother Marshall appeared on a series that his daughter was having mental issues after her husband was killed and Jess took her on a cruise and solved the murder. Good one.

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