December 15, 2009

Review - Murder, She Wrote: The Complete Second Season



 In many television series, the second season is where the show's formula and writing really take flight. Murder, She Wrote is no exception. Here, more twist-filled stories and great guest stars drive home some of the best mysteries the whole family could enjoy.
 Here, in the second season, we're introduced to recurring characters Seth Hazlitt (William Windom) and Michael Haggerty (Len Cariou), as well as Jessica's British cousin Emma (also played brilliantly by Angela Lansbury).
 The second season also brought more mysteries taking place in Cabot Cove itself, like in "Joshua Peabody Died Here... Possibly", when a skeleton's discovered at a construction site, and "Sticks and Stones", where the town's flooded with an onslaught of poison pen letters after a murder takes place.
 Image quality's an improvement over the previous set, but the odd speckled scene here and there remains.
 Guest stars are important too. This season features: Gary Crosby, Dick Van Patten, Cyd Charisse, Mel Ferrer, Roddy McDowall, Norman Fell, Mackenzie Phillips, June Lockhart, Martin Milner, Lee Meriwether, Vera Miles, Adrienne Barbeau, Norman Fell, Jessica Walter, Yvonne De Carlo, Glynis Johns, Patrick Macnee, Olivia Hussey, Carole Cook, Kristoffer Tabori, John Astin, Karen Black, Vic Tayback, Carol Lawrence, Robert Stack, Alex Rocco, David Hedison, Jerry Orbach (appearing again as Harry McGraw), Rex Smith, Linda Hamilton, Van Johnson, Audrey Meadows, Penny Singleton, and Robert Vaughn.

 A great follow-up to the first season, Murder, She Wrote: The Complete Second Season is sure to make a great addition to any mystery lover's collection.

Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) in Murder, She Wrote: Widow, Weep for Me

Michael Haggerty (Len Cariou) in Murder, She Wrote; Widow, Weep for Me

Amos (Tom Bosley) in Murder, She Wrote: Joshua Peabody Died Here... Possibly

Joyce Holleran (Jessica Walter) in Murder, She Wrote: Murder in the Afternoon

Alger Kenyon (Roddy McDowall) and Jessica (Angela Lansbury) in Murder, She Wrote: School for Scandal

Ernest Fielding (Kristoffer Tabori) in Murder, She Wrote: Sing a Song of Murder

Sheriff Bodine (Martin Milner) in Murder, She Wrote: Reflections of the Mind

Cliff and Christine Carpenter (Jack Carter and Carole Cook) with Jessica (Angela Lansbury) in Murder, She Wrote: Dead Heat

Warden Gates (Vera Miles) in Murder, She Wrote: Jessica Behind Bars

Gideon Armstrong (Robert Vaughn) in Murder, She Wrote: Murder Digs Deep

Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) in Murder, She Wrote: One Good Bid Deserves a Murder

Harry McGraw (Jerry Orbach) in Murder, She Wrote: One Good Bid Deserves a Murder

Chester Harrison (Robert Stack) in Murder, She Wrote: Christopher Bundy - Died on Sunday

Jessica (Angela Lansbury) and Carol McDermott (Linda Hamilton) in Murder, She Wrote: Menace, Anyone?

Mitch Payne (David Hedison) in Murder, She Wrote: The Perfect Foil

Aunt Mildred (Penny Singleton) in Murder, She Wrote: The Perfect Foil

D.A. Fred Whittaker (Dick Van Patten) and Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury)

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