December 21, 2009

Review - Murder, She Wrote: The Complete Third Season

The third season of Murder, She Wrote brought another batch of great mysteries, as well as a great crossover between this show and Magnum, P.I..
 Starting us off is the two-parter "Death Stalks the Big Top", where Jessica finds her brother-in-law Neil (Jackie Cooper), who's long been thought dead. It's not long until Neil confesses to murdering one of the circus' workers, but Jessica knows he is innocent and sets out to find the real killer.
 Appearing again are Len Cariou as Michael Haggerty (in "One White Rose for Death"), and Jerry Orbach as Harry McGraw (in "Death Takes a Dive").
 As I mentioned before, this set also features the crossover with Magnum, P.I., but there's a funny mistake with the included Magnum, P.I. episode "Novel Connection": it's the syndicated version, not the network original. That means instead of seeing the police arrest Magnum for murder (even though someone else's bullet killed the hitman), we see Magnum shoot the hitman and save the day, eliminating the cliffhanger (the original open-ended version is on the Magnum, P.I. - The Complete Seventh Season DVD set). Of course, it would make more sense to have the original with "Magnum on Ice".
 Guest stars, like most other seasons, are abundant here. These include: Jackie Cooper, Martin Balsam, Greg Evigan, Florence Henderson, Pat Hingle, Hayley Mills, Erin Moran, Lloyd Bochner, Charles Napier, Leslie Nielsen, Genie Francis and Jeff Conaway (returning as Jessica's niece and nephew-in-law), Marcia Wallace, Gretchen Corbett, Eugene Roche, Len Cariou, Jerry Orbach, Jessica Walter, Dorothy Loudon, Gregg Henry, Courteney Cox, Tom Selleck and John Hillerman (as Magnum and Higgins, respectively), Kathleen Lloyd, Donny Most, Barry Williams, Kate Mulgrew, Colleen Camp, Rene Auberjonois, Shaun Cassidy, Adrienne Barbeau, Joe Santos, LeVar Burton, Buddy Hackett, George Clooney, Ron Masak, Harry Morgan, Eric Braeden, Gloria Stuart, and Steve Lawrence.

Neil Fletcher (Jackie Cooper) in Murder, She Wrote: Death Stalks the Big Top

Lieutenant Kale (Pat Hingle) in Murder, She Wrote: Unfinished Business

Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) and Greta Mueller (Maria Mayenzet) in Murder, She Wrote: One White Rose for Death

Michael Haggerty (Len Cariou) in Murder, She Wrote: One White Rose for Death

Haskell Drake (Harry Guardino) in Murder, She Wrote: Deadline for Murder

Lt. Caruso (Gretchen Corbett) in Murder, She Wrote: Deadline for Murder

Higgins (John Hillerman) in Murder, She Wrote: Magnum on Ice

Sonny Greer (Kate Mulgrew) in Murder, She Wrote: The Corpse Flew First Class

Amos Tupper (Tom Bosley) in Murder, She Wrote: Crossed Up

Harry Papasian (Rene Auberjonois) in Murder, She Wrote: Murder in a Minor Key

Dave Robinson (LeVar Burton) in Murder, She Wrote: Death Takes a Dive

Richard Webb (Harry Morgan) in Murder, She Wrote: The Days Dwindle Down

Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) and Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) in Murder, She Wrote: Magnum on Ice

This set's a must-have for all Murder, She Wrote fans.


  1. Hi Chynna :)
    Nice blog. This surely bring the memory back to the old films. Sigh.. :)
    You do not have the old series on "Twilight Zone'? :)

  2. No Twilight Zone. But as you can see on this blog, I also review Columbo :)