Murder is her hobby

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Television series
German title Murder is her hobby, too: whenever she wrote crime novels
Original title Murder, She Wrote
Country of production United States
original language English
Year (s) 1984-1996
length 45 minutes
Episodes 264 in 12 seasons ( List )
genre Comedy , crime film
music John Addison
First broadcast September 30, 1984 (USA) on CBS
first broadcast
April 12, 1988 on Das Erste
Angela Lansbury
Jessica Beatrice Fletcher
William Windom
Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Tom Bosley
Sheriff Amos Tupper
Ron Māsak
Sheriff Mort Butcher
Michael Horton
Grady Fletcher
Richard Paul

Murder is her hobby or Whenever she wrote crime stories (Original title: Murder, She Wrote ) is an American crime series with Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher in the lead role. It was broadcast from 1984 to 1996 on the US television station CBS . In 1988, the ARD showed 23 episodes under the title Always when she wrote crime stories . From 1990 to 2001 RTL and Super RTL broadcast the entire series in a new dubbed version.


The main protagonist is crime writer and former English teacher Jessica Beatrice MacGill-Fletcher . In the opening credits you can see a typewriter with which Fletcher writes her thrillers, in the later episodes you see a computer instead of the typewriter.

When her husband Frank Fletcher died, she wrote her first detective novel. Her nephew Grady sent it to a publisher and it was an instant hit. Now she devotes herself entirely to writing crime stories. She likes to travel with the income from her books and visit friends and relatives. Every time she is involved in a murder case, which she solves thanks to her excellent talent for combination. The coastal village of Cabot Cove in Maine is the home of Jessica Fletcher, later the filming and setting are often other cities, including not only the US, but also those in Europe and East Asia . She is often in New York for the premieres of her books or lectures and from episode 155 (season 8) Fletcher has a teaching position for criminology at the university there , for which she gets an apartment on site. From now on she investigates more frequently in New York.

However, some episodes are denied by other main actors, such as the private detective Harry McGraw who is her friend , Dennis Stanton , who has been transformed from a jewel thief to an insurance detective (for the first time in episode 90) or the British MI6 secret agent Michael Hagarty , also a friend of Jessica Fletcher. It then only appears in a short introduction. In further episodes she presents her new book or introduces the experiences of acquaintances. And in episode 113 (A Great Old Lady ; plays on the luxury steamer RMS Queen Mary in the 1940s ) she recalls an event in the life of the crime writer Lady Abigail Austin , a great role model for her. Then there were the adventures of her English cousin Emma MacGill .


Jessica Fletcher is a born MacGill, whose ancestors from Kilcleer ( County Cork ) in Ireland come from. She was married to Frank Fletcher and lives in a house at 698 Candlewood Lane in the fictional , 3,560-inhabitant coastal town of Cabot Cove , Maine. She has stopped working as an English teacher since she started writing crime novels. In her youth, Fletcher went to boarding school. She is childless, but has an unmanageable number of relatives, including a. a brother Marshall, who is a doctor with a daughter named Pamela. Her numerous nieces and nephews include Grady Fletcher (from episode 1), whom she and her husband raised after the death of his parents and who gets into trouble in numerous episodes. One of her nieces is Victoria Brandon , who is married to the unsuccessful actor Howard Griffin . After several girlfriends, Grady marries Donna, who comes from a wealthy family . Other known nephews and nieces include: Johnny Eaton (a football player ), policewoman Carol, and screenwriter Nita . The name and occupation of Fletcher's English cousin (Emma MacGill, vaudeville singer) are a reference to Lansbury's mother.

In the later episodes, Fletcher teaches criminology in New York, which is why she moves into an apartment in the "Penfield Apartment House".

Fletcher's books (among others): The corpse dances at midnight (1st crime novel); Murder on the racetrack (4th crime novel); The murder at supper.


Jessica Fletcher is said to be the American answer to the British fictional character Miss Marple . The producers made this connection very consciously, also made clear by the original title of the series: Murder, she wrote. Murder, she said was the title of the first of four Miss Marple crime novels starring Margaret Rutherford in the 1960s.

The American forensic pioneer Frances Glessner Lee is considered a historical role model for Jessica Fletcher .

Some of the filming took place in Mendocino , California , where Fletcher's house also provides bed and breakfast accommodation. Backdrops in Universal Studios served as the coast and main street .

Four full-length episodes were also produced between 1997 and 2003 -

  • 1997: Murder Is Her Hobby: A Witness Disappears (Murder, She Wrote: South By Southwest)
  • 2000: Murder Is Her Hobby : A Story To Die For (Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For)
  • 2001: Murder is Her Hobby: The Last Free Man (Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man)
  • 2003: Murder is her hobby : The Celtic Riddle (Murder, She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle) .

Many prominent guest stars such as Tom Selleck (as Thomas Magnum), William Conrad , Linda Blair , Leslie Nielsen , Dirk Benedict , Jean Simmons , James Coburn and Jerry Orbach (as private detective Harry McGraw, who later got his own series) were able to win for the series become. In 1986 there was a crossover between the series Murder is Her Hobby and Magnum . Angela Lansbury played Jessica Fletcher in the Magnum episode Competition from the Mainland (Original Title: Novel Collection) . The sequel came in the murder-is-her-hobby episode Murders in Hawaii (Magnum on Ice) . In 1997 RTL broadcast this double episode under the title Magnum and Murder is Her Hobby: Competition from the mainland .


The actor William Windom , who played the doctor Seth Hazlitt in Cabot Cove from episode 24, already had a guest role as a suspect in episode 22 (season 1). Actor Ron Māsak appeared in episode 18 (season 1) as a New York police officer and in episode 64 (season 3) as a suspect, before he later replaced the previous (Amos Tupper) as Sheriff Mort Metzger in episode 91.

The theme music of the series is taken up in the song Rap is his Hobby , in the album of the same name by the Austrian rapper Dame .

Michael Horton , who plays Jessica's nephew Grady Fletcher, is married to Debbie Zipp in real life . She plays his wife Donna. The two met on the set.

Guest stars

Numerous well-known or later well-known actors have appeared several times in guest roles for an episode, including (in alphabetical order):

Melissa Sue Anderson , René Auberjonois , Hoyt Axton , Adrienne Barbeau , Joanna Barnes , Robert Beltran , Dirk Benedict , Polly Bergen , Turhan Bey , Joey Bishop , Linda Blair , Ann Blyth , Sonny Bono , Ernest Borgnine , Ben Browder , LeVar Burton , Capucine , Ismael East Carlo , Lois Chiles , Dennis Christopher , George Clooney , James Coburn , James Coco , Chuck Connors , Courteney Cox , Marcia Cross , Greg Cruttwell , Lynda Day George , Yvonne De Carlo , John de Lancie , Cliff DeYoung , Jimmy Dean , Guy Doleman , Samantha Eggar , Ethan Embry , Morgan Fairchild , Jamie Farr , Mike Farrell , Steve Forrest , Andy García , Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Stewart Granger , Peter Graves , Buddy Hackett , Neil Patrick Harris , Tippi Hedren , John Hillerman , Ken Howard , Olivia Hussey , Raymond St. Jacques , Stanley Kamel , Brian Keith , Ken Kercheval , Margot Kidder , Robert Knepper , Eric Allan Kramer , Martin Landau , Piper Laurie , Steve Lawrence , Janet Leigh , Larry Linville , Bill Maher , D avid McCallum , Rue McClanahan , Roddy McDowall , Darren McGavin , Kristy McNichol , Gerald McRaney , Lee Meriwether , Vera Miles , Ricardo Montalbán , William R. Moses , Kate Mulgrew , Edward Mulhare , Mildred Natwick , Barry Newman , Leslie Nielsen , Cynthia Nixon , Cliff Osmond , Jameson Parker , Joe Pesci , Joaquin Phoenix , Summer Phoenix , Jane Powell , Denver Pyle , John Rhys-Davies , Doris Roberts, Esther Rolle , Ruth Roman , Cesar Romero , Mickey Rooney , Betsy Russell , John Saxon , Anne Schedeen , Tom Selleck , Liz Sheridan , James Shigeta , Jean Simmons , Shawnee Smith , David Soul , Jerry Stiller , Loretta Swit , George Takei , Andrea Thompson , Charlene Tilton , Ray Walston , Adam West , Sheb Wooley , Max Wright and Billy Zane .


German voice actor
Jessica Fletcher Angela Lansbury Gisela Trowe (ARD synchronization)
Dagmar Altrichter (RTL synchronization)
Dr. Seth Hazlitt William Windom Günther Sauer (ARD synchronization) Joachim Nottke (RTL synchronization)
Sheriff Amos Tupper Tom Bosley KE Ludwig (ARD synchronization) Gerd Duwner (RTL synchronization)
Sheriff Mort Butcher Ron Māsak Uwe Paulsen
Grady Fletcher Michael Horton Stefan Gossler
Mayor Sam Booth Richard Paul Andreas Hanft

Episode overview

see: list of episodes of murder is her hobby

International charisma

The television series Murder is Her Hobby has been broadcast in many countries since the series began and is still shown on some television channels today. The Polish version is the only one with a voiceover , otherwise there are only dubbed or subtitle versions.

country TV channel title translation language
AustraliaAustralia Australia Network Ten , TV1 ,
Channel Seven
Murder, She Wrote She wrote murder English
BelgiumBelgium Belgium VTM , VIJFtv Murder, She Wrote She wrote murder English ,
Dutch subtitles
BrazilBrazil Brazil Universal Channel Assassinato por Escrito Written murder Brazilian-Portuguese dubbing
BulgariaBulgaria Bulgaria Fox Crime , Diema Убийство по сценарий Murder by script Bulgarian dubbing
ChileChile Chile Canal 13 Reportera del crimen Crime reporter Latin American-Spanish dubbing
DenmarkDenmark Denmark DR 2 Hun så et mord She saw a murder English ,
Danish subtitles
GermanyGermany Germany ARD , WDR , RTL , Super RTL , TNT series , Kabel Eins , rbb television , Einsfestival , Sat.1 Gold Whenever she wrote crime novels ,
murder is her hobby
German dubbing, English
EstoniaEstonia Estonia TV3 Mõrv sai teoks Murder came true English ,
Estonian subtitles
FinlandFinland Finland YLE TV1 Murhasta tuli totta Murder came true English ,
Finnish subtitles
FranceFrance France La Cinq, TF1 ,
TV Breizh
Arabesque Fantastic French dubbing
GreeceGreece Greece Star Channel Η συγγραφέας ντετέκτιβ The detective writer English ,
Greek subtitles
IrelandIreland Ireland RTÉ One Murder, She Wrote She wrote murder English
IsraelIsrael Israel HOT , Israel 10 רצח במשיכת קולמוס Murder with the stroke of a pen English ,
Hebrew subtitles
ItalyItaly Italy Rai Uno , Fox Crime , Rai Due , Rete 4 La signora in giallo The lady in yellow (or the crime lady (giallo = crime story)) Italian dubbing
JapanJapan Japan NHK , Mystery Channel,
LaLa TV, Chiba TV ,
Gunma TV
ジ ェ シ カ お ば さ ん の 事件簿
Jessica obasan no jikenbo
Aunt Jessica's case files Japanese dubbing
CanadaCanada Canada Vision TV Murder, She Wrote She wrote murder English
QuebecQuebecCanada: Québec TQS Elle écrit au meurtre She writes about the murder Québec-French dubbing
CroatiaCroatia Croatia HRT Ubojstvo, napisala je She wrote murder English ,
Croatian subtitles
KuwaitKuwait Kuwait KTV 2 Murder, She Wrote She wrote murder English ,
Arabic subtitles
LatviaLatvia Latvia LTV1 Noziegumam pa pēdām As a result of crime Latvian dubbing
LithuaniaLithuania Lithuania TV3 Džesika Flečer Jessica Fletcher Lithuanian dubbing
MexicoMexico Mexico Universal Channel Reportera del crimen Crime reporter Latin American-Spanish dubbing
NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands RTL 8 Murder, She Wrote She wrote murder English ,
Dutch subtitles
NorwayNorway Norway TV3 Jessica Fletcher Jessica Fletcher English ,
Norwegian subtitles
AustriaAustria Austria ORF , pulse 4 , ATV II Murder is her hobby German synchronization
PhilippinesPhilippines Philippines GMA Network , RJTV 29 Murder, She Wrote She wrote murder English
PolandPoland Poland 13th Street , AXN Crime , TV Puls , BTVS Napisała: Morderstwo She wrote murder Polish voice over
PortugalPortugal Portugal RTP 1 Crime, Disse Ela She said crime English ,
Portuguese subtitles
RomaniaRomania Romania Pro Cinema , TVR 2 Verdict: Crima Verdict: Crime English ,
Romanian subtitles
RussiaRussia Russia НТВ, Домашний Она написала убийство She wrote murder Russian dubbing
SwedenSweden Sweden TV3 Murder and inga visor Murder and no melodies English ,
Swedish subtitles
SerbiaSerbia Serbia Fox Crime Pisac i detective Author and detective English ,
Serbian subtitles
SlovakiaSlovakia Slovakia Markíza To je vražda, napísala This is murder, she wrote Slovak synchronization
SloveniaSlovenia Slovenia Channel A Umor je napisala She wrote murder English ,
Slovenian subtitles
SpainSpain Spain TVE , Calle 13 ,
Antena 3
Se ha escrito un crimen A crime has been written Spanish dubbing
CataloniaCataloniaSpain: Catalonia TV3 S'ha escrit un crim A crime has been written Catalan dubbing
GaliciaGaliciaSpain: Galicia TVG Escribiuse un crime A crime has been written Galician synchronization
South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa TV1 Murder, She Wrote She wrote murder English
Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic TV Nova To je vražda, napsala This is murder, she wrote Czech dubbing
TurkeyTurkey Turkey TRT 1 , Star TV ,
Kanal D
Cinayet Dosyası Murder files Turkish synchronization
UkraineUkraine Ukraine СТБ Вона написала вбивство She wrote murder Ukrainian dubbing
HungaryHungary Hungary Viasat 3 Gyilkos sorok Murderous lines Hungarian dubbing
UruguayUruguay Uruguay Monte Carlo Televisión Reportera del crimen Crime reporter Latin American-Spanish dubbing
United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom ITV , BBC One ,
BBC Two , Alibi
Murder, She Wrote She wrote murder English
United StatesUnited States United States CBS , Hallmark Channel Murder, She Wrote She wrote murder English


Murder is her hobby won two Emmy Awards and six Golden Globe awards from twelve nominations .


Universal Studios released the series on DVDs in Germany as follows:

  • Season 1.1 on June 28, 2007
  • Season 1.2 on August 23, 2007
  • Season 2.1 on October 25, 2007
  • Season 2.2 on January 31, 2008
  • Season 3.1 on May 29, 2008
  • Season 3.2 on July 24, 2008
  • Season 4.1 on April 9, 2009
  • Season 4.2 on July 23, 2009
  • Season 5.1 on March 25, 2010
  • Season 5.2 on July 22, 2010
  • Season 6.1 on November 14, 2013
  • Season 6.2 on January 16, 2014
  • Season 7.1 on March 13, 2014
  • Season 7.2 on May 16, 2014
  • Season 8.1 on August 14, 2014
  • Season 8.2 on October 30, 2014
  • Season 9.1 on August 13, 2015
  • Season 9.2 on October 8, 2015
  • Season 10.1 on December 3, 2015
  • Season 10.2 on March 3, 2016
  • Season 11.1 on May 26, 2016
  • Season 11.2 on August 4, 2016
  • Season 12.1 on October 13, 2016



The American television network NBC planned to revive the series in 2013 and commissioned the production of a pilot film . Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer was supposed to play a hospital clerk and hobby detective who also publishes detective novels. The script for the pilot was written by Alexandra Cunningham , who was also to serve as executive producer with David Janollari . Angela Lansbury spoke out against the project. In January 2014 it was announced that NBC abandoned the plans.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Nellie Andreeva: NBC To Reboot 'Murder, She Wrote' With Octavia Spencer Starring, Alex Cunningham Writing And David Janollari Producing. In: October 23, 2013, accessed October 24, 2013 .
  2. Angela Lansbury on the 'Murder, She Wrote' remake: 'It's a mistake' to use that title. Associated Press , November 11, 2013, accessed January 25, 2014 .
  3. Nellie Andreeva: NBC's 'Murder She Wrote' Reboot Not Going Forward, Could Be Revisited In The Future. In: January 21, 2014, accessed January 25, 2014 .