YMMV / Murder, She Wrote

  • Archive Panic: Going for a solid 12 seasons and about 265 episodes puts the show in this category, to say nothing of the four spinoff movies and the novel series that (as of 2014) numbers somewhere in the 40s and is still going at a rate of two new books a year.
  • Award Snub: Angela Lansbury: 12 Years, 12 Emmy nominations, not a single win.
  • Crossover Ship: Nearly a canon example. The end of the Magnum, P.I. crossover teased Jonathan Higgins and Jessica, although it never went past Higgins quite obviously crushing on Jessica, to her amusement.
    • It was also added to at the end of the syndicated version of the first part, "Novel Connection".
  • Ear Worm: The famous theme song.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "It's a Dog's Life": Cherie Currie's character is named Echo. Guess what brand of power tools Currie endorses as a chainsaw artist?
  • Narm: The infamous drive-by swording sequence from "The Celtic Riddle".
  • Narrowed It Down to the Guy I Recognize: Occasionally subverted. In fact, many guest stars turned out to be allies of Jessica's or a Red Herring, while a character played by a much less famous person was the actual killer.
    • Played straight in "A Very Good Year For Murder", where the family patriarch played by Eli Wallach was the murderer.
  • Occam's Razor: One case has a nasty version of this until you realize that the woman who made this 'mistake' is that episode's perp and is shifting blame away from herself. Before The Reveal it's just jarring. Basically, Jessica returns home to have her phone ringing but it disconnects before she can answer it. Soon after, she's subpoenaed to appear in front of a federal court over the disappearance of a person she doesn't know. Does the persecutor just accept that Jessica doesn't know who it is and that it's a mis-dialed number as Jessica finds out while snooping around the victim's office? No, she charges Jessica with contempt of court and has her thrown in jail for a night. Even if she was just trying to frame someone else, if the persecutor had just gone along and admitted that it was a mis-dialed phone number rather than haul Jessica to the witness stand, she would've gotten away with it.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Kathryn Morris was in one of the TV movies three years before Cold Case premiered.
    • George Clooney and Julianna Marguiles both appeared in episodes (separately) eons before ER made them famous.
  • She Really Can Act: Lois Chiles, considered by critics to be a rather flat presence in films like Moonraker and Death on the Nile, improves considerably in "The Return of Preston Giles", so much so that when she fatally shoots Giles at the episode's end, she's almost chilling.
  • The Scrappy:
  • X Meets Y: Miss Marple meets Castle.