4 thoughts on “When Did Murder, She Wrote Jump the Shark?

  1. I took a brief, informal poll on a Discord and the consensus was when she moved to New York

  2. The later series aren’t as strong, from the New York, move onwards. The mysteries get a bit more formulaic for example. However other aspects remain consistent and some improve, the acting from the guest cast feels a bit more up to date for example.

    The main thing that stops it jumping is Lansbury; her charm and watchability elevates everything.

  3. I’d say it jumped at Core Concept. The idea that this tiny town would have a murder rate to rival NYC or Chicago is just unbelievable. If the show was built around her solving various crimes and not just murders it would have been a much better show.

  4. I’ve heard the guest-detectives were due to Lansbury wanting time off to return to the stage, and the producers – fearing she might bolt completely – were looking for a spin-off if worse came to worse.

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