Murder, She Wrote Guest Star Trading Cards
Murder She Wrote was on for a long time. Twelve seasons, 264 episodes, 4 TV movies: that’s a lot of dead bodies, a lot of murderers, a lot of witnesses, a lot of innocent bystanders and jilted lovers and wrongly accused rivals. And a lot of special guests to play them.
Some were familiar stars in the twilight of distinguished careers. Others were young nobodies who would someday be somebodies. Because I am a ridiculous man, I’ve made fake trading cards honoring 16 of the all-time greatest. Collect 'em all!
(They get a lot bigger if you right-click and “View Image” or “Open Image in Another Tab” or whatever.)
Some soulless bastard has taken Murder, She Wrote off of Netflix, and most of the clips on YouTube are in Japanese. So if you want to see these special guests in action, you’ll have to hope these episodes haven’t been pulled down from Dailymotion yet:
- Bryan Cranston and Linda Hamilton
- Richard Roundtree
- Courteney Cox
- Rue McClanahan
- George Clooney
- Joaquin Phoenix
- Megan Mullally
- Bill Maher
- Jerry Stiller
- Jamie Farr
- Leslie Nielsen
- Andy Garcia
- Elliott Gould
- Neil Patrick Harris
- Jeri Ryan
If people like these “cards” enough, I’ll make a second series. In the meantime, feel free to share your favorite unexpected guest appearances from TV shows. Any old rerun suddenly gets a lot more interesting when William Shatner or Robert Duvall wanders into frame.
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/giphy nicely done
/giphy why not
What can be done about this hellhole? Must we destroy Cabot Cove in order to save it?
/giphy "murder capital"
@darksaber99999 If Shaft in an Air Force uniform and Walter White in tennis whites isn’t enough to convince you, nothing I can say will help…
@f00l Maine in general seems to invite more bad thing than is logical. How many Mainians died in Stephen King books?
Everybody knows that Good Ol’ Jess is really a serial killer specializing in killing random individuals and then framing others for the crime.
For the record I Murder She Wrote and am disappointed to hear that it’s gone from Netflix.
@jbartus Even more diabolically, she somehow clouds their minds into confessing. “Yes! I killed him! And I’m glad he’s dead! Do you have any idea what it was like to be the son of the greatest magician in the world? None of my illusions were ever good enough!” etc.
Careful. The OP doesn’t have a staff badge. Links may be viruses.
As you well know, @JasonToon isn’t officially staff. (That’s why I constantly nominate him to be goat, although it’s a less popular opinion than @Kidsandliz being goat, so…)
Meh may be a virus.
Breakfast Octopus may be a virus.
@f00l @medz @snapster
Meh (not to be confused with @meh) is a wallet-emptying virus which manifests itself as being a “friendly” company which offers knives, various Bluetooth items,
@PlacidPenguin and sucks us in with fuko’s - it might be a mutated brain sucking virus…
@PlacidPenguin Well considering I had zero votes hard to see how anyone could be less popular than that… just sayin’
Having less than zero votes is a thing.
@JasonToon suffers from it when goat voting comes around.
And anyways, the attempts to goatify you are at least acknowledged.
You are one sick man. (I’ll be waiting for The Love Boat trading cards.)
@Barney Oooh, and Fantasy Island!
@pitamuffin My next choice!
@Barney I want these and FI (maybe Gillian’s island too). So glad @jasontoon isn’t busy trying to pack up and move half-way around the world, giving him time for these projects.
@mollama I will never admit that I watched Gilligan’s Island. Never.
My younger bro (Ivy League-type successful lawyer) still loves it.
Love these. I grew up watching the show. I would go visit my grandma and we would watch Jessica solve the case
I’m very slowly working my way through the old Hawaii Five-O. Aside from the “time capsule in motion” aspect, spotting the future stars (and not so stars) is the best part. IMDB says there were 228 actors who also appeared in MSW.
OMG I love that show. I loved watching Jack Lord be “Steve McGarrett” while really being Jack Lord on steroids, and how high could they comb his hair?
@walarney Oh, I love Hawaii Five-0! Probably my favorite television depiction of hippies. It’s a far more interesting, darker show than one would expect, especially in later seasons. Have you seen the one with John Ritter yet? Sorry, the first one with John Ritter, where he’s a hippie panhandler running around with an underage runaway and steals money from an embezzler he accidentally punches out?
@JasonToon, you just may be the most interesting man in the world.
@KDemo Or an elderly woman – I always thought they were the only ones watching that show.
@pitamuffin @KDemo What about an elderly woman trapped inside the most interesting man in the world?
@JasonToon - Jessica? Is that you?
@Jessica’s busy murdering her 9486368775th victim and framing someone who resembles a Hollywood TV icon for it.
Maybe not so interesting fact:
The Blair House in Mendocino, CA is Jessica’s house in the show’s opening credits.
@KDemo I believe it’s also her house in most other outside scenes, no?
@jbartus - Yes. I have family in Mendocino. When the film crews are working, they cover the license plates of parked cars with wooden copies of Maine plates. One of my family members accidentally drove around with one for a few days before noticing.
@KDemo that’s actually pretty hilarious.
@jbartus I know, right? Wooden plates!
@KDemo Pretty house. I’d like to live in that! The only thing that would make it better is a big front porch.
LOVE the card set. Well done. Thanks!
Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel is currently airing the show multiple nights a week.
Where’s the best place to stream these from now?
I’m suddenly in the mood for a little small town civilized friendly murder as an alternative to politics and nuclear proliferation.
Joaquin Phoenix is related to Ellen Degeneres?
@ELUNO I know he’s related to River Phoenix
King of the Hill had too many guest stars.
I love watching old shows and seeing people pop up. My favorite is when Jack Nicholson was on the Andy Griffith show!
@producepimp Have you seen him in the 1960 version of Little Shop of Horrors?
A short list of some people who appeared on Columbo:
Ed Begley Jr.
Dick Van Dyke
Lots of recognizable names on MASH, as well. (Haha, using asterisks makes it wonky.)
What show (besides The Simpsons) has the biggest # of well-known guest stars? Do you know?
(Have no idea)
@f00l - Also no idea. It may depend on how long the show lasted.
@f00l Love Boat has to be high on the list. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_The_Love_Boat_guest_stars
@f00l @kdemo Frazier had a lot of big name callers. Dunno if it’s near the top of the list tho.
Could you please post your trading card template? There are about a zillion others to add. Jenny Agutter! Barbara Bain! Adrienne Barbeau, Sandhal Bergman, Gretchen Corbett, Maryam D’Abo… Well, I won’t go on identifying my age.
NOW you tell me it’s off Netflix?! I had been looking for a good binge watch a few weeks ago after finishing Bones and this would have been a good same genre/different perspective follow up. Where were you then to tell me to watch that before it got deleted?!
BTW now watch The Great British Baking Show. Love it [said with fake British accent]!
Hey, you’re a Great Job, Internet! at the AV Club! I’m not sure if congratulations are in order or not, but if they are you have them from me.
@mossygreen Hey wow, that’s cool. Maybe Netflix will notice and decide to keep Murder, She Wrote around.
@mossygreen haha, I just saw this and came here to post the same thing!
THIS IS AMAZING. I have been trying to make this point and find a good inventory for a few years. PLEASE KEEP GOING:
Requesting Marcia Cross, Kate Mulgrew, Herb Edelman, Cynthia Nixon, Bruce Jenner.
This is wonderful. Thank you! I’m a long-time fan of MSW and part of the attraction is delight in how it confounds me. They cast the same actors episode after episode- some as recurring characters and others not. The hair and makeup is so poorly done it’s impossible to know if the obviously fake beard is a clue. Ditto the horrible photo retouching. A head sloppily pasted on a younger body? Is Jessica gasping at the clearly doctored photo? SO GOOD.
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Paul McCartney guest starred on every episode
I think I could curry favor with my girlfriend if I presented her with a set of these.
Bill Maher’s hair, though.
You need to make meh trading cards. That go out in fuko’s and randomly to VMP’s and the other new, yet to be announced programs, members…and create a trading for meh cards trading thread… future meh collectables.
What about The A-Team? Bad guy cards? (PS: Maher has always been a schlong.)
I was more of a Columbo fan myself…
Love these so much! Gotta make a Jenny Lewis card.
@whackusbackus Huh. A random necropost on a long dead thread… Welcome back JasonToon and the gang! Wonder how long this thread will stay afloat at this point…
@shahnm someone posted these cards on a MSW fan page. Something this iconic should live forever.
Just today I got an email from Amazon saying season 2 of Murder She Wrote is new on Prime. Good timing @whackusbackus!
Dang… Cranston looks good! Garcia ALWAYS looks good! Linda Hamilton sure has a big mouth!