I love Murder She Wrote so much, in fact, that I made a pilgrimage to Mendocino (where the Cabot Cove setting was actually filmed) a few years ago. One detail production got wrong: Town signs in New England list date of establishment, not population. Cabot Cove would also be more likely to have a First Selectman than a mayor.
Oooh yeah. One of my goals is to head to Mendocino. And you’re right, but there are so many inaccuracies. The weather (see the Christmas in Maine post below). The way various races and cultures are misrepresented. Character details—is Amos Tupper from Maine or Kentucky? His accent sure isn’t Kentucky, I can tell you that! Even the dialogue WITHIN individual episodes can be completely messed. One character will say something and another character will quote a third character as having said it (see Sticks and Stones for instance “you weren’t much of a lawman.”)
I love this show sooooooooooooooooooo very much, but certainly not for its accuracy! haha
I chalk it up to good fun. I mean look at The Golden Girls. Their number of childen - and their children’s names - seems to fluctuate. The actors portraying siblings and children were constantly swapped and switched. Hell, when Dorothy’s brother Phil - a lifetime resident of Brooklyn - dies, they have the funeral in MIAMI. Just love it for what it is and don’t dig too deep! LOL
Because this totally looks like a Christmas in Maine.
You’re right—that’s not the New England Christmas I know! And those don’t look like Maine evergreens…This is still my favorite Murder She Wrote episode, though. I’m a sucker for anything Christmas-themed. Plus, it’s the only episode, I believe, where NO ONE actually dies! And it’s set in Cabot Cove. I always feel a little disappointed when an episode is set in New York or, worse, Ireland (too many bad Irish accents for me to handle).
YES! ON ALL COUNTS! I’m a sucker for anything Christmas, too! (It’s the only MSW Christmas episode, isn’t it?) And I much prefer the Cabot Cove ones!
I think it is! Although there may be multiple Christmas-themed Murder She Wrote mystery novels. I’ve been given _A Little Yuletide Murder_ at least three times. I have a fantasy of a Newhart-Murder She Wrote Christmas-themed crossover. Which plays on ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas. (The Newhart house, like the Jessica Fletcher house, is also a B&B—that should be next on my list).
I’m not the biggest Newhart fan, though I still think of their series finale as being one of the best, but that’d be a neat crossover. I’ve read a few of the MSW books, but I don’t own any of them. I have a love-hate relationship with Donald Bain!
Yes on many counts! I love this episode for all those reasons (set in Cabot Cove, Christmas), but I also love it for the interactions between Seth and Jessica. He is feeling quite blue this Christmas and Jessica gets him a simple yet heartfelt gift that thaws him for the season. Just great stuff. And I enjoy the Bain books. I kind of think of them as an alternate universe Jessica Fletcher. :)
Hey, we’re back! My wedding is over and my plan is to knock one of these out a week, every Saturday, barring unforeseeable circumstances. So let’s get on with the next episode in our journey: Deadly Lady.