British detective shows, new in 2021

As part of my mission to compile a TV Detective Database listing all mystery/detective/crime shows ever made, I have already compiled lists spanning the decades from the 1950s until the 2010s. A couple months ago, I also completed a round-up of all…

Jerry Orbach on ‘Murder, She Wrote’ and ‘The Law & Harry McGraw’

Prior to his long-running role as the NYPD detective Lennie Briscoe on Law & Order, Jerry Orbach had a recurring role as a Boston private investigator named Harry McGraw. The character was first introduced in an episode of Murder, She…

Before Jessica Fletcher: early detective shows starring women

Early detective shows produced at the dawn of television were ubiquitously centered on male detectives. In the 1950s, the shows had eponymous titles like 'Casey, Crime Photographer', 'Charlie Wilde, Private Detective', and 'Craig Kenney, Criminologist'. But it took a while…

Jessica Fletcher is NOT allergic to radishes: a Wikipedia cautionary tale

It all started on the Murder, She Wrote subreddit: a Reddit user posted a question asking "Was Jessica Fletcher Allergic to Radishes???" This piqued my interest since (just like the original poster) I couldn't recall this allergy ever being mentioned…

American detective shows that premiered in 2020

This week, I'm continuing with my mission to compile a TV Detective Database listing all mystery/detective/crime shows ever made. I have already compiled lists spanning the decades from the 1950s until the 2010s. And now that the year 2020 is well…

Murder, She Wrote: Manhattans and Murder (Book Review)

While I have watched the Murder, She Wrote TV series over and over multiple times, I must confess that it wasn't until I started this blog almost three years ago that I first discovered the Murder, She Wrote spin-off novels.…