Murder, She Wrote

Murder, She Wrote is an American crime drama television series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher.[4][5] The series aired for 12 seasons with 264 episodes from 1984 to 1996 on the CBS network. It was followed by four TV films. Among the most successful and longest-running television shows in history, it averaged more than 30 million viewers per week in its prime (sometimes hitting above 40 million viewers), and was a staple of the CBS Sunday night lineup for a decade.[6] In syndication, the series is still highly successful throughout the world.

Murder, She Wrote
GenreCrime drama
Detective fiction
Created by
Theme music composerJohn Addison
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons12
No. of episodes264 (+ 4 TV movies) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Running time
  • 48 minutes
  • (excluding commercials)
Production company(s)
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkCBS[3]
Picture format
Original releaseSeptember 30, 1984 (1984-09-30) 
May 19, 1996 (1996-05-19)
Related shows

For her work on Murder, She Wrote, Lansbury was nominated for ten Golden Globes and 12 Emmy Awards, winning four Golden Globe awards. She holds the record for the most Golden Globe nominations and wins for Best Actress in a television drama series and the most Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The series received three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Drama Series. It was nominated for a Golden Globe in the same category six times and won twice.

After the series finished in 1996, four TV movies were released between 1997 and 2003. In 2009, a point-and-click video game was released for the PC platform,[7] followed in 2012 by a sequel.[8] A spin-off book series continues publication at present.



Series producers Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson and William Link thought Lansbury would be perfect for the part of Jessica Fletcher but did not think that she would be interested in a television series. Earlier, she had acted in two film adaptations of Agatha Christie's mystery novels: as Salome Otterbourne in Death on the Nile and as Miss Marple in The Mirror Crack'd (1980). When the latter film did poorly—despite an all star cast including Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Novak, and Tony Curtis—the offer for Lansbury to reprise Miss Marple in three more films never materialized.[9]

When she made it known she would be available if the right project came along, the three creators sent her the script and almost immediately, Lansbury felt she could do something with the role of Jessica Fletcher. With Murder, She Wrote debuting on Sunday, September 30, 1984, the producers were able to parlay their "mystery writer/amateur detective" premise into a 12-year hit for CBS. It also made Lansbury, known previously for her motion picture and Broadway stage work, a household name for millions of television viewers. The title comes from Murder, She Said, which was the title of a 1961 film adaptation of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple novel 4:50 from Paddington.


The show revolves around the day-to-day life of Jessica Fletcher, a widowed and retired English teacher, who becomes a successful mystery writer. Despite fame and fortune, Jessica remains a resident of Cabot Cove, a small coastal community in Maine, and maintains her links with all of her old friends, never letting her success go to her head. Exterior shots of Cabot Cove were filmed in Mendocino, California. The fictional "Cabot Cove" name for the series' coastal town was derived from the name of an actual bay harbor inlet in Kennebunkport, Maine, located near the town's center, on the road where motels and lobster shack dives are located.

The show mostly starts with a preview of the episode's events, with Jessica stating: "Tonight on Murder, She Wrote..." Jessica invariably proves more perceptive than the official investigators of a case, who are almost always willing to arrest the most likely suspect. By carefully piecing the clues together and asking astute questions, she always manages to trap the real murderer. Murder occurred with such regularity in her vicinity that the term "Cabot Cove syndrome" was coined to describe the constant appearance of dead bodies in remote locations. Indeed, if Cabot Cove existed in real life, it would top the FBI's national crime statistics in numerous categories, with some analysis suggesting that the homicide rate in Cabot Cove exceeds even that of the real-life murder capital of the world.[10]

Jessica's relationship with law enforcement officials varies from place to place. Both sheriffs of Cabot Cove resign themselves to having her meddle in their cases. However, most detectives and police officers do not want her anywhere near their crime scenes, until her accurate deductions convince them to listen to her. Some are happy to have her assistance from the start, often because they are fans of her books. With time, she makes friends in many police departments across the U.S., as well as with a British police officer attached to Scotland Yard. At the start of season eight, more of the stories were set in New York City with Jessica moving into an apartment there part-time in order to teach criminology.


In August 1988, Lansbury expressed weariness of her commitment to the series as she was not sure, at 63, that she could continue at the pace now required of her; she specifically cited the change from seven to eight days to shoot each episode. Thus, Murder, She Wrote went into its fifth season that fall with the distinct possibility that it would cease production at the end of it and the series finale would air in May 1989.

A solution was worked on, however, which enabled Lansbury to continue but also give her time to rest. This also enabled some secondary characters to get significant stories. For the next two seasons, Lansbury reduced her appearances in several episodes, only appearing at the beginning and the end, to introduce stories starring several friends of Jessica, like PI Harry McGraw, reformed thief Dennis Stanton or MI5 agent Michael Hagarty. The "experiment" ended in 1991.[11] The next year, Lansbury took on a more extensive role in production as she became one of the series' executive producers.

By the end of the 1994–1995 season, Murder, She Wrote's 11th season, Lansbury again was considering retirement due to her advancing age; this would have made the upcoming twelfth season the final one for the veteran drama. CBS, however, essentially would make the decision for her in what would prove to be a mistake.

When the network released its schedule for the 1995–1996 season, it decided to go in a different direction for its Sunday night lineup and placed two sitcoms, the top 30 hit Cybill and the new Almost Perfect, into the longtime home of Murder, She Wrote. CBS then put the series in its lead position on Thursday nights, anchoring a lineup that included the new drama New York News and the newsmagazine 48 Hours.

The move put Murder, She Wrote in direct competition with the first hour of NBC's Must See TV lineup, which had been drawing the highest ratings of the week for any network for years. Despite protests of many of the show's fans (who believed CBS was intentionally setting the show up to fail in its new timeslot), CBS refused to budge on the new timeslot. Murder, She Wrote plummeted from eighth to fifty-eighth in the yearly ratings as a result; the series lost nearly 6 million viewers and fell below a 10 Nielsen rating as the audience was not willing to follow it to Thursday. It also proved unwilling to watch anything else on CBS on Sunday either; Cybill saw its ratings drop significantly, Almost Perfect was quickly shuffled to Mondays in an attempt to boost its ratings and replaced by The Bonnie Hunt Show, which was quickly cancelled. (In addition, New York News was also cancelled after a few weeks and so was its replacement, the long-running Rescue 911.)

CBS eventually decided the drop in ratings was too much and cancelled Murder, She Wrote after twelve seasons. After a three week hiatus in April 1996, the network returned the show to its longtime Sunday night home to conclude its run; the finale aired on May 19, 1996. The network also agreed to commission four Murder, She Wrote movies over the next few years. The first was South by Southwest (1997), with three more following as A Story to Die For (2000), The Last Free Man (2001), and The Celtic Riddle (2003).[12]

Lansbury stated in May 2011 that she would like to make a comeback appearance as Jessica Fletcher.[13] However, in a 2015 interview, she quashed the idea of reprising the much beloved character, stating, "I think it would be a downer. In some way, we’d have to show her as a much older woman, and I think it’s better to maintain that picture we have in our mind’s eye of her as a vigorous person. I’m still pretty vigorous, especially in the garden … but if I wanted to transform myself back into the woman I looked like then, it would be ridiculous. And I can't do that."[14] She then expressed interest in revisiting the character again in 2017.[15]


Regular cast

  • Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher (1984–1996; 264 episodes), a retired English teacher who, after being widowed in her early 50s, becomes a very successful mystery writer.
  • William Windom as Dr. Seth Hazlitt (1985–1996; 49 episodes), the local doctor of Cabot Cove and one of Jessica's best friends and most intrepid supporters. There is a hint that Dr. Hazlitt may want to be more than a platonic friend but this possibility was never explored. In the season one finale, Windom portrayed Sam Breen, a lawyer who jointly murdered the victim in that episode.
  • Tom Bosley as Sheriff Amos Tupper (1984–1988; 19 episodes), Cabot Cove's sheriff at the start of the series. Tupper later retires and goes to live with his sister.
  • Ron Masak as Sheriff Mort Metzger (1988–1996; 38 episodes), a former NYCPD officer who takes Tupper's place as sheriff in the mistaken belief that he would be living in a more peaceful place. His unseen wife, Adele, a former Marine capable of prodigious acts of strength, teaches self-defense classes. In an earlier episode, Masak portrayed a different character, a store owner in trouble with the IRS, trying to get out of trouble by selling his business. He also portrayed a police officer investigating the murder of an author in another season one episode.
  • Louis Herthum as Deputy Andy Broom (1991–1996, 25 episodes)

Recurring cast

  • Michael Horton as Grady Fletcher (1984–1995; 12 episodes), Jessica's not-so-lucky favorite nephew, who (through no fault of his own) always seems to get in trouble with the law. After many romantic disasters, he gets married later in the series. In real life, Horton is married to actress Debbie Zipp, who played Grady's eventual wife Donna Mayberry in several episodes. (The two were married before working together on Murder, She Wrote.)
  • Madlyn Rhue as Jean O'Neil (1993–1996; 4 episodes), the local disabled librarian in Cabot Cove.
  • Jerry Orbach as Harry McGraw (1985–1991; 6 episodes), an old-school private investigator who becomes friends with Jessica. Orbach was popular enough to garner his own, short-lived spin-off series in 1987, The Law & Harry McGraw.
  • Len Cariou as Michael Hagarty (1985–1992; 7 episodes), a British MI5 agent who would appear when Jessica least expected him to drag her into a dangerous case. Cariou had previously starred with Lansbury on Broadway in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street as the titular character.
  • Richard Paul as Sam Booth (1986–1991; 7 episodes), the genial, ineffectual mayor of Cabot Cove whose main campaign promise is that he will do nothing, and that's exactly why the people of Cabot Cove vote for him.
  • Julie Adams as Eve Simpson (1987–1993; 10 episodes), the Cabot Cove realtor with a great love for men, both single and married, and for gossiping.
  • Ruth Roman as Loretta Speigel (1987–1989; 3 episodes), Cabot Cove's lovelorn hairdresser, also an inveterate gossip.
  • Keith Michell as Dennis Stanton (1988–1993; 9 episodes), a suave English former jewel thief turned insurance claims investigator, who always solves his cases using unusual methods, and often sends a copy of the story to Jessica afterwards. Stanton's assistant, Rhoda, who appeared in most or all of the Stanton-related episodes, was played by Hallie Todd. Many of the episodes starring Dennis do not involve Jessica, and usually begin with her introducing the story to the audience, breaking the fourth wall.
  • Wayne Rogers as Charlie Garrett (1993–1995; 5 episodes), a disreputable private investigator who usually gets into trouble and needs Jessica's help.
  • Claude Akins as Ethan Cragg (1984; 4 episodes), Jessica's fisherman friend.
  • Herb Edelman as Artie Gelber (1984–1995, 10 episodes), a NYPD Lieutenant and Jessica's friend. Edelman initially appeared as a New York City bus driver in the series premiere.
  • John Astin as Harry Pierce (1984–1985, 3 episodes), a local real-estate agent attempting to organize big land deals around town. In his final appearance, Pierce becomes Sheriff when Amos Tupper retires, but then turns out to be a murderer. Astin originally appeared as Ross Hayley, director of a movie based on one of Jessica's books, in the show's third episode.
  • Genie Francis as Victoria (1984, 1987, 1990, 3 episodes), Jessica's niece.

Guest stars


SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankRatingTied with
First airedLast aired
122September 30, 1984 (1984-09-30)April 21, 1985 (1985-04-21)820.1N/A
222September 29, 1985 (1985-09-29)May 18, 1986 (1986-05-18)325.3N/A
322September 28, 1986 (1986-09-28)May 10, 1987 (1987-05-10)425.4N/A
422September 20, 1987 (1987-09-20)May 8, 1988 (1988-05-08)920.2N/A
522October 23, 1988 (1988-10-23)May 21, 1989 (1989-05-21)819.9N/A
622September 24, 1989 (1989-09-24)May 20, 1990 (1990-05-20)1317.7Chicken Soup
722September 16, 1990 (1990-09-16)May 12, 1991 (1991-05-12)1216.4N/A
822September 15, 1991 (1991-09-15)May 17, 1992 (1992-05-17)816.9N/A
922September 20, 1992 (1992-09-20)May 16, 1993 (1993-05-16)517.7N/A
1021September 12, 1993 (1993-09-12)May 22, 1994 (1994-05-22)1116.0TBA
1121September 25, 1994 (1994-09-25)May 14, 1995 (1995-05-14)815.6Friends
1224September 21, 1995 (1995-09-21)May 19, 1996 (1996-05-19)N/AN/AN/A
Movies4November 2, 1997 (1997-11-02)May 9, 2003 (2003-05-09)N/AN/AN/A

Crossover with Magnum, P.I.

The Third Season episode of Murder, She Wrote entitled "Magnum on Ice" concludes a crossover that began on the Seventh Season Magnum, P.I. episode "Novel Connection". In the episode's plot, Jessica comes to Hawaii to investigate an attempt to murder Robin Masters' guests, and then tries to clear Magnum when he's accused of killing the hitman. The Magnum, P.I. episode originally aired on 11/19/86 with the concluding Murder, She Wrote episode following four days later on 11/23/86.

The Magnum, P.I. episode of the crossover is included on the Murder, She Wrote Season 3 DVD set, as well as the Complete Series Set. The Magnum, P.I. Season 7 DVD set, as well as its Complete Series set, includes the Murder, She Wrote episode.

Awards and nominations

Over its twelve-year run Murder, She Wrote received numerous award nominations. Lansbury herself holds the record for the most Emmy nominations for outstanding lead actress in a drama series with twelve, one for each season. She never won, which is also a record. Mary Dodson, the art director for 102 of the series' 264 episodes, received three Emmy nominations for her work on Murder, She Wrote.[16]

Group Award Years Result
Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series 1985–87 Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Angela Lansbury) 1985–96 Nominated
Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (John Addison) 1985[17] Won
Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Bruce Babcock) 1993, 1995 Nominated
Outstanding Costume Design for a Series (Alfred E. Lehman) 1986[17] Won
Golden Globe Awards Best TV Series – Drama 1984, 1985 Won
1986–89 Nominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series – Drama (Angela Lansbury) 1984, 1986, 1989 & 1991 Won
1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992 & 1994 Nominated
Edgar Awards Best Episode of a TV Series ("Deadly Lady") 1985 Won
Best Episode of a TV Series ("The Dead File") 1993 Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series – Drama (Angela Lansbury) 1994 Nominated

US television ratings

Murder, She Wrote maintained extremely high ratings finishing in the top 15 of shows for eleven of its 12 seasons (eight of which it was in the top 10), even well into its late seasons. By its 11th season, Murder, She Wrote was still averaging 25 million viewers per week. At its very peak, the show even hit above 40 million US viewers. However, at the beginning of its 12th season in 1995, CBS moved the show from its extremely popular Sunday night time slot to Thursday night forcing it to compete with NBC's Must See TV line up, and as a result the ratings plummeted. The show rated as the following:

Television ratings
Season Episodes Time slot (ET) Season premiere Season finale Rank Rating
1 1984–85 22 Sunday at 8:00 pm (Episodes 1, 3–23)
Sunday at 9:00 pm (Episode 2)
September 30, 1984 April 21, 1985 #8[18] 20.1
2 1985–86 22 Sunday at 8:00 pm September 29, 1985 May 18, 1986 #3[19] 25.3
3 1986–87 22 September 28, 1986 May 10, 1987 #4[20] 25.4
4 1987–88 22 September 20, 1987 May 8, 1988 #9[21] 20.2
5 1988–89 22 October 23, 1988 May 21, 1989 #8[22] 19.9
6 1989–90 22 September 24, 1989 May 20, 1990 #13[23] 17.7
7 1990–91 22 September 16, 1990 May 12, 1991 #12[24] 16.4
8 1991–92 22 September 15, 1991 May 17, 1992 #8[25] 16.9
9 1992–93 22 September 20, 1992 May 16, 1993 #5[26] 17.7
10 1993–94 21 September 12, 1993 May 22, 1994 #11[27] 16.0
11 1994–95 21 September 25, 1994 May 14, 1995 #8[28] 15.6
12 1995–96 24 Thursday at 8:00 pm (Episodes 1–12, 14–17, 19–20)
Sunday at 8:00 pm (Episodes 13, 18, 21–24)
September 21, 1995 May 19, 1996 #58[29] 9.50

Abandoned reboot

Deadline Hollywood reported in October 2013 that NBC was planning a reboot of the series, starring Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer as a "hospital administrator and amateur sleuth who self-publishes her first mystery novel."[30]

Lansbury commented that she was not a fan of using the title, saying "I think it's a mistake to call it 'Murder, She Wrote,' because 'Murder, She Wrote' will always be about Cabot Cove and this wonderful little group of people who told those lovely stories and enjoyed a piece of that place, and also enjoyed Jessica Fletcher, who is a rare and very individual kind of person." Early on it was decided by producers that Spencer's character would not be named Jessica Fletcher, for only Lansbury could play Jessica Fletcher.[31] It was announced on January 21, 2014, that the reboot would not be going forward.[32]

International syndication

Since its original run on CBS, Murder, She Wrote has been syndicated in many countries around the world.

CountryChannelsTitleLiteral translationLanguage
Argentina - Reportera del crimen Crime Reporter Spanish dubbed
Australia Nine Network,
Network Ten,
111 Greats,
FOX Classics,
13th Street
Murder, She Wrote English
Austria ORF,
Puls 4
Mord ist ihr Hobby Murder Is Her Hobby German dubbed
Belgium: Flanders VTM,
Murder, She Wrote English,
Dutch subtitles
Belgium: Wallonia La Une Arabesque French dubbed
Brazil Universal Channel Assassinato por Escrito Written Murder Portuguese dubbed
Bulgaria Fox Crime,
AXN White
Убийство по сценарий Murder by Script Bulgarian dubbed, Bulgarian subtitles
Canada Vision TV Murder, She Wrote English
Canada: Quebec TQS Elle écrit au meurtre She Writes "Murder!"[33] French dubbed
Chile Canal 13 Reportera del crimen Crime Reporter Spanish dubbed
Croatia HRT Ubojstvo, napisala je Murder, She Wrote English,
Croatian subtitles
Cyprus METV Murder, She Wrote English
Czech Republic Nova,
To je vražda, napsala That Is Murder, She Wrote Czech dubbed
Denmark DR 1,
DR 2,
TV 3
Hun så et mord She Saw a Murder English,
Danish subtitles
Estonia TV3 Mõrv sai teoks Murder Became True English,
Estonian subtitles
Fiji FBC TV Murder She Wrote English
Finland YLE TV1,
MTV3 Sarja, Kolmoskanava,
Murhasta tuli totta Murder Became True English,
Finnish subtitles
France La Cinq,
TV Breizh, TMC
Arabesque Arabesque French dubbed
Germany ARD,
Super RTL,
Sat.1 Gold,
TNT Serie,
kabel eins,
Immer, wenn sie Krimis schrieb;
Mord ist ihr Hobby
Whenever She Wrote Crime Novels;
Murder is Her Hobby
German dubbed, original English version
Greece Star Channel Η συγγραφέας ντετέκτιβ The Detective Writer English,
Greek subtitles
Guyana WRHM Channel 7,
WRHM Channel 6,
GEN Channel 2
Murder, She Wrote English
Hong Kong TVB Pearl Murder, She Wrote English
Hungary Viasat 3 Gyilkos sorok Murderous Lines Hungarian dubbed
Iceland Stöð 2 Morðgáta Icelandic dub
India Star Plus Murder, She Wrote English
Ireland RTÉ One,
Network 2
Murder, She Wrote English
Israel HOT
Israel 10
רצח במשיכת קולמוס Murder With a Stroke of Pen English,
Hebrew subtitles
Italy Rai Uno,
Fox Crime,
Rai Due
Rete 4
La signora in giallo The Lady in Yellow[34] Italian dubbed
Jamaica SSTV Murder, She Wrote English
Japan NHK,
Mystery Channel,
LaLa TV,
Chiba TV,
Gunma TV
Jessica obasan no jikenbo
Auntie Jessica's Case Files Japanese dubbed
Jordan Channel 2 Murder, She Wrote English
Kuwait KTV 2 Murder, She Wrote English,
Arabic subtitles
Latvia LTV
Fox Crime
Noziegumam pa pēdām On the Trail of the Crime Latvian dubbed
Lithuania TV3 Džesika Flečer Jessica Fletcher Lithuanian dubbed
Malaysia TV2 Murder, She Wrote English
Mexico 4TV (former),
Universal Channel (former),
FX Latin America (current)
La reportera del crimen The Crime Reporter Spanish dubbed
Namibia SWABC,
Murder, She Wrote English
Netherlands RTL 8,
13th Street Universal
Murder, She Wrote English,
Dutch subtitles
New Zealand TV One,
Murder, She Wrote English
North Macedonia Fox Crime Убиство, таа напиша Murder, She Wrote Macedonian dubbed
Norway TV3,
Jessica Fletcher Jessica Fletcher English,
Norwegian subtitles
Pakistan Pakistan Television,
Murder, She Wrote English
Philippines GMA Network,
Murder, She Wrote English
Poland 13th Street,
AXN Crime,
TV Puls,
Napisała: Morderstwo Murder, She Wrote English,
Polish voice-over translation
Portugal RTP 1,
FOX Crime
Crime, Disse Ela Crime, She Said English,
Portuguese subtitles
Romania Pro Cinema,
TVR 2,
AXN Crime,
AXN White,
AXN Spin
Verdict: Crimă Verdict: Murder English,
Romanian subtitles
Russia NTV,
Она написала убийство She Wrote Murder Russian dubbed
Serbia FOX Crime Pisac i detektiv A Writer and a Detective English,
Serbian subtitles
Singapore Channel 5 Murder, She Wrote English
Slovakia Markíza To je vražda, napísala It Is Murder, She Wrote Slovak dubbed
Slovenia RTVSLO
Kanal A
FOX Crime
TV3 Slovenia
Umor, je napisala Murder, She Wrote English with slovenian subtitles
South Africa TV1,
SABC Encore
Murder, She Wrote English
South Korea MBC 제시카의 추리 극장
Jessica-eui Churi Geukjang
Jessica's Detective Theatre Korean dubbed
Spain TVE,
Calle 13,
Se ha escrito un crimen A Crime Has Been Written Spanish dubbed
Spain: Catalonia TV3 S'ha escrit un crim A Crime Has Been Written Catalan dubbed
Spain: Galicia TVG Escribiuse un crime A Crime Has Been Written Galician dubbed
Sweden TV3,
TV4 Guld
Mord och inga visor Murder and No Melodies[35] English,
Swedish subtitles
Switzerland RSI LA 1 La Signora in Giallo The Lady in Yellow Italian dubbed
Turkey TRT 1,
Star TV,
Kanal D
TNT Türkiye
Cinayet Dosyası Murder File Turkish dubbed
Ukraine СТБ Вона написала вбивство Murder, She Wrote Ukrainian dubbed
United Arab Emirates Channel 33 Murder, She Wrote English
United Kingdom ITV,
Granada Plus,
UKTV Gold,
UKTV Drama
True Entertainment,
Murder, She Wrote English
United States CBS,
USA Network,
The Biography Channel,
Hallmark Movie Channel,
TV Land,
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries,
Cozi TV,
WGN America
Murder, She Wrote English
Uruguay Monte Carlo Televisión Reportera del crimen Crime Reporter Spanish dubbed
Venezuela Televen Reportera del crimen Crime Reporter Spanish dubbed
Zimbabwe ZTV Murder, She Wrote English


In 1985, Warren Company released a Murder, She Wrote board game. In the game, one player takes the hidden role of a killer and the other players try to determine which player is the killer through deduction. The killer is successful if he or she can kill five of the characters on the game-board and escape, while the detective players win by correctly deducing the identity of the killer.

In December 2009, casual game developer and publisher Legacy Interactive, under license with Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group (UPDPG), announced the release a PC and Macintosh video game based on the television series. In the game, players help Jessica Fletcher to solve five unusual murders.[36][37] A sequel, Murder She Wrote 2, was launched by Legacy Interactive in November 2012.[38]



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