Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Murder Among Friends 

In this spoof of Friends (1994), the producer of a hit TV show called "Buds" featuring an ensemble cast is about to kill off one of the characters when she is found dead in her office.


Vincent McEveety


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Bill Brochtrup ... Gene Gains
Frederick Coffin ... Lt. Roy Flint
Robin Curtis ... Rosemary Tynan
Cameron Dye ... Alex Bower
Terri Hanauer ... Joy
Gary Hershberger ... Timothy Flint (as Garrison Hershberger)
Cindy Katz ... Ricki Vardian
Allison Smith ... Carly McAllister
Nicolas Surovy ... Leo Vardian
John Terlesky ... Vince DeNisco
Barbara Alyn Woods ... Dyan Emery
Kirk Thornton ... Policeman
Jim Bockelman Jim Bockelman ... Fifth Bud


Jessica is filming her PBS documentary series on murder mysteries but the real action seems to be nearby on the set of Buds, the number 1 hit comedy on television about 6 young people living in New York. The show's producer, Ricki Vardian, is under pressure to reduce costs and let's it be known that 1 of the 6 stars of the show is to be written out with a cliffhanger in the last episode. She refuses to say who the 'victim' will be, however. Some on the show would like to be cut allowing them to pursue other interests but for most, their greatest fear is the unemployment line. Vicki isn't well liked by anyone, including her husband, so there is no shortage of suspects for Jessica to look over when Vicki is found dead in her office on the last day of shooting. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

8 February 1996 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Based on the hit 90s TV show Friends (1994) See more »


Producer referred to the Dallas: A House Divided cliffhanger, Who Shot JR?, but erroneously called it Who Killed JR? JR survived the shooting. See more »


[first lines]
Ricki Vardian: Oh, the network's driving me crazy, Vince. We're the number one series on TV. And just to save a few pennies they're bugging me to eliminate some of the series regulars. I told them, forget it.
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References Dallas: A House Divided (1980) See more »

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Was this script used twice?
17 June 2017 | by graftonwvSee all my reviews

I watch MSW while I am exercising. This morning I watched this episode and it felt very familiar. I just Googled the premise and it does appear that the writers used the same script as episode 3 of season 2, "Murder in the Afternoon." Even the episode "bad guys" (or "girls" in this case) share a similar name--it was Joyce in the 1985 version and Joy in this version. Gotcha, MSW!

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