Scarecrow and Mrs. King

Scarecrow and Mrs. King
Created by Brad Buckner
Eugenie Ross-Leming
Starring Kate Jackson
Bruce Boxleitner
Beverly Garland
Mel Stewart
Martha Smith
Greg Morton
Paul Stout
Sam Melville
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 88 (list of episodes)
Running time 60 min.
Production company(s) Shoot the Moon Enterprises
B&E Enterprises (episodes 1-11)
Warner Bros. Television
Original network CBS
Original release October 3, 1983 – May 28, 1987

Scarecrow and Mrs. King is an American television series[1] that aired from October 3, 1983, to May 28, 1987 on CBS. The show starred Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner as divorced housewife Amanda King and top-level "Agency" operative Lee Stetson who begin a strange association, and eventual romance, after encountering one another in a train station.


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Season Episodes First aired Last aired
1 21 October 3, 1983 (1983-10-03) May 7, 1984 (1984-05-07)
2 23 October 1, 1984 (1984-10-01) May 13, 1985 (1985-05-13)
3 22 September 23, 1985 (1985-09-23) May 12, 1986 (1986-05-12)
4 22 September 19, 1986 (1986-09-19) May 28, 1987 (1987-05-28)


Amanda King is a divorced housewife who lives with her mother, Dotty, and her young sons, Philip and Jamie.

One morning, Agency operative Lee Stetson, codenamed "Scarecrow", hands her a package while he is being pursued. He instructs her to "give it to the man in the red hat", but she is unable to complete the assignment, as there are many men in fezes in the train car at the time. Scarecrow later has to track her down to recover the package, inadvertently getting her involved with his case. When Stetson is captured by his pursuers and marked for elimination, Amanda ends up solving the secret behind the package, finding and rescuing Stetson, and even taking down their opponents, thereby getting introduced to the Agency.

Inquisitive, Amanda seeks to learn more about the organization and ends up working for them, first in an office role and later receiving training to become a full agent, while keeping her new job a secret from her family. She works under Lee's boss Billy Melrose and with dismissive fellow agent Francine Desmond. Amanda and Lee work together even though he is initially reluctant to work with the "rookie" but eventually they become a good team.

The "team" travels to places like Germany and England, and help each other as they pose as other people, even posing as husband and wife. Escapades involving cruise ships and even getting "married" are some of their assignments, and the KGB or other enemies of the United States are always involved. Amanda's ex-husband, Joe King, is still friendly with Amanda and is later suspected of murder.

Lee and Amanda develop a friendship during the beginning that turns into a romantic relationship. While many suitors for Amanda or Lee pop up, in the end they fall for each other. Lee professes his love for Amanda before going into hiding from The Agency, and he then pops the question after her kidnapping. However, because of concerns for the safety of Amanda's family, they must keep the marriage secret from their employer, friends, and families.


The entire series was made available for online viewing through AOL's SlashControl service from January until August 2009.[2]

As of June 2011, the entire series is currently available for online viewing through Amazon Video.[3]

Warner Home Video has released all four seasons on DVD in Region 1.[4]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Complete First Season 21 March 9, 2010
The Complete Second Season 23 March 22, 2011
The Complete Third Season 22 March 20, 2012
The Complete Fourth and Final Season 22 January 22, 2013


Scarecrow and Mrs. King won a 1986 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore)" for the episode "We're Off to See the Wizard". It was nominated for multiple awards during its four-year run, including two Emmy award nominations in 1985 for "Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series" and "Outstanding Achievement in Costuming" and another nomination in 1986 for "Outstanding Achievement in Costuming for a Series". It was nominated for a 1985 Golden Globe award for "Outstanding Cinematography for a Series" for the episode "D.O.A.: Delirious On Arrival",[5] and in 1988 the American Society of Cinematographers nominated it for the "Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular Series" award. Paul Stout was nominated for a Young Artist Award in 1985 for "Best Young Supporting Actor in a Daytime or Nighttime Drama" and "Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Drama Series", respectively.



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