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Scarecrow and Mrs. King

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Scarecrow and Mrs. King was a TV series that ran from 1983-1987 on CBS.

The series starred Kate Jackson, of Charlie's Angels fame, and Bruce Boxleitner, best known for his role in the film Tron, and later Babylon 5.

The premise of the series was that Lee Stetson, or "Scarecrow" (Boxleitner) is a secret agent who inadvertently embroils divorced housewife Amanda King (Jackson) in his mission. Amanda is too inquisitive to leave well enough alone, and with each episode becomes more and more involved with the fictitious "Agency," and with Lee. She starts just "helping", but by the end of the series she is a full agent.

This show relied heavily on a Cold War mentality, and most of the plots involved Soviet spies. Some fans argue that show may have began its steady decline when the romantic nature of Lee and Amanda's relationship ceased to be clandestine, and they started talking about marriage. They did marry, but their marriage was never revealed to other characters. Amanda's sons meet Lee as her boyfriend, not her husband. (See Moonlighting and Remington Steele for similar programs.)

Main cast

Kate Jackson - Mrs. Amanda King
Bruce Boxleitner - Lee Stetson ("Scarecrow")
Beverly Garland - Dotty West (Amanda's mom)
Mel Stewart - Billy Melrose (Lee's boss)
Martha Smith - Francine Desmond (Lee's fellow agent)
Paul Stout - Philip King (one of Amanda's two sons)
Greg Morton - Jamie King (the other of Amanda's two sons)

 

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"I was a fan from the very beginning as a child. I can remember the first one that I had ever seen was To Catch a Mongoose, especially the scene with Amanda standing in front of Buckingham Palace. I still love the show and one of my wishes is to see a reunion movie or a new series with Lee over the agency and maybe Jamie and Phillip or even Lee Jr, as agents."

--ScarecrowForever

"Can't just pick just one episode as my favorite! Lets see top five would be: Service Above and Beyond Burn Out Stemwinder 1 & 2 Night Crawler"

--ScarlettC

"This is the best show ever. I love the on screen chemistry between Lee and Amanda and THAT is what kept fans tuning in (and still does) every week."

--Espy

"I loved this show. I actually didn't see it much when it aired orginally, but I caught it in reruns in High School and it has become my favorite show ever. The mystery, the romance, the drama, this show had it all."

--Anonymous

"Another TV show that changed my life. Major crush on Bruce Boxleitner/Lee Stetson. It made me dream of working as a secret agent. It made me dream of living in Washington DC. It made my heart jump at every love scene. I was a die-hard SMK fan, and in many ways I still am, years and years later. I think I never got over that crush!"

--Alessandra, Milano, Italy

"Scarecrow and Mrs King was the best show ever on tv.The Chemsistry between Lee and Amanda, not to mention the romance, adventure, and yes even comedy between them. That made the fans come back and watch it over and over again. And even today, it has a huge fan base. We would love to see a reunion movie, or heck even bring the series back. A older Lee and Amanda would be awesome. Not too many tv shows of today have the romance and chemistry between its main characters. Favorite episode has to be Stemwinder I and II, the way Lee tells her he loves here, and they kiss, Ahhh wakes me all warm and fuzzy inside."

--chplady

"I was and still am a huge fan of Scarecrow and Mrs King. Having gotten hooked on the very first episode, i ran to the store every week to get the new tv guide and never missed an episode. I even taped them so i could watch all week long. But almost 20 years later, i still watch SMK. SMK is still being show on PAXTV, and finding a new generation of fans! If you surf the web you will find, web sites, fanfiction, and even groups meetng across the country still in love with this wonderful show. If you have never seen it, allow me to elaborate on the word "wonderful". A delightful mixture of comedy, romance, and suspense, Scarecrow and Mrs King never disappoints the viewer. Unlike other shows, SMK over the years it was on, allowed the characters to truly grow. "Scarecrow", the rough, and sometimes arrogant secret agent who needed no one and preferred to work alone, became before our eyes, a sweet, gentle, kindhearted man who falls in love with our resident housewife, her mother, and her two sons. "Mrs King", who we first see as a ditsy, talkative housewife, scout leader, and mother of two, transforms into one of the best agents the "agency" has to offer, but is still able to maintain her kindness, love, and purity of heart. Watching these two agents scramble out of trouble can be fun enough, but watching them go from being strangers, to co workers, to friends, to best friends, and then finally admit their love for each other and watching them get married, and start their lives together in the course of four years is what many believe is the true magic of the show."

--Jobsies

"There are so many wonderful episodes, I refuse to single one out that is better than the others. It is definitely my all-time favorite show. That may be because it originally aired at a time in my life where I was a TV addict and my hormones were running wild - college. What college girl wouldn't be wild about Lee Stetson? The chemistry between Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner made the show for me. Even if there was a plot -- what plot? ;) -- I wasn't paying attention to something minor like *that* when Kate and Bruce were on the screen. The supporting cast was fantastic, too. Beverly Garland plays the best mom on TV, Mel Stewart was a perfect boss, Martha Smith a wonderful friend & foil at the same time, Myron Natwick a great antagonist in later eps, and Greg Morton and Paul Stout were kid-like kids neither perfect, nor complete jerks like other kids on TV. So, what's not to like about this show?"

--Fling

"As a teenage fan of this show during the original run, I enjoyed the action, the adventure, and of course, the romance. Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner had an on-screen chemistry that has kept me and many other fans captivated after all these years. Amanda King (Jackson) starred as a divorcee with two kids and a live-in mother. Her life changes unexpectedly one morning at the train station as a intelligence agent, Lee Stetson, codenamed "Scarecrow" (Boxleitner) hands her a package to deliver. The show continues with the adventures of this secret agent and housewife for the next four years."

--SMacKer

"This was and is *still* a fabulous show! How can you go wrong with Bruce Boxleitner and Kate Jackson? SMK has it all - intrigue, romance, comedy. There's still a very large following of fans, even after fourteen years. I have all the eps on tape from the different airings - CBS, Lifetime, Family Channel, and PAX. The chemistry between the characters Lee and Amanda (played by Bruce Boxleitner and Kate Jackson) is rarely seen today on tv. SMK has a huge fan fiction following, and most of the stories are just incredible. Personally, this is not only my favorite Awesome80s show, it's my favorite show of all time! Viva Scarecrow and Mrs. King!"

--Anonymous

"Fun, fun, fun show. The relationship between Lee and Amanda more than made up for the crazy plots. Bruce Boxleitner was excellent and absolutely charming. Favorite episode: Unfinished Business."

--SuzEQ

"Interaction between Lee & Amanda, with Billy, Francine and Dotty adding to the fun, makes the show. I missed it when it aired in the Awesome80s, but I'm enjoying it now."

--Anonymous

"This was one great show! The way Lee (Bruce Boxleitner), looked at Amanda (Kate Jackson) when he was annoyed with her antics, proud of her brave feats, or just plain head over heals in love with her made the show!! The remaining cast of Dottie (Beverly Garland), Francine (Martha Smith) and Billy (Mel Stewart) were fantastic as well. A very well written and incredibly performed story by all the actors involved, right down to the young sons. My favorites were/are Rememberances of Things Past, Odds on A Dead Pigeon, Brunettes are In, and NightCrawler. "

--kamarie

"I went to SCIFI convention four years ago. Bruce Boxlitner made an appearance at the convention. I along with 40 SMKers wore our red hats. At one point during the convention there was an autograph session with the stars. a few of us brought blue boxer shorts with us. We got Bruce Boxlietner to sign them and when he received the first pair he did not understand the importance. As the fans of SMK explained to him about the tag in the epidsode where his boxers are in Amanda's laundry. He laughed about it. Jerry Doyle (B5) fame also teased BB about our red hats"

--peyton

"I was and still am a HUGE fan of the show. When it was on PAX, I taped all the episodes I could (now those tapes have been played to a frazzle. ) I had the biggest crush on Bruce Boxleitner and still do today!!!! This was a GREAT show and I just want to say, if they can bring back all these other, not so popular shows for a "reunion" movie, please please bring back Scarecrow and Mrs. King!!!!! "

--scarecrowbabe

"Scarecrow and Mrs. King had so many great things to offer. Action, adventure, intrigue, and of course Lee - YUM! Mix it up with the right amount of sweet romance and it was destined to become a favorite of mine, romantic that I am. The cute looks, the innocent way their relationship just blossomed, they had such an onscreen chemistry. Billy, Francine, Dotty, and the rest of regulars, all the characters just flowed together. the location was great - DC of all places. A sophisticated, political, and busy place, the mecca of all things spy related. Amanda - one of the best characters ever on tv. Quirky, caring, warm, and a great mother. Lee - yes, I admit I had a huge crush on him - hey I may only have been twenty at the time but I had GREAT taste!!

It was a great mix, the Awesome80s were awesome and this is just one example as to why. Not much of today's tv can measure up and little else else has come along to capture my interest the way Scarecrow did, except for Sue Thomas FBeye on Pax. I would love to see a reunion movie made, any excuse to see Kate & Bruce interacting again would make a fine night of tv viewing in my household. Perhaps Jamie or Phillip have become agents? Or maybe Billy has finally retired and Lee taken over his position? There are so many possibilities. Thank goodness for fan fiction, I always say!! Thanks to the gang of SMK - for so many great memories and hours of VHS tape that I plop in with a bowl of popcorn when I need to indulge in REAL entertainment."

--CorvetteGirl

"Scarecrow and Mrs. King had so many great things to offer. Action, adventure, intrigue, and of course Lee - YUM! Mix it up with the right amount of sweet romance and it was destined to become a favorite of mine, romantic that I am. The cute looks, the innocent way their relationship just blossomed, they had such an onscreen chemistry. Billy, Francine, Dotty, and the rest of regulars, all the characters just flowed together. the location was great - DC of all places. A sophisticated, political, and busy place, the mecca of all things spy related. Amanda - one of the best characters ever on tv. Quirky, caring, warm, and a great mother. Lee - yes, I admit I had a huge crush on him - hey I may only have been twenty at the time but I had GREAT taste!! It was a great mix, the Awesome80s were awesome and this is just one example as to why. Not much of today&'s tv can measure up and little else else has come along to capture my interest the way Scarecrow did, except for Sue Thomas FBeye on Pax. I would love to see a reunion movie made, any excuse to see Kate & Bruce interacting again would make a fine night of tv viewing in my household. Perhaps Jamie or Phillip have become agents? Or maybe Billy has finally retired and Lee taken over his position? There are so many possibilities. Thank goodness for fan fiction, I always say!! Thanks to the gang of SMK - for so many great memories and hours of VHS tape that I plop in with a bowl of popcorn when I need to indulge in REAL entertainment."

--CorvetteGirl

 

TV TIDBITS

Aired: October 3, 1983 - September 10, 1987

Cast: Kate Jackson, Bruce Boxleitner, Beverly Garland

Network: CBS

Genre: Spy Adventure

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Image courtesy of CBS


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