I am sure this series, like Golden Girls, has been done to death, but I am a newcomer to the party. Despite loving Angela Lansbury in the movies I never bothered with her tv series back in the day, as it was not the kind of thing I watched and I was out a lot then, clubbing, and at bars etc.
Now I am older I am suddenly looking at re-runs on tv (there are only 264 episodes it seems) - how on earth did she find time to churn these out as well as her stage work then ?
The fascinating thing now of course are the guest stars, and those 80s fashions. I caught a delirious one this afternoon with Anne Francis, Connie Stevens and Donald O'Connor, and I have just to keep one from yesterday, with George Maharis (in 80s big hair!), Chad Everett looking terrible in a Beatle wig, Dack Rambo (before the Aids got him) and Brenda Vacarro, looking like a less blowsy Shelley Winters!.
I bought a friend the box set of the first series, a mere 21 episodes, as I just had to see episode 14, which played like an Agatha Christie mystery with the cast trapped on a secluded island, with Capucine and Stewart Granger (25 years after their North to Alaska), Ron Moody, Judy Geeson, Robert Goulet, Cesar Romero, and others.
Obviously Lansbury worked not only with everyone in movies, but also on tv, and got all her old showbiz pals roles on the series, which she and family produced. She lived in Ireland for a while too and there are some delirious Irish episodes which are hilarious to see now (being Irish myself).
They are all very well done with good production values, so must have cost a bit to make, but no doubt the Lansburys are raking in endless repeat fees, as no doubt they will be showing them for ever on all those cable channels.