Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV Series 1983–1987)


Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV Series 1983–1987)

A housewife, Mrs. King, is handed a package by a secret agent who is being pursued by bad guys. The secret agent, Lee Stetson, then has to track down the housewife before the bad guys do. Later episodes involve similar plots as Stetson and Mrs. King are teamed up together.
IMDb  7.0 /10
Creator Brad Buckner
Creator Eugenie Ross-Leming
Release Date1983-10-03
Runtime1h 0mins
Content Rating
AwardsNominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations.
CompanyB & E Enterprises, Shoot the Moon Enterprises, Warner Bros. Television
Mrs. Amanda King 89 episodes, 1983-1987
Lee Stetson / ... 89 episodes, 1983-1987
Dorothy 'Dotty' West 89 episodes, 1983-1987
Billy Melrose 89 episodes, 1983-1987
Francine Desmond / ... 89 episodes, 1983-1987
Jamie King 72 episodes, 1983-1987
Philip King 72 episodes, 1983-1987

Scarecrow and Mrs. King

Scarecrow and Mrs. King is an American television series 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 an unusual partnership and eventual romance after encountering one another in a train station.


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, code-named "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 fezzes 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, King 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, King 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 Stetson's boss, Billy Melrose, and with dismissive fellow agent Francine Desmond. Stetson and King work together even though he is initially reluctant to work with the "rookie" but eventually they become a good team.

The pair travel to places like Germany and England and help each other as they pose as other people, sometimes posing as husband and wife. Escapades involving cruise ships and 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.

Stetson and King develop a friendship that turns into a romantic relationship. While many suitors for King and Stetson appear, in the end they stay with each other. Stetson professes his love for King before going into hiding from the Agency, and he then proposes after her kidnapping. However, because of concerns for the safety of King's family, they must keep the marriage secret from their employer, friends, and families.


Main cast

  • Kate Jackson as Amanda King
  • Bruce Boxleitner as Lee Stetson ("Scarecrow")
  • Beverly Garland as Dotty West (Amanda's mother)
  • Paul Stout as Philip King (Amanda's son)
  • Greg Morton as Jamie King (Amanda's son)
  • Mel Stewart as Billy Melrose
  • Martha Smith as Francine Desmond
  • Sam Melville as Joe King (Amanda's ex-husband)

Guest cast

  • Hildegard Knef, Russian princess targeted by assassins, 1.21, "Waiting for Godorsky" (credited as Hildegard Neff)
  • Jean Stapleton, British spy Lady Emily Farnsworth, two episodes, 2.4, "The Legend of Das Geisterschloss", and 2.11, "The Three Faces of Emily"
  • Raleigh Bond, information man T.P. Aquinas, 11 episodes
  • Howard Duff, Stetson's mentor Captain Harry Thornton, two episodes, 3.4, "Tail of the Dancing Weasel", and 4.22, "The Khrushchev List"
  • James Cromwell, Stetson's nemesis Gregory, two episodes, 3.4, "Tail of the Dancing Weasel", and 3.18, "Wrong Number"
  • Arlen Dean Snyder, Colonel Robert Clayton, the tough uncle who raised Stetson after his parents' death, episode 2.15, "A Relative Situation"
  • Thomas Babson, King's weatherman boyfriend, Dean, three episodes, 1.1, "The First Time", 1.5, "The ACM Kid", and 2.16, "Life of the Party"
  • John Saxon, Agency man Dirk Fredericks, two episodes, 1.1, "The First Time", and 1.8, "Saved by the Bells"


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
121October 3, 1983May 7, 1984
223October 1, 1984May 13, 1985
322September 23, 1985May 12, 1986
422September 19, 1986May 28, 1987

Home media

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

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

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

DVD nameEp No.Release date
The Complete First Season21March 9, 2010
The Complete Second Season23March 22, 2011
The Complete Third Season22March 20, 2012
The Complete Fourth and Final Season22January 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", 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".

Scarecrow and Mrs. King finished both the 1983-1984 and 1984-1985 seasons as the 20th most watched program on television. The program finished the 1985-1986 season as the 28th most watched program on television but the ratings dropped when the show was moved to Friday nights for the 1986-1987 television season.