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Murphy Brown
Murphy
General Information


Creator(s) Diane English
Principal Cast Candice Bergen, Pat Corley, Faith Ford, Charles Kimbrough, Robert Pastorelli, Joe Regalbuto, Grant Shaud, Lily Tomlin
Broadcasts
Network CBS
Runtime 26 minutes
No. of Seasons 10
No. of Episodes 247
Start Date November 14, 1988
End Date May 18, 1998
Production
Country United States
Language English


Overview

Murphy Brown is one of the top TV journalists around. She is infamous as being honest, relentless, smart, doggedly persistent, and unafraid to tackle the biggest movers and shakers around and make them sweat blood with her hard hitting, uncompromising reporting. And in between, Murphy struggles to make it as a professional modern day single woman while running an ongoing feud with several media personalities and professional politicians.

Unfortunately, her biggest challenges tend to be her own newsroom of misfits and incompetent staffers ranging from an constant stream of bizarre secretaries; an airheaded co-anchor chosen for her looks instead of any sort of journalistic background; a befuddled and stoic anchorman; and a whiz kid wunderkind news producer whom she can't stand.

Murphy Brown was a long running multi-award winning American TV comedy sitcom. It was well known for its liberal use of political satire and cameos of real life media and political personalities. However, the series' popularity and notoriety exploded when in 1992 Presidential hopeful candidate Dan Quayle publicly criticized an ongoing storyline in which he blamed America's growing moral decay on characters like Murphy Brown when she made the controversial decision to become a single unwed mother. The comment drew tremendous backlash from various sources and mockery from the show itself.

Notable Characters

  • Murphy Brown
  • Corky Sherwood
  • Jim Dial
  • Frank Fontana
  • Miles Silverburg
  • Phil
  • Eldin Bernecky

Plot Summary

Season 1

Murphy Brown is one of the toughest TV reporters around. She's infamous for her relentless, hard hitting investigative journalism style and is the star reporter of FYI for over a decade; shattering glass ceilings along the way and proving that she's as tough and capable as any male reporter. And now she's facing one of her greatest challenges: sobriety. 

After spending the last few months in rehab in Betty Ford, her triumphant return to FYI isn't quite what she was hoping for with her entire life at home and in the office has changed quite a bit.  A yuppie overacheiving newbie and neurotic producer, Miles Silverburg has taken charge and has brought about several changes to the FYI format. The biggest and the one that grates the most on Murphy's patience is a new co-anchor Corky Sherwood, a bright and overly perky ex-Miss America Pageant winner chosen more for her looks because it sure wasn't for her deep thoughts or her shallow personality.  And her townhouse sanctuary has been taken over by Eldin, a house painter with artistic aspirations and a tendency to paint at the oddest of hours whenever inspiration strikes. And it strikes whenever it's most inconvenient for Murphy's nerves. 

She's single, over 40, and unable to keep a steady relationship and now; Murphy finds herself wondering has she lost her edge. Boy she could really use a drink to cope with all of these petty and comedic annoyances in her life...

Season 2

Murphy Brown finds herself challenged by all new set of annoyances at FYI during this new broadcast season. She has reluctantly gotten used to Eldin, Miles Silverburg, and Corky Sherwood but she draws the line when the network execs are interested in replacing long time anchor Jim Dial with a younger, fresher, and much more brain dead host leading to Murphy's deliberate sabotaging of him just to get the stoic and dull Jim Dial back.

But it's only the beginning when FYI decides to create a sitcom based on their most popular news show and Murphy finds herself being studied by an annoying actress determined to "get the part right". Then she suffers a falling out with her long time friend and fellow FYI investigative reporter Frank Fontana when they find themselves competing against one another for a hot story. But Murphy won't have much time to rest when a contract dispute between FYI executives and the technicians result in a strike and leaves a bunch of hapless replacements trying (and not very well) to replace them and trying Murphy's patience. When a technical glitch inadvertently reveals the identity of her highly confidential inside source, it forces Murphy to step in and get both sides talking ... or else face her wrath for ruining her news show.

But her greatest annoyance will be serving as bridesmaid to the eternally perky and overly excited Corky Sherwood and finds herself roped into planning out the entire wretched affair.

Season 3

Fearing that he might have lost his touch when FYI's ratings haven't risen, Miles Silverburg takes the drastic step of calling in an image consultant to modernize the show and make it more hip. But instead all the new media consultant manages to do is incite the entire crew to rebellion.

Murphy Brown loves practical jokes. She's downright infamous for them. However her rep may have finally come back to haunt her. Taken hostage by a group of crackpot environmentalists who demand airtime, Murphy finds that no one, not FYI and not even the many rival networks will believe her claims.

Season 4

Season 5

Season 6

Season 7

Season 8

Season 9

Season 10

Episode Guide

Season 1

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18 Nov 1988
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21 Nov 1988
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28 Nov 1988
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05 Dec 1988
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11 Dec 1988
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12 Dec 1988
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