Murphy Brown

CBS (ended 1998)
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  • Murphy Brown was created by Diane English. Murphy is the star reporter on a news magazine show called FYI. The show is based in Washington DC, which gives the FYI team more than enough material to work with. Murphy lives in a townhouse that she has been having repainted for the duration of the series, Eldin the painter may never finish the job, but Murphy doesn't seem to mind. Murphy owes her Betty Ford trip to Phil, he owns the local bar & restaurant where the staff and the rest of the political scene have lunch. Phil knows about everything going on in Washington. Jim Dial is the uptight senior anchor, a seasoned veteran, who accompanied Murphy on her trip to the Betty Ford Clinic. Frank is a single guy and constantly looking for a girlfriend, he is also Murphy's best friend. Corky is a former Miss America turned news person, she covers all the "hard" news. Miles is a young Harvard graduate, whose first "real job" out of school is as executive producer of FYI. Murphy has trouble keeping a secretary, in this guide the actors that play this small part has their appearance number placed after their names, take note of the increasing number after the character name of Secretary. Some secretaries had no dialog and did not get credited, others wound up on the cutting room floor, this accounts for holes in the numbering scheme. When Murphy became a new mother, she began to run through nannies the same way, they are also numbered after the character name of Nanny. After running through 6 of them, she makes the obvious choice for a nanny, Eldin, who prefers the term "Big Guy." It also takes Murphy four months to give the baby his name. After nine seasons in the newsroom, the series looked like it might take a different direction in the 10th season. Murphy may change careers and become a White House senior advisor. Amazing since in the past she had been banned from the White House press room on several occassions. True to form, when she does, it is only for a short time. When a commercial for the series aired during the 49th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards, it seemed to indicate that Murphy's life would take a different turn. It certainly does when she faces her own mortality when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. Murphy Brown has done well with the Prime Time Emmy Awards with nominations in many categories and numerous awards for Candice Bergen as "Best Actress in a Comedy Series." So many in fact that she declined the nomination for 1996, allowing Helen Hunt to get the Emmy that Candice thought she deserved a few years earlier. First air date: November 14, 1988 Last air date: May 18, 1998 Original air time: Monday 9:00:00 pm (Eastern) Episodes: 247 Color Episodes + 1 Special Nielsen Ratings: (Top 30 or Better) #27 in the 1989–1990 Season #6 in the 1990–1991 Season #3 in the 1991–1992 Season #4 in the 1992–1993 Season #9 in the 1993–1994 Season #16 in the 1994–1995 Season #20 in the 1995–1996 Seasonmoreless

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  • S 10 : Ep 22

    Never Can Say Goodbye (2)

    Aired 5/18/98

  • S 10 : Ep 21

    Never Can Say Goodbye (1)

    Aired 5/18/98

  • S 10 : Ep 20

    Dial and Substance

    Aired 5/4/98

  • S 10 : Ep 19

    A Man and a Woman

    Aired 4/27/98

  • S 10 : Ep 18

    Second Time Around

    Aired 4/20/98

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lily Tomlin

    Kay Carter-Shepley

  • Joe Regalbuto

    Frank Fontana

  • Pat Corley


  • Candice Bergen

    Murphy Brown

  • Robert Pastorelli

    Eldin Bernecky

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  • Quotes (115)

    • Murphy: You know thirty million people watched me on television tonight. Eldin: Yeah? I won ten bucks at Lotto!

    • Murphy: I'm sorry, Mr Silverberg, if it appears I'm being rude to you. It's just that I can't help thinking about the fact that while I got maced at the Democratic Convention of '68, you were wondering if you'd ever meet Adam West.

    • Corky: It's always very sad when Miss America falls from grace, although when she said she loved animals, no one took her literally.

    • Phil's Patrons: Close the door!

    • Murphy: Now you may get away with this sort of thing with other people, but I am definitely not other people. Murphy Brown. I'm on TV.

    • Miles: Hello, Murphy. Murphy: Miles, what's wrong? You look worse than a dead guy. Miles: You know, I knew you were upset when I assigned Corky to work with you, but I never expected you to sink to such a childish level. Murphy: I'm a busy woman, Miles, what's your point? Miles: Between midnight and five a.m. last night someone had fourteen pizzas delivered to my house. That's a pizza every 22 minutes. Only it wasn't regular so I could plan for it. Like the forty-eight minutes between number eleven and number twelve. Murphy: God, Miles, that's terrible. Who would do such a thing? Miles: You know at a certain point I stopped tipping them. That's on your conscience.

    • Miles: Some guy called. He said if we don't drop the story he's gonna send me to Toledo in several small sandwich bags. Murphy: Is that what this is all about? Hey, everybody, Miles, just got his first death threat! Death threats happen to every good journalist, Miles. You've gotta look at it as a right of passage. Miles: I'm sorry I had my right of passage. There was a rabbi and a big buffet.

    • Eldin: (while listening to Motown with Murphy) You dance like a white girl.

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    Notes (123)

    • This is the first of several episodes to feature Robert, one of Murphy's secretaries.

    • On the season 1 DVD set, this episode can be viewed with a commentary by Candice Bergen.

    • The opening of this episode features Aretha Franklin's "Respect," with mock-covers of magazines featuring Murphy Brown. The famous logo is written in "News Bullet" type text.

    • This episode features a different ending song then the majority of the season 1 episodes; it is The Temptations' "Way You Do the Things You Do."

    • Murphy tells Eldin on the phone "No, I don't know Heather Locklear." According to Candice Bergen, executives first choice to play the part of Murphy Brown was Heather Locklear.

    • Mary Cadorette and Kathleen Freeman who appeared in the original broadcast are not listed in the credits for the syndicated rerun of this episode. Got to get those extra commercials in!

    • The opening sequence features the song "Devil with a Blue Dress On," with Corky getting ready for work, but the audience is lead to believe it is Murphy.

    • The opening of this episode show the mail being handed out in the FYI office while Murphy's secretary arrives, to the tune of Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours".

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    Trivia (74)

    • Secretary #3: An old woman who got Murphy's assignments mixed up.

    • Secretary #2: A very nervous and jumpy man who couldn't handle the pressure.

    • Secretary #1: A know-it-all who told Murphy how to do her work.

    • It is rumored that the character of Jim Dial was based on Jim Jensen, the longtime local anchor at WCBS -TV Channel 2 in New York.

    • When Murphy tries to "educate" Miles on Motown, she mentions the song "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," and how it was written by The California Raisins. Following this line, the scene transition used a segment of that song Years later, WCBS-FM in New York, the legendary oldies station, would introduce Motown songs with the soundbite of Murphy admonishing Miles, "You better brush up on your Motown! Those raisins didn't invent that song, you know!"

    • While Murphy is singing along to the Aretha Franklin tape, she kicks one of her shoes off the set.

    • Secretary #4: A woman that idolized Corky and completly ignored Murphy.

    • Secretary #6: A woman who only spoke a few words of english.

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    Allusions (25)

    • Respect: This episode's title begins a tradition of naming episodes after soul songs, in this case, Aretha Franklin's greatest hit. This recording is also featured in the episode.

    • Title: The title of this episode refers to the 1966 hit of the same name, recorded by Mitch Ryder.

    • Murphy: (trying to help out Miles with his death threat) I could pass the story on to Jane Pauley and maybe they'll kill her. Jane Pauley was the co-host of Today from 1976-1989. She later went on to co-anchor Dateline NBC.

    • Title: The title of this episode refers to the Martha and the Vandellas hit of the same name.

    • The episode title was a #1 hit song for The Supremes in 1964.

    • Frank: It's not like every paper covered this. I didn't see anyone from "The Daily Planet". "The Daily Planet" is the name of the newspaper that is headed up by Perry White and has reporters on staff such as Lois Lane and Clark Kent. It is most famous from the "Superman" mythos.

    • The episode title was a song recorded by The Shirelles in 1961.

    • Victor Rudman: You funny little good-for-nothing Mimi. Am I the guy? Actor Buck Henry is doing an imitation of Maurice Chevalier singing the Rodgers and Hart tune "Mimi" from the 1932 movie Love Me Tonight.

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  • Fan Reviews (27)
  • love this sitcom

    By DarrenHansbed, Jul 03, 2013

  • Murphy Brown

    By Edie70, May 26, 2012

  • Bring it Back in 2012

    By KarenCucurul, Aug 24, 2011

  • Still my favorite sitcom

    By latfan, Jun 09, 2007

  • One of the best shows out there

    By CaffeineGibbs, Aug 18, 2007