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 Season


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    • love this sitcom

      This is the best sitcom among others!!!!! It's very smart and sidesplitting ahaha!!! Candice rocks the show and she really deserved the Emmy trophies! Because of her excellent job for making this TV series really great and of course the rest of the cast, they did a great role, too! Too bad the series stopped after 10 years reigning the primetime television. Thankfully, the DVD set I purchased from memorylanedvd .com was made of vivd images and nice sounds! I'm really glad to see this show once more and thanks to memorylanedvd .com for giving me this chance!moreless
    • Murphy Brown

      I watched the reruns of this masterpiece when I was a kid (about 10 years ago). I loved Murphy, her colleagues, twisted mother, smart little son, her sassy painter and the workplace comedy being mixed with the family humor. Yes, this woman is a recovering alcoholic who dedicated her life to her beloved profession. Being a successful journalist is what she does best.

      I must say that not many shows (especially sitcoms) would give the main character a cancer-storyline in it's last season to spice it up a bit. This show will be remembered forever. So many wonderful memories, but it would be so much better with just 8 seasons (everybody knows that 9+10 were kind of weak and the comedy was not that great in those last two years). And for that I'd give it a solid 8.0/10.moreless
    • Bring it Back in 2012


      I loved this show and still do. The person asking about Audrey, she went on to Fraser and now is on Hot in Cleveland. I really wish the wrtiters and Diane English would consider bringing back Murphy Brown for the 2012 election.....

      Bring it back please :)

      I think Diane and Candice could have had a blast in 2008 with Sarah Palin and the rest of the canidates.
    • Still my favorite sitcom

      I watched Murphy Brown for the first time when I was about 10 - 12 years old. Back then I couldn't grasp even half of the jokes in the show but nevertheless it fascinated me. The characters were extremely well written and had wonferful interaction between each other. It was a pleasure to watch them fighting, laughing, or whatever they were doing. The reason is that all of them had many flaws and all of them were more or less self-centric (of course, Murphy's ego was huger than anyone else's). Certainly, the formula wouldn't have worked without the brilliant ensemble cast which (in my opinion) was the basis of the show's success and the superb writing. Later, when I was older, I came to appreciate the other wonderful aspect of Murphy Brown as well - the satire. The ability of the writers to balance the funny and the serious has always impressed me. Some people find the show preachy but I strongly disagree.

      The only season I found weak is season 9. But the 10th was great and the show returned to its origins with it. It was a perfect way to say goodbye.moreless
    • One of the best shows out there

      Murphy Brown/Candice Bergen is an inspiration in her own light; I'm sure this show has made quite a few people consider journalism as a career based on FYI and the cast of Murphy brown. the rest of the cast has done a wonderful job in portraying their roles. Sharp wit. Wonderful dialog. A lot of nicely shot scenes and memorable moments. Funny and unique characters. Great writing! Murphy Brown remains a favorite of mine to the day. I own Season 1 on DVD and have already watched it several times; it never ceases to be funny. Now if only they'll release the rest of the show on DVD.moreless

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