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Murphy Brown

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FORMAT:
Situation Comedy


Candice
Bergen
Faith
Ford
Charles
Kimbrough
Joe
Regalbuto

Grant
Shaud
John
Hostetter
Pat
Corley
Robert
Pastorelli

Lily Tomlin
Lily
Tomlin

United States

Production Co: Shukovsky English Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television

Peter Bonerz | Barnet Kellman | Lee Shallat Chemel | Joe Regalbuto | Alan Rafkin | Steve Zuckerman | Peter Baldwin | Eric Schotz

10

247

November 14, 1988 – August 10, 1998

For the first two seasons there was no regular theme – each episode opened with a different Motown song, whose title or lyrics related to the story line to follow.


American Cinema Editors, USA

1994 - Nominated Eddie Best Edited Half Hour Series for Television - Tucker Wiard "Angst for the Memories"

1993 - Nominated Eddie Best Edited Half Hour Series for Television - Tucker Wiard -"Send in the Clowns"

American Comedy Awards, USA

1996 - Nominated American Comedy Award Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication - Candice Bergen

1996 - Nominated American Comedy Award Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series - Faith Ford

1992 - Won American Comedy Award Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication - Candice Bergen

1990 - Nominated American Comedy Award Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication - Candice Bergen

1990 - Nominated American Comedy Award Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series - Faith Ford

BMI Film & TV Awards

1996 - Won BMI TV Music Award - Steve Dorff

1995 - Won BMI TV Music Award - Steve Dorff

1994 - Won BMI TV Music Award - Steve Dorff

1993 - Won BMI TV Music Award - Steve Dorff

1992 - Won BMI TV Music Award - Steve Dorff

1991 - Won BMI TV Music Award - Steve Dorff

Casting Society of America, USA

1995 - Nominated Artios Best Casting for TV, Comedy Episodic - Andrea Cohen

1994 - Nominated Artios Best Casting for TV, Comedy Episodic - Andrea Cohen

1993 - Nominated Artios Best Casting for TV, Comedy Episodic - Andrea Cohen

1992 – Nominated Artios Best Casting for TV, Comedy Episodic - Andrea Cohen

1991 - Nominated Artios Best Casting for TV, Comedy Episodic - Andrea Cohen

1990 - Won Artios Best Casting for TV, Comedy Episodic - Andrea Cohen

1989 - Won Artios Best Casting for TV, Comedy Episodic - Phyllis Huffman (pilot) | Andrea Cohen (series)

Directors Guild of America, USA

1994 - Nominated DGA Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series' - Peter Bonerz "Angst For The Memory"

1992 - Won DGA Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series' - Peter Bonerz | Bob Jeffords (unit production manager), Ned E. Davis (First Assistant Director), Teresa Pfiffner (Second Assistant Director) & Marge Mullen (technical coordinator) (plaques) "Uh Oh", part 2

1991 - Nominated DGA Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series' - Barnet Kellman "Bob & Murphy & Ted & Avery"

1990 - Won DGA Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series' - Barnet Kellman | Bob Jeffords (unit production manager), Ned E. Davis (First Assistant Director), Barbara Gelman (Second Assistant Director) & Marge Mullen (technical coordinator) (plaques) "Brown Like Me"

1989 - Nominated DGA Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series' - Barnet Kellman For the pilot episode

Emmy Awards

1998 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Bette Midler for playing "Caprice Feldman" - "Never Can Say Goodbye"

1998 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Series - Tucker Wiard - "Opus One"

1996 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement in Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production - Tucker Wiard - "Up in Smoke"

1995 - Won Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Candice Bergen

1995 -Nominated Emmy Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Robert Pastorelli - "Bye, Bye Bernecky" as "Eldin Bernecky"

1995 -Nominated Emmy Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Paul Reubens "The Good Nephew" as "Andrew J. Lansing III"

1994 - Won Emmy Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Martin Sheen as "Nick Brody" - "Angst For The Memories"

1994 - Won Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Candice Bergen

1994 -Nominated Emmy Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Marcia Wallace as "Secretary 66" - "Anything But Cured"

1994 -Nominated Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement in Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production - Robert Souders (Editor) & Tucker Wiard - "Socks and the Single Woman"

1994 -Nominated Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Faith Ford

1993 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Comedy Series - Gary Dontzig & Steven Peterman (Executive Producers) | Tom Palmer (Co-Executive Producer) | Korby Siamis (Consulting Producer) | Deborah Smith, Michael Patrick King, Peter Tolan, Ned E. Davis, Bill Diamond & Michael Saltzman (Producers)

1993 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series - Peter Bonerz (Director) - "You Say Potatoe, I Say Potato"

1993 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement in Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production - Tucker Wiard (Editor) - "The World According to Avery"

1993 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement in Hairstyling for a Series - Judy Crown (hairstylist) - "A Year To Remember"

1993 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for a Series - Rick Stratton & Patricia Messina (makeup artists) - "One"

1993 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Candice Bergen

1992 - Won Emmy Outstanding Comedy Series - Diane English & Joel Shukovsky (Executive Producers) | Steven Peterman & Gary Dontzig (Supervising Producers) | Tom Palmer (Co-Supervising Producer) | Korby Siamis (Consulting Producer) | Deborah Smith (Producer) | Peter Tolan (Co-Producer)

1992 - Won Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series - Barnet Kellman (Director) For episode "Birth 101"

1992 - Won Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Candice Bergen

1992 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series - Lee Shallat Chemel (Director) - "Send in the Clowns"

1992 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement in Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production - Tucker Wiard (Editor) - "Send In The Clowns"

1992 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Comedy Series - Diane English (teleplay/story) | Korby Siamis (story) - "Uh-Oh", part II

1992 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Comedy Series - Steven Peterman &
Gary Dontzig (Writers) - "Come Out, Come Out, Where Ever You Are"

1992 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Jay Thomas

1992 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Faith Ford

1991 - Won Emmy Outstanding Costume Design for a Series - Bill Hargate (costume designer) - "Eldin Imitates Life"

1991 - Won Emmy Outstanding Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production - Tucker Wiard (editor) - "On Another Plane"

1991 - Won Emmy Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Jay Thomas as "Jerry Gold" in "Gold Rush"

1991 - Won Emmy Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Colleen Dewhurst as "Avery Brown" in "Bob And Murphy And Ted And Avery"

1991 - Won Emmy Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series - Gary Dontzig & Steven Peterman (Writers) - "Jingle Hell, Jingle Hell, Jingle All The Way"

1991 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Art Direction for a Series - Roy Christopher (Art Director) | Steve Rostine (Set Decorator) - "Retreat"

1991 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Comedy Series - Diane English & Joel Shukovsky (Executive Producers) | Gary Dontzig & Steven Peterman (Supervising Producers) | Tom Palmer (Co-Supervising Producer) | Barnet Kellman (Producer) | Korby Siamis (Consulting Producer) | Deborah Smith (Co-Producer)

1991 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series - Barnet Kellman (Director) - "On Another Plane"

1991 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Alan Oppenheimer as "Eugene Kinsella" in "Strike Two"

1991 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Candice Bergen

1991 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special - John Hicks (Production Mixer) | Rick Himot & David E. Fluhr (Re-Recording Mixers) - "On Another Plane"

1991 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Faith Ford

1991 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series - Diane English (Writer) - "On Another Plane"

1990 - Won Emmy Outstanding Comedy Series - Diane English & Joel Shukovsky (Executive Producers) | Korby Siamis (Consulting Producer) | Tom Seeley, Norm Gunzenhauser, Russ Woody, Gary Dontzig, Steven Peterman & Barnet Kellman (Producers) | Deborah Smith (Co-Producer)

1990 - Won Emmy Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Jay Thomas as "Jerry Gold" in "Heart Of Gold"

1990 - Won Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Candice Bergen

1990 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Costume Design for a Series - Bill Hargate (Costume Designer) - "Brown Like Me"

1990 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series - Barnet Kellman - "Brown Like Me"

1990 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production - Tucker Wiard (Editor) - "The Strike"

1990 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Darren McGavin as "Bill Brown" in "Brown Like Me"

1990 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Morgan Fairchild as "Julia St. Martin" in "TV or not TV"

1990 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special - John Hicks (production mixer) | David E. Fluhr & Rick Himot (re-recording mixers) - "The Strike"

1990 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Charles Kimbrough

1990 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Faith Ford

1990 - Nominated Emmy Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series - Diane English (Writer) - "Brown Like Me"

1989 - Won Emmy Outstanding Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production - Tucker Wiard (Editor) - "Respect" (pilot episode)

1989 - Won Emmy Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Colleen Dewhurst as "Avery Brown" in "Mama Said"

1989 - Won Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Candice Bergen

1989 - Won Emmy Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series - Diane English (Writer) - "Respect" (pilot episode)

1989 -Nominated Emmy Outstanding Art Direction for a Series - Roy Christopher (Art Director) | Steve Rostine (Set Decorator) - "Mama Said"

1989 -Nominated Emmy Outstanding Comedy Series - Diane English & Joel Shukovsky (Executive Producers) | Korby Siamis (Supervising Producer) | Tom Seeley, Norm Gunzenhauser, Russ Woody & Frank Pace (Producers) | Deborah Smith (Coordinating Producer)

1989 -Nominated Emmy Outstanding Costume Design for a Series - Bill Hargate (costume designer) - "Soul Man"

1989 -Nominated Emmy Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series - Barnet Kellman (Director) - "Respect" (pilot episode)

1989 -Nominated Emmy Outstanding Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production - Jerry Davis (Editor) - It's How You Play The Game"

1989 -Nominated Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Joe Regalbuto

1989 -Nominated Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Faith Ford

Golden Globes, USA

1996 - Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical - Candice Bergen

1995 - Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical - Candice Bergen

1994 - Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical - Candice Bergen

1993 - Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical - Candice Bergen

1993 - Nominated Golden Globe Best TV-Series - Comedy/Musical

1992 - Won Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical - Candice Bergen

1992 - Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV - Faith Ford

1992 - Nominated Golden Globe Best TV-Series - Comedy/Musical

1991 - Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV - Faith Ford

1991 - Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical - Candice Bergen

1991 - Nominated Golden Globe Best TV-Series - Comedy/Musical

1990 - Won Golden Globe Best TV-Series - Comedy/Musical

1990 -Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical - Candice Bergen

1989 - Won Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical - Candice Bergen

1989 - Nominated Golden Globe Best TV-Series - Comedy/Musical

Humanitas Prize

1998 - Won Humanitas Prize 30 Minute Category - Marilyn Suzanne Miller

1994 - Won Humanitas Prize 30 Minute Category - Rob Bragin

Peabody Awards

1992 - Won Peabody Award

Screen Actors Guild Awards

1996 - Nominated Actor Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series - Candice Bergen

1995 - Nominated Actor Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series - Candice Bergen

1995 - Nominated Actor Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Candice Bergen | Pat Corley | Faith Ford | Charles Kimbrough | Joe Regalbuto | Grant Shaud

TV Land Awards

2008 - Nominated TV Land Award Broadcaster(s) of the Year - Candice Bergen | Faith Ford | Charles Kimbrough | Joe Regalbuto

2007 - Won TV Land Award TV Moment That Became Headline News - Candice Bergen for Murphy Brown's single mother showdown with Dan Quayle

2006 - Nominated TV Land Award Broadcaster of the Year - Candice Bergen

2005 - Nominated TV Land Award Classic TV Broadcaster of the Year - Candice Bergen

2003 - Nominated TV Land Award Most Memorable Male Guest Star in a Comedy as Himself - Dan Quayle

Television Critics Association Awards

1991 - Won TCA Award Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

1989 - Won TCA Award Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

Viewers for Quality Television Awards

1994 - Won Q Award Specialty Player - Scott Bakula

1991 - Won Q Award Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series - Candice Bergen

1991 - Won Q Award Best Quality Comedy Series

1990 - Won Q Award Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series - Candice Bergen

1989 - Won Q Award Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series - Candice Bergen

Writers Guild of America

1999 - Nominated WGA Award (TV) Episodic Comedy - Diane English in "Never Can Say Goodbye"

Young Artist Awards

1998 - Nominated Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Young Actor Age Ten or Under - Haley Joel Osment

1989 - Nominated Young Artist Award Best Young Actress Featured, Co-starring, Supporting, Recurring Role in a Comedy or Drama Series or Special - Chelsea Hertford



Bette Midler and Candice Bergen on Murphy Brown Candice Bergen as Murphy Brown interviewing Hilary Shepard Turner as Hooker Jessie Cast of Murphy Brown


The recurring character of Stuart Best (played by Wallace Shawn) is a reference to former Beatles members Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best.

The character Jim Dial was reportedly modeled after TV news reporter Jim Jensen of New York City's WCBS-TV.

Cameo: [Diane English] the series creator appeared on the last episode as a doctor.

After receiving her 5th Emmy Award for the role of "Murphy Brown," Candice Bergen declined all future nominations for that role.

One of the running series jokes was Murphy Brown's inability to get a good secretary or one that could work with her. One that was very efficient was Marcia Wallace, playing her Carol Kester character from 'The Bob Newhart Show (1972)'. At the end of the show, Bob Hartley (Bob Newhart) showed up and pleaded for her to return, which she did.

The show did not have an opening theme song, but instead many episodes began with a Motown song whose lyrics were somehow relevant to the plot of the episode. The show did have a theme song, but played it at the end of an episode.

Murphy's annual visits to the White House, always ending with her being kicked out.

Several noted TV journalists, including Connie Chung, Morley Safer, Paula Zahn, Faith Daniels, Katie Couric, Walter Cronkite, Larry King, Charles Kuralt, Ed Bradley, Lesley Stahl, Joan Lunden, John McLaughlin, Mike Wallace, Irving R. Levine, Linda Ellerbee, Tom Snyder, and Mary Alice Williams appeared on Murphy Brown during the course of the series. All of them played themselves and interacted with Murphy and the other FYI personnel as real peers and colleagues. Zahn, Daniels, Couric, Lunden and Williams appeared together as the guests invited to Murphy's baby shower in 1992.

In the final episode of season four, Murphy Brown gave birth to her child, Avery. Around that time Vice President Dan Quayle, during a televised debate, criticized the show for introducing the theme of an unmarried woman having a child and thereby promoting the idea of single motherhood and the decay of family values, a hot issue during that year's election campaigning. The Producers and Writers retaliated in the 60-minute season premiere which aired 21 September 1992. The clip from the debate was featured prominently in the episode (entitled "You Say Potatoe, I Say Potato") and the majority of the writing made fun of VP Quayle's remarks (To his credit, Vice President Quayle later sent the fictional baby Avery a very real plush toy elephant.)

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Murphy: I was waiting for the universe to dispense some justice but sometimes the universe is just too damn slow. The effects of putting Nair in someone's styling gel, however, only take a few minutes.

Jim: Perhaps you need to be clearer.
Murphy: Clearer? Jim, the other day I rolled up my car window while she was still talking to me! I drove away and she actually ran alongside the car until she was able to pull her hair free at the onramp! I'm telling you, the woman cannot take a hint!

Kay: Oh, good morning, my little worker ants! That's just a figure of speech; I would never compare you to insects. At least not after that sensitivity training seminar those maggots at the network forced me to attend!

Kay: Corky, are you in there?
Murphy: Are you alone?
Kay: Yes, I am... for the last ten years, and thanks so much for reminding me!

Stan Lansing: Though I am a sucker for that rascal's nimble wordplay, it's not Dick who has millions of housewives glued to their sets. Dick is a punster. Punsters you can replace with a relative. It's Dottie, Murphy. Dottie is the show.
Murphy: Ah-ha. So what you're saying is that you're willing to be Dickless, but you refuse to be Dotless.

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