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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