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Murphy Brown

26 years old
United States
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Situation Comedy



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



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.

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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