The DVD release ofMurphy Brownis particularly newsworthy. There had never been anyone on primetime quite like Murphy, the star investigative reporter for the Washington, D.C.-based television news magazineF.Y.I.As created by Diane English and embodied … see full wiki
MURPHY BROWN was a revolutionary sitcom. Never before on television had there been a character quite like Murphy Brown, an anti-hero, anti-establishment news journalist who went through secretaries like Kleenex, and told it like it was. Candice Bergen was the perfect actress to bring to life this complex, flawed but yet ultimately captivating character. The show was set in the bustling world of the FYI television newsroom in Washington.
At the start of the series, Murphy has just returned to work after spending a month in the Betty Ford Clinic. She gets more than she bargained for when she learns that FYI has a new producer, Miles Silverberg (Grant Shaud), who has just graduated from Harvard and is completely green when it comes to the no-holds-barred approach to news journalism which Murphy is accustomed to. Murphy also finds herself at odds with Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford), a former Southern beauty queen who joined the regular news team during her absence. Adding further complications is Murphy's household decorator Eldin (Robert Pastorelli). And of course there are Murphy's news colleagues: anchorman Jim Dial (Charles Kimbrough) and reporter Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto).
Two of my favourite episodes in this set are "Mama Said", when Murphy's imperious mother Avery comes to visit (with Colleen Dewhurst in an Emmy-winning performance); and "Moscow on the Potomac" where Murphy meets her Russian equivalent, anchorwoman Vladia (Robin Strasser).
This well-presented box set includes all 22 episodes from the first season. Extras include commentary with Candice Bergen on the first episode "Respect"; and commentary with creator Diane English on "The Summer of `77". There is also a brand-new retrospective documentary which includes recent interviews with Bergen, English, Charles Kimbrough, Faith Ford, Grant Shaud, Joe Regalbuto, director Barnet Kellman and several of the writers.
COMPLETE EPISODE LISTING:
"Respect" - Back from a month in the Betty Ford Clinic, Murphy has gained her health...but has she lost her edge?
"Devil with a Blue Dress On" - Is Corky the devil's spawn? The former Miss America is moving in on Murphy's journalistic territory.
"Nowhere to Run" - A job for the mob: Miles receives death-threats when Murphy investigates a hot political corruption story.
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered" - Mrs Jake Lowenstein...that's who Murphy was 20 years earlier...and now she's interviewing her ex.
"Murphy's Pony" - Murphy must have been a good girl, because Santa brings her a holiday surprise: three homeless waifs.
"Baby Love" - Ticktock goes the biological clock. Murphy wants to be a mother...and asks Frank to be the daddy.
"Set Me Free" - Murphy's Law: whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. A bumbling gunman takes over the show.
"And So He Goes" - Last rites, and a chance to right some wrongs. Murphy must deliver the eulogy at the funeral of her arch-enemy.
"I Would Have Danced All Night" - Anyone who's anyone has been invited to the President's Ball. Guess Murphy isn't anyone.
"Kyle" - From the big house to broadcast news. Murphy's latest secretary learned typing from Big Eddie One-Arm.
"Off-the-Job Experience" - The suspension is killing her! After a tiff with Miles, Murphy's off the show for two weeks...or is she?
"Who Do Fools Fall in Love?" - Heart and solo. Valentine's Day finds Miles dumped and Murphy and Frank findng dates for each other.
"Soul Man" - It's a guy thing. Murphy is determined to break the sex-barrier at a prestigous Washington Men's Club.
"It's How You Play the Game" - Mud wresting nuns? With ratings sinking, Murphy and Miles are faced with dumbing down the show.
"Mama Said" - It's every man and Murphy for himself when the fearsome Avery Brown comes visiting.
"Moscow on the Potomac" - Relations get as cold as January in Sverdlovsk when Murphy works with her Russian counterpart.
"My Dinner with Einstein" - Murphy's latest date has the brain of a brilliant theologian, but the manners of a frat-boy at a kegger.
"Funnies Girl" - Name that toon. Murphy becomes the target of a ruthless political cartoonist in his "Mouthy Brown" strip.
"The Unsinkable Murphy Brown" - Murphy's knocks 'em dead, literally, when her latest guest expires live on air.
"The Summer of '77" - Flash back to the glory days when Frank had hair and Linda Ellerbee auditioned for FYI.
"The Bickners" - Murphy barely taps the back-bumper of a darling elderly couple...who nail her for a $1.5 million lawsuit.
"The Morning Show" - Wake up and smell the catastrophe. Murphy bombs co-hosting the a.m. show with a perky, peppy Corky.
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