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Murphy Brown Season 1 Episodes

22 Episodes 1988 - 1989

Episode 1

Respect

Mon, Nov 14, 1988 30 mins

In the series pilot, new producer Miles (Grant Shaud) tests TV reporter Murphy Brown's journalistic chutzpah by arranging an interview with a man involved in a political sex scandal. Bobby Powell: Tony Goldwyn. Corky: Faith Ford. Sherry: Mary Cadorette. Murphy: Candice Bergen.

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Episode 2

Devil with a Blue Dress On

Mon, Nov 21, 1988 30 mins

Corky (Faith Ford) helps Murphy on a story, but when Corky's legwork uncovers a lead, Murphy wants to break both of her legs. Candice Bergen, Joe Regalbuto. Megan Reynolds: Dinah Lenney. Jim: Charles Kimbrough.

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Episode 3

Nowhere to Run

Mon, Nov 28, 1988 30 mins

Murphy's story exposing a mob figure leaves Miles feeling exposed himself after he receives a death threat. The Asp: Fran Ryan. Tiffany: Michael Gregory. Carl: Ritch Brinkley.

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Episode 4

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Mon, Dec 5, 1988 30 mins

Murphy tries to keep her cool when she's assigned to interview the man (Robin Thomas) she was married to for five steamy days. Candice Bergen, Robert Pastorelli, Grant Shaud. Stage Manager: John Hostetter.

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Episode 5

Murphy's Pony

Sun, Dec 11, 1988 30 mins

Murphy's Scrooge-like Christmas is interrupted when three urchins appear on her doorstep. Murphy: Candice Bergen. Eldin: Robert Pastorelli. Corky: Faith Ford.

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Episode 6

Baby Love

Mon, Dec 12, 1988 30 mins

A visit from a pregnant friend (Jenny O'Hara) prompts Murphy to decide to have a baby---somehow. Candice Bergen, Joe Regalbuto. Sheila: Jane Galloway. Miles: Grant Shaud. Corky: Faith Ford. Eldin: Robert Pastorelli.

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Episode 7

Set Me Free

Mon, Dec 19, 1988 30 mins

Murphy craves smokes, drinks and an end to a broadcast interrupted by a surprise guest---with a gun. Henry Tucker: Robert Harper.

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Episode 8

And So He Goes

Mon, Jan 2, 1989 30 mins

Murphy must have the last laugh when her nemesis in a war of practical jokes dies---and leaves instructions for her to give the eulogy. Candice Bergen. Erma: Delane Matthews. Mrs. Cowan: Marie Denn.

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Episode 9

I Would Have Danced All Night

Mon, Jan 9, 1989 30 mins

Murphy's not invited to the Inaugural Ball and can't find anyone to take her; and she can't get over her descent in Washington society. Murphy: Candice Bergen. Miles: Grant Shaud. Corky: Faith Ford. Murray: Lou Wills.

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Episode 10

Kyle

Mon, Jan 16, 1989 30 mins

Murphy gets an innocent inmate released, but she'd like to see him back in prison when the gang offers him a job---as her secretary. Murphy: Candice Bergen. Miles: Grant Shaud. Jim: Charles Kimbrough.

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Episode 11

Off the Job Experience

Mon, Jan 23, 1989 30 mins

It's a showdown as Miles lays down the law to Murphy, whose airtime antics lead to a forced vacation back at the ranch. Murphy: Candice Bergen. Miles: Grant Shaud. Frank: Joe Regalbuto.

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Episode 12

Why Do Fools Fall in Love

Mon, Feb 13, 1989 30 mins

Cupid strikes the newsroom on Valentine's Day as Murphy fixes Frank up with a friend on the condition he do the same for her; Secretary No. 13 (Deborah May) has a crush on Jim. Murphy: Candice Bergen. Frank: Joe Regalbuto.

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Episode 13

Soul Man

Mon, Feb 20, 1989 30 mins

Murphy decides to go where no woman has gone before---the exclusive, all-male Dunfries Club. Murphy: Candice Bergen. Jim: Charles Kimbrough. Mr. Mueller: David Sabin. Jack: John Apicella.

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Episode 14

It's How You Play the Game

Mon, Feb 27, 1989 30 mins

In an effort to improve ratings, Murphy and Jim decide to pit homemakers against hookers in a live debate. Murphy: Candice Bergen. Jim: Charles Kimbrough. Rose: Ann Ryerson. Jessie: Hilary Shepard. Phyllis: Julie Payne.

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Episode 15

Mama Said

Mon, Mar 6, 1989 30 mins

Murphy's formidable mother (Colleen Dewhurst) shows up unannounced. Murphy: Candice Bergen. Eldin: Robert Pastorelli. Young Murphy: Rachael Hartley. Corky: Faith Ford.

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Episode 16

Moscow on the Potomac

Mon, Mar 13, 1989 30 mins

Murphy and her Soviet counterpart launch a cold war when Murphy finds the Soviet's ego rivals her own. Murphy: Candice Bergen. Frank: Joe Regalbuto. Miles: Grant Shaud. Olga: Mary Pat Gleason.

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Episode 17

My Dinner with Einstein

Mon, Mar 20, 1989 30 mins

Murphy is so invigorated by her discussions with a physicist (Buck Henry) that she decides to date him. Murphy: Candice Bergen. Secretary No. 17: Vernee Watson-Johnson. Handsome Man: John Mansfield.

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Episode 18

Funnies Girl

Mon, Apr 10, 1989 30 mins

A cartoonist takes Murphy's rare on-screen blunder and plants her in the funnies as "Mouthy Brown." Murphy: Candice Bergen. Miles: Grant Shaud. Dr. Keller: John Sanderford. Secretary No. 18: Josh Pais.

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Episode 19

The Unshrinkable Murphy Brown

Mon, May 1, 1989 30 mins

A corrupt judge (John Capodice) wilts---permanently---under Murphy's tough questioning, leaving Murphy fearful of another interview. Candice Bergen. Dr. Hayes: Janet MacLachlan. Dan: Christopher Wynne.

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Episode 20

The Summer of '77

Mon, May 8, 1989 30 mins

Linda Ellerbee helps celebrate the 70th anniversary of Phil's, as Phil recalls a '70s Murphy, who comes in for a shot of courage before her "FYI" audition. Phil: Pat Corley. Arvin Johns: James Karen. Woman: Eva Charney. Young Miles: Jason Marsden.

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Episode 21

The Bickners

Mon, May 15, 1989 30 mins

After a fender bender with a sweet elderly couple, Murphy is soured by the $1.5 million lawsuit they hit her with. Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud. Bob Bickner: Eric Christmas. Myrna Bickner: Amber Strickland.

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Episode 22

The Morning Show

Mon, May 22, 1989 30 mins

Morning-show host Murphy can't adjust to the show's easy-going style, while co-host Corky rises and shines. Candice Bergen. Eugene Kinsella: Alan Oppenheimer. Glenn: James Staley. Stage Manager: Don Lake.

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