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Murphy Brown
Murphy Brown is an American sitcom which aired on CBS from November 14, 1988, to May 18, 1998, for a total of 247 episodes. The program starred Candice

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Murphy Brown Murphy Brown's title card Genre Sitcom Created by Diane English Written by Diane English
and others Directed by Joe Regalbuto
Barnet Kellman
Lee Shallat
Peter Bonerz
Alan Rafkin
and others Starring Candice Bergen
Also Starring
Pat Corley
Faith Ford
Charles Kimbrough
Robert Pastorelli
Joe Regalbuto
Grant Shaud
Lily Tomlin
John Hostetter Composer(s) Steve Dorff Country of origin United States Original language(s) English No. of seasons 10 No. of episodes 247 (list of episodes) Production Executive producer(s) Candice Bergen
Michael Saltzman
Rob Bragin
Bill Diamond
Marc Flanagan
Joel Shukovsky
Diane English
Eric Schotz
Korby Siamis
John Bowman
and others Producer(s) Candice Bergen
DeAnne Heline
Deborah Smith
Eileen Heisler
Ned E. Davis
and others Location(s) Washington, D.C. Running time 30 minutes Production company(s) Shukovsky English Entertainment
Warner Bros. Television Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution Release Original network CBS Original release November 14, 1988 – May 18, 1998

Murphy Brown is an American sitcom which aired on CBS from November 14, 1988, to May 18, 1998, for a total of 247 episodes. The program starred Candice Bergen as the eponymous Murphy Brown, a famous investigative journalist and news anchor for FYI, a fictional CBS television newsmagazine.

The first two seasons of the show received favorable reviews from critics. The second season received universal acclaim with a Metacritic rating of 100 out of 100 based on 5 reviews. It is the only series to receive a score of 100 on the website.

  • 1 Production
  • 2 Cast and characters
    • 2.1 Main cast and characters
    • 2.2 Recurring characters
  • 3 Overview
    • 3.1 The early seasons
    • 3.2 Murphy becomes a single mother
    • 3.3 Later years
  • 4 Episodes
  • 5 Fictional personnel
    • 5.1 FYI
    • 5.2 Front & Center
  • 6 Nielsen ratings
  • 7 DVD releases
  • 8 Awards and nominations
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links


The program was well known for stories inspired by current events and its political satire. It achieved a high level of cultural notoriety in the 1992 presidential campaign when Dan Quayle mentioned the show in a campaign speech, afterwards known as the "Murphy Brown speech".

The show began in the Monday 9/8 p.m. timeslot and remained there until its final season when it was moved to Wednesday at 8:30/7:30 p.m. The series finale aired in its original Monday timeslot.

The show did not have a regular opening theme song, but would instead play a different classic Motown song over the opening credits each week.

Cast and characters

Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen) is a recovering alcoholic, who, in the show's first episode, returns to the fictional newsmagazine FYI for the first time following a stay at the Betty Ford Clinic. Over 40 and single, she is sharp-tongued and hard as nails. In her profession, she is considered one of the boys, having shattered many glass ceilings encountered during her career. Dominating the FYI news magazine, she is portrayed as one of America's hardest-hitting (though not the warmest or more sympathetic) media personalities.

Her colleagues at FYI include stuffy veteran anchor Jim Dial (Charles Kimbrough), who affectionately addresses Murphy as "Slugger" and reminisces about the glory days of Murrow and Cronkite. Murphy's best friend and sometime competitor is investigative reporter Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto), the only person who addresses her as "Murph". Though a daredevil reporter, insecurities regarding fame and (especially) his personal relationships have him in psychotherapy for the majority of the series. In early seasons, there was a running gag about Frank's toupée, which he hated, but which producers insisted he wear on the show.

Also present are the two newest members of the FYI team introduced to Murphy. A new executive producer was appointed during her stay at Betty Ford: Miles Silverberg (Grant Shaud), a yuppie overachiever who was 25 and fresh from public television. Naive and neurotic despite his lightning intellect, Miles is the perfect object for Murphy's skewering wit. Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford) was Murphy's replacement during her "sabbatical". A former Miss America from the (fictional) town of Neebo, Louisiana, Corky is the bane of the other journalists with her perky, relentlessly sunny personality—and utter lack of sophistication when it comes to world affairs. Due to overwhelming audience reaction, management decides to retain Corky's services after Murphy's return, usually assigning her to lifestyle pieces or lightweight celebrity profiles.

Shaud left at the end of the eighth season, and his character was replaced during season 9 by veteran TV producer Kay Carter-Shepley (Lily Tomlin). Kay did not have a background in journalism, but instead had made a career as a producer of game shows.

The FYI team also frequently socializes at Phil's, a bar-and-grill across the street from their office/studio in Washington, D.C. Phil, the bar owner, was played by Pat Corley. Phil's was portrayed as a Washington institution, whose owner knew everything about everybody who had ever been anybody in the capital—ranging from what brand of lingerie J. Edgar Hoover preferred to the identity of Deep Throat (unknown to the public at the time of the series' production). In a running gag during early seasons, whenever someone entered Phil's (casting bright sunlight from the open door into the dark, murky bar), the patrons would all shout in unison "close the door!".

Brown was unmarried, but had a home life as well: she hired a laid-back, New Age philosophy-dispensing house painter named Eldin Bernecky (Robert Pastorelli) to repaint her house. He had so many grand ideas that he was in her employ for six seasons. Being a highly talented artist, his renovations were often delayed when struck by the urge to paint socially-relevant murals throughout the house. The character of Eldin was based on real life painter Gabe Kis, New York City's Painter to the Stars.

In 2010, Murphy Brown was ranked #25 on the TV Guide Network special, 25 Greatest TV Characters of All Time.

Main cast and characters Actor Character Seasons 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Candice Bergen Murphy Brown Main Faith Ford Corky Sherwood (also Forrest, Silverberg) Main Pat Corley Phil Main Main Guest Charles Kimbrough Jim Dial Main Robert Pastorelli Eldin Bernecky Main Guest Joe Regalbuto Frank Fontana Main Grant Shaud Miles Silverberg Main Lily Tomlin Kay Carter-Shepley Main
  1. ^ Corley was only credited for the episodes in which he appeared during season eight.
Recurring characters The cast of Murphy Brown (1988–96, from left): (front) Kimbrough, Bergen, Regalbuto, Ford, Shaud; (back) Pastorelli, Corley

A number of recurring characters also appeared during the show's run:

  • John Hostetter played John, the unflappable stage manager in 62 episodes.
  • Ritch Brinkley played Carl Wishnitski, FYI's cameraman and in love with Murphy.
  • Janet Carroll appeared as Doris Dial, anchorman Jim Dial's equally stoic, but kind-hearted wife, in several episodes. In the final season the role of Doris was portrayed by Concetta Tomei.
  • Jay Thomas appeared in several episodes as tabloid talk show host Jerry Gold, who became a friend of Murphy's and an occasional love interest, despite their significantly different journalistic values.
  • Colleen Dewhurst appeared in a number of episodes as Murphy's opinionated museum curator mother, Avery Brown. Dewhurst won two Emmy Awards for her appearances. When Dewhurst died in 1991, the writers chose to have her character die as well, and dedicated the episode to the memory of Dewhurst. Murphy, who was pregnant at the time of her mother's death, named her son Avery in her mother's memory the following season.
  • Darren McGavin appeared in several episodes as Murphy's driven father, newspaper publisher Bill Brown. Bill shared an adversarial relationship with his ex-wife Avery—especially after marrying a fresh-faced twentysomething who taught yoga. McGavin earned an Emmy nomination in 1990 for his performance as Bill Brown.
  • Scott Bakula appeared as reporter (and occasional love interest for Murphy) Peter Hunt.
  • Jane Leeves appeared in a number of episodes as Miles' girlfriend Audrey Cohen. Though they were headed for marriage, the relationship ended when Leeves joined the cast of Frasier as Martin Crane's physiotherapist and Niles' love interest, Daphne.
  • Robin Thomas appeared as Jake Lowenstein, underground leftist radical and Murphy's ex-husband. Murphy and Jake had another brief relationship during season three, which resulted in Jake becoming the father of her child.
  • Christopher Rich played Miller Redfield, an empty-headed, pretty-boy reporter with a local affiliate who had semi-regular appearances on the show, first as a substitute anchor when Jim was on leave, and also when the team went on strike.
  • Paula Cale appeared as McGovern, a conservative young reporter based on MTV's Kennedy. She was added to the program when management tried to appeal to a younger demographic.
  • Alan Oppenheimer appeared as news-division executive Gene Kinsela.
  • Garry Marshall appeared as micro-managing network president Stan Lansing. His frequent and impromptu whims were the bane of the staff.
  • Rose Marie appeared as Frank Fontana's mother.
  • Paul Reubens appeared in several episodes as Lansing's sociopathic nephew Andrew J. Lansing, III. He is introduced as one of Murphy's 93 secretaries du jour and, with Carol Kester (Marcia Wallace), was one of only two who measure up to Murphy's standards. Like Carol, Andrew is lured away from Murphy by another job by the end of the episode; in his case, he is promoted to a network executive position through nepotism. He periodically appears in later episodes in that capacity, mostly as his uncle's "black-ops" expert.
  • Marian Seldes appeared as Murphy's eccentric and often-married aunt Brooke.
  • In the show's final seasons, when the younger Avery Brown was of school age, he was portrayed by Haley Joel Osment, replacing child actor Dyllan Christopher.
  • Julius Carry appeared as Mitchell Baldwin, the new boss who replaced Gene Kinsela. Baldwin, an African American, used the team's liberal-Caucasian guilt to railroad through changes in FYI's format and content.
  • Wallace Shawn appeared as Stuart Best, a former FYI reporter who annoyed Murphy, Jim, and Frank to the point that the three colluded to have him fired – twice. After the second firing, Stuart returned as a hopelessly inept party-line politician who invariably broke down under even the most sympathetic questions by Murphy while on-air.
  • Jean Stapleton appeared as Miles' grandmother, Nana Silverberg.
Overview The early seasons

The first season saw Murphy relearning her job without the use of two crutches—alcohol and cigarettes. In the pilot episode, she complained the only vice she had left herself was chewing yellow number-two pencils. It also set up the series-long running gag of Murphy's battles with the off-beat and sometimes downright bizarre characters that were sent by Personnel to act as her secretary, none of whom ever last for more than an episode, save two; one played by Paul Reubens.

Action was divided between the FYI suite of offices and Murphy's Georgetown townhouse. Reality often blended with fiction with the many cameos of then-current media and political personalities. The most prominent was when Murphy Brown was asked to guest star as herself in the pilot of a sitcom entitled Kelly Green, about a female investigative journalist. Life imitated art when, after a less-than stellar performance, Murphy was berated by television journalist Connie Chung (herself in a Murphy Brown cameo appearance) for crossing the line and compromising her credibility.

Subsequent seasons saw the emergence of story arcs involving network politics with Gene Kinsella, Frank and Murphy's rivalry and Eldin's ongoing infatuation with Corky. A standout event was Miss Sherwood's marriage to Louisiana lawyer Will Forrest. During the brief engagement, a horrified Corky comes to the realization that she will now be "Corky Sherwood-Forrest". In the wedding episode, maid-of-honor Murphy, dressed as an antebellum belle in a hoop-skirted nightmare of a bridemaid's dress, rages her way through the entire affair while thwarting the press's attempts to photograph the nuptials (mirroring the Sean Penn/Madonna wedding a few years earlier).

Murphy becomes a single mother

In the show's 1991–92 season, Murphy became pregnant. When her baby's father (ex-husband and current underground radical Jake Lowenstein) expressed his unwillingness to give up his own lifestyle to be a parent, Murphy chose to have the child and raise it alone. Another major fiction-reality blending came at Murphy's baby shower: the invited guests were journalists Katie Couric, Joan Lunden, Paula Zahn, Mary Alice Williams and Faith Daniels, who treated the fictional Murphy and Corky as friends and peers.

Dan Quayle criticized single parenting during his 1992 speech.

At the point where she was about to give birth, she had stated that "several people do not want me to have the baby. Pat Robertson; Phyllis Schlafly; half of Utah!" Right after giving birth to her son, Avery, Murphy sang the song "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman". This storyline made the show a subject of political controversy during the 1992 American presidential campaign. On May 19, 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle spoke at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. During his speech, he criticized the Murphy Brown character for "mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone".

Quayle's remarks caused a public discussion on family values, culminating in the 1992–93 season premiere, "You Say Potatoe, I Say Potato", where the television characters reacted to Quayle's comments and produced a special episode of FYI showcasing and celebrating the diversity of the modern American family. Because Quayle's actual speech made little reference to Murphy Brown's fictional nature (other than the use of the word character), the show was able to use actual footage from his speech to make it appear that, within the fictional world of the show, Quayle was referring to Murphy Brown personally, rather than to the fictional character. At the end, Brown helps organize a special edition of FYI focusing on different kinds of families then arranges a retaliatory prank in which a truckload of potatoes is dumped in front of Quayle's residence, while a disc jockey commenting on the incident notes the Vice President should be glad people were not making fun of him for misspelling "fertilizer", (On June 15, 1992, at a spelling bee in Trenton, New Jersey, Quayle had erroneously corrected an elementary school student's spelling of "potato" to "potatoe". The cue card used by the teacher read "potatoe".) When Candice Bergen won another Emmy that year, she thanked Dan Quayle. The feud was cited by E! as #81 on its list of "101 Reasons the '90s Ruled".

In 2002, Bergen said in an interview that she personally agreed with much of Quayle's speech, calling it "a perfectly intelligent speech about fathers not being dispensable" and adding that "nobody agreed with that more than I did."

Quayle eventually displayed a sense of humor about the incident—after the controversy died down, he appeared for an interview on an independent Los Angeles TV station and for his final question was asked what his favorite TV show was. He responded with "Murphy Brown—Not!" The station later used the clip of Quayle's response to promote its showing of Murphy Brown re-runs in syndication.

Quayle's complaint notwithstanding, prime-time TV in 1992 was "boosting family values more aggressively than it has in decades", wrote Time magazine critic Richard Zoglin, citing everything from Home Improvement to Roseanne. Murphy Brown was worth highlighting in a vice-presidential speech "not because it represented the state of television and the culture in general" but because Murphy's choice of single motherhood departed from it. The show has been seen as blazing a trail for single-mother characters in Ally McBeal, Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives, and The Good Wife – and "benefited from Bergen's character going through a political maelstrom so none of them had to."

More recently, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer approached Bergen and her daughter at an event, telling her daughter that "your mom is the reason I'm here."

Later years

The fifth season continued after the departure of series-creator and show-runner Diane English. Murphy's struggles with parenthood were highlighted, as were the revolving-door of nanny characters mirroring her office tribulations. Corky's marriage unraveled and ended in divorce as she and Will grew apart. (Right before the wedding, Forrest had decided to abandon the practice of law and follow his true calling—creative writing.) This tragedy saw Corky become less the Pollyanna as she began to model herself after role-model Murphy.

The show went on, and FYI featured several changes in on- and off-camera staff: Peter Hunt, McGovern and Miller Redfield temporarily joined the regulars at the anchor desk. The network moved FYI to a new studio with a trendy exterior "Window on America". A significant story-arc saw the network squelch an FYI expose on the tobacco industry, leading to the resignation of first Dial, then the remainder of the cast. They all went to work reorganizing the poorly-performing news division of a fledging network. In the end, Miles faced down the network; the "suits" relented, the staffers returned and the story aired. For his courage in standing up to the network brass, Miles was promoted to the news division's headquarters in New York—to the detriment of his new marriage to Corky.

As well, after years of working as her housepainter, and later nanny, Eldin (who was seen increasingly infrequently after season 5) left Murphy's employ during season 7 to study painting in Spain. (Actor Robert Pastrorelli left Murphy Brown for his own starring vehicle, the sitcom Double Rush, which lasted one season in 1995.)

The cast of Murphy Brown for its final two seasons. Lily Tomlin is pictured fourth.

By the start of the 1996–97 season, viewership was beginning to decline. Shaud left the series and comedian Lily Tomlin was brought in to replace him in the role of executive producer Kay Carter-Shepley to help bolster the sitcom's ratings. Kay proved that she had just as little journalistic experience as Miles Silverberg when he started with the show; the only experience Kay had in television—in spite of her venerable connections—was producing daytime game shows. Where Murphy had terrorized the younger Miles, the Machiavellian Kay often emerged victorious in her dealings with Murphy. Tomlin remained with the series for its last two years but ratings continued to drop, especially after a move off of Monday nights in favor of a slot on Wednesday nights. CBS did renew Murphy Brown for a tenth season, which was to be its last.

In the fall of 1997, the final season premiered and the entire season served as a story arc in which Murphy battled breast cancer. The storyline was not without controversy; an episode in which she used medical marijuana to relieve side effects of chemotherapy was attacked by conservative groups, and a women's health group protested an episode in which Murphy, while shopping for prosthetic breasts, uttered the line "Should I go with Demi Moore or Elsie the Cow?"

However, the show's handling of the subject was credited with a 30 percent increase in the number of women getting mammograms that year, and Bergen was presented an award from the American Cancer Society in honor of her role in educating women on the importance of breast cancer prevention and screening.

In the show's final episode, Murphy met and interviewed God (played by Alan King) and Edward R. Murrow in a dream while undergoing surgery. Computer editing was used to insert footage of the real Murrow, who died in 1965, into the show. Diane English, who created the show, made a cameo appearance as a nurse who delivered the results to Murphy after her surgery. At the end of the episode, Murphy walks through her house seemingly alone, only to have Eldin appear at the end, offering to "touch-up" her house.

Episodes Main article: List of Murphy Brown episodes Fictional personnel FYI

FYI (For Your Information) is a fictional news broadcast anchored by Jim Dial and Murphy Brown. Regular segments include political interviews conducted by Brown, commentaries offered by Dial, celebrity or "fluff" news stories delivered by Corky Sherwood, and field investigations undertaken by Frank Fontana. The show was originally anchored by Dial, Brown, Fontana, and Stuart Best. Best offered a segment called "All's I Know", though he departed after six episodes. During Brown's temporary absence in 1986 she was replaced by Sherwood, who was later retained full-time. Temporary anchors throughout the series include Miller Redfield, who replaced Jim Dial during his temporary departure in 1995, Jerry Gold, and Peter Hunt.

Position Anchor Years 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1988 1989 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 Senior Anchor Jim Dial Miller Redfield Anchor / Reporter Murphy Brown Jerry Gold Field Correspondent Frank Fontana Peter Hunt Correspondent Stuart Best Corky Sherwood McGovern Executive Producer Arvin Johns Miles Silverberg Andrew J. Lansing III Kay Carter Shepley Front & Center

Front & Center with Murphy Brown and Miller Redfield is a fictional panel show featuring critical commentary offered by FYI co-anchor Murphy Brown and former FYI correspondent Miller Redfield. Brown was initially contracted to work alongside Walter Cronkite, who dropped out pre-production. The series ran from 1995-1996.

Position Anchor Years 1995 1996 Senior Anchor Murphy Brown Miller Redfield Executive Producer Ed Miles Silverberg Nielsen ratings This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (March 2015) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
  • Season 1 (1988–89): #36 (14.9 million viewers)
  • Season 2 (1989–90): #27 (14.7)
  • Season 3 (1990–91): #6 (16.9)
  • Season 4 (1991–92): #3 (18.6)
  • Season 5 (1992–93): #4 (17.9)
  • Season 6 (1993–94): #9 (16.3)
  • Season 7 (1994–95): #16 (14.1)
  • Season 8 (1995–96): #18 (12.3)
  • Season 9 (1996–97): #35 (11.9)
  • Season 10 (1997–98): #86 (9.9 million)

Series High: 35.9 million viewers; 29.2 rating (9/21/92) | Series Low: 8.9 million viewers; 5.4 rating (5/4/98)

DVD releases

Warner Home Video released the first season of Murphy Brown on DVD in Region 1 on February 8, 2005. Due to low sales and high music costs, no future releases are planned.

Awards and nominations Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Murphy Brown References
  1. ^ "Top Emmys to 'Exposure' and 'Murphy Brown'". New York Times. August 31, 1992. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  2. ^ "Murphy Brown - Season 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Best TV Shows of All Time". Metacritic. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  4. ^ "This just in: 'Murphy Brown' cast assembles". MSNBC. Retrieved 2010-08-15. 
  5. ^ WCBS-TV "On the Couch" Jan. 13, 2013
  6. ^ "25 Greatest TV Characters of All Time". September 19, 2010. TV Guide Network.  Missing or empty |series= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  7. ^ Barnes, Mike (2016-09-07). "John Hostetter, Actor on 'Murphy Brown,' Dies at 69". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  8. ^ "Hoover Institution Commonwealth Club Database". Archived from the original on June 13, 2011. Retrieved January 16, 2011. 
  9. ^ Excerpts from Dan Quayle's speech, at
  10. ^ Rosenthal, Andrew (September 4, 1992). "THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: Murphy Brown; Get Ready, America: Murphy Responds". New York Times. Retrieved August 10, 2010. 
  11. ^ Carter, Bill (July 20, 1992). "Back Talk From 'Murphy Brown' to Dan Quayle". New York Times. Retrieved August 10, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Dan Quayle vs. Murphy Brown". New York Time. June 1, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Reasons the '90s Ruled 101 – 81",
  14. ^ Associated Press. "Bergen: Quayle Was Right About Murphy", July 11, 2002
  15. ^ a b Zoglin, Richard (May 11, 1992). "Labor And Other Pains". Time. 
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  18. ^ Gitlin, Martin (2013). The Greatest Sitcoms of All Time. Scarecrow Press. p. 87. ISBN 9780810887251. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  19. ^ James, Caryn (October 1, 1997). "TELEVISION REVIEW; Breast Cancer Brings 'Murphy Brown' Close To Real-Life Tragedy". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
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External links
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  • "Reflections on Urban America" (Dan Quayle's Murphy Brown speech) available in the Commonwealth Club of California records at the Hoover Institution Archives.
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  • Seinfeld, season 3 (1992)
  • Seinfeld, season 4 (1993)
  • Frasier, season 1 (1994)
  • Frasier, season 2 (1995)
  • Frasier, season 3 (1996)
  • The Larry Sanders Show, season 5 (1997)
  • The Larry Sanders Show, season 6 (1998)
  • Sports Night, season 1 (1999)
  • Malcolm in the Middle, season 1 (2000)
  • Malcolm in the Middle, season 2 (2001)
  • The Bernie Mac Show, season 1 (2002)
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, season 7/season 8 (2003)
  • Arrested Development, season 1 (2004)
  • Arrested Development, season 2 (2005)
  • The Office, season 2 (2006)
  • The Office, season 3 (2007)
  • 30 Rock, season 2 (2008)
  • The Big Bang Theory, season 2 (2009)
  • Modern Family, season 1 (2010)
  • Modern Family, season 2 (2011)
  • Louie, season 2 (2012)
  • The Big Bang Theory, season 6 / Parks and Recreation, season 5 (2013)
  • Louie, season 4 / Veep, season 3 (2014)
  • Inside Amy Schumer, season 3 (2015)
  • Black-ish, season 2 (2016)
  • Atlanta, season 1 (2017)

Murphy Brown: Season 1
Murphy Brown: Season 1
Murphy Brown: The Complete First Season (DVD)Candice Bergen stars as Murphy Brown, an outspoken TV journalist, who along with her hilariously quirky cohorts of the top-rated newsmagazine show, FYI, struggles to handle personal and professional problems with humor and insight.]]>

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The Sounds Of Murphy Brown: Original Television Soundtrack Album
The Sounds Of Murphy Brown: Original Television Soundtrack Album

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Charlie Rose with Richard Murphy, Mort Zuckerman, Richard Haass & Richard Satloff; Walter Isaacson & Nancy Gibbs; John Seely Brown (July 5, 2000)
Charlie Rose with Richard Murphy, Mort Zuckerman, Richard Haass & Richard Satloff; Walter Isaacson & Nancy Gibbs; John Seely Brown (July 5, 2000)
Discussing President Clinton's call for a peace summit at Camp David, are former ambassador to Syria Richard Murphy, Mort Zuckerman of U.S. News & World Report, Richard Haass of the Brookings Institution and Richard Satloff of the Institute for Near East Policy. Then, Time magazine's Walter Isaacson and Nancy Gibbs talk about this week's issue, which takes a close look at America, reporting from along the Mississippi on the quality and hope of small towns. Later, chief scientist at Xerox John Seely Brown on some of the ideas in his new book, The Social Life of Information.This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.'s standard return policy will apply.

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A Hiss Before Dying: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
A Hiss Before Dying: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown are back chasing mystery with their unique circle of Southern sleuths. And though the changing colors of fall are a beauty to behold, this year the scattered leaves hide a grim surprise. “As feline collaborators go, you couldn’t ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown.”—The New York Times Book Review  Autumn is in the air in the Blue Ridge Mountain community of Crozet, Virginia—and all the traditions of the changing seasons are under way. Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen cleans her cupboards, her husband, Fair, prepares the horses for the shorter days ahead, and the clamorous barking of beagles signals the annual rabbit chase through the central Virginia hills. But the last thing the local beaglers and their hounds expect to flush out is a dead body.  Disturbingly, it’s the second corpse to turn up, after that of a missing truck driver too disfigured to identify. The deaths seem unrelated—until Harry picks up a trail of clues dating back to the state’s post-Revolutionary past. The echoes of the Shot Heard Round the World pale in comparison to the dangerous shootout Harry narrowly escapes unscathed. Next time, it may be the killer who gets lucky. But not if Harry’s furry friends Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker can help it. Lending their sharp-nosed talents to the hunt, they’ll help their mistress keep more lives from being lost—and right an injustice buried since the early days of America’s independence.Praise for A Hiss Before Dying“Clearly the cat’s meow.”—Library Journal “Thoroughly delightful!”—Red Carpet Crash “An air of mystery, a touch of history and that undeniable voice . . . Sneaky Pie Brown is back on the prowl.”—Daily Progress “The staccato conversation style of the contemporary chapters contrasts nicely with the more fluid prose of those set in the eighteenth century. Brown’s signature asides—on such subjects as local and national politics, traditional art, race, God, and just about anything else that strikes her fancy—give readers plenty to think about.”—Publishers Weekly

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College Football All American Johnny Mack Brown Stars In Lawless Land (1937) [DVD], A Classic Cowboy Western Also Featuring Louise Stanley, Ted Adams, Julian Rivero, And Horace Murphy.
College Football All American Johnny Mack Brown Stars In Lawless Land (1937) [DVD], A Classic Cowboy Western Also Featuring Louise Stanley, Ted Adams, Julian Rivero, And Horace Murphy.
Johnny Mack Brown was an All-American college football player who became a Wild West sensation as soon as he took the saddle! In Lawless Land, Brown is a Texas Ranger who suspects a villainous plot in a small Texas town. When the sheriff is murdered, Brown elects to not reveal his status as a lawman and ferret out the killer. A spurious mix of crisp action and devious plotting follows, as Brown must ward off jealous lovers of saloon vixens and surreptitiously uncover the murderer. The gorgeous Louise Stanley is implicated in this vile scene, and her moments with Brown are priceless. Lawless Land is action action action, with no let downs before Brown rides off into the sunset.

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Probable Claws: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
Probable Claws: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown return to Albemarle County, Virgina, as tangled mysteries past and present converge in the bestselling Mrs. Murphy series.   “As feline collaborators go, you couldn’t ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown.”—The New York Times Book Review  With the New Year just around the corner, winter has transformed the cozy Blue Ridge Mountain community of Crozet, Virginia, into a living snow globe. It’s the perfect setting for Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen to build a new work shed designed by her dear friend, local architect Gary Gardner. But the natural serenity is shattered when out of the blue, right in front of Harry and Deputy Cynthia Cooper, and in broad daylight, Gary is shot to death by a masked motorcyclist.   Outraged by the brazen murder, Harry begins to burrow into her friend’s past—and unearths a pattern of destructive greed reaching far back into Virginia’s post-Revolutionary history. When Harry finds incriminating evidence, the killer strikes again.   Heedless of her own safety, Harry follows a trail of clues to a construction site in Richmond, where the discovery of mysterious remains has recently halted work. Aided as always by her loyal, if opinionated, companions, crime-solving cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker the Corgi, Harry hunts for a link between the decades-old dead, the recently violently deceased—and ancient secrets that underlie everything. And while other deaths are narrowly averted in a flurry of fur, the killer remains at large—ever more desperate and dangerous. The deep-rooted legacy of corruption that’s been exposed can never be buried again. But if Harry keeps pursuing the terrible truth, she may be digging her own grave.

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What Would Murphy Brown Do?: How the Women of Prime Time Changed Our Lives
What Would Murphy Brown Do?: How the Women of Prime Time Changed Our Lives
Take a fun, engaging, behind-the-scenes ride through how the women on television changed everything. From Mary Richards to Carrie Bradshaw, these women-centered shows from the 1970’s to the present reflected new realities for women and in turn, how real women met these opportunities head on—at home, at work and in society at large. They showed many of us that anything was possible and got us thinking and laughing about the opportunities we might pursue and the paths we might take. And though these women were full of foibles and follies, they portrayed many of the real-life situations we all face.

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Tail Gait: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
Tail Gait: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
There’s nothing like a tail well told. Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown return with an all-new mystery featuring Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, crime-solving cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and ever-faithful Tee Tucker the corgi.   TAIL GAIT   Spring has sprung in Crozet, Virginia—a time for old friends to gather and bid farewell to the doldrums of winter. Harry and her husband, Fair, are enjoying a cozy dinner with some of the town’s leading citizens, including beloved University of Virginia history professor Greg “Ginger” McConnell and several members of UVA’s celebrated 1959 football team. But beneath the cloak of conviviality lurks a sinister specter from the distant past that threatens to put all their lives in jeopardy.   When Professor McConnell is found murdered on the golf course the next day—gunned down in broad daylight by an unseen killer—no one can fathom a motive, let alone find a suspect. Just as Harry and her furry cohorts begin nosing into the case, however, a homeless UVA alum confesses to the crime. Trouble is, no one believes that the besotted former All-American could have done the foul deed—especially after Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker make another gruesome discovery.   As the questions surrounding Ginger’s death pile up, Harry’s search for answers takes her down the fascinating byways of Virginia’s Revolutionary past. The professor was something of a sleuth himself, it seems, and the centuries-old mystery he was unraveling may well have put a target on his back. As Harry edges closer to identifying an elusive killer, her animal companions sense danger—and rally to find a way to keep Harry from disappearing into history.   Praise for the Mrs. Murphy mysteries   “As feline collaborators go, you couldn’t ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown.”—The New York Times Book Review“Mrs. Murphy mysteries are fun, sweet, and beautifully adventurous.”—Bustle   “Brown [is] the queen of the talking animal cozy.”—Publishers WeeklyFrom the Hardcover edition.

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