Murphy Brown: Season 1 (1988-1989)




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Diane English's hit sitcom about the brassy star reporter for a TV newsmagazine and her coworkers. Based in Washington, D.C., Murphy is mouthy, driven, assured and frequently politically incorrect. She also has a real problem holding on to secretaries (going through 93 of them during the Emmy-winning show's 10-season run). In 1992, Murph ran into criticism from Dan Quayle (and scored loads of free publicity) when the vice president slammed the working single mom's `alternative lifestyle.'


Candice Bergen
as Murphy Brown
Grant Shaud
as Miles Silverberg
Faith Ford
as Corky Sherwood
John Hostetter
as Stage Manager
Joe Regalbuto
as Frank Fontana
Robert Pastorelli
as Eldin Bernecky
Charley Lang
as Robert, Secretary #2
William Sadler
as Col. Fitzpatrick
Steven Culp
as Brad Stockton
Amzie Strickland
as Myrna Bickner
Terri Treas
as Meg Reynolds
Alan Oppenheimer
as Eugene Kinsella
Dan Ziskie
as Minister
Vernee Watson-Johnson
as Secretary No. 17
Annabelle Gurwitch
as Secretary #10
Marie Denn
as Mrs. Cowan
Ivan G'Vera
as Russian
John Mansfield
as Handsome Man
James Karen
as Arvin Johns
Mike Hagerty
as Howard Sutthoff
Eric Christmas
as Bob Bickner
Fran Ryan
as The Asp
Robert Harper
as Henry Tucker
John Sanderford
as Dr. Keller
Mark Lonow
as Jerry Weiss
Lily Mariye
as Secretary #6
Edith Fields
as Lillian Brow
Deborah May
as Secretary No. 13
Rachael Hartley
as Young Murphy
Amber Strickland
as Myrna Bickner
Jim Jansen
as Pritchard
Lou Wills
as Murray
Ron Marasco
as Secretary #14
Josh Pais
as Secretary No. 18
Doug Dale
as Waiter
Nicholas Hormann
as Roger Moreland
Tony Goldwyn
as Bobby Powell
John Achorn
as Stage Manager
Myra Turley
as Secretary #7
Lisa Cloud
as Mother
Julie Payne
as Phyllis
Ron Orbach
as Photographer #1
Robert Trebor
as Geoffrey
Dinah Lenney
as Megan Reynolds
Pete Willcox
as Secretary #20
Ron Perkins
as Man in Crowd
Jason Marsden
as Young Miles
Don Lake
as Stage Manager
Kathleen Freeman
as Mrs. Caldwell
Ebbe Roe Smith
as Man at Table
Judy Kain
as Mrs. Silverberg
Beverly Dixon
as Francine O'Donnell
Steve Shaffer
as Bartender
Tom McCleister
as Stagehand
Sarah Zinsser
as Makeup Lady
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Critic Reviews for Murphy Brown: Season 1

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

The show needs some sharpening, but Murphy Brown looks like a winner.

June 4, 2018 | Full Review…

That initial vulnerability was the perfect introdution for her otherwise tough, acerbic, no-nonsense character.

July 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The show -- which has often been compared to The Mary Tyler Moore Show -- is smart, the dialogue witty and topical, and the acting top-notch.

January 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Appearing in her first TV series, Bergen brings in a full-court-press performance-stylish, sardonic and funny.

January 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The casting is ... crucial, and it's here that Murphy Brown, created by Diane English, looks especially promising.

January 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Surprises abound in an unpredictable storyline that should launch Murphy Brown as a welcome addition to CBS' Monday night comedy lineup.

January 25, 2018 | Full Review…

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