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The first season of the CBS sitcom as Murphy Brown which originally aired from November 14, 1988 to May 22, 1989, with the consists of 22 episodes. It was release from DVD (Region 1) on February 8, 2005.

Cast Edit

Main Edit

Recurring Edit

  • John Hostetter as John
  • Ritch Brinkley as Carl Wishnitski
  • Janet Carroll as Doris Dial

Guest Edit

  • Robin Strasser as Vladia

Episodes Edit

Images No. in season Title Air Date Director Writer
Respect (episode) 1 Respect November 14, 1988 Barnet Kellman Diane English
Murphy returns to FYI after rehab at the Betty Ford clinic, and isn't sure she still has her edge. In her first week back she deals with Miles, a new young executive producer; Corky, a new beauty-queen anchor; Eldin, a hard-to-reach housepainter; and a publicity-seeking interview subject who wants to avoid the one question on everyone's mind.
Devil with a Blue Dress On 2 Devil with a Blue Dress On November 21, 1988 Barnet Kellman Korby Siamis
Miles assigns Corky to help Murphy's story on a stonewalling businessman. When Corky uncovers his ability to slip through customs unchecked, and Murphy finds drug-smuggling under it, she almost feels guilty about taking credit for the story. But on air, Corky "grabs the brass ring."
Nowhere to Run 3 Nowhere to Run November 28, 1988 Barnet Kellman Russ Woody
Murphy investigates a federal prosecutor who's linked to mob-run prostitution. Miles fears for his life when he receives his first death threat.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered 4 Signed, Sealed, Delivered December 5, 1988 Barnet Kellman Diane English
Murphy struggles to maintain her professionalism when her next interview is a man she was married to twenty years before.
Murphy's Pony 5 Murphy's Pony December 11, 1988 Barnet Kellman Diane English
Shortly before Christmas three children show up at FYI with a note from their mother. She says she cannot take care of them anymore and thinks Murphy would make a good mother.
Baby Love 6 Baby Love December 12, 1988 Barnet Kellman Korby Siamis
A friend of Murphy's is having a baby and Murphy starts to wonder if something is missing in her life.
Set Me Free 7 Set Me Free December 19, 1988 Barnet Kellman Diane English
Murphy's having a rotten day, complicated by a gunman who interrupts the show and demands they read his statement on the air and it gets capped off by the painter she hired to do her kitchen sticking around to finish "extending myself." During this whole ordeal, she is craving cigarettes and a drink, and definitely a soft number 2 pencil.
And So He Goes 8 And So He Goes January 2, 1989 Barnet Kellman Denise Moss and Sy Dukane
The man that Murphy has been in a prank war for decades with dies suddenly, and asks that she eulogize him.
I Would Have Danced All Night 9 I Would Have Danced All Night January 9, 1989 Barnet Kellman Steven Peterman and Gary Dontzig
Murphy can't understand why she isn't invited to the Inaugural Ball, and can't get anyone to take her.
Kyle (episode) 10 Kyle January 16, 1989 Barnet Kellman Russ Woody
Murphy's story gets an innocent inmate released. Everyone feels sorry for him, so they give him a job as Murphy's secretary.
Off the Job Experience 11 Off the Job Experience January 23, 1989 Barnet Kellman Tom Seeley and Norm Gunzenhauser
When Murphy humiliates on air an US army militant- Miles takes the decision to suspend her from work.
Why Do Fools Fall in Love 12 Why Do Fools Fall in Love? February 13, 1989 Barnet Kellman Korby Siamis
Frank & Murphy fix each others blind dates, while Miles has to deal with his break up with Jackie and Jim wonders what to do with an attractive lady that wants him. We learn more than what we would have wanted to for Phil's marriage life.
Soul Man 13 Soul Man February 20, 1989 Barnet Kellman Tom Seeley and Norm Gunzenhauser
Murphy get furious when she is denied an access into the last gentlemen's only club in Washington. That makes her relationship with Jim uptight and stirs a war between the sexes into the office.
It's How You Play the Game 14 It's How You Play the Game February 27, 1989 Barnet Kellman Russ Woody
When the FYI show goes lower onto the ratings - the network suggests to it's journalists to make the news more pleasant and easy to the public. Though the FYI team wouldn't like to be less professional - they struggle with the reality of having to face a tough decision and compromise for the sakes of Frank's touching story for the homeless being seen by a larger sum of people.
Mama Said 15 Mama Said March 6, 1989 Barnet Kellman Diane English
Murphy's mom whom she was never close to comes for a visit. And she spends all the time fawning after Murphy which has Murphy perplexed.
Moscow on the Potomac 16 Moscow on the Potomac March 13, 1989 Barnet Kellman Sy Dukane and Denise Moss
The FYI show accepts a guest from the USSR - the newswoman Vladia.
My Dinner with Einstein 17 My Dinner with Einstein March 20, 1989 Barnet Kellman Gary Dontzig and Steven Peterman
Murphy is excited to meet "the nowadays's Einstein" Victor Rudman. She tries to challenge herself on a date with him, since "You can't judge a book by it's cover", but discovers that geniuses can also be unpleasant people.
Funnies Girl 18 Funnies Girl April 10, 1989 Barnet Kellman Tom Seeley and Norm Gunzenhauser
Murphy tries to deliver a joke, but her insulting comment is aired on TV. She is faced with the consequences the next day as a cartoonist, named Pat O'Shea started a column in the newspaper, named "The adventures of Mouthy Brown".
The Unshrinkable Murphy Brown 19 The Unshrinkable Murphy Brown May 1, 1989 Barnet Kellman Denise Moss and Sy Dukane
Murphy is not her usual driven self after a guilty judge drop dead during a live broadcast.
The Summer of '77 20 The Summer of '77 May 8, 1989 Barnet Kellman Diane English
Miles needs a story for FYI and Corky suggests covering Phil's 70th anniversary. The celebration causes flashbacks to 1977 when Frank and Murphy auditioned for the show with Murphy's primary competition being Linda Ellerbee.
The Bickners 21 The Bickners May 15, 1989 Barnet Kellman Russ Woody
Murphy is involved in a fender bender with a seemingly sweet old couple who bring her home made cookies. She changes her opinion when they sue her for $1.5 million dollars. Frank's fear of the dentist causes him to accidentally break Jim's coffee cup which turns out to be a big deal.
The Morning Show 22 The Morning Show May 22, 1989 Barnet Kellman Kathryn Baker
Murphy and Corky are asked to fill in on a morning show. They quickly discover that Corky is perfect for the time and format, while Murphy berates a children's author and turns a cooking segment into a disaster.
  Seasons of Murphy Brown
Original: Season 1Season 2Season 3Season 4Season 5Season 6Season 7Season 8Season 9Season 10

Revival: Season 11