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Murphy Brown - The Complete First Season
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Murphy Brown - The Complete First Season

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Director: Barnet Kellman, Candice Bergen, Alan Oppenheimer, Amzie Strickland

Cast: Barnet Kellman, Candice Bergen, Alan Oppenheimer, Amzie Strickland

 
This box set contains all 22 episodes from the first season of the situation comedy Murphy Brown. Each is presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include commentary on two episodes by the series

Overview

This box set contains all 22 episodes from the first season of the situation comedy Murphy Brown. Each is presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include commentary on two episodes by the series creator, Diane English, and star Candice Bergen, and a documentary about the run of the show featuring interviews with the cast members.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Stripped to its basics, Murphy Brown was an updated version of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, complete with the newsroom setting and the combination of smart wisecrackers and bumbling egotists. In the 11 years between Mary’s farewell and Murphy’s arrival, though, TV sitcoms had evolved to the point where Murphy Brown creator Diane English could put a more realistic edge on the proceedings, beginning with a pilot that introduces the title character as a woman on the rebound after a stay at the Betty Ford Clinic. It was also overtly political and unambiguously liberal, aiming sarcastic and belittling remarks at real-life Republican officeholders, up to and including President George H. W. Bush. But Murphy Brown got away with its potentially divisive humor by being funny -- uproariously funny, in some cases. The show would eventually inspire heated controversy, but that really isn't present in Season 1. Right from the beginning, Candice Bergen was sensational as the brilliant, acerbic newsmagazine reporter who gets out of rehab to find her show, FYI, in the hands of neurotic, insincere producer Miles Silverberg (Grant Shaud), whose idea for boosting ratings is to hire former Miss America Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford) as a reporter. Murphy's pals -- stuffy lead anchor Jim Dial (Charles Kimbrough) and segment producer Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto) -- are also part of the mix. On the home front, Eldin Bernecky (Robert Pastorelli) is forever repainting Brown’s apartment and providing weekly counterpoint to the FYI crew, occasionally puncturing the show’s media-elite bubble with salt-of-the-earth eccentricity. Among the best episodes of a uniformly solid first season are "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," in which an unwitting Miles schedules Murphy to do an on-air interview with her radical ex-husband (Robin Thomas); "Baby Love," which finds Murphy experiencing maternal urges and asking Frank to be a sperm donor (she would eventually get pregnant, but not this time around); and "Mama Said," guest-starring Colleen Dewhurst as Murphy's abrasive mother, in town for a visit of undetermined length. Probably the best show of the 1988-89 year was "I Would Have Danced All Night," an episode that has Murphy wondering why she's the only FYI staffer who hasn't received an invitation to the Bush inaugural.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2005
UPC:
0012569596450
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
8:55:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Murphy Brown: An FYI Exclusive" retrospective cast and crew documentary; Commentary on two key episodes by Candice Bergen and creator/executive producer Diane English

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Candice Bergen Murphy Brown
Alan Oppenheimer Eugene Kinsella
Amzie Strickland Myrna Bickner
Buck Henry Victor Rudman
Colleen Dewhurst Avery Brown Sr.
DeLane Matthews Erma Bentley
Dinah Lenney Megan Reynolds, Secretary #3
Fran Ryan The Asp
Grant Shaud Miles Silverberg
Gregory Procaccino Pat O'Shea
Leslie Jordan Kyle Whitsett (Secretary #11)
Linda Ellerbee Herself
Ritch Brinkley Carl Wishnitski
Robert Harper Henry Tucker
Robin Strasser Vladia
Robin Thomas Jake Lowenstein
Steven Culp Brad Stockton
Suzie Plakson Jackie
Terri Treas Meg Reynolds
Todd Cameron Brown Michael
Tony Goldwyn Bobby Powell
William Sadler Col. Fitzpatrick
Annabelle Gurwitch Secretary #10
Charley Lang Robert, Secretary #2
Dan Gilvezan Man
Dan Ziskie Minister
David Sabin Mr. Mueller
Deborah May Secretary #13 (Leslie)
Edan Gross Joey
Eric Christmas Bob Bickner
Faith Ford Corky Lynn Sherwood Forrest Silverberg
James Karen Arvin
James Staley Glenn Goodman
John Hostetter Stage Manager,Stage Manager
Josh Pais Secretary #18
Lee Garlington Shawnee
Mary Cadorette Sherry French, Secretary #1
Mary Pat Gleason Olga
Michael Ayr Barry
Michael Gregory Tiffany Howard
Rachel Hartley Young Murphy
Vernee Watson-Johnson Secretary #17
Chelsea Hertford Lilly
Harley Venton Richie
Ivan G'Vera Russian
Jenny O'Hara Lisa
Joe Regalbuto Francis 'Frank' Fontana
John Capodice Judge Ferris
John Sanderford Dr. Keller
Judy Prescott Mimi
Lou Wills Murray Brown
Marge Redmond Ida Mae
Marie Denn Mrs. Cowan
Michael Hagerty Howard Sutthoff
Susan Krebs Betty
William Frankfather Man in Bar
Charlie Phillips Attendant
Donna Ponterotto Felicia
Doug Dale Waiter
Edith Fields Lillian Brow
Eva Charney Woman in Bar
Jane Galloway Sheila Michaels
Janet MacLachlan Dr. Paula Hayes
Jim Jansen Pritchard
John Apicella Jack
John Mansfield Handsome Man
Lily Mariye Secretary #6
Mark Lonow Jerry Weiss
Nicholas Hormann Roger Moreland
Robert Pastorelli Eldin Bernecky
Ron Marasco Secretary #14
Scott Lawrence Scott
Charles Kimbrough Jim Dial
Jason Marsden Young Miles Silverberg
John Achorn Stage Manager
Lisa Cloud Mother
Marianne Muellerleile Secretary #8
Myra Turley Secretary #7
Pete Willcox Secretary #20
Rick Rousseau Man in Bar
Robert Trebor Geoffrey
Ron Orbach Photographer #1
Ron Perkins Man in Crowd
Vivian Paxton Tanya
Pat Corley Phil

Technical Credits
Barnet Kellman Director
Tom Seeley Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Episodes 1-6
1. Episode 1: Respect [27:46]
1. Episode 2: Devil With a Blue Dress On [23:09]
1. Episode 3: Nowhere to Run [24:06]
1. Episode 4: Signed, Sealed, Delivered [24:08]
1. Episode 5: Murphy's Pony [24:04]
1. Episode 6: Baby Love [24:05]
Side #2 -- Episodes 7-12
1. Episode 7: Set Me Free [24:06]
1. Episode 8: And So He Goes [24:07]
1. Episode 9: I Would Have Danced All Night [24:04]
1. Episode 10: Kyle [24:07]
1. Episode 11: Off the Job Experience [24:10]
1. Episode 12: Why Do Fools Fall in Love? [24:05]
Side #3 -- Episodes 13-18
1. Episode 13: Soul Man [24:11]
1. Episode 14: It's How You Play the Game [24:05]
1. Episode 15: Mama Said [24:08]
1. Episode 16: Moscow on the Potomac [24:06]
1. Episode 17: My Dinner With Einstein [24:09]
1. Episode 18: Funnies Girl [24:05]
Side #4 -- Episodes 19-22
1. Episode 19: The Unshrinkable Murphy Brown [24:05]
1. Episode 20: The Summer of '77 [24:05]
1. Episode 21: The Bickners [24:07]
1. Episode 22: The Morning Show [24:07]

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4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This outstanding series is timeless. It is well-received by both young and old. The ensemble is exceptionally well-cast. The only thing better than owning Season 1 would be owning all the seasons. I hope we will see the rest of the seasons available soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Murphy Brown was always my favorite and this 4 disc set reminds me why--there is nothing to match this ensemble performance, capped off by the always wonderful Candice Bergen as the irrepressible Murphy Brown. This set should attract a whole new group of fans. Who can't get enough on Nick at Nite.
DonnaMariaArdolino More than 1 year ago
Love it! I watched and laughed throughout each and every episode. I am looking forward to more of these coming out.
Marshflower More than 1 year ago
This series holds up well several decades after it was first broadcast. It's witty and funny and engaging. A couple episodes have commentary by the writer and one of the stars which is very interesting. When can we get the second season??
ee17 More than 1 year ago
We thoroughly enjoyed the first season of Murphy Brown. We love Lily Tomlin and would like to see more seasons for sale of this show.
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