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

Murphy Brown - The Complete First Season

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Cast: Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto

     
 

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 seriesSee more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2005
UPC:
0012569596450
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
8:55:00
Sales rank:
26,394

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

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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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