Murphy Brown - The Complete First Season

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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 ...
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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.
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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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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: 2/8/2005
  • UPC: 012569596450
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Presentation: Digi-Pak / Subtitled / Full Frame
  • Time: 8:55:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 21,931

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Candice Bergen Murphy Brown
Grant Shaud Miles Silverberg
Faith Ford Corky Lynn Sherwood Forrest Silverberg
Joe Regalbuto Francis 'Frank' Fontana
Robert Pastorelli Eldin Bernecky
Charles Kimbrough Jim Dial
Pat Corley Phil
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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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Menu

Side #1 -- Episodes 1-6
   Play
   Episodes
         With Commentary
   Special Features
      Respect Commentary by Candice Bergen
   Languages
      English
      English Subtitles
      Français Subtitles
      Español Subtitles
      No Subtitles
Side #2 -- Episodes 7-12
   Play
   Episodes
   Special Features
   Languages
      English
      English Subtitles
      Français Subtitles
      Español Subtitles
      No Subtitles
Side #3 -- Episodes 13-18
   Play
   Episodes
   Special Features
   Languages
      English
      English Subtitles
      Français Subtitles
      Español Subtitles
      No Subtitles
Side #4 -- Episodes 19-22
   Play
   Episodes
         With Commentary
   Special Features
      The Summer of '77 Commentary by Creator/Executive Producer Diane English
      Murphy Brown: An FYI Exclusive
   Languages
      English
      English Subtitles
      Français Subtitles
      Español Subtitles
      No Subtitles
Side #5 -- Commemorative DVD, Vol. 2
   Play Show 1
   Play Show 2
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Waiting for the Remaining Seasons

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    STILL GOOD AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

    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.

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  • Posted February 10, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Love it! I watched and laughed throughout each and every episod

    Love it! I watched and laughed throughout each and every episode. I am looking forward to more of these coming out.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Still funny after all these years

    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??

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Is there ever going to be a second season? It's been several years now.

    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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    Posted May 6, 2010

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