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Father Murphy - Season 1 (1981)

Merlin Olsen , Katherine Cannon , Leo Penn , Maury Dexter  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Merlin Olsen, Katherine Cannon, Timothy Gibbs, Moses Gunn, Lisa Trusel
  • Directors: Leo Penn, Maury Dexter, Michael Landon, Victor French, William F. Claxton
  • Writers: Chris Abbott, Don Balluck, Frank Telford
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
  • Run Time: 1175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002WZS9Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,649 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Father Murphy - Season 1" on IMDb

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Family is where you find it in the Wild West! Burly drifter John Murphy (Merlin Olsen) becomes the unlikely caretaker of a group of orphaned children growing up in America#s Wild West. Touched by their plight, he poses as a priest with lovely local school teacher Mae Woodward (Katherine Cannon) and his miner buddy (Moses Gunn) assisting with the children. Together this makeshift family gets involved in a series of adventures, encountering unscrupulous businessmen, gamblers, horse rustlers, bank robbers and much more! Created by Little House on the Prairie#s Michael Landon and originally aired from 1981 to 1983, Father Murphy provides quality entertainment for the entire family, touchingly exploring the bonds of family and friendship as tested by the trials of life on the rugged frontier.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great sentimental series!! December 7, 2004
By Adorem
This is a TV series that sadly, did not last long, it started in 1981 and ended in 1983 and during this time, the series produced a total of 35 episodes.

This DVD set brings together the complete first season of 21 episodes and, the picture quality is outstanding!

I always loved watching this series and I fell in love with the girl named Lizette Winkler,she's just so beautiful!

As each episode unfolded, there would be some fun times and bad times. As you watch these episodes you do care about what happens.

One of the neat things about this series is that some of the guest stars were at the time, not known and today, they are well known. One little girl in one of the episodes titled "A Horse From Heaven" is none other then 10 year old Christina Applegate!

This DVD set consists of 6 DVDs and, this series is a series that really touches your heart and, its really sentimental.

if you remember this series fondly, then you will love owning this series on DVD!

As a sidenote, season 2 ,which comes to DVD on January 25th, 2005, will consist of 13 episodes.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family television at its best March 4, 2005
I have now watched all of the first and second seasons of Father Murphy, a short-lived program created by Michael Landon. Merlin Olson and Moses Gunn which were brought over from Little House on the Prairie are 2 of the main stars along with Katherine Cannon and Timothy Gibbs. This is an excellent series and the episodes are UN-CUT and the DVD quality is OUTSTANDING!! Image Entertainment did a fantastic job with these transfers, unlike the very poor job the edited versions of the LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE 7 seasons they so far have released. I was rather reluctant to purchase another Image product but this series they did a fantastic job with. If you like Little House on the Prairie you are certain to enjoy this series about an orphanage run by Father Murphy who really isn't a priest but had to pretend to be in order to keep the orphan children from going to a workhouse. I highly recommend this series!!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful and very enjoyable series! November 21, 2004
I remember so well back in 1981 always looking forward to this series and, its sad that only a total of 35 episodes were made total.

I am so thankful that this has been put to DVD and, what else is so nice is that the picture quality is outstanding! it looks as if these episodes were made TODAY!!

This series will always bring happiness to me and will do the same for you as well!

I am so anxious for season 2!!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You love little house?,you will love this January 29, 2005
I have never watched Father Murphy until now,I grew up watching little house in the prairie and higway to heaven(I'm half French,I grew up in France and little house on the prairie was and still is very big over there) so you can call me a Michael Landon fan but I've never seen that gem of a show that is Father Murphy before..until now.

What can I say it's a required taste but if you like other Michael Landon show I am absolutely sure you will love this.

So much things are charming about this show,I love the touching relationship Murphy,Will and Murphy,Mae allso the bad guy is just hilarious,he remind me a bit of Ms Oleson but much more Evil.

it's such a shame the show didnt last longer,I wonder were it would have gone if it would have lasted as long as little house,it would have been great to see the kids grow up and all.

Anyway I highly recomend this show to fans of Michael Landon,how I miss him,watching Father Murphy will make you realise that they just dont do shows like this anymore.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Entertainment July 27, 2005
Father Murphy is an excellent show for the whole family to watch. I truly wish we had more shows like this on tv now adays. It is a classic show set in the western days.
If you like Little House on the Prairie or Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, you will love this series too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant March 4, 2007
Merlin Olsen disguises himself as a priest so territory officials believe the church is supporting his friend Mae's orphanage and school, and do not send the children to the hated work-house.

This series often has a new child guest star in an episode. Has a villain who shows up regularly trying different ways to close the orphanage and send the children to the hated work-house.

In real life, Merlin Olsen was a star NFL football player for the LA Rams.

"Father Murphy" is closest to being "Bonanza" with kids. "Little House on the Prairie" and "Road to Avonlea" are a league above "Father Murphy". They have more of everything, bigger budgets, better writers, more charm (depth), more character-acting (Mrs. Olsen), and more character development (opportunity for personality). Several episodes of "Father Murphy" do reach the level of "Little House". The episode, "The Horse from Heaven", is good; the new priest is swindled into using the orphanage's last money to buy a race horse, to win money for food for the orphanage, but later finds that no one has ever been able to break and ride the horse. The tale of Amanda about the bank embezzler doing good deeds is good. Three of the 21 episodes did not interest me. In the league of the "Christy" series. The characters are likeable, but not the exceptional star charm of Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert. "Little House" and "Avonlea" had the advantage of being based on great books. There are so few good shows on TV, that I was willing to work with "Father Murphy", and enjoyed both seasons.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Was a Michael Landon show,and I use to watch when it was on earlier.
Published 21 days ago by lora ackerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Whd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very well pleased, Thank you.
Published 2 months ago by Ellen Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Father Murphy
We love these shows, the picture is so clear and they are such wholesome family shows. I wish we had everyone of the shows in this series.
Published 7 months ago by Joy Fraley
5.0 out of 5 stars great family movies!
These are great stories with good values. There's quite a bit of action involved with so many orphans, and one can watch them over and over. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bibbus
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Series
It is good, clean, family entertainment. It represents the old fashioned values that are missing in society today. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
i have already watched it 3 or 4 times. I will probably look for more like this one in the future.
Published 13 months ago by Kareen Fredborg
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent family drama
Father Murphy is an excellent family drama. I look forward to the second season being available on DVD in the near future.
Published 16 months ago by MsPop
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Published 18 months ago by boufie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show !
This show makes you feel good when you watch it. If you like the plot of doing the right things,living with faith,and honor you will enjoy this. Read more
Published 19 months ago by K. Nolting
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