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Murphy Brown: Season 1
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2006
I purchased this DVD set on the day of it's release in Feb. 2005 and I'm still waiting for Season 2! We had to wait 3 years between releases of seasons 1 and 2 of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" now MTM is being released a season every 6 months! Like FOX who released a deluxe 1st season set of MTM, I'm sure WB expected much more sales of the "Murphy Brown" 1st season and it failed to life up to studio expectations! FOX found a cost effective way to release all the seasons of MTM and satisify all of us loyal fans! I think WB needs to follow the example of FOX and other studios who release complete series sets on DVD of marginal shows! Complete episodes on DVD with no extras is better than nothing and those of us who care to complete our collection can do so! I was very pleased with the DVD set of MB and I noticed a few technical glitches that other viewers have commented on in other reviews but, overall this is a nice presentation of a brilliant, clever, funny, well written, well acted, sitcoms in TV history! Warner Bros. please commit and release the remaining seasons of Murphy Brown on DVD and preserve this classic for all us fans!
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117 of 134 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2004
Dan Quayle may not be thrilled, but we are! I've read that there are 22 episodes on 2 double-sided discs, with an English stereo soundtrack, and English, French and Spanish subtitles. Special features include an exclusive never-before-seen look back at season one and how it all began. Creator & Cast episode commentary are included.

Murphy is a loud-mouth reporter on a news magazine show called FYI, based in Washington DC. Murphy lives in a townhouse that she has been having repainted by Eldin, who never gets done. Murphy owes her Betty Ford trip to Phil, who owns the local restaurant bar where the staff and the local political scene have lunch. Jim is the uptight senior anchor. Frank, a single guy constantly looking for a girlfriend, is Murphy's best friend. Corky is a former Miss America. Miles is the young executive producer in his first job after graduation from Harvard.

1. Respect: After a stint at the Betty Ford Clinic, Murphy returns to FYI.
2. Devil With a Blue Dress On: Corky uncovers the fact that a corporate big shot is a drug smuggler.
3. Nowhere to Run: Miles receives his first death threat.
4. Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Murphy is scheduled to interview her ex-husband.
5. Murphy's Pony: At Christmas, a mother abandons her children into Murphy's care.
6. Baby Love: Murphy thinks about having a baby.
7. Set Me Free: A gunman demands that FYI crew read his statement on the air.
8. And So He Goes: An old enemy asks Murphy to deliver his eulogy.
9. I Would Have Danced All Night: Murphy is not invited to George Bush's presidential inaugural ball.
(Note: After this aired, George Bush sent Candice Bergan an invitation to the Inaugural Ball.)
10. Kyle: Murphy's story gets an innocent man freed.
11. Off the Job Experience: Miles suspends Murphy for her handling of an interview.
12. Why Do Fools Fall in Love? Murphy makes a deal with Frank that she will fix him up with someone if he finds someone for her.
13. Soul Man: Murphy tries to get into an exclusive men's only club.
14. It's How You Play the Game: The FYI tries the tactics of a competing show.
15. Mama Said: Murphy's meddling mother comes to visit.
16. Moscow on the Potomac: Murphy prepares for a broadcast with a Soviet broadcaster.
17. My Dinner with Einstein: Murphy goes out with a physicist who turns out to be a partier.
18. Funnies Girl: An on-camera faux pas makes Murphy the brunt of a cartoonist.
19. The Unshrinkable Murphy Brown: A judge dies of a heart attack while Murphy is interviewing him live.
20. The Summer of '77: Eldin is infatuated with Corky.
21. The Bickners: A sweet elderly couple sue Murphy after a minor accident.
22. The Morning Show: Murphy co-anchors the morning show with Corky for a week.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
It truly amazes me how so many lousy tv shows get released on dvd so quickly and really smart and funny sitcoms like Murphy Brown get left dead in the water because of so-called poor sales. Most sitcoms rarely have an outstanding first season, considering they're just breaking in new characters and trying to build an audience. I remember when it took Seinfeld over three years to hit their stride. Fortunately, Murphy Brown got even better the remaining seasons, with solid writing and a great supporting cast!!!

I remember watching Candace Bergen and thinking how incredibly funny she was as Murphy Brown and deserved every Emmy award she won!!! She just had a natural chemistry with each and every one of her co-stars, which seem to come across so easily. One of my favorite episodes was when Corky got married and Murphy had to wear that oversized hideous bridesmaid dress!!! Too funny! I also loved the way Murphy went through secretaries like kleenex and alot of the show's recurring characters like, the overweight camera man that was so in love with Murphy, Garry Marshall as one of the network brass, and her mother. There are many more favorite episodes I'd love to own on dvd, so I wish the executives over at Warner Bros would wise up and realize that the remaining seasons of Murphy Brown are worth releasing on dvd!!!
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72 of 85 people found the following review helpful
Warner Brothers is up to their usual old tricks that they like to play on the American consumer. On the website [...] an article appeared on June 17th, 2006 stating that because of low sales of Murphy Brown-Season One they have no intention at all of releasing any more seasons of the Emmy winning show, ever!

In other reviews I have spoke of Warner's negligence and lack of integrity in other facets of DVD production and releases, so this does not surprise me in the least.

It's quite apparent that Warner Brothers has become a company whose only interest is the bottom line! From their cheap DVD cases made of cardboard to their disinterest in producing a quality product, it's evident that Warners only interest is to squeeze as much money out of the consumer as it can, and as cheaply as possible, thus treating the consumer as complete utter fools!

Some serious changes need to be made in upper management of the company if this is ever going to end!

Therefore I urge as many people as possible to do what I have done the past couple of years. A complete boycott of all Warners material in the theatre as well as on DVD! Let them eat it as they have made US all eat it in recent years with their childish, infantile marketing strategies geared to idiots! Don't give them the satisfaction of making money being lazy and incompetent! Make them get off their slacking butts and start WORKING for the money! Make 'em sweat!!

Until they wake up and start recognizing that we're not as stupid as they think we are, they'll continue to pull dumb tricks like this!

Until they continue the release of subsequent seasons of Murphy Brown and other shows they've left hanging.....they're DIRT!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2006
Candice Bergen is beautiful, smart, witty, and funny! The whole cast is great! When are the other seasons going to be released????
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2007
Murphy Brown is one of the smartest comedies that ever hit TV. We are all WAITING for the rest of the seasons to be released. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE give us more seasons! Our brains are waiting!!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Purchased this the minute it became avail. in 2005. One of my favorite series ever & still holds up. Can't go wrong with this ensemble cast. My only complaint is WHY are we still waiting for additional seasons??? Other TV shows come out almost as soon as their season ends. Not so with Murphy Brown. Keep checking every month for 3 years for season 2. PLEASE keep releasing more seasons of this wonderful series.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2005
When I purchase TV sit coms I expect to purchase season two, three etc. Since it's release in Feb. this year, no other releases. Is this the only one that will be released???? I would not have purchased this DVD if the rest of the seasons were not going to be released!!!!

Be forewarned, buy this DVD only if you don't expect to see another season.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2005
I know I am not the only one who is wondering when or if more of the Murphy Brown seasons are going to be released. It has been 9 months since Season One was released. Other shows have had 2-3 seasons released in that time frame. Murphy Brown was a cultural phemomenon, why the dragging of the feet when it comes to releasing other seasons. Am I going to be in an old age home before I can buy all of the seasons? WB needs to hurry up, us MB fans are getting anxious!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2005
I love the show, l like to keep it and watch it from time to time. So I bought the DVD. Think it's the case of most people who buy DVD, not just to this show, but to other classics TV programs. You never knew how surprise I was when I saw that vertical blue line coming back from time to time. More surprise was some of the scene were not even properly handled, I guess they just forgot to fix the color and enhance the clarity. It's really pain to see how people disrespect the show. I really want to see all ten seasons to be released in DVD. But if such bad quality were going on to happen in the second seasons (if there was a chance to be released), I am afraid the series won't have enough sales support to the third season.
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