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Murphy Brown: Season 1 (2005)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 535 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006N2EZA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,544 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Documentary: Murphy Brown: An FYI Exclusive (RT: 30:00} features a look back at season one and how it all began with interviews by Creator/Executive Producer Diane English, Candice Bergen, writers and supporting cast. Episode commentary on "Summer of '77" and "Respect" with Candice Bergen and Diane English.Documentary: Murphy Brown: An FYI Exclusive (RT: 30:00} features a look back at season one and how it all began with interviews by Creator/Executive Producer Diane English, Candice Bergen, writers and supporting cast. Episode commentary on "Summer of '77" and "Respect" with Candice Bergen and Diane English.

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Murphy Brown: The Complete First Season (DVD)

The DVD release of Murphy Brown is particularly newsworthy. There had never been anyone on primetime quite like Murphy, the star investigative reporter for the Washington, D.C.-based television news magazine F.Y.I. As created by Diane English and embodied by Candice Bergen, Murphy was, in English's words, "Mike Wallace in a dress." On camera, she was tough, smart, and relentless. Off camera she was intriguingly flawed. In the pilot episode, her character returns to work following a stay at the Betty Ford Clinic. Over the course of the season, her sobriety is supremely tested by the chaotic goings-on inside the funniest newsroom since WJM on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Murphy must contend with an unending parade of ill-suited, stressed-out secretaries (a running joke throughout the series' 10 years), new 25-year-old producer Miles Silverberg (Grant Shaud) whom she rudely dismisses ("While I was being maced at the Democratic Convention in '68, you were wondering if you'd ever meet Adam West"), and new co-anchor Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford), a former Miss America ("by default") with no journalistic background. Murphy is over 40 and prickly, with a penchant for vindictive practical jokes against her colleagues. In short, in the words of a lampooning cartoonist in the episode "Funnies Girl," dynamic, "pain-in-the-butt," Motown-loving Murphy is "a veritable fountain of material."

With its smart and sophisticated writing and seamless ensemble, Murphy Brown instantly established itself as one of television's gold standard series, earning four Emmy Awards for this inaugural season, including Outstanding Lead Actress for Bergen and Outstanding Writing for English. Colleen Dewhurst was also honored for her guest appearance as Murphy's equally intimidating mother in the episode, "Mama Said." A cast and crew retrospective and commentaries by Bergen and English for, respectively, the pilot and classic flashback episode "The Summer of '77" earn this set R*E*S*P*E*C*T. --Donald Liebenson

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHERE'S MURPHY? 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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111 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murphy Brown - The Complete First Season November 24, 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.
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63 of 75 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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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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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The reason for the hold up on addtional seasons
Removing the original music from the Murphy Brown Series would take away from Murphy herself. Did you not watch the show at all?
Dec 1, 2006 by Jane Austen |  See all 9 posts
The reason for the hold up on addtional seasons
I notice it's not being held up on Friends (that screwy teen age series) or Seinfeld or even Curb Your Enthusiasm, a relatively new series. Cheers is out, Andy Griffith is out, and finally Taxi is coming out and Bob Newhart. But not Murphy, which was probably the best of the series. And while... Read More
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