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Father Murphy - Season 1

4.9 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002WZS9Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,659 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Father Murphy - Season 1" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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Father Murphy season one. a good clean show and a good price for this dvd . i like the show back in the 80`s and i love it now don`t see show like this no more. IT`S a feel good show to see. IF YOU LIKE A GOOD SHOW YOU NEED THIS ONE. thank you.
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Father Murphy is a great show for the whole family! I will say that it is easy to see that Michael Landon directed this, because the same type of humor and story plots are seen throughout the series. A few of the episodes have rather pathetic video and sound quality probably because some of the archives are now hard to find. It is really great to see Moses Gunn (who uses his real name Moses) in this series! I always wished he was in Little House more...he is a tremendous actor and completes the series. It is a shame that it only went for a season and a half.

It does seem that the episodes have the same plot all the way through. The group is constantly trying to keep the orphanage/school open while the villians are trying to close it down and bring the children to a workhouse. So, in a way, that plot gets a little old after seeing it over and over. There are some funny and strange episodes that are not quite predicatable as well.

Overall, this package is worth the investment and it looks that it may be hard to get one day! Purchase now and you may have a rare find on your hands! If you are a fan of Little House, then you will love Father Murphy!
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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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