Monday, November 11, 2013

Murphy Brown 25


It was twenty-five years ago on November 14, 1988, that ‘Murphy Brown” first aired. An intelligent, often prickly sitcom set in Washington D.C., it starred Candice Bergen as an egotistical, seasoned journalist working for the fictitious TV show “FYI”.   Characters on the show included Miles Silverberg (high strung producer), Corky Sherwood (Former Miss America turned anchor), Frank Fontana (reporter), Jim Dial (uptight anchorman), Phil (owner of local watering hole) and Eldin (housepainter). The program was well known for "torn-from-the-headlines" stories and blatant political satire. It achieved a high level of political notoriety in the 1992 presidential election when Dan Quayle mentioned the show in a campaign speech. We have the complete first season of this show, of which even today an impact is felt.

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