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Murphy Brown

Murphy Brown

Photo Credit:  Robert Tractenberg/CBS
  • Premiered: 
    November 14, 1988
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Comedy (Sitcom)
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Journalism
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Plot Synopsis

After a 20-year break, Candice Bergen and series creator Diane English reunite for a new season of MURPHY BROWN, the ground-breaking comedy about the eponymous broadcast news legend and her biting take on current events, now in a world of 24-hour cable, social media, fake news and a vastly different political climate. Amid a divided nation, chaotic national discourse and rampant attacks on the press, Murphy decides to return to the airwaves and recruits her FYI team: lifestyle reporter Corky Sherwood, investigative journalist Frank Fontana, and her former wunderkind news producer Miles Silverberg. Joining them is social media director Pat Patel, who is tasked with bringing Murphy and the team into the 21st century. Murphy's millennial son, Avery, shares his mother's competitive spirit and quick wit, and is following in her journalistic footsteps -- perhaps too closely. The team still lets off steam at Phil's Bar, now run by his sister, Phyllis. Now back in the game, Murphy is determined to draw the line between good television and honest reporting, proving that the world needs Murphy Brown now more than ever. During the show's original 10-year run on CBS from 1988-1998, MURPHY BROWN received 62 Emmy nominations (with 18 wins), 15 Golden Globe nominations (with three wins), three Screen Actors Guild awards, five Directors Guild nominations (with two wins) and four Writers Guild nominations (with two wins). Bergen won five Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. In 2010 TV Guide named Murphy Brown one of the "25 Greatest TV Characters of All Time."

Season 11 of MURPHY BROWN premiered on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 9:30-10:05pm ET/PT on CBS. The 35-minute season opener was written by series creator/executive producer Diane English. Thirty years since the critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning show premiered, and 20 years since it concluded, this revival premiere reunites Bergen, also an executive producer, with multiple Emmy Award-winning series creator/executive producer Diane English and original series co-stars Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud. Jake McDorman, Nik Dodani and multiple Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly also star.
On Thursday, December 20, 2018) at 9:30pm ET/PT, CBS premiered the Season 11 finale of MURPHY BROWN, directed by Barnet Kellman, who directed 76 episodes of the original MURPHY BROWN series, including its pilot and Season 10 finale. In the Season 11 finale, "Happy New Year," the gang tries to distract Murphy from worrying about Avery's assignment in Kabul by getting her to attend the special 100th anniversary New Year's Eve celebration at Phil's Bar. Charles Kimbrough returns as Jim Dial. MSNBC anchor and host Lawrence O'Donnell and NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent and MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell guest star as themselves. Additional guest stars include: Joseph Kamal (Ahmed Zahir), Babak Tafti (Khaled), and Zachary James (Secret Serviceman).


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Shukovsky English Entertainment
  • In association with Warner Bros. Television
  • Produced by Bend in the Road Productions (Season 11)


  • "F.Y.I." on CBS-TV - Washington DC USA
  • Jim & Doris Dial - Washington DC USA
  • Phil's Bar & Grill - Washington DC USA

Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • May 21, 1990: Corky Sherwood and Will Forrest are married
  • May 18, 1992: Avery Brown is born
  • April 13, 1998: Jerry Gold and Elka Hausergunzen are married