John Murphy leads an struggle against a mining boss causing some children to be orphaned. Assuming responsibility, he poses as a priest to circumvent authorities. He and schoolteacher Mae ... See full summary »

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1983   1982   1981  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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 John Michael Murphy (34 episodes, 1981-1983)
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 Mae Woodward (34 episodes, 1981-1983)
Timothy Gibbs ...
 Will Adams (34 episodes, 1981-1983)
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 Moses Gage (34 episodes, 1981-1983)
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 Ephram Winkler / ... (32 episodes, 1981-1983)
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 Lizette Winkler / ... (31 episodes, 1981-1983)
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 David Sims / ... (31 episodes, 1981-1983)
Byron Thames ...
 Matt Sims / ... (31 episodes, 1981-1983)
Michael Reynolds ...
 John (27 episodes, 1981-1983)
Jason Anderson ...
 Jason / ... (22 episodes, 1981-1983)
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 Father Joe Parker (14 episodes, 1981-1983)
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John Murphy leads an struggle against a mining boss causing some children to be orphaned. Assuming responsibility, he poses as a priest to circumvent authorities. He and schoolteacher Mae struggle to provide everyday needs for two dozen children.

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3 November 1981 (USA)  »

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El padre Murphy  »

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1.33 : 1
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Although not officially a Little House on the Prairie spin-off, apart from featuring two previous stars of that show ,(Merlin Olsen and Moses Gunn) it was created, written, produced and directed by Michael Landon and several other regular LHOTP creatives, for the NBC network. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mitchell (1993) See more »

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Good during its first season but its second seemed rushed.
20 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love that show. Season 1 was great because of great directors taking their turns in various episodes,including Mickael Landon himself and Victor French. The writing was top notch too,very sweet and engaging stories that never forgot to be funny as well. The show had even its own villain that was ,beleive it or not, even more evil than ms Oleson but in a funny kind of way.

but season 2 was just a disaster,characters were out of place,their was no more sense of danger that Father Murphy will be unmasked and that was a big loss as I just ended up not caring anymore. Allso Michael Landon stopped writing or directing for the show,that was a big loss in itself as he wrote and directed the best episodes of season 1. No wonder it got canceled in its second season because the people that created the show in the first place didn't seem to care about it anymore.


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