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3 November 1981 (USA) See more »
John Murphy leads an struggle against a mining boss causing some children to be orphaned. Assuming responsibility... See more »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 11 of 66)

Merlin Olsen ... John Michael Murphy (34 episodes, 1981-1983)

Katherine Cannon ... Mae Woodward (34 episodes, 1981-1983)
Timothy Gibbs ... Will Adams (34 episodes, 1981-1983)

Moses Gunn ... Moses Gage (34 episodes, 1981-1983)
Scott Mellini ... Ephram Winkler / ... (32 episodes, 1981-1983)

Lisa Trusel ... Lizette Winkler / ... (31 episodes, 1981-1983)
Kirk Brennan ... 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)
Richard Bergman ... Father Joe Parker (14 episodes, 1981-1983)

Series Directed by
William F. Claxton (8 episodes, 1981-1982)
Michael Landon (2 episodes, 1981)

Victor French (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Michael Landon (34 episodes, 1981-1983)
Paul W. Cooper (6 episodes, 1981-1983)
Frank Telford (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Chris Abbott (2 episodes, 1982)

John T. Dugan (unknown episodes)
Harry Longstreet (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Michael Landon .... executive producer (34 episodes, 1981-1983)
Kent McCray .... producer (34 episodes, 1981-1983)
Marvin Coil .... associate producer (9 episodes, 1981-1982)
Series Original Music by
David Rose (34 episodes, 1981-1983)
Series Cinematography by
Haskell B. Boggs (2 episodes, 1981)
Leonard J. South (2 episodes, 1981)

Brianne Murphy (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Bob Fish (1 episode, 1981)
John Loeffler (1 episode, 1981)
Larry Strong (1 episode, 1981)
Jerry Taylor (1 episode, 1981)
Series Art Direction by
George Renne (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Set Decoration by
Sam Gross (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Makeup Department
Allen Payne .... hair stylist (28 episodes, 1981-1983)
Hank Edds .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1981)
Gladys Witten .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Production Management
Miles Middough .... production manager (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Connie Garcia-Singer .... dga trainee (11 episodes, 1982)
Buck Edwards .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1981)
Charles R. Scott Jr. .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1981)
Series Art Department
Kenneth Milfred .... set dresser (30 episodes, 1981-1983)
Dean Wilson .... property master (4 episodes, 1981)

Roy Barnes .... set designer (unknown episodes)
Bruce Di Valerio .... construction foreman (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Kevin Sorensen .... boom operator (32 episodes, 1981-1983)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (30 episodes, 1981-1983)
Dennis Kirkpatrick .... boom operator (13 episodes, 1982-1983)
Vince Gutierrez .... sound effects editor (4 episodes, 1981)
Frank Meadows .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 1981)
M. Curtis Price .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1981)
Aaron Rochin .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1981)
Series Special Effects by
Luke Tillman .... special effects (4 episodes, 1981)
Series Stunts
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (1 episode, 1981)

Jack Lilley .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Lon Massey III .... chief lighting technician / gaffer (8 episodes, 1981)
Clarence Tindell .... key grip (3 episodes, 1981)
Richard L. Cosko .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1981)

Bill Sheehan .... film loader (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Frank Kennedy .... extras casting: locations (15 episodes, 1981-1982)
Susan McCray .... casting (4 episodes, 1981)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Taylor .... women's costumer (4 episodes, 1981)
Mike Termini .... men's costumer (4 episodes, 1981)
Series Editorial Department
Edward P. Ancona Jr. .... color consultant (4 episodes, 1981)
Kay Suffern .... negative cutter (4 episodes, 1981)
Series Music Department
David Rose .... composer: theme music (33 episodes, 1981-1983)
Tom Gleason .... music editor (3 episodes, 1981)

John Massari .... orchestrator (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Clyde Harper .... transportation coordinator (1 episode, 1981)
Chris Haynes .... driver (1 episode, 1981)
Series Other crew
Don Balluck .... executive story consultant (6 episodes, 1981-1982)
Chris Abbott .... story editor (4 episodes, 1981-1982)
Erika Wernher .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 1981)
Gary L. Wohlleben .... production controller (4 episodes, 1981)

William Fletcher .... dga intern (unknown episodes)
Bill McCamey .... on-set nurse (unknown episodes)
Bill Sheehan .... first aid nurse (unknown episodes)

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USA:48 min (35 episodes)
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The second series was a critical and commercial failure and as a result the show was canceled.See more »
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Father Murphy: One of the Best TV Shows, 30 December 2004
Author: Dphilly521 from United States

"Father Murphy" was one of the best TV show of all time, many of its episodes very touching and inspirational. I will illustrate my point with thoughts on my five favorite episodes of Season 1...... 5. "Eighty-Eight Keys to Happiness." The sparked interest of the blind orphan at the possibility of Gold Hill buying a piano transforms very well into the excitement and humor involved with Moses' willingness to compromise with the saloon. Furthermore, Rodman's annoyance at the situation, his sudden metamorphosis into gambling greed, and his pathetic mother make for one of the greatest and funniest sequences of the entire series. 4. "In God's Arms." In the spirit akin to such classics as "It's a Wonderful Life," Father Joe Parker eventually discovers a strength that he took for granted all along and affects people's lives for the better in the process. This episode perhaps causes some of us to question our own beliefs in the existence of God while suggesting that the faith and its positive effect on mankind is more important. 3. "The Horse From Heaven." The concept of a mentally challenged person who is ridiculed and made to feel inferior having a depth down inside that she can have such a wonderful relationship with animals is simply priceless. It stands to reason that Ada becomes a hero at the end, deservedly so. The adage of the meek inheriting the earth is more present at the conclusion of this episode than in any other point in the series. 2. "The Pilot Episode." Making the ending all that more charming, John Murphy is not just some guy who feels like helping orphaned children. He is a complex man with childhood-influenced problems of his own. The long ago tragic death of his father haunting him, Murphy must decide between the urge to be alone and the possibility of helping many children in a worse situation than his own. The occurrence helps Murphy re-discover the concept of love, and it is all that more appropriate that he marries Mae Woodward at the conclusion of the first season. 1. "Knights of the White Camelia." This gripping episode is my favorite of the series for several reasons. The concept of love versus hate is often very powerful, and this episode succeeds as a fine example with several lessons to learn within the hour. We generally see bigots as very evil and very worthless people. The story of runaway bugler Jeff teaches us that a so-called 'bigot' can be a nice boy with a sincere willingness to learn and be productive deep down inside. He was steered along the unrighteous path, with his father there as a solid guide to lead him back on track as the episode concludes. Speaking of which, when Moses refers to the KKK by saying "They got sons too," we are all reminded that it is not a perfect world, such problems still existing and probably always will. In my opinion, however, the greatest lesson of all is that these eerie-seeming white-hooded monsters are in reality "the townspeople" (the banker, the barber, etc.) If you think that the hateful bigots are all vicious monsters burning in hell, think again. The butcher, the baker, the lawyer, the doctor, the hairdresser, the grocery clerk, need I go on? Watch out! It is priceless for "Father Murphy: Knights of the White Camelia" to express to us such teachings in no uncertain terms. A terrific series that should have lasted many more seasons.

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