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Season: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10
Year: 1988 | 1989 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Respect

14 November 1988
After spending months at the Betty Ford Center, TV reporter Murphy Brown tries to re-enter her life. The task is complicated by the addition to her show of a former Miss America as co-reporter, and a new Executive Producer who's half her age.

Season 1, Episode 2: Devil with a Blue Dress On

21 November 1988
Murphy's animosity towards Corky grows when she's forced to take her on to help with an important story.

Season 1, Episode 3: Nowhere to Run

28 November 1988
Miles becomes the target of death threats when the show investigates the dealings of a mob boss.

Season 1, Episode 4: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

5 December 1988
Murphy struggles to maintain her professionalism when her next interview is a man she was married to twenty years before.

Season 1, Episode 5: Murphy's Pony

11 December 1988
Shortly before Christmas three children show up at FYI with a note from their mother. She says she cannot take care of them anymore and thinks Murphy would make a good mother.

Season 1, Episode 6: Baby Love

12 December 1988
A friend of Murphy's is having a baby and Murphy starts to wonder if something is missing in her life.

Season 1, Episode 7: Set Me Free

19 December 1988
Murphy's having a rotten day, complicated by a gunman who interrupts the show and demands they read his statement on the air and it gets capped off by the painter she hired to do her kitchen sticking around to finish "extending myself." During this whole ordeal, she is craving cigarettes and a drink, and definitely a soft number 2 pencil.

Season 1, Episode 8: And So He Goes

2 January 1989
The man that Murphy has been in a prank war for decades with dies suddenly, and asks that she eulogize him.

Season 1, Episode 9: I Would Have Danced All Night

9 January 1989
Murphy can't understand why she isn't invited to the Inaugural Ball, and can't get anyone to take her.

Season 1, Episode 10: Kyle

16 January 1989
Murphy's story gets an innocent inmate released. Everyone feels sorry for him, so they give him a job as Murphy's secretary.

Season 1, Episode 11: Off the Job Experience

23 January 1989
When Murphy humiliates on air an US army militant- Miles takes the decision to suspend her from work.

Season 1, Episode 12: Why Do Fools Fall in Love?

13 February 1989
Frank & Murphy fix each others blind dates, while Miles has to deal with his break up with Jackie and Jim wonders what to do with an attractive lady that wants him. We learn more than what we would have wanted to for Phil's marriage life.

Season 1, Episode 13: Soul Man

20 February 1989
Murphy get furious when she is denied an access into the last gentlemen's only club in Washington. That makes her relationship with Jim uptight and stirs a war between the sexes into the office.

Season 1, Episode 14: It's How You Play the Game

27 February 1989
When the FYI show goes lower onto the ratings - the network suggests to it's journalists to make the news more pleasant and easy to the public. Though the FYI team wouldn't like to be less professional - they struggle with the reality of having to face a tough decision and compromise for the sakes of Frank's touching story for the homeless being seen by a larger sum of people.

Season 1, Episode 15: Mama Said

6 March 1989
Murphy's mom whom she was never close to comes for a visit. And she spends all the time fawning after Murphy which has Murphy perplexed.

Season 1, Episode 16: Moscow on the Potomac

13 March 1989
The FYI show accepts a guest from the USSR - the newswoman Vladia.

Season 1, Episode 17: My Dinner with Einstein

20 March 1989
Murphy is excited to meet "the nowadays's Einstein" Victor Rudman. She tries to challenge herself on a date with him, since "You can't judge a book by it's cover", but discovers that geniuses can also be unpleasant people.

Season 1, Episode 18: Funnies Girl

10 April 1989
Murphy tries to deliver a joke, but her insulting comment is aired on Tv. She is faced with the consequences the next day as a cartoonist, named Pat O'Shea started a column in the newspaper, named "The adventures of Mouthy Brown".

Season 1, Episode 19: The Unshrinkable Murphy Brown

1 May 1989
Murphy is not her usual driven self after a guilty judge drop dead during a live broadcast.

Season 1, Episode 20: The Summer of '77

8 May 1989
Miles needs a story for FYI and Corky suggests covering Phil's 70th anniversary. The celebration causes flashbacks to 1977 when Frank and Murphy auditioned for the show with Murphy's primary competition being Linda Ellerbee.

Season 1, Episode 21: The Bickners

15 May 1989
Murphy is involved in a fender bender with a seemingly sweet old couple who bring her home made cookies. She changes her opinion when they sue her for $1.5 million dollars. Frank's fear of the dentist causes him to accidentally break Jim's coffee cup which turns out to be a big deal.

Candice Bergen ... Murphy Brown

Faith Ford ... Corky Sherwood

Charles Kimbrough ... Jim Dial

Robert Pastorelli ... Eldin Bernecky

Joe Regalbuto ... Frank Fontana

Grant Shaud ... Miles Silverberg

Eric Christmas ... Mr. Bob Bickner
Amzie Strickland ... Mrs. Myrna Bickner

Charley Lang ... Robert, Secretary #2

Mike Hagerty ... Howard Sutthoff (as Michael G. Hagerty)

Nicholas Hormann ... Roger Moreland

Season 1, Episode 22: The Morning Show

22 May 1989
Murphy and Corky are asked to fill in on a morning show. They quickly discover that Corky is perfect for the time and format, while Murphy berates a children's author and turns a cooking segment into a disaster.

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: The Brothers Silverberg

18 September 1989
Miles' brother comes to town and romances Murphy to Miles' chagrin.

Season 2, Episode 2: Anchors Away

25 September 1989
Jim is sent on foreign assignment for two weeks and Miller Redfield, a pretentious lightweight, is to fill in. Murphy and her colleagues decide to sabotage Miller on air to ensure Jim's job remains his.

Season 2, Episode 3: The Memo That Got Away

2 October 1989
Murphy is asked by management to write a critique of her friends and she agrees. But when teenager Louis hacks her computer, she must either comply with his blackmail or he will print her much too honest comments.

Season 2, Episode 4: TV or Not TV

16 October 1989
The network ask the FYI staff to cooperate with the making of a sitcom based on the news show. Resistant at first, everybody goes overboard when they learn Julia St Martin will star, Murphy being the worst offender.

Season 2, Episode 5: Miles' Big Adventure

23 October 1989
Miles reluctantly takes a tropical island vacation but while there a stolen jet arrives. For Murphy and the rest of FYI the question is, can Miles land the big story on his own?

Season 2, Episode 6: Buddies Schmuddies

30 October 1989
Murphy and Frank are put in competition for a hot story by Miles. Their friendship is at risk as they both resort to underhanded means to succeed.

Season 2, Episode 7: Whose Garbage Is It Anyway?

6 November 1989
Conservative nemesis Jerry Gold accuses the FYI staff of not following through on their convictions about the environment. Murphy and her colleagues accept the challenge to go two weeks being eco-friendly. They find it more difficult than anticipated.

Season 2, Episode 8: And the Whiner Is...

13 November 1989
Murphy is very disgruntled when Corky wins the Humboldt, a news casting award she expected to win. She is further annoyed when Corky is assigned a major story and refuses to help when her colleague is overwhelmed by the job.

Season 2, Episode 9: Roasted

20 November 1989
Jim's twenty-five years at the network pass by unacknowledged and Murphy decides to host a roast by his friends. But Jim takes the insults to heart and becomes even more depressed. Murphy questions him about what's really wrong.

Season 2, Episode 10: Brown Like Me: Part 1

27 November 1989
Coincidentally Murphy's father, young wife and new baby visits and then her mother shows up.

Season 2, Episode 11: Brown Like Me: Part 2

27 November 1989
After Murphy's estranged parents both arrive to see her presented with a prestigious award, she must act as a referee. Murphy just wants them to act like average people for once so she can enjoy the moment.

Season 2, Episode 12: The Strike

11 December 1989
When the crew of FYI goes on strike, Murphy serves has a mediator between the production members and Network's management.

Season 2, Episode 13: Here's to You, Mrs. Kinsella

18 December 1989
Mikes has an anonymous relationship with an older woman and is stunned to learn she is the wife of his boss, Eugene Kinsella. He tries to confess but Mr. Kinsella thinks he is covering for Frank.

Season 2, Episode 14: What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

1 January 1990
The gang relives Murphy's past exploits before she was sober as New Year approaches and Corky decides to host a party. Back home by herself Murphy debates about taking a drink.

Season 2, Episode 15: Subpoena Envy

8 January 1990
After Murphy's expose airs on FYI, she is asked to reveal her anonymous source and refuses. She is sent to prison and is letdown that it is more like a country club than a jail cell which leaves her depressed.

Season 2, Episode 16: I Want My FYI

29 January 1990
The network decides to put in production a kid's version of FYI and asks the senior staff to act as mentors. Reluctant at first, Murphy and her friends become over involved with the youngsters taking on characteristics of their role models.

Season 2, Episode 17: Frankly Speaking

5 February 1990
Frank starts dating accomplished and beautiful Alexandra but Murphy is not impressed. Because they are best friends, Murphy tries to warm to Alexandra and as soon as she does, Frank gets cold feet.

Season 2, Episode 18: The Murphy Brown School of Broadcasting

12 February 1990
Murphy's beloved teacher Mr. Hamilton, who encouraged her broadcasting interest, is retiring and intends to open a journalism school. He wants to name it after Murphy but when she visits, she thinks his ideas are outdated and perhaps he's lost his touch. She struggles with how to tell him.

Season 2, Episode 19: Bad Girls

19 February 1990
For sweeps Miles needs a big story so he cajoles Murphy and Corky to dress as hookers to uncover an oil industry scandal. Murphy is made to feel old and they keep encountering other reporters doing the same report.

Season 2, Episode 20: Heart of Gold

26 February 1990
Jerry Gold drops by Phil's and immediately antagonizes everyone but Murphy. She sees past his rudeness and they start dating, which the FYI staff find irksome. Murphy starts to see herself change in ways she doesn't like.

Season 2, Episode 21: On the Road Again

5 March 1990
Murphy and Jim go on an affiliate tour, thinking they will end up in Hawaii, but a snowstorm strands them in Kansas. Jim deals with temptation after meeting Nancy, an attractive woman, in the hotel bar.

Season 2, Episode 22: But First a Word from Our Sponsor

19 March 1990
Murphy and Miles try very hard to have a controversial segment air on FYI after a viewer sent a letter of disapprouval to every board member of the network and the show's sponsors.

Season 2, Episode 23: Frank's Appendectomy

9 April 1990
The pranks Murphy and Frank play on each other become more elaborate and annoying to their friends. When one embrasses the FYI show, it looks like Miles will get fired for letting things get out of hand. Murphy and Frank try frantically to save his job.

Season 2, Episode 24: Fax or Fiction

30 April 1990
Miles receives an anonymous love letter but doesn't know how to respond so Murphy plays Cyrano and writes a response. When an intriguing reply comes over the fax the deception continues, with Murphy becoming fascinated with the other writer. A meeting is arranged with everyone in for a surprise.

Season 2, Episode 25: The Bitch's Back

7 May 1990
Miles is stressed with Jim vacationing so he institutes relaxation exercises for everyone. Murphy approaches it unwilling and is furious when she is hospitalized with a back injury. Everyone must deal with her temper while still putting on a show.

Season 2, Episode 26: Goin' to the Chapel: Part 1

14 May 1990
When Corky gets engaged to an old highschool friend, Murphy throws her a shower at Phil's.

Season 2, Episode 27: Goin' to the Chapel: Part 2

21 May 1990
Murphy, maid of honor, is having difficulties planning Corky and Will's wedding.

Season 3


Season 3, Episode 1: The 390th Broadcast

17 September 1990
Research indicates news shows are getting stale so Miles hires consultant Chris Bishop to shake things up at FYI. Jim gets a perm, Frank wears leather and Murphy gets a segment where she will interview an average citizen on their views. The interview takes an unexpected turn.

Candice Bergen ... Murphy Brown

Grant Shaud ... Miles Silverberg

Faith Ford ... Corky Sherwood

Joe Regalbuto ... Frank Fontana

Charles Kimbrough ... Jim Dial
Zar Acayan ... Pizza Man
LaVerne Anderson ... Teenage Girl

Tony A. Angelo ... Studio Hand

Channing Chase ... Housewife

John Hostetter ... John
Jessie Jones ... Mrs. Hooley
Felicity LaFortune ... Greta

Jordan Lund ... Construction Man

Peggy Mannix ... Woman in Loud Outfit

Peter Marx ... Secretary #37 (as Peter Slutsker)
Cliff Medaugh ... Older Man

Harry Shearer ... Chris Bishop
Kerry Stein ... Nerdy Man

Season 3, Episode 2: Brown and Blue

24 September 1990
Murphy's idea to interview Tony Rocket, a vulgar comedian, back fires when she has trouble controlling her emotions and her temper around him.

Season 3, Episode 3: Loco Hero

1 October 1990
Frank feels an obligation to give his parents an 50th anniversary party but does so reluctantly because of their negativity. As his family gathers at Murphy's home, Frank keeps finding reasons to avoid the celebration and deal with his parent's disapproval.

Season 3, Episode 4: Strike Two

15 October 1990
The on air talent at FYI goes on strike and Miles struggles to put on a show. Miles learns to appreciate what Murphy and the rest do when he attempts to replace them with Miller, Gene Kinsella and himself.

Season 3, Episode 5: The Gold Rush

22 October 1990
Network executives hire Jerry Gold to appeal to a conservative crowd, dismaying the FYI staff. Miles has the idea to team Murphy and Jerry in a debating segment which rekindles their opposite attracts romance.

Season 3, Episode 6: Bob & Murphy & Ted & Avery

5 November 1990
Murphy's mother Avery arrives for a visit and meets a charming gentleman Theodore. It turns out he has a son Bob, who is Murphy's age, so Avery talks her daughter into a double date.

Season 3, Episode 7: The Last Laugh

12 November 1990
Murphy causes Jim to laugh during a live broadcast and he becomes upset over his lack of professionalism. Murphy goes overboard in trying to make amends.

Season 3, Episode 8: Rootless People

19 November 1990
Murphy's practical jokes have alienated the FYI staff so when she is taken hostage by environmentalists, they don't believe her. The kidnappers have their hands full as it's Murphy who is making all the demands.

Season 3, Episode 9: The Bummer of 42

26 November 1990
Murphy had said she wished for a sibling so Frank hires an actress to portray her sister for Murphy's 42nd birthday. But Maddy does her job too well and Murphy's happiness soon turns to irritation.

Season 3, Episode 10: Trouble in Sherwood-Forrest

10 December 1990
Corky is trying hard to be the perfect wife to Will while still having a career but finds it increasingly difficult. She confides in Murphy which inspires Corky to host a dinner part with disastrous results.

Season 3, Episode 11: Jingle Hell, Jingle Hell, Jingle All the Way

17 December 1990
Getting co-workers Christmas gifts is causing unhappiness so Murphy suggests they donate to charity instead. But after Murphy secretly buys presents anyway, the rest become frantic trying to purchase items at the last minute.

Season 3, Episode 12: Retreat

7 January 1991
Miles thinks the on air FYI staff need to bond closer so he schedules a retreat run by an over enthusiastic director Justin. Murphy is only interested in the bonding that comes with getting revenge on the other participants.

Season 3, Episode 13: Eldin Imitates Life

14 January 1991
Murphy has a party and a guest offers to buy one of Eldin's art pieces.

Season 3, Episode 14: Contractions

21 January 1991
Murphy's contract is up and other news organizations make a huge effort to sign her, to the distress of Miles. With Murphy having the upper hand, she makes outrageous demands and things turn contentious.

Season 3, Episode 15: Hoarse Play

4 February 1991
Murphy loses her voice right after getting her credentials restored to the White House press room. She desperately needs a quote from the president for an important story.

Season 3, Episode 16: The Novel

11 February 1991
Jim writes a novel where a desirable reporter seems to be based on Murphy and Jim's wife becomes concerned.

Season 3, Episode 17: Terror on the 17th Floor

18 February 1991
Murphy and Miles face off with a team of cost cutters that threaten the ability of FYI to put on a good news program.

Season 3, Episode 18: On Another Plane: Part 1

25 February 1991
Murphy and Frank are questioning putting their jobs before everything else when the plane they are traveling on experiences difficulties.

Candice Bergen ... Murphy Brown
Pat Corley ... Phil

Faith Ford ... Corky Sherwood

Charles Kimbrough ... Jim Dial

Robert Pastorelli ... Eldin Bernecky

Joe Regalbuto ... Frank Fontana

Grant Shaud ... Miles Silverberg
Sean Baca ... Little Frank

Nikki Cox ... Pretty Girl

Benji Gregory ... Brian (as Ben Gregory)
Meghann Haldeman ... Little Murphy

Rose Marie ... Frank's Mother

Barney Martin ... Frank's Father

Brittany Murphy ... Frank's Sister

Shanelle Workman ... Frank's Sister

Season 3, Episode 19: On Another Plane: Part 2

25 February 1991
Murphy and Frank are questioning putting their jobs before everything else when the plane they are traveling on experiences difficulties.

Season 3, Episode 20: Driving Miss Crazy

4 March 1991
Murphy writes her will, at times while driving, when the gang car pools to work during a snow storm.

Season 3, Episode 21: Everytime It Rains... You Get Wet

18 March 1991
The gang of FYI goes out into the city seeking a "happy" story for a new segment on the show. A simple task that not an easy one after all.

Season 3, Episode 22: Corky's Place

8 April 1991
Corky lands her first tv special and manipulates Murphy in appearing as a guest.

Season 3, Episode 23: Small

29 April 1991
Murphy's little joke about short men gets her into big trouble.

Season 3, Episode 24: The Usual Suspects

6 May 1991
Murphy is outraged when a tabloid declares she has started drinking again and says the source is on the FYI staff. Murphy makes every effort to uncover the person's identity.

Season 3, Episode 25: Q & A on FYI

13 May 1991
Miles arrange for the gang of FYI to appear on a popular tv Q and A game show.

Candice Bergen ... Murphy Brown

Faith Ford ... Corky Sherwood

Charles Kimbrough ... Jim Dial

Robert Pastorelli ... Eldin Bernecky

Joe Regalbuto ... Frank Fontana

Grant Shaud ... Miles Silverberg

Tony Jay ... Dr. Wade Benoit

Phil LaMarr ... Ben Lawson (as Phillip LaMarr)
David Knell ... Pizza Kid

Penny Balfour ... Alexis Dewar

Rebecca Carlton ... Melissa Denton (as Rebecca Cross)

Adam Goldberg ... Donald Klein
Sam King ... Paul Hatfield

Season 3, Episode 26: Uh-Oh: Part 1

20 May 1991
Jake, Murphy's ex husband, and Jerry Gold, Murphy's ex boyfriend are both back in town and ready to resume their relationship with her.

Season 4


Season 4, Episode 1: Uh-Oh: Part 2

16 September 1991
Murphy tells her friends at FYI that she's pregnant and that she is having doubts about having the baby and what kind of mother she would be.

Season 4, Episode 2: Uh-Oh: Part 3

16 September 1991
Murphy tells her friends at FYI that she's pregnant and that she is having doubts about having the baby and what kind of mother she would be.

Season 4, Episode 3: I'm as Much of a Man as I Ever Was

23 September 1991
Murphy, desperate to show that her pregnancy is not going to change her ability to do her job well, goes after the President for a quote.

Season 4, Episode 4: Male Call

30 September 1991
Frank, Jim and Miles attend a new men organisation work shop to get in touch with their feelings.

Season 4, Episode 5: The Square Triangle

7 October 1991
Murphy hires Audrey as her secretary which leads to Miles breaking up with her. Things get worse when Frank than becomes interested in Audrey.

Season 4, Episode 6: Full Circle

14 October 1991
Murphy's mother Avery dies and her father Bill arrives to help her deal with things. While reminiscing they discover unpleasant truths.

Season 4, Episode 7: The Smiths Go to Washington

28 October 1991
The gang of FYI goes out of their ways to charm a family of out of towers who caught a cheating Senator on tape.

Season 4, Episode 8: It Came from College

4 November 1991
Murphy gets an idea of her future as a mother when the daughter of some friends stays with her.

Season 4, Episode 9: The Queen of Soul

11 November 1991
Murphy lands an interview with her idol, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. When Aretha's train is delayed and she can't get to the studio on time for the live broadcast, the FYI gang is left stretching their way out of the one hour long program to fill in the dead air time.

Season 4, Episode 10: Inside Murphy Brown

18 November 1991
Jim escorts Murphy to the gynecologist and they both get to see the baby for the first time. Murphy is surprises when she hears she's expecting a boy and she was so sure she was expecting a girl.

Season 4, Episode 11: Mission Control

25 November 1991
Murphy and the gang volunteers at à homeless shelter for Thanksgiving.

Season 4, Episode 12: Be It Ever So Humboldt

9 December 1991
Frank wins an award and becomes annoying talking about it. His co-workers decide he needs to be taught a lesson.

Season 4, Episode 13: Love Is Blonde

16 December 1991
Murphy and the rest of FYI staff reluctantly attend a sponsor event. Corky and Miller start bonding over shared experiences.

Season 4, Episode 14: Anchor Rancor

6 January 1992
The sudden death, at the network, of the Sunday night news anchor makes Jim and Murphy compete for the new job opening.

Season 4, Episode 15: Guess Who's Coming to Luncheon

13 January 1992
Corky receives an invite to the White House and Murphy flatters her so she can go along. Once there Murphy goes snooping despite Corky's protests.

Season 4, Episode 16: Lovesick

20 January 1992
Jerry Gold moves in with Murphy after she is diagnosed with preterm labor and forces to rest at home for 2 weeks.

Season 4, Episode 17: Heartfelt

3 February 1992
Stress overcomes Miles at his 30th birthday celebration.

Season 4, Episode 18: Send in the Clowns

24 February 1992
Murphy is subpoena by the Senate to appear at a hearing demanding the name of her source that leaked a rapport her way which leaded to a story on FYI.

Season 4, Episode 19: Murphy Buys the Farm

2 March 1992
Murphy thinks a place in the country will help her relax and she brings the entire gang along to check out a farm she's thinking of buying. While Murphy tries to convince her friends how charming things are, everyone else is just bored.

Season 4, Episode 20: Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are

4 March 1992
Rick is an attractive gay man doing some temporary work for FYI and Miles becomes concerned when he has a dream about him. Miles attempts to discover why it happened.

Season 4, Episode 21: Rage Before Beauty

16 March 1992
Murphy cuts her hair short despite an appearance clause in her contract. When viewer response ignores her reporting she becomes upset over the focus on superficialities.

Season 4, Episode 22: Phil's Not So Silent Partner

23 March 1992
Murphy offers money to Phil who's in financial trouble. But Murphy soon drives Phil crazy with unwelcome suggestions.

Season 4, Episode 23: He-Ho, He-Ho, It's Off to Lamaze We Go

27 April 1992
Murphy decides to take a Lamaze birth class and asks Eldon to be her coach. Once there she manages to alienate the instructor and her classmates but luckily Eldon pays attention.

Season 4, Episode 24: On the Rocks

4 May 1992
Hillary, a new anchorwoman, replaces Murphy, but Hillary has a secret problem and it's getting out of control.

Season 4, Episode 25: A Chance of Showers

11 May 1992
Murphy is feeling even crankier at the end of her pregnancy and isn't happy that Corky is throwing her a baby shower. But she changes her mind when she realizes she will be getting terrific gifts from her peers that work in national news.

Season 4, Episode 26: Birth 101

18 May 1992
Murphy finally gives birth and all of her friends are trying to help the best they can.

Season 5


Season 5, Episode 1: You Say Potatoe, I Say Potato: Part 1

21 September 1992
Murphy is adjusting to motherhood, interviewing Nannies, trying to decide on a name for the baby and trying to get a good night sleep.

Season 5, Episode 2: You Say Potatoe, I Say Potato: Part 2

21 September 1992
Dan Quayle publicly attacks Murphy Brown for glamourising single motherhood.

Season 5, Episode 3: Life After Birth

28 September 1992
Murphy is back from having her baby, but her obsession with over protecting her baby, is causing problems where ever she goes and driving her co-workers crazy.

Season 5, Episode 4: Black, White & Brown

5 October 1992
The FYI staff are concerned about their futures when they learn their boss, Eugene Kinsella, is being replaced. Murphy's co-workers look to her to resist the changes Mitchell Baldwin proposes but are surprised at her attitude.

Season 5, Episode 5: I Never Sang for My Husband

12 October 1992
Jim Dial's wife Doris is dissatisfied with her life and an offhand remark by Murphy leads Doris to try to become a cabaret singer. Jim struggles to understand her change in behavior.

Season 5, Episode 6: Night of Living News

26 October 1992
Murphy and Frank anchor an overnight news show with Frank hoping to make a good impression to advance his career. What happens during the program might have the opposite effect.

Season 5, Episode 7: A Year to Remember

2 November 1992
An election year has the gang reminiscing about the first time they voted. Corky recalls wanting to elect the first woman vice-president while Murphy's memory involves handcuffs.

Season 5, Episode 8: Midnight Plane to Paris

9 November 1992
Murphy needs to fly overseas for a story but after Avery gets an earache she must make a choice about going. Using Eldin as a sounding board, she debates her future as a mother and a news person.

Season 5, Episode 9: Me Thinks My Parents Doth Protest Too Much

16 November 1992
Miles is caught in a lie when his friends find out his parents aren't dry cleaners but political activists. When they arrive in Washington for a demonstration, Miles is embarrassed and frantically works to keep them out of trouble.

Season 5, Episode 10: Winners Take All

23 November 1992
The show and staff of FYI is being honored with a banquet in New York. When it comes time to choose past footage everyone starts to lobby Miles to favor their own stories.

Season 5, Episode 11: Till Death or Next Thursday Do We Part

7 December 1992
Corky's life is in turmoil due to lack of intimacy in her marriage and that her husband Will is being sued for plagiarism. Things look bleak until Murphy learns Corky kept a journal which could clear Will but has embarrassing details about everyone.

Season 5, Episode 12: I'm Dreaming of a Brown Christmas

14 December 1992
Murphy is looking forward to her first Christmas as a mother and intends to do every tradition. But the arrival of her father and her Aunt Brooke turns Murphy into a referee as they resume their years long feuding.

Season 5, Episode 13: Games Mother Play

4 January 1993
After observing Murphy interact with Avery, Eldin invites some of the other new mothers over, hoping she might learn something. Murphy is unimpressed and ends up trying to turn the gathering into competition.

Season 5, Episode 14: The British Invasion

11 January 1993
Miles and Audrey are happy after moving in together when her attractive ex-boyfriend Colin shows up from England. He ends up staying with them making Miles uncomfortable, then refuses to leave.

Season 5, Episode 15: Back to the Ball

18 January 1993
With a new presidential administration beginning, Murphy's reputation is forgotten and she receives an invitation to the inaugural ball. Her new difficulty is finding a date.

Season 5, Episode 16: The Intern

1 February 1993
FYI has a new intern and to everyone's surprise Amy Shoemaker has memories that go back to the 1920's. Everyone treats her with kid gloves and do things typically done by the intern, leading to some near disasters.

Season 5, Episode 17: Trickster, We Hardly Knew Ye

8 February 1993
Jim Dial and his wife Doris are devastated when their beloved terrier Trickster dies. The rest of the staff are sympathetic to Jim's grief except Murphy who remains cynical until her part in the dog's wake.

Season 5, Episode 18: The World According to Avery

15 February 1993
Eldon is sick and has to forego his babysitting duties. Murphy takes Avery to work with her and everyone takes turns watching the baby, sharing their secrets before the show starts.

Season 5, Episode 19: Bump in the Night

21 February 1993
Frank is excited to be a guest on the Letterman show but makes the mistake of asking Murphy to wait backstage with him. She ends up sabotaging the other guests and endangering Frank's appearance.

Season 5, Episode 20: To Market, to Market

1 March 1993
Murphy irritates her co-workers by needing to grocery shop on carpool day. Things turn chaotic as Frank hits on a woman, Jim takes over sandwich making and Corky discovers her ex is dating from a magazine cover.

Season 5, Episode 21: Two for the Road

15 March 1993
Murphy and the rest of the FYI staff are still struggling to adapt to their new boss Mitchell Baldwin and his ideas. As Murphy schemes to get her way, she and Mitchell are locked in together for a night forcing them to learn more about each other.

Season 5, Episode 22: Murphy and the Amazing Leaping Man

22 March 1993
Without Murphy to hang out with Frank is feeling adrift and resists being labeled a confirmed bachelor by Corky. Within a week he makes such radical changes to his life that his friends are concerned.

Season 5, Episode 23: The Egg & I

3 May 1993
When Murphy learns her competitors will interview the new president first, her competitive nature kicks in. Using her son Avery as a cover, she goes to the White House Easter Egg to ambush the president with questions.

Season 5, Episode 24: Ship of Phil's

10 May 1993
Phil hosts an after hours poker game at his bar for the FYI gang and Murphy's competitive nature leads to contention. The betting limit is removed and the stakes get dangerously high.

Season 5, Episode 25: One

17 May 1993
Murphy plans a memorable cowboy themed birthday for Avery but then overchedules herself with a trip to NYC on the same day. A surprise song from a well known singer makes it all worth it.

Candice Bergen ... Murphy Brown

Grant Shaud ... Miles Silverberg

Faith Ford ... Corky Sherwood

Joe Regalbuto ... Frank Fontana

Robert Pastorelli ... Eldin Bernecky

Charles Kimbrough ... Jim Dial
Pat Corley ... Phil

Robert Curtis Brown ... Ticket Agent
Giorgio Kokosin ... Avery at 19

Vicki Lewis ... Secretary #59

Chi Muoi Lo ... Richard Wu

Barry Manilow ... Himself

Christopher Masterson ... Avery at 13 (as Christopher Kennedy Masterson)
Gene Scherer ... Russian Man
Kenneth Schmidt ... Avery at 5
Howard Spiegel ... Man at Bus Station

Brett Stimely ... Avery at 35
Erica Yohn ... Ticket Woman

Season 6


Season 6, Episode 1: The More Things Change

20 September 1993
Murphy asks Miles to cut back her hours and assignments but then takes a dislike to Peter Hunt, the reporter hired to fill in. She fuels the outrage by the other correspondents to the annoyance of Miles.

Season 6, Episode 2: Angst for the Memories

27 September 1993
Nick Brody, a counter culture hero of Murphys from the 60's, returns to the limelight to promote a book. During an interview she discovers he has changed to a conservative, leaving her questioning her belief system.

Season 6, Episode 3: Black and White and Read All Over

4 October 1993
Murphy needs a date for a function and asks Mitchell to be her guest. But they start seeing each other in a serious way, getting some diverse reactions because of the race issue. They start wondering if they have a future.

Season 6, Episode 4: Political Correctness

11 October 1993
A little bantering on FYI offends various groups by what they considered insensitive remarks. To become aware of what's considered deragotory everyone attends a seminar then hold a live forum where things get out of hand.

Season 6, Episode 5: The Young & the Rest of Us

18 October 1993
Corky is upset that she is turning thirty and her friends try to cheer her up by throwing her a last minute party. But their efforts are disastrous so Peter steps in to take Corky on a not to be forgotten adventure.

Season 6, Episode 6: Ticket to Writhe

25 October 1993
Murphy and Peter are in competition for the same stories, stressing Miles with their arguing. A pair of tickets to the Redskins football game seem to bring bad luck to whoever currently has them.

Season 6, Episode 7: I Don't Know You from Madam

1 November 1993
A professional madam might be about to name clients and all the news shows are chasing the story, including FYI. Murphy is reluctant to be involved but Miles insists and goes with her on a stakeout. They start to question their tactics but then Murphy takes it to a new level.

Season 6, Episode 8: All the Life That's Fit to Print

8 November 1993
After a noted writer asks to write Murphy's biography, she is indecisive about granting permission. She begins to imagine the things her colleagues and interviewees will say about her.

Candice Bergen ... Murphy Brown

Grant Shaud ... Miles Silverberg

Faith Ford ... Corky Sherwood

Charles Kimbrough ... Jim Dial

Joe Regalbuto ... Frank Fontana

Ed Bradley ... Ed Bradley

Bob Dole ... Bob Dole
William Duff-Griffin ... Author

Linda Ellerbee ... Linda Ellerbee
Orrin G. Hatch ... Orrin G. Hatch

Steve Kroft ... Steve Kroft

Charles Kuralt ... Charles Kuralt

Sally Jessy Raphael ... Sally Jessy Raphael

Morley Safer ... Morley Safer

Alan Simpson ... Alan Simpson
Lesley Stahl ... Lesley Stahl

Mike Wallace ... Mike Wallace

Max Wright ... Marshall Corwin

Season 6, Episode 9: Bah Humboldt

15 November 1993
It's Humboldt Award time again with Murphy, Peter, and Frank all in competition. Murphy becomes jealous when Peter asks Corky to be his date.

Season 6, Episode 10: Reaper Madness

22 November 1993
Murphy struggles with how to explain death to Avery. She quizzes Corky, Miles, Jim, and Frank on their life philosophies to come up with an answer that she finds comforting.

Season 6, Episode 11: It's Not Easy Being Brown

29 November 1993
When the popularity ratings for the FYI staff come out Miles becomes worried about Murphy's negatives. Murphy is booked on the most popular children show to turn things around but an unfortunate fight with puppets fails to accomplish that.

Season 6, Episode 12: To Have and Have Not

6 December 1993
Miles is featured in a magazine as a successful single man but is misquoted and is portrayed as sexist. He becomes frazzled particularly when he introduces Murphy at a woman's political event.

Season 6, Episode 13: Sox and the Single Girl

13 December 1993
Murphy gets invited to the White House by the Clintons. Once she gets back to the office, she finds out she has a furry stowaway.

Season 6, Episode 14: A Piece of the Auction

3 January 1994
Obnoxious radio host Marty Crane has singled out Murphy for derisive commentsfor which she has little recourse. When Marty submits the winning bid for a charity dinner date with Murphy, she doesn't know what to expect.

Season 6, Episode 15: The Thrill of the Hunt

10 January 1994
Peter is shot while covering a story in Sarajevo and returns stateside. Murphy and Peter confront their feelings and despite the difficulties of their professions, decide to begin a relationship.

Season 6, Episode 16: The Deal of the Art

17 January 1994
Murphy disparages modern art while reporting and is attacked by art critics. After defending her views on a PBS roundtable, she sneaks one of Avery's drawings into an art show to prove a point.

Season 6, Episode 17: The Anchorman

24 January 1994
The FYI gang are comparing finances and investments when Jim reveals he is owner of a bar that is making money. Remodeled to resemble one he liked in his youth, Jim is uncomfortable with the fact it has a gay clientele.

Season 6, Episode 18: Fjord Eyes Only

31 January 1994
The FYI staff head to Norway, looking forward to covering the Winter Olympics. The situation abruptly changes after Murphy interviews the star Norwegian skater and she quits competition.

Candice Bergen ... Murphy Brown

Grant Shaud ... Miles Silverberg

Robert Pastorelli ... Eldin Bernecky

Philippe Bergeron ... French Reporter

Eve Brenner ... Norwegian Woman
Pat Corley ... Phil

Faith Ford ... Corky Sherwood

Charles Kimbrough ... Jim Dial

Marta Kristen ... Norwegian Mother
Rachel Lents ... Kirsten
Travis Lowen ... Hakon
Dick Martinsen ... Norwegian Dad
Kathleen McClellan ... Inge Sorenson
Steve Peterson ... Man in Crowd

Joe Regalbuto ... Frank Fontana
Al Septien ... Spanish Reporter
Fredrich Solms ... British Reporter
Bettina Spier ... German Reporter
Diederik van Nassau ... Norwegian God
Trond Woxen ... Stage Manager

Season 6, Episode 19: Crime Story

28 February 1994
Murphy's automobile is stolen from her driveway and she joins a neighborhood watch group. Unfortunately the tactics of the participants and her FYI colleagues concern her as much as the actual crimes.

Season 6, Episode 20: The Fifth Anchor

7 March 1994
Miles decides to bring back Stuart, an original anchor, for the 17th anniversary show unaware Murphy, Frank, and Jim had him fired. Once Stuart arrives his annoying habits resurface, leading Murphy to make a startling on air announcement.

Season 6, Episode 21: Anything But Cured

14 March 1994
Frank is told by his psychologist that after 17 years of therapy he no longer needs treatment. He then erroneously informs Murphy she is responsible for his problems leading her to confront Frank's therapist.

Season 6, Episode 22: The Tip of the Silverburg

28 March 1994
Murphy insists on taking Miles shopping when the sameness of his wardrobe is the topic of a staff meeting. After barging into his dressing area she sees more of her boss then anticipated. The jokes begin after they return to work.

Season 6, Episode 23: It's Just Like Riding a Bike

2 May 1994
Peter returns stateside and reconnects with Murphy who wants to keep their relationship secret from her co-workers. Peter and Murphy discuss all the reasons why they won't work as a couple.

Season 6, Episode 24: My Movie with Louis

9 May 1994
Murphy accepts a part in a Louis Malle film and Frank desperately tries to get himself included. Stan Lansing, a top network network executive, tells them they can't appear in movies contractually and Murphy must extricate herself from the situation.

Season 6, Episode 25: The More Things Stay the Same

16 May 1994
Murphy recieves an offer to leave FYI, creating conflict with her co-anchors. As they prepare for an anniversary party their friendships seem fragile and Murphy imagines a future where they have all moved on.

Season 7


Season 7, Episode 1: Brown vs. the Board of Education

19 September 1994
Murphy tries to get Avery a spot in an elite school and invites the school's board to a party to secure it. When FYI kills a story about one of members, Murphy is concerned her ethics will be questioned.

Season 7, Episode 2: Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio?

26 September 1994
While pitching stories for the show Murphy learns a famous astronaut's brother is murdered. After debating the value of the news they discover the astronaut is the chief suspect and FYI goes over the top in it's coverage.

Season 7, Episode 3: Loose Affiliations

3 October 1994
Murphy is overheard making disparaging remarks about her network's fall lineup. As punishment she has to attend the affiliate convention with her colleagues and make nice with an orangutan.

Season 7, Episode 4: Be Careful What You Wish For

10 October 1994
Corky gets her chance at a hard news story and interviews one of America's most successful businessman. She impresses her colleagues but is distressed that her popularity among viewers takes a nosedive.

Season 7, Episode 5: Burger, She Wrote

17 October 1994
After a burger chain closes Murphy buys it's mascot. When it's stolen she suspects someone in the Washington establishment and begins retaliation to force Meaty Boys return, not suspecting a friend.

Season 7, Episode 6: Humboldt IV: Judgment Day

24 October 1994
Jim is head of the Humboldt judging and persuades his co-workers to serve except Frank who missed out on getting nominated. Conflict arises when Murphy and Corky serve on the same panel but have different standards.

Season 7, Episode 7: Frank Cuts Loose

31 October 1994
Frank accepts a new job at the network but the show bumps FYI into a bad time slot. Thinking his friends are jealous of his success, Frank burns some bridges as he prepares to leave.

Season 7, Episode 8: Reporters Make Strange Bedfellows

7 November 1994
Murphy and Peter decide to take a relaxing tropical vacation but a major news story occurs. Their competitive natures take over putting them at odds instead of getting closer to each other.

Season 7, Episode 9: Prelude to a Kiss

14 November 1994
Miles asks Corky out to dinner as a friend after she helps him move but Corky misunderstands and thinks it a date. Egged on by Murphy and Peter, Miles becomes concerned if a relationship develops.

Season 7, Episode 10: Bye Bye Bernecky

21 November 1994
Eldin's mother Reena comes for a visit and Eldin learns he has an opportunity to study with a famous muralist in Spain. He's ready to pass on the chance of a lifetime to remain Avery's nanny so Murphy fires him.

Season 7, Episode 11: The Secret Life of Jim Dial

28 November 1994
Jim's wife Doris is away and a misunderstanding lands Jim in tabloid headlines. Despite his protestations, his co-workers doubt his explanation and head honcho Lansing is excited that the scandal increased ratings.

Season 7, Episode 12: Brown in Toyland

12 December 1994
Murphy wants to give Avery a memorable Christmas but she becomes desperate when an impossible to find toy is at the top of his wish list. Murphy is not above pleading, cajoling, and making threats to make Avery happy.

Candice Bergen ... Murphy Brown

Grant Shaud ... Miles Silverberg

Faith Ford ... Corky Sherwood

Charles Kimbrough ... Jim Dial
Pat Corley ... Phil

Joe Regalbuto ... Frank Fontana

Nick Bakay ... Reindeer
Brady Bluhm ... Timmy
Peter Chew ... Bobby

Dyllan Christopher ... Avery Brown #1
Ross Gottstein ... Secretary #71
Allan Kolman ... Father

Anne Meara ... Reena Bernecky

Andy Milder ... Santa Claus
Robert Stephen Ryan ... Person #1 (as Robert Ryan)

Sheila Shaw ... Woman in Line
Harvey Shield ... Singing Accountant
Scott N. Stevens ... Singing Accountant

Patrick Weathers ... Singing Accountant

Season 7, Episode 13: The Best and Not-So-Brightest

2 January 1995
Much to the surprise of the FYI staff their former co-worker Stuart Best is elected to Congress. Murphy decides it would be a good interview to let him air his political views but the segment takes an unfortunate turn.

Season 7, Episode 14: Rumble in the Alley

9 January 1995
Frank is organizing a Valentine's Day bowling benefit in January and needs his co-workers to show up. He also needs a date so Peter sets Frank up with his ex Linda while Miles and Corky take their relationship to the next level.

Season 7, Episode 15: Requiem for a Crew Guy

16 January 1995
Murphy's indifference to the crew has become too much so her friends help stage a practical joke to teach her a lesson. Informed a staffer has died, Murphy claims to have known him, even agreeing to host his funeral.