D.P. Murphy works as an insurance fraud investigator, frequently giving and getting a hard time from his nervous boss, Wesley Harden, his on-and-off girlfriend Kimiko, and his ex-wife Marissa over visitation with their daughter Kathleen.
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 Daedalus Patrick Murphy (11 episodes, 1988-1989)
Maggie Han ...
 Kimiko Fannuchi (9 episodes, 1988-1989)
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 Wesley Harden (8 episodes, 1988-1989)
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 Kathleen Danforth (7 episodes, 1988-1989)
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George Segal is Daedelus Patrick Murphy (aka, D.P. and Murph), an insurance investigator and recovering alcoholic with an ex-wife who won't let him see his daughter and a girlfriend who wants to fix him. He is good at his job, which is uncovering genuine insurance fraud when no one else can. Kimiko Fannuchi is his half-Japanese, half-Italian roommate and on-again-off-again girlfriend. She is a professional model, although she figures she cannot become one of the top Asian fashion models until one of the current top five gets fat. Until then, she has been the model for a power tool company's calendar for three years running. Unofficially, she often helps Murphy solve his cases. Wesley Harden is Murphy's supervisor who knows that Murphy always "gets results" but the company "doesn't have a memory". Harden has to run interference for Murphy with his bosses Harriett Tapplinger and Victor Beaudine who would just as soon get rid of Murphy. Murphy's real passion is getting visitation with ... Written by Miles10

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Based on the "Trace" series of detective novels by Warren Murphy featuring the character Devlin Tracy, an unlicensed insurance fraud investigator our of Las Vegas. See more »

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Great show
30 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This series hit American TV at the same time as Candace Bergen's "Murphy Brown" series. A lot of viewers probably thought this was a repeat of the "Murphy Brown" episode they already watched.

The characters were D.P. Murphy (George Segal) a maverick insurance investigator who always managed to catch the frauds. But was he appreciated by his employers? Hardly.

Wes Harden (Josh Mostel) was his ally in the company although in the first episode he is more of a taskmaster.

Victor Beaudine eventually became Murphy's nemesis in office politics.

Kimiko (Maggie Han) was his lover and roommate who worked as a model and perhaps also as a flight attendant.

Murphy was a divorced, recovering alcoholic with a daughter that his ex would not let him spend time with.

My favorite episode was really two episodes--a two-parter--about a woman who is sent in to manage the department and her name is De Sade. The running gag is that it is pronounced "Du Saaaade" not "DeSahd" like the name of the inventor of "sadism." Yet she really is a sadist. If that pair of episodes were available I'd buy them (they would fit on one tape, of course). Unfortunately, the whole show is not on VHS or DVD. I bought a tape for $20 that turned out to be the pilot episode. One episode only. I would not recommend this, and it seems to be all that is out there. Further, the tape I got is technically poor in quality, recorded at extended play (EP) speed instead of the higher quality SP. That stinks.

Somebody says you should catch this show in reruns. Where? Where?


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