Murphy Brown (1988–1998)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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. Written by Taigan

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14 November 1988 (USA)  »

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The title is based on the R&B song "Respect" written By (and sung by) Otis Redding, but became a big hit in 1967 for Aretha Franklin. See more »

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Respect
1 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was an amazing way to open up the series. Murphy Brown beginning as a smokeless, alchoholess reporter and on to a new life sober and smokeless. The only vice that remained was her chewing on her number 2 soft pencils. Otherwise, she was the same old Murphy Brown.

As we begin, we see the three Frank, Jim and Corky (former Miss America by default) in the newsroom chatting. Frank says that Murphy will come back a changed woman while Jim says she is the same old woman she was before. She will walk out of the elevator, insult three people, take a black coffee and will lock herself in the room until the next deadline.

It turns out, Murphy is changed---or is she? She welcomes everybody says hello, insults no one. Then, into her office and we hear her saying 'Who put their greasy fingers all over my Emmy?' Murphy's back.

Later, (after she tells her painter to paint or else in no uncertain terms) we find out Miles Silverburg has replaced her old boss and he's a 25 year old Jewish 'boy' (in Murphy's eyes anyway) who doesn't know Motown. he tells her that he has secured an interview with Bobby Powell, but tells Murphy not to ask the big question as she is known for doing.

Next, the meeting of the two, they meet and exchange dialog at Phil's a place like a bat cave in which people tell you to close the door upon entry. He tells her that he only wants the story told right and doesn't want the publicity or care about it Flowing right along now, we get to interview night when she can't resist asking him the big question 'Did he have sex with the woman who is running for Vice President?' She couldn't resist.

The pilot ends with her painter scaring the crap out of Murphy and he finally did paint the place she asked. It ends well as it began, with us liking Murphy and wanting to see more of her.


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