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Father Murphy 

Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Western | TV Series (1981–1983)
John Murphy leads a 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 »


Michael Landon

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1983   1982   1981  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
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 Scott Mellini ...  Ephram Winkler / ... 32 episodes, 1981-1983
Lisa Trusel Lisa Trusel ...  Lizette Winkler / ... 31 episodes, 1981-1983
Kirk Brennan Kirk Brennan ...  David Sims / ... 31 episodes, 1981-1983
Byron Thames ...  Matt Sims / ... 31 episodes, 1981-1983
Michael Reynolds Michael Reynolds ...  John 27 episodes, 1981-1983
Jason Anderson Jason Anderson ...  Jason / ... 22 episodes, 1981-1983
Richard Bergman Richard Bergman ...  Father Joe Parker 14 episodes, 1981-1983


John Murphy leads a 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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Drama | Family | Western


Not Rated






Release Date:

3 November 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El padre Murphy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

NBC Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


(35 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This show is often considered an official Little House on the Prairie spin-off, but as it does not feature any characters from LHOTP and has a different time period, it is not. However, apart from featuring two previous stars of that show (Merlin Olsen and Moses Gunn) plus other guest stars, it was created, written, produced, and directed by Michael Landon and several other regular "Little House" creatives, for NBC. See more »


Referenced in American Dad!: Great Space Roaster (2010) See more »

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Good during its first season but its second seemed rushed.
20 June 2005 | by OliverGbyrne-1See 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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