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Murphy Brown
Murphy Brown opening.jpg
Opening title card
Format Sitcom
Created by Diane English[1]
Starring Candice Bergen
Faith Ford
Grant Shaud (1988-1996)
Joe Regalbuto
Charles Kimbrough
Lily Tomlin (1996-1998)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 10
No. of episodes 247 (List of Episodes)
Production
Running time approx. 26 minutes
Production company(s) Shukovsky English Entertainment
Warner Bros. Television
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run November 14, 1988 – May 18, 1998

Murphy Brown is an American situation comedy which aired on CBS from November 14, 1988, to May 18, 1998, for a total of 247 episodes. The program starred Candice Bergen as the eponymous Murphy Brown, a famous investigative journalist and news anchor for FYI, a fictional CBS television newsmagazine.[2]

Overview[edit]

The program was well known for "torn-from-the-headlines" stories and blatant political satire. It achieved a high level of political notoriety in the 1992 presidential election when Dan Quayle mentioned the show in a campaign speech, afterwards known as the "Murphy Brown speech".[3]

The show began in the Monday 9/8 p.m. timeslot and remained there until its final season when it was moved to Wednesday at 8:30/7:30 p.m. The series finale aired in its original Monday timeslot.

Characters[edit]

The cast of Murphy Brown (1988–96, from left): (front) Kimbrough, Bergen, Regalbuto, Ford, Shaud; (back) Pastorelli, Corley

Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen) is a recovering alcoholic, who, in the show's first episode, returns to the fictional newsmagazine FYI for the first time following a stay at the Betty Ford Clinic. Over 40 and single, she is sharp-tongued and hard as nails. In her profession, she is considered one of the boys, having shattered any glass ceilings encountered during her career. Dominating the FYI news magazine, she is portrayed as one of America's hardest-hitting (though not the warmest or more sympathetic) media personalities.

Her colleagues at FYI include stuffy veteran anchor Jim Dial (Charles Kimbrough), who affectionately addresses Murphy as "Slugger" and reminisces about the glory days of Murrow and Cronkite. Murphy's best friend and sometime competitor is investigative reporter Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto), the only person who addresses her as "Murph". Though a daredevil reporter, insecurities regarding fame and (especially) his personal relationships have him in psychotherapy for the majority of the series. In early seasons, there was a running gag about Frank's toupée, which he hated, but which producers insisted he wear on the show.

In the pilot, there were two "new" members of the FYI team introduced to Murphy. A new executive producer was appointed during her stay at Betty Ford: Miles Silverberg (Grant Shaud), a yuppie overachiever who was 25 and fresh from public television. Naive and neurotic despite his lightning intellect, Miles is the perfect object for Murphy's skewering wit. Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford) was Murphy's replacement during her "sabbatical". A former Miss America from the (fictional) town of Neebo, Louisiana, Corky is the bane of the other journalists with her perky personality—and utter lack of sophistication when it comes to world affairs. Due to overwhelming audience reaction, management decides to retain her services after Murphy's return.

The FYI team also frequently socializes at Phil's, a bar-and-grill across the street from their office/studio in Washington, D.C. Phil, the bar owner, was played by Pat Corley. Phil's was portrayed as a Washington institution, whose owner knew everything about everybody who had ever been anybody in the capital—ranging from what brand of lingerie J. Edgar Hoover preferred to the identity of Deep Throat (unknown to the public at the time of the series' production).

Brown was unmarried, but had a home life as well: she hired a laid-back, New Age philosophy–dispensing house painter named Eldin Bernecky (Robert Pastorelli) to repaint her house. He had so many grand ideas that he was in her employ for six seasons. Being a highly talented artist, his renovations were often delayed when struck by the urge to paint socially-relevant murals throughout the house.

In 2010, Murphy Brown was ranked #25 on the TV Guide Network special, 25 Greatest TV Characters of All Time.[4]

Recurring characters[edit]

A number of recurring characters also appeared during the show's run:

  • John Hostetter played John, the unflappable stage manager in 62 episodes.
  • Janet Carroll appeared as Doris Dial, anchorman Jim Dial's equally stoic wife, in several episodes. In the final season the role of Doris was portrayed by Concetta Tomei.
  • Jay Thomas appeared in several episodes as tabloid talk show host Jerry Gold, who became a friend of Murphy's and an occasional love interest, despite their significantly different journalistic values.
  • Colleen Dewhurst appeared in a number of episodes as Murphy's opinionated museum curator mother, Avery Brown. Dewhurst won two Emmy Awards for her appearances. When Dewhurst died in 1991, the writers chose to have her character die as well, and dedicated the episode to the memory of Dewhurst. Murphy, who was pregnant at the time of her mother's death, named her son Avery in her mother's memory the following season.
  • Darren McGavin appeared in several episodes as Murphy's driven father, newspaper publisher Bill Brown. Bill shared an adversarial relationship with his ex-wife Avery—especially after marrying a fresh-faced twentysomething who taught yoga. McGavin earned an Emmy nomination in 1990 for his performance as Bill Brown.
  • Scott Bakula appeared as reporter (and occasional love interest for Murphy) Peter Hunt.
  • Jane Leeves appeared in a number of episodes as Miles' girlfriend Audrey Cohen. Though they were headed for marriage, the relationship ended when Leeves joined the cast of Frasier as Martin Crane's physiotherapist and Niles' love interest, Daphne.
  • Robin Thomas appeared as Jake Lowenstein, underground leftist radical and Murphy's ex-husband. Murphy and Jake had another brief relationship, and Jake was the father of her child.
  • Christopher Rich played Miller Redfield, an empty-headed, pretty-boy reporter with a local affiliate who had semi-regular appearances on the show, first as a substitute anchor when Jim was on leave, and also when the team went on strike.
  • Paula Cale appeared as McGovern, a conservative young reporter based on MTV's Kennedy. She was added to the program when management tried to appeal to a younger demographic.
  • Alan Oppenheimer appeared as news-division executive Gene Kinsela.
  • Garry Marshall appeared as micro-managing network president Stan Lansing. His frequent and impromptu whims were the bane of the staff.
  • Rose Marie appeared as Frank Fontana's mother.
  • Paul Reubens appeared in several episodes as Lansing's sociopathic nephew Andrew J. Lansing, III. He is introduced as one of Murphy's 93 secretaries du jour and, with Carol Kester (Marcia Wallace), was one of only two who measure up to Murphy's standards. Like Carol, Andrew is lured away from Murphy by another job by the end of the episode; in his case, he is promoted to a network executive position through nepotism. He periodically appears in later episodes in that capacity, mostly as his uncle's "black-ops" expert.
  • Marian Seldes appeared as Murphy's eccentric and often-married aunt Brooke.
  • In the show's final seasons, when the younger Avery Brown was of school age, he was portrayed by Haley Joel Osment, replacing child actor Dylan Christopher.
  • Julius Carry appeared as Mitchell Baldwin, the new boss who replaced Gene Kinsela. Baldwin, an African American, used the team's liberal-Caucasian guilt to railroad through changes in FYI's format and content.
  • Wallace Shawn appeared as Stuart Best, a hopelessly inept party-line politician who invariably broke down under even the most sympathetic questions by Murphy while on-air.

The early seasons[edit]

The first season saw Murphy relearning her job without the use of two crutches—alcohol and cigarettes. In the pilot episode, she complained the only vice she had left herself was chewing yellow number-two pencils. It also set up the series-long running gag of Murphy's battles with the off-beat and sometimes downright bizarre characters that would be sent by Personnel to act as her secretary.

Action was divided between the FYI suite of offices and Murphy's Georgetown townhouse. Reality often blended with fiction with the many cameos of then-current media and political personalities. The most prominent was when Murphy Brown was asked to guest star as herself in the pilot of a sitcom entitled Kelly Green, about a female investigative journalist. Life imitated art when, after a less-than stellar performance, Murphy was berated by television journalist Connie Chung (herself in a Murphy Brown cameo appearance) for crossing the line and compromising her credibility.

Subsequent seasons saw the emergence of story arcs involving network politics with Gene Kinsella, Frank and Murphy's rivalry and Eldin's ongoing infatuation with Corky. A standout event was Miss Sherwood's marriage to Louisiana lawyer Will Forrest. During the brief engagement, a horrified Corky comes to the realization that she will now be "Corky Sherwood-Forrest". In the wedding episode, maid-of-honor Murphy, dressed as an antebellum belle in a hoop-skirted nightmare of a bridemaid's dress, rages her way through the entire affair while thwarting the press's attempts to photograph the nuptials (mirroring the Sean Penn/Madonna wedding a few years earlier).

Murphy becomes a single mother[edit]

In the show's 1991–1992 season, Murphy became pregnant. When her baby's father (ex-husband and current underground radical Jake Lowenstein) expressed his unwillingness to give up his own lifestyle to be a parent, Murphy chose to have the child and raise it alone. Another major fiction-reality blending came at Murphy's baby shower: the invited guests were journalists Katie Couric, Joan Lunden, Paula Zahn, Mary Alice Williams and Faith Daniels, who treated the fictional Murphy and Corky as friends and peers.

Dan Quayle criticized single parenting during his 1992 speech.

At the point where she was about to give birth, she had stated that "several people do not want me to have the baby. Pat Robertson; Phyllis Schlafly; half of Utah!" Right after giving birth to her son, Avery, Murphy sang the song "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin. This storyline made the show a subject of political controversy during the 1992 American presidential campaign. On May 19, 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle spoke at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. During his speech,[5] he criticized the Murphy Brown character for "ignoring the importance of fathers by birthing a child alone".[6][7][8][9]

Quayle's remarks caused a public discussion on family values, culminating in the 1992–93 season premiere, "You Say Potatoe, I Say Potato", where the television characters reacted to Quayle's comments and produced a special episode of FYI showcasing and celebrating the diversity of the modern American family. Because Quayle's actual speech made little reference to Murphy Brown's fictional nature (other than the use of the word character), the show was able to use actual footage from his speech to make it appear that, within the fictional world of the show, Quayle was referring to Murphy Brown personally, rather than to the fictional character. At the end, Brown helps organize a special edition of FYI focusing on different kinds of families then arranges a retaliatory prank in which a truckload of potatoes is dumped in front of Quayle's residence, while a disc jockey commenting on the incident notes the Vice President should be glad people were not making fun of him for misspelling "fertilizer", (On June 15, 1992, at a spelling bee in Trenton, New Jersey, Quayle had erroneously corrected an elementary school student's spelling of "potato" to "potatoe".) When Candice Bergen won another Emmy that year, she thanked Dan Quayle. The feud was cited by E! as #81 on its list of "101 Reasons the '90s Ruled."[10]

However, political commentator and cultural critic Mark Steyn observed that the producers didn't seem to have a clue what to do with her son Avery commenting, "In the five years since little Avery's birth ushered in the Clinton era, Murphy Brown has been on CBS every week, Dan Quayle has been back in Indiana (and Arizona). But Avery? As soon as he was born, Muphy made another 'lifestyle choice': she stuck him at the back of the closet under the Emmy Awards and the commendations from single-parent outreach groups and mouldering editorials hailing the show for its courage, and the poor kid hasn't been seen since."[11]

In 2002, Bergen said in an interview that she personally agreed with much of Quayle's speech, calling it "a perfectly intelligent speech about fathers not being dispensable" and adding that "nobody agreed with that more than I did."[12]

Quayle would eventually display a sense of humor about the incident—after the controversy died down, he appeared for an interview on an independent Los Angeles TV station and for his final question was asked what his favorite TV show was. He responded with "Murphy Brown—Not!" The station would later use the clip of Quayle's response to promote its showing of Murphy Brown re-runs in syndication.

Later years[edit]

The fifth season would continue on after the departure of series-creator and showrunner Diane English. Murphy's struggles with parenthood would be highlighted, as would the revolving-door of nanny characters mirroring her office tribulations. Corky's marriage would unravel and end in divorce as she and Will grew apart. (Right before the wedding, Forrest had decided to abandon the practice of law and follow his true calling—creative writing.) This tragedy would see Corky become less the Pollyanna as she began to model herself after role-model Murphy.

The show would go on, and FYI would see several changes in on- and off-camera staff: Peter Hunt, McGovern and Miller Redfield would temporarily join the regulars at the anchor desk. The network would move FYI to a new studio with a trendy exterior "Window on America". A significant story-arc would see the network squelch an FYI expose on the tobacco industry, leading to the resignation of first Dial, then the remainder of the cast. They would all go to work reorganizing the poorly-performing news division of a fledging network. In the end, Miles would face down the network; the "suits" relented, the staffers returned and the story aired. For his courage in standing up to the network brass, Miles would be promoted to the news division's headquarters in New York—to the detriment of his new marriage to Corky.

The cast of Murphy Brown (1996-98): Lily Tomlin (first from right) replaces Grant Shaud.

By the start of the 1996-1997 season, viewership was beginning to decline. Shaud left the series and comedienne Lily Tomlin was brought in to replace him in the role of executive producer Kay Carter-Shepley to help bolster the sitcom's ratings. Kay proved that she had just as little journalistic experience as Miles Silverberg when he started with the show; the only experience Kay had in television—in spite of her venerable connections—was producing daytime game shows. Where Murphy had terrorized the younger Miles, the Machiavellian Kay often emerged victorious in her dealings with Murphy. Tomlin remained with the series for its last two years but ratings continued to drop, especially in the summer of 1997 when the series moved from its comfortable Monday night time slot to Wednesday nights. It soon became apparent that the tenth season of Murphy Brown would be the last.

In the fall of 1997, a year-long story arc aired in which Murphy battled breast cancer. The show's handling of the subject was credited with a 30 percent increase in the number of women getting mammograms. The storyline was not without controversy; an episode in which she used medical marijuana to relieve side effects of chemotherapy was attacked by conservative groups, and a women's health group protested an episode in which Murphy, while shopping for prosthetic breasts, uttered the line "Should I go with Demi Moore or Elsie the Cow?"

However, Bergen was presented an award from the American Cancer Society in honor of her role in educating women on the importance of breast cancer prevention and screening.[13]

In the show's final episode, Murphy met and interviewed God (played by Alan King) and Edward R. Murrow in a dream while undergoing surgery. Computer editing was used to insert footage of the real Murrow, who died in 1965, into the show. Diane English, who created the show, made a cameo appearance as a nurse who delivered the results to Murphy after her surgery. At the end of the episode, Murphy walks through her house seemingly alone, only to have Eldin appear at the end, offering to "touch-up" her house.

Episodes[edit]

Nielsen ratings[edit]

  • Season 1 (1988–1989): Not in the Top 30 (N/A)
  • Season 2 (1989–1990): #27 (14.7)
  • Season 3 (1990–1991): #6 (16.9)
  • Season 4 (1991–1992): #3 (18.6)
  • Season 5 (1992–1993): #4 (17.9)
  • Season 6 (1993–1994): #9 (16.3)
  • Season 7 (1994–1995): #16 (14.1)
  • Season 8 (1995–1996): #18 (12.3)
  • Season 9 (1996–1997): #34 (N/A)
  • Season 10 (1997–1998): #69 (N/A)

Main crew[edit]

Main directors[edit]

Writers[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

Warner Home Video released the first season of Murphy Brown on DVD in Region 1 on February 8, 2005. Due to low sales and high music costs, no future releases are planned.[14] Should a surge in sales arise, however, the studio would "happily consider" releasing additional season sets.[15]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Bergen won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series five times over the course of the series, a record for a television actress in a continuing role. After her fifth Emmy, Bergen voluntarily withdrew her name from the Emmy nominations.

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1993 American Cinema Editors' Eddie Award Best Edited Half Hour Series for Television Tucker Wiard (For episode "Send in the Clowns") Nominated
1994 Tucker Wiard (For episode "Angst for the Memories") Nominated
1989 American Comedy Award Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication Candice Bergen Nominated
1990 Nominated
Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series Faith Ford Nominated
1991 Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication Candice Bergen Nominated
1992 Won
1996 Nominated
Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series Faith Ford Nominated
1993 American Television Awards[16][17] Best Comedy Series Nominated
Best Actress, Comedy Series Candice Bergen Nominated
Best Supporting Actress, Comedy Series Faith Ford Nominated
1991 BMI Film & TV Awards BMI TV Music Award Steve Dorff Won
1992 Won
1993 Won
1994 Won
1995 Won
1996 Won
1989 Casting Society of America's Artios Award Best Casting for TV, Comedy Episodic Phyllis Huffman and Andrea Cohen Won
1990 Andrea Cohen Won
1991 Nominated
1992 Nominated
1993 Nominated
1994 Nominated
1995 Nominated
1989 Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directing – Comedy Series Barnet Kellman (For episode "Respect") Nominated
1990 Barnet Kellman (For episode "Brown Like Me") Won
1991 Barnet Kellman (For episode "Bob & Murphy & Ted & Avery") Nominated
1992 Peter Bonerz (For episode "Uh-Oh: Part II") Won
1994 Peter Bonerz (For episode "Angst for the Memories") Nominated
1989 Golden Globe Award Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy Nominated
Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Candice Bergen Won
1990 Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy Won
Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Candice Bergen Nominated
1991 Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy Nominated
Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Candice Bergen Nominated
Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Faith Ford Nominated
1992 Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy Nominated
Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Candice Bergen Won
Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Faith Ford Nominated
1993 Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy Nominated
Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Candice Bergen Nominated
1994 Nominated
1995 Nominated
1996 Nominated
1994 Humanitas Prize 30 Minute Category Rob Bragin Won
1998 Marilyn Suzanne Miller Won
Online Film & Television Association Award[18] Best Actress in a Series Candice Bergen Nominated
Best Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Best Episode of a Series "Never Can Say Goodbye" Nominated
Best Episode of a Comedy Series Nominated
1992 Peabody Award CBS and Shukovsky/English Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television Won
1989 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Comedy Series Diane English, Joel Shukovsky, Korby Siamis, Tom Seeley, Norm Gunzenhauser, Russ Woody, Deborah Smith and Frank Pace Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Candice Bergen Won
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Joe Regalbuto Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Faith Ford Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Diane English (For episode "Respect") Won
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Barnet Kellman (For episode "Respect") Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Colleen Dewhurst Won
Outstanding Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production Jerry Davis (For episode "It's How You Play the Game") Nominated
Tucker Wiard (For episode "Respect") Won
Outstanding Art Direction for a Series Roy Christopher and Steve Rostine (For episode "Soul Man") Nominated
Outstanding Costume Design for a Series Bill Hargate (For episode "Mama Said") Nominated
1990 Outstanding Comedy Series Diane English, Joel Shukovsky, Korby Siamis, Tom Seeley, Norm Gunzenhauser, Russ Woody, Gary Dontzig, Steven Peterman, Barnet Kellman, and Deborah Smith Won
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Candice Bergen Won
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Charles Kimbrough Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Faith Ford Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Diane English (For episode "Brown Like Me") Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Barnet Kellman (For episode "Brown Like Me") Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Darren McGavin Nominated
Jay Thomas Won
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Morgan Fairchild Nominated
Outstanding Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production Tucker Wiard (For episode "The Strike") Nominated
Outstanding Costume Design for a Series Bill Hargate (For episode "Brown Like Me") Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special John Hicks, David E. Fluhr and Rick Himot (For episode "The Strike") Nominated
1991 Outstanding Comedy Series Diane English, Joel Shukovsky, Gary Dontzig, Steven Peterman, Tom Palmer, Barnet Kellman, Korby Siamis and Deborah Smith Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Candice Bergen Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Faith Ford Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Gary Dontzig and Steven Peterman (For episode "Jingle Hell, Jingle Hell, Jingle All the Way") Won
Diane English (For episode "On Another Plane") Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Barnet Kellman (For episode "On Another Plane") Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Alan Oppenheimer Nominated
Jay Thomas Won
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Colleen Dewhurst Won
Outstanding Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production Tucker Wiard (For episode "On Another Plane") Won
Outstanding Art Direction for a Series Roy Christopher and Steve Rostine (For episode "Retreat") Nominated
Outstanding Costume Design for a Series Bill Hargate (For episode "Eldin Imitates Life") Won
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special John Hicks, David E. Fluhr and Rick Himot (For episode "On Another Plane") Nominated
1992 Outstanding Comedy Series Diane English, Joel Shukovsky, Steven Peterman, Gary Dontzig, Tom Palmer, Korby Siamis, Deborah Smith and Peter Tolan Won
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Candice Bergen Won
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Jay Thomas Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Faith Ford Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Diane English and Korby Siamis (For episode "Uh-Oh: Part II") Nominated
Gary Dontzig and Steven Peterman (For episode "Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are") Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Barnet Kellman (For episode "Birth 101") Won
Lee Shallat Chemel (For episode "Send in the Clowns") Nominated
Outstanding Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production Tucker Wiard (For episode "Send in the Clowns") Nominated
1993 Outstanding Comedy Series Gary Dontzig, Steven Peterman, Tom Palmer, Korby Siamis, Deborah Smith, Michael Patrick King, Peter Tolan, Ned E. Davis, Bill Diamond and Michael Saltzman Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Candice Bergen Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Peter Bonerz (For episode "You Say Potatoe, I Say Potato") Nominated
Outstanding Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production Tucker Wiard (For episode "The World According to Avery") Nominated
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series Judy Crown (For episode "A Year to Remember") Nominated
Outstanding Makeup for a Series Rick Stratton and Patricia Messina (For episode "One") Nominated
1994 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Candice Bergen Won
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Faith Ford Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Martin Sheen Won
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Marcia Wallace Nominated
Outstanding Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production Robert Souders and Tucker Wiard (For episode "Socks and the Single Woman") Nominated
1995 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Candice Bergen Won
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Robert Pastorelli Nominated
Paul Reubens Nominated
1996 Outstanding Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production Tucker Wiard (For episode "Up in Smoke") Nominated
1998 Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Bette Midler Nominated
Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Series Tucker Wiard (For episode "Opus One") Nominated
1995 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series Candice Bergen, Pat Corley, Faith Ford, Charles Kimbrough, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud Nominated
Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series Candice Bergen Nominated
1996 Nominated
1989 Television Critics Association Award Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Won
1990 Nominated
1991 Won
1992 Nominated
2003 TV Land Award Most Memorable Male Guest Star in a Comedy as Himself Dan Quayle Nominated
2005 Classic TV Broadcaster of the Year Candice Bergen Nominated
2006 Nominated
2007 TV Moment That Became Headline News Candice Bergen (For Murphy Brown's single mother showdown with Dan Quayle) Won
2008 Broadcaster(s) of the Year Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Charles Kimbrough and Joe Regalbuto Nominated
1989 Viewers for Quality Television Award Best Quality Comedy Series Nominated
Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Candice Bergen Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy Series Grant Shaud Nominated
1990 Best Quality Comedy Series Nominated
Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Candice Bergen Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy Series Charles Kimbrough Nominated
Grant Shaud Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Faith Ford Nominated
Best Writing in a Quality Comedy Series Nominated
Best Directing in a Quality Comedy Series Nominated
1991 Best Quality Comedy Series Won
Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Candice Bergen Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy Series Robert Pastorelli Nominated
Grant Shaud Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Faith Ford Nominated
Best Writing in a Quality Comedy Series Won
Best Specialty Player Colleen Dewhurst Nominated
1992 Best Quality Comedy Series Nominated
Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Candice Bergen Nominated
1993 Best Quality Comedy Series Nominated
Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Candice Bergen Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy Series Grant Shaud Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Faith Ford Nominated
1994 Best Quality Comedy Series Nominated
Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Candice Bergen Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy Series Grant Shaud Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Faith Ford Nominated
Best Specialty Player Scott Bakula Won
1995 Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Candice Bergen Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy Series Grant Shaud Nominated
Best Specialty Player Scott Bakula Nominated
1996 Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Candice Bergen Nominated
1990 Writers Guild of America Award Episodic Comedy Diane English (For episode "Respect") Nominated
1991 Diane English (For episode "Brown Like Me") Won
1993 Diane English and Korby Siamis (For episode "Uh-Oh: Part II") Won
1999 Diane English (For episode "Never Can Say Goodbye") Nominated
1989 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress in a Featured, Co-Starring, Supporting, Recurring Role in a Comedy, Drama Series, or Special Chelsea Hertford Nominated
1998 Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Young Actor Age Ten or Under Haley Joel Osment Nominated

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