Murphy's Law (American TV series)

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Murphy's Law
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Created byLee David Zlotoff, based on characters from the "Trace" novels by Warren Murphy
Written byLee David Zlotoff
Michael Gleason
Lee Goldberg
William Rabkin
E.F. Wallengren
StarringGeorge Segal
Maggie Han
Josh Mostel
Theme music composerSteve Kipner
Paul Bliss
Al Jarreau
Opening theme"Murphy's Law" performed by Al Jarreau
Composer(s)Jeanette Acosta
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (1 unaired)
Executive producer(s)Zev Braun
Leonard Stern
Michael Gleason
Producer(s)E.F. Wallengren
Gareth Davies
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Zev Braun Productions
Michael Gleason Productions
New World Television
Original networkABC
Original releaseNovember 2, 1988 –
March 18, 1989

Murphy's Law is an American crime drama that starred George Segal and Maggie Han, loosely based on the Trace novels by Warren Murphy. The opening theme song was an edited version of "Murphy's Law," a song featured on the album "High Crime" by Al Jarreau. The series premiered November 2, 1988 on ABC. On March 9, 1989, ABC announced that it had canceled the series and that the final episode would air on March 18, 1989.[1]


Daedelus Patrick Murphy (Segal) was a recovering alcoholic who worked as an insurance-fraud investigator for First Fidelity Insurance. His unusual methods sometimes led him to clash with office executive Victor Beaudine, though supervisor Wesley Harden often ran interference for Murphy since his methods got results. He lived with girlfriend and fashion model Kimiko Fannuchi (Han), while attempting to reconnect with his estranged daughter.



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Twelve episodes are registered with the United States Copyright Office.

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"The Room Above the Indian Grocery"TBATBANovember 2, 1988 (1988-11-02)
2"Where are My Socks and Other Mysteries of Love"TBATBADecember 3, 1988 (1988-12-03)
3"If You Can't Win, Shoot for a Tie"TBATBADecember 10, 1988 (1988-12-10)
4"Do Someone a Favor and It Becomes Your Job"TBATBADecember 17, 1988 (1988-12-17)
5"Never Play Leapfrog with a Unicorn"TBATBAJanuary 14, 1989 (1989-01-14)
6"Never Try to Teach a Pig to Sing"TBATBAJanuary 21, 1989 (1989-01-21)
7"Two Wrongs Are Only the Beginning"TBATBAJanuary 28, 1989 (1989-01-28)
8"Never Wear Earmuffs in a Bed of Rattlesnakes"TBATBAFebruary 4, 1989 (1989-02-04)
9"Where There's a Will, There's a Won't"TBATBAFebruary 11, 1989 (1989-02-11)
10"When You're Over the Hill, You Pick Up Speed"TBATBAFebruary 18, 1989 (1989-02-18)
11"Experience Is Something You Don't Get Until Just After You Need It"TBATBAMarch 11, 1989 (1989-03-11)
12"Doing It the Hard Way Is Always Easier"TBATBAMarch 18, 1989 (1989-03-18)
13"All's Wrong That Ends Wrong"TBATBAUNAIRED


  1. ^ "'Murphy's Law' Series Is Canceled by ABC". The New York Times. March 10, 1989. Retrieved 2009-07-03.

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