Murphy's Law (U.S. TV series)

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Murphy's Law
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Genre Comedy-drama
Created by Lee David Zlotoff, based on characters from the "Trace" novels by Warren Murphy
Written by Lee David Zlotoff
Michael Gleason
Lee Goldberg
William Rabkin
E.F. Wallengren
Starring George Segal
Maggie Han
Josh Mostel
Theme music composer Steve Kipner
Paul Bliss
Al Jarreau
Opening theme "Murphy's Law" performed by Al Jarreau
Composer(s) Jeanette Acosta
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (1 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Zev Braun
Leonard Stern
Michael Gleason
Producer(s) E.F. Wallengren
Gareth Davies
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Zev Braun Productions
Michael Gleason Productions
New World Television
Original network ABC
Original release November 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.

# Title Original airdate Production code
1 "The Room Above the Indian Grocery" (pilot) November 2, 1988 (1988-11-02) B88013
2 "Where are My Socks and Other Mysteries of Love" December 3, 1988 (1988-12-03) B88301
3 "If You Can't Win, Shoot for a Tie" December 10, 1988 (1988-12-10) B88304
4 "Do Someone a Favor and It Becomes Your Job" December 17, 1988 (1988-12-17) B88302
5 "Never Play Leapfrog with a Unicorn" January 14, 1989 (1989-01-14) B88305
6 "Never Try to Teach a Pig to Sing" January 21, 1989 (1989-01-21) B88303
7 "Two Wrongs are Only the Beginning" January 28, 1989 (1989-01-28) B88306
8 "Never Wear Earmuffs in a Bed of Rattlesnakes" February 4, 1989 (1989-02-04) B88307
9 "Where's There's a Will, There's a Won't" February 11, 1989 (1989-02-11) B88308
10 "When You're Over the Hill, You Pick Up Speed" February 18, 1989 (1989-02-18) B88309
11 "Experience is Something You Don't Get Until Just After You Need It" March 11, 1989 (1989-03-11) B88312
12 "Doing It the Hard Way is Always Easier" March 18, 1989 (1989-03-18) B88313
13 "All's Wrong That Ends Wrong" UNAIRED TBA


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

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