Murphy Brown was a groundbreaking television series. Its strong female protagonist, with her ‘take no prisoners’ attitude, was one of the most iconic characters on screen in the 90s. Throughout the decade, Murphy Brown and her FYI colleagues, Jim, Frank, Cork, and Miles, were the topic of every water cooler conversation. Over the years, the show became ingrained in the national conscience, forever leaving its mark on American television. Can you name another television show that was a significant issue in a presidential campaign?
After ten trailblazing seasons and twenty years off the air, Murphy Brown is coming back for a revival season soon! So before you watch the reboot, here are some things you didn’t know about the original Murphy Brown.
1. Long Running Series
Murphy Brown was all about the team of FYI, a fictional news show lead by investigative journalist Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen). Murphy was an incredibly strong career woman, shattering glass ceilings wherever she went. As the show continued, we also got to know the supporting characters better, watching them grow and develop alongside Murphy. We got to see the pageant-queen-turned-journalist, Corky Sherwood, become a strong, opinionated woman. We watched as Jim Dial learned to deal with his raw emotions.
All that character development takes time! Running from 1988 to 1998, the show lasted ten seasons and nearly 250 episodes.