The BEST Episodes of Murphy Brown

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 17, 2021

Network: CBS

Murphy Brown is the star reporter of "FYI," a newsmagazine series. Murphy is sarcastic, ambitious, often self-involved and bossy - but she is also dedicated and ethical. She and her co-workers - including Jim, Frank and Corky - are often at one another's throats, even though they care about one another. This comedy series tackles some serious topics, including Murphy being a single mother and being treated for breast cancer.

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Birth 101

#1 - Birth 101

Season 4 - Episode 26 - Aired May 18, 1992

While doing the last show of the season, Murphy starts going into labor. The FYI gang and crew panics, and don't know what to do since they're in the middle of a live show, Miles asks Jim to take Murphy to the hospital, Corky to close the show, and Frank to get Eldin and anything else Murphy needs at her house. At the hospital, Murphy is still relaxed, she's starting to feel the first contractions and they're not as painful as she thought. She even asks Jim to play cards with her. Everything is under control, but not for long, the contractions are starting to get very painful. Murphy is screaming and Jim doesn't know what to do. A nurse shows up and after examining Murphy says that it's still too early and suggests that Murphy walks a little to relieve some of the pain. And that's what Murphy does, Miles is with her trying to calm her down, because Murphy is a 'little' cranky. Later on, Murphy is screaming even more, she's holding Frank and Miles through their neck cursing and bl

star 8.04
49 votes
Directors: Barnet Kellman
Writers: Diane English, Korby Siamis
Never Can Say Goodbye (2)

#2 - Never Can Say Goodbye (2)

Season 10 - Episode 22 - Aired May 18, 1998

Jim seeks some career advice from Mike Wallace. Mike tells him he is boring and has lost his spark. Murphy begins her interview with God, who tells her she must make the best of the gifts she has been given. The surgery uncovers the abnormality was just a cyst, Murphy can go on with her life. The gang is happy for her, but unsure what to do with themselves without Murphy as a part of FYI. Frank and Julia finally get together and arrange a date. Jim prepares to leave and Murphy returns to the office. She is ready to tell everyone that she's changed her mind, when they all mention what they have in the works for their careers. Murphy confesses her selfishness, but mentions that she doesn't want to leave. After a group hug, they all get together to reminisce on memories of the past. At the end of the day, Murphy returns to her townhouse. Ten years later, Eldin makes the same entrance back into her life. Seems Avery used his mother's Sprint card to track Eldin down. Eldin proposes marriage

star 8.03
39 votes
Directors: Barnet Kellman
Writers: Diane English
Never Can Say Goodbye (1)

#3 - Never Can Say Goodbye (1)

Season 10 - Episode 21 - Aired May 18, 1998

Murphy fires her last secretary, she plans on leaving FYI, it has been six months since her last chemotherapy treatment. She wants to live the rest of her life. Jim mentions it might be time for him to go as well. The rest of the staff tries to come to grips with the situation. Meanwhile, shooting on location down the street, Julia Roberts stops by the offices of FYI hoping to meet Frank Fontana. To be free and clear of cancer, Murphy needs to get another mammogram. Unfortunately, the mammogram shows something that will require exploratory surgery to uncover its nature. Seeking comfort, Murphy reflects on the need to talk with Phil and no one is more surprised than she is when he returns from the dead. Seems he knew too much about Whitewater. Murphy goes under the knife as the gang waits outside. Murphy has an out of body experience that brings up to heaven to conduct the only person she hasn't interviewed, God.

star 8.02
42 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Diane English
The Summer of '77

#4 - The Summer of '77

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired May 8, 1989

Eldin meets Corky for the first time and becomes infatuated with her. Phil reflects on the first time he met Murphy, when she first came to Washington to audition against Linda Ellerbee & Frank Fontana for FYI.

star 7.88
88 votes
Directors: Barnet Kellman
Writers: Diane English
Going to the Chapel (2)

#5 - Going to the Chapel (2)

Season 2 - Episode 27 - Aired May 21, 1990

Upon returning, Corky decides to go ahead with the wedding, but the event is marred by even more last minute indecision, and then Murphy brings out the ""soul.""

star 7.87
39 votes
Directors: Barnet Kellman
Writers: Diane English, Korby Siamis
Uh-Oh (3)

#6 - Uh-Oh (3)

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 16, 1991

Jake tells Murphy he has decided he isn't ready to settle down, and they both agree they can't do it together. Murphy decides to exercise her right to choose and her choice is motherhood. Even though it's Jake's baby, Jerry knows fatherhood isn't for him. While everyone else freaks out at the news, only Eldin is truly happy for Murphy. Murphy ""Do you think I'll make a good mother."" Eldin ""No, but I will.""

star 7.86
50 votes
The Wheels on the Dog Go Round and Round

#7 - The Wheels on the Dog Go Round and Round

Season 11 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 6, 2018

During Corky's live "National Adopt a Pet Day" segment, she guilts Murphy into adopting a dog. Also, Avery's show is moved to the Wolf Network's plum 10:00 PM timeslot, and Phyllis and Miguel get a surprise visit from Fred Noonan (Peter Scolari), an intimidating health inspector.

star 7.83
107 votes
Funnies Girl

#8 - Funnies Girl

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 10, 1989

An on-camera slip of the tongue, makes Murphy the butt of a cartoonist's joke in ""The Adventures of Mouthy Brown,"" then the rest of the staff falls victim.

star 7.82
61 votes
Directors: Barnet Kellman
Writers: Norm Gunzenhauser, Tom Seeley
Going to the Chapel (1)

#9 - Going to the Chapel (1)

Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired May 14, 1990

When a ""geek"" from her high school days comes to Washington, Corky's mother & his mother arrange to have them get together. They meet, fall in love, and within two weeks announce their plans to get married. Corky runs out into the night with Eldin, when she thinks that maybe she hasn't really experienced life.

star 7.81
75 votes
Directors: Barnet Kellman
Writers: Diane English, Korby Siamis
Rootless People

#10 - Rootless People

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 19, 1990

Finished early with her story, Murphy terrorizes the rest of the staff with her practical jokes. When a gang of environmental terrorists kidnap her, nobody believes her.

star 7.80
49 votes
Writers: Denise Moss, Sy Dukane
On Another Plane (2)

#11 - On Another Plane (2)

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 25, 1991

Frank and Murphy witness their wake, giving them further time for reflection on their lives.

star 7.79
43 votes
Directors: Barnet Kellman
Writers: Diane English
Driving Miss Crazy

#12 - Driving Miss Crazy

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 4, 1991

While the FYI staff car pool together, Murphy works on her will, Frank gets over a relationship, Corky obsesses over being right about a trivia question, Jim tries to think of an anecdote for an interview and Miles almost gets everyone killed.

star 7.78
51 votes
Directors: Barnet Kellman
Writers: Tom Palmer
Moscow on the Potomac

#13 - Moscow on the Potomac

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 13, 1989

Murphy prepares for a joint broadcast with the Soviet news equivalent of Murphy Brown.

star 7.78
63 votes
Directors: Barnet Kellman
Writers: Denise Moss, Sy Dukane
The Memo That Got Away

#14 - The Memo That Got Away

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 2, 1989

A high-school computer hacker stumbles onto a memo by Murphy about her co-workers, and he plans to publish it in the school paper.

star 7.77
57 votes
Directors: Barnet Kellman
Writers: Denise Moss, Sy Dukane
Uh-Oh (1)

#15 - Uh-Oh (1)

Season 3 - Episode 26 - Aired May 20, 1991

Jake resurfaces with matrimony on his mind, Murphy is caught between him and her ex-lover, Jerry Gold, when he returns unexpectedly. Later Murphy takes a home pregnancy test, the results are positive.

star 7.77
57 votes
Writers: Diane English

#16 - Respect

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 14, 1988

Murphy returns to FYI after ""drying out"" at the Betty Ford clinic. The show has undergone some changes while she was gone, including the addition of a beauty queen to the anchor desk and a new young executive producer. In her first week back she isn't sure whether she still has her edge.

star 7.77
134 votes
Directors: Barnet Kellman
Writers: Diane English
A Lifetime of Achievement

#17 - A Lifetime of Achievement

Season 11 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 8, 2018

The “Murphy in the Morning” team, Avery and Phyllis join Jim Dial at an eventful lifetime achievement award gala in his honor, hosted by Katie Couric and attended by Murphy’s worst-ever secretary, who has a surprising new connection to Murphy. Also, Murphy discovers a kindred spirit in Judge Nate Campbell, another gala attendee,

star 7.75
131 votes
Thanksgiving and Taking

#18 - Thanksgiving and Taking

Season 11 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 22, 2018

Murphy's reluctant Thanksgiving dinner guests fear the worst.

star 7.73
128 votes

#19 - AWOL

Season 11 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 13, 2018

A disillusioned Avery seeks career inspiration from his extended family at "Murphy in the Morning," as the team tries to salvage a major story that hinges on a source in the Middle East who has gone silent.

star 7.71
104 votes

#20 - Contractions

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 21, 1991

The Wolf network tries to woo Murphy away, something she isn't interested in until she finds out the network is taking her for granted.

star 7.70
54 votes
Directors: Barnet Kellman
Writers: Scott Kaufer
My Dinner with Einstein

#21 - My Dinner with Einstein

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 20, 1989

Murphy dates a physicist to prove looks aren't everything, but he proves to be a party guy.

star 7.70
60 votes
Directors: Barnet Kellman
Writers: Gary Dontzig, Steven Peterman
Q & A on FYI

#22 - Q & A on FYI

Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired May 13, 1991

The FYI staff vies against Yale on a TV quiz show, but at the dress rehearsal, they realize just how much they've forgotten since their school days.

star 7.70
53 votes
Directors: Barnet Kellman
Writers: Peter Tolan
The Novel

#23 - The Novel

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 11, 1991

Jim's new novel, seems to uncover his affection for Murphy, when the central character meets a blonde female reporter.

star 7.67
51 votes
Three Shirts to the Wind

#24 - Three Shirts to the Wind

Season 11 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 18, 2018

Murphy and the team weigh the pros and cons of accepting the offer to have the first interview with a headline-grabbing former White House senior advisor who wants to promote his divisive book and agenda on "Murphy in the Morning." Also, Avery moderates a lively political discussion on his show with locals in Buffalo, N.Y.

star 7.66
163 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Laura Krafft
Hoarse Play

#25 - Hoarse Play

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 4, 1991

Ten years ago Murphy was banned from the White House press conferences. To top off her story on the education crisis, Murphy decides she needs a quotation from the ""Education"" president. When she manages to get a pass, she loses her voice two days before the conference.

star 7.66
53 votes
Directors: Barnet Kellman
Writers: Gary Dontzig, Steven Peterman