Murphy Brown

The WORST episodes of Murphy Brown

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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.

Last Updated: 5/8/2022Network: CBS
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Loco Hero
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6.61
83 votes

#1 - Loco Hero

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/1/1990

Frank rescues people trapped in a hostage situation, but falls to pieces when his parents come to town for the celebration of 50th their wedding anniversary bash. A party Frank forgot to plan.

Directors: Barnet Kellman
Office Politics
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6.70
43 votes

#2 - Office Politics

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/14/1996

Murphy begins to redecorate her bedroom into an office with a few extra amenities. Jim insists that she get a permit and have the job done properly, she'd already started. To get a permit, she has to get permission from her neighbor, Old Man Swenson. Eventually an agreement is reached, but will Murphy endure him long enough to keep up her end of the bargain.

Directors: Joe Regalbuto
Strike Two
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6.71
85 votes

#3 - Strike Two

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/15/1990

The on-air talent goes on strike, so management brings in Miller Redfield to handle Murphy's pending interview on the S&L crisis. When the only question Miller wants to know is why parking isn't validated, Miles must do the interview.

Directors: Barnet Kellman
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The Bus Stops Here
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6.71
45 votes

#4 - The Bus Stops Here

Season 8 - Episode 20 - Aired 3/11/1996

Miles gets to use the new T-2000 bus to cover a primary campaign stop in Madison. The bus breaks down before they get there, so they decide to do their coverage from a local diner. GOP aides and other networks discover the broadcast and descend on the diner, turning it into just another campaign story. Meanwhile, Jim and his team get to Madison and get the real story.

Directors: Peter Bonerz
Reaper Madness
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6.76
49 votes

#5 - Reaper Madness

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/22/1993

Murphy is obsessed with the need to try to explain death to Avery and bothers everyone for their perspective.

Directors: Peter Bonerz
Bad Company
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6.76
46 votes

#6 - Bad Company

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/6/1995

Andrew comes down to Murphy with a story idea, for a profile of a business mogul. She rejects the idea. Frank takes the idea but doesn't do anything with it. Andrew provides the dirt & Murphy and Frank do a big expose at the same time that this mogul buys the network.

Directors: Peter Bonerz
Desperate Times
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6.78
41 votes

#7 - Desperate Times

Season 9 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/17/1997

To combat against some radical changes that Kay is proposing, Murphy enlists the aid of Andrew J. Lansing III, who has been recuperating in a Buddhist monastery.

Directors: Peter Bonerz
The Secret Life of Jim Dial
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6.79
47 votes

#8 - The Secret Life of Jim Dial

Season 7 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/28/1994

A series of incidents, while Doris is away, make Jim the subject of a tabloid article and his co-workers begin to doubt the credibility of his side of the story.

Directors: Alan Rafkin
The Big Thaw
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6.79
43 votes

#9 - The Big Thaw

Season 9 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/6/1997

When Kay and Murphy are the only ones to make it into the office during a snowstorm. Kay seizes the opportunity to get an evaluation of her performance. Instead, she gets Murphy giving her several examples of how she acted in a variety of situations.

Directors: Peter Bonerz
The Best and Not-So-Brightest
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6.79
48 votes

#10 - The Best and Not-So-Brightest

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/2/1995

Stuart Best returns to Washington as a congressman and he humiliates Murphy at an inaugural party. To get her revenge, Murphy gets him on FYI to see where he stands on the issues, only Stuart didn't find out who was contributing to his campaign.

Directors: Peter Bonerz
Old Flames
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6.80
44 votes

#11 - Old Flames

Season 8 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/5/1996

Murphy misses a social event and tries to pull an all-nighter to work on her latest story. Peter drops by unexpectedly (he's only in town for 24 hours). Murphy wants to keep working on her story; instead she falls asleep. She begins dreaming that she's on trial for all her relationship sins, and begins facing all her previous suitors in court.

Directors: Peter Bonerz
When A. Lansing Loves a Woman
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6.80
46 votes

#12 - When A. Lansing Loves a Woman

Season 8 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/29/1996

A secret admirer fills Murphy's office with flowers, candy and other gifts. It's obvious who the admirer is, Andrew J. Lansing III. Andrew gets her to his place (under false pretenses), Frank rescues her; however, they discover the hideous truth.

Directors: Peter Bonerz
The Last Temptation of Murphy
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6.80
41 votes

#13 - The Last Temptation of Murphy

Season 10 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/7/1998

Murphy's new secretary makes a great cup of coffee, but doesn't have time for much else. Murphy receives a call from a former Wall Street trader who has just been released from his prison sentence for insider trading and he wants to be interviewed on the show. During the on camera interview, he proposes to use some of his money to hold a benefit run for breast cancer research, which he would like Murphy endorse. Later, off camera, she does and really thinks that he might have changed when everything seems to go right with the event. Until he tells her that he doubled the million dollars they rose. She also discovers that public opinion is split, not on what she did, but who she did it with.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Fjord Eyes Only
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6.82
44 votes

#14 - Fjord Eyes Only

Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired 1/31/1994

The team travels to Lillehammer, and Murphy, who's more interested in getting free stuff, has a ""fluff piece"" interview with a skater, which results in a disaster for Norway.

It's Miller Time
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6.82
44 votes

#15 - It's Miller Time

Season 7 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/20/1995

Miles begins to split his time with another show that features Miller Redfield, who is still interested in Corky. Murphy takes over FYI meanwhile, Miles is too busy for a relationship with Corky.

Directors: Alan Rafkin
All Singing! All Dancing! All Miserable!
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6.82
45 votes

#16 - All Singing! All Dancing! All Miserable!

Season 8 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/4/1996

Murphy is coordinator of the Press-capades and is set on playing the role of Hillary Clinton in a sketch she's written. The rest of the cast wants her out and she concedes; however, Katie Couric has an accident before the show, so guess who gets the role.

Directors: Joe Regalbuto
Hero Today, Gone Tomorrow
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6.83
41 votes

#17 - Hero Today, Gone Tomorrow

Season 9 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/5/1997

Stuart Best is dubbed a hero at a fire. Murphy's probing questions lead the authorities to think he may have actually set the fire.

Directors: Peter Bonerz
Second Time Around
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6.83
41 votes

#18 - Second Time Around

Season 10 - Episode 18 - Aired 4/20/1998

For a birthday present, Murphy helps her friend Lisa, from the canccer support group, to meet her high school crush. The gang decides to return the same favor for Murphy when Murphy mentions the name of boy she had a crush on; he was the lead in a high school production of ""The Music Man."" They set up a surprise meeting and they discover that Murphy's old crush is now a lounge singer.

Directors: Joe Regalbuto
A Comedy of Eros
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6.83
42 votes

#19 - A Comedy of Eros

Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/30/1996

Frank is getting one of his plays produced. When he gets an out of country assignment, he leaves Murphy in charge of looking after his interests in the production. Busy with her own story, Murphy takes a hands off approach to the production, leaving the director to make his own decisions. The director, decides on a major casting change; Murphy finds out about it, just before the curtain rises.

Directors: Peter Bonerz
Defending Your Life
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6.83
42 votes

#20 - Defending Your Life

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/4/1996

Murphy is ready to anchor the election coverage. However all her former secretary have formed a support group. The Eastern branch is lead by Robert (Secretary #2) and they all try to show Murphy the error of her ways.

Directors: Peter Bonerz
The British Invasion
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6.84
49 votes

#21 - The British Invasion

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/11/1993

Miles and Audrey decide to live together, but he finds the living arrangements a little too crowded for his liking when her ex-boyfriend stays for a night and then doesn't leave.

Casa Nova
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6.84
43 votes

#22 - Casa Nova

Season 8 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/6/1996

Frank, smitten with a real estate agent, buys a 5 million dollar mansion that he can't afford.

Directors: Peter Bonerz
Nobody's Perfect
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6.84
43 votes

#23 - Nobody's Perfect

Season 9 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/18/1996

Frank thinks that Dana may finally be the one. He asks Murphy to have lunch with her and give her approval. When she does, he hesitates, but then moves he moves in with her. At their first dinner party, some truths about Dana are revealed. She keeps a menagerie in her apartment, has a son, her furniture is being repossessed and her ex-husband has broken out of prison and is looking for a place to stay.

Directors: Peter Bonerz
Reporters Make Strange Bedfellows
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6.85
46 votes

#24 - Reporters Make Strange Bedfellows

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/7/1994

After her story falls apart, Peter & Murphy try to have a romantic weekend in the Cayman Islands. Just after arriving, Murphy gets word that the story is back on and Peter stumbles onto a lead and then their competition begins.

Directors: Peter Bonerz
Underdogs
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6.86
42 votes

#25 - Underdogs

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/11/1996

Murphy's former agent, Steve, gives her a copy of TV Q ratings. She discovers that Miller's ratings are very low and she sees an opportunity to finally get rid of him. So she hooks Miller up with her former agent and insists it would be a great time for him to renegotiate his contract using the ""underdog theory."" He is fired and ironically all the other networks start a bidding war for his services.

Directors: Peter Bonerz