What Is the "Murphy Brown" Series About?


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The "Murphy Brown" series is about a star reporter and investigative journalist named Murphy Brown who is on a news magazine show called "FYI." The series, known for its political satire, featured stories inspired by current events of the time.

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Murphy Brown, played by Candice Bergen, is a recovering alcoholic. In the first episode of the series, she returns to the fictional news magazine for the first time after a stay at the Betty Ford Clinic. Brown, who is over 40 and still single, is sharp-witted and known to be tough as nails. Having shattered all the glass ceilings around her, with her colleagues seeing her as just another one of the boys.

The first season of "Murphy Brown" features story lines about Brown relearning her job without the aid of cigarettes or alcohol. In the show's 1991-92 season, Murphy Brown becomes pregnant. When the baby's father declines to give up his current lifestyle to help raise the child, Murphy chooses to have the child and raise it alone. This season helped spark a national debate about family issues.

Later seasons highlight Murphy's struggle with parenting. The final season details Murphy's struggle with breast cancer and again caused controversy because she uses medical marijuana to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy.

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