Murphy Brown: Respect (1988)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Media Satire, Sitcom [TV], Workplace Comedy  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The premiere episode of Murphy Brown finds the titular heroine (played by Candice Bergen) returning to her post as chief investigative reporter of the TV magazine show "F.Y.I." after a traumatic stint at the Betty Ford Clinic. No sooner has Murphy set foot in the studio than she begins to wonder if she shouldn't go straight back into therapy: Her new executive producer Miles Silverberg (Grant Shaud) is a 25-year-old greenhorn with 25-minute frame of reference (he hasn't even heard of The Shirelles, for God's sake!), while her new coanchor is Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford), a vapid ex-Miss America hired exclusively for her looks. Hoping to find out if Murphy has still got her "edge", Miles assigns her to interview the central figure in a hot-potato political sex scandal. Actors Mary Cadorette and Charley Lang hold the dubious distinction of portraying the first and second of the 93 secretaries that Murphy will have in the course of the series' 12-year run.