Murphy Brown: You Say Potatoe, I Say Potatoe, Part 1 (1992)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Media Satire, Sitcom [TV], Workplace Comedy  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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As indicated by its deliberately misspelled title, this opening episode of Murphy Brown's fifth season is a rebuttal to the "Family Values" speech made by Vice President Dan Quayle after single mother Murphy (Candice Bergen) gave birth at the end of Season Four. Originally telecast as a single 60-minute installment, the season opener has since been divided into two half-hours, the first of which finds Murphy still adjusting to motherhood--which in her case involves finding a suitable name for her newborn, and hiring a nanny who isn't, in Murphy's words a "psychopath" (our heroine goes through three candidates before the episode is half over!) Making life even more difficult for Murphy are the words of VP Quayle, who has gone on record condemning her decision to bear a child out of wedlock as "mocking the importance of fathers"--among other things.