Sunday, July 2, 2006
The first season of Murphy Brown, the classic 80s sitcom about a career newswoman, is now out on DVD. In that first season we meet Eldon the painter, discover why Murphy can't keep a secretary, and accompany Murph and the gang through several journalistic crises. How far will they go to improve their ratings? What did Murphy do during the '68 Democratic Convention? Also available on DVD is Murphy's journalistic predecessor, Mary Richards. Four volumes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, starring Moore, Valerie Harper as Rhoda, Ed Asner as Lou Grant, Gavin MacLeod as Murray, and Ted Knight as the quite amazing anchorman Ted Baxter are currently available. Both series pose legal as well as ethical questions about broadcast journalism and include additional material, such as documentaries about the filming of the shows.