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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – AUGUST 05: (L-R) Actress Murphy Brown, executive producer Diane English, actress Faith Ford and actor Joe Regalbuto of the television show “Murphy Brown” speak during the CBS segment of the Summer 2018 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

1991: Murphy Brown

Murphy Brown is a sitcom that aired on CBS for 10 seasons, from 1988 until 1998. The series followed the title star Murphy Brown, a revered investigative journalist and news anchor for a (fictional) CBS television program. Murphy is a recovering alcoholic, and the series starts with the sharp-tongued professional coming out of the Betty Ford Clinic and heading back to work for FYI.

It took a few seasons for the show to hit its stride, but by season four, Murphy Brown hit the third spot in the ratings, and scored record high ratings for CBS at the time, thanks to a very special episode where Murphy discovers the father of her baby. The show was praised for some of the complicated issues it tackled, and earned 62 Emmy nominations (winning 18) and 15 Golden Globe nominations (with three wins, including Best Actress for Bergen)

Reviews for the show were favorable but the ratings fluctuated over the years. Luckily, the show still went on for a solid ten seasons, and will soon make its return to our screens for even more! Murphy Brown has been picked up for a 13 episode revival on CBS that is set to premiere on September 27, with the original cast, including Bergen, returning for the new episodes.