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Father Murphy (1981-1983)



Father Murphy

(1981-1983)

50 minutes

Drama / Western

Cast: Merlin Olsen and Moses Gunn

Father Murphy is an American television western drama series that aired for 35 episodes on NBC from November 3, 1981 to September 18, 1983.  It starred former NFL Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle football player and Little House on the Prairie actor Merlin Olsen as an 1870's frontiersman named John Michael Murphy who teams up with prospector Moses Gage (Moses Gunn) to shelter a group of orphans who are being threatened with a workhouse. Murphy disguises himself as a priest and befriends a schoolmarm to help the children find a home. At the end of the first season, his true identity is revealed to the head of the workhouse, and the orphans seem destined to a life of labor. Instead, Murphy marries the schoolmarm and they get custody of the children.

Father Murphy Intro

Episodes:

Season One
 
1.      Pilot (1) 11/3/1981

2.      Pilot (2) 11/3/1981

3.      Eggs, Milk and a Dry Bed 11/10/1981

4.      Establish Thou the Work of Our Hands 11/17/1981

5.      A Horse from Heaven 11/24/1981

6.      By the Bear That Bit Me (1) 12/1/1981

7.      By the Bear That Bit Me (2) 12/8/1981

8.      False Blessings 12/15/1981

9.      The Ghost of Gold Hill 12/22/1981

10.     Graduation 1/5/1982

11.     Will's Surprise 1/12/1982

12.     Eighty-Eight Keys to Happiness 1/19/1982

13.     Knights of the White Camelia 2/2/1982

14.     The Parable of Amanda 2/9/1982

15.     The Spy 2/16/1982

16.     The Heir Apparent 2/23/1982

17.     In God's Arms 3/2/1982

18.     The Dream Day 3/14/1982

19.     Laddie 3/21/1982

20.     Matthew & Elizabeth 3/28/1982

21.     The First Miracle (1) 4/4/1982

22.     The First Miracle (2) 3/11/1982

Season Two
 
23.     Happiness Is..... 9/28/1982

24.     The Father Figure 10/5/1982

25.     Stopover in a One-Horse Town 10/26/1982

26.     Outrageous Fortune 11/9/1982

27.     The Reluctant Runaway (1) 11/16/1982

28.     The Reluctant Runaway (2) 11/23/1982

29.     Buttons and Beaux 11/30/1982
 
30.     John Michael Murphy - R.I.P. 12/7/1982

31.     The Witness 12/14/1982

32.     Blood Right 12/21/1982

33.     Sweet Sixteen 12/28/1982

34.     The Rockets' Red Glare 6/1/1983

35.     The Matchmakers 9/18/1983




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