Father Murphy

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Father Murphy
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Premiere November 3, 1981
Finale September 18, 1983
Creator Michael Landon
Network/Provider NBC
Style 60-minute western drama
Company NBC Productions
Seasons 2
Episodes 35
Origin USA

Father Murphy is a western drama that aired on NBC.

John Michael Murphy teams up with prospector Moses Gage 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.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2
Merlin Olsen John Michael Murphy * *
Moses Gunn Moses Gage * *
Katherine Cannon Mae Woodward Murphy * *
Timothy Gibbs Will Adams * *
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2
Kirk Brennan David Sims * *
Byron Thames Matt Sims * *
Lisa Trusel Lizette Winkler * *
Scott Mellini Ephram Winkler * *
Chez Lister Eli *
Charles Tyner Howard Rodman * *
Ivy Bethune Miss Tuttle *
Richard Bergman Father Joe Parker * *


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One November 3, 1981 March 11, 1982 22
Season Two September 28, 1982 September 18, 1983 13


DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
Season 1 October 26, 2004 6


Season 2 January 25, 2005 5


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