The show Murphy Brown was incredibly iconic. Not only was it a long lasting series that everyone seemed to love, but the show is credited with changing the way TV was made forever. Warner Bros. TelevisionThe show started in 1988 and quickly became a hit. The character Murphy Brown was played by Candice Bergen, and she was unlike any other on TV at the time. She was a recovering alcoholic who goes back to work at the fictional news show FYI. She is over 40 and has managed to become one of the most notable media personalities around. Warner Bros.