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Father Murphy 

Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Western | TV Series (1981–1983)
John Murphy leads a struggle against a mining boss causing some children to be orphaned. Assuming responsibility, he poses as a priest to circumvent authorities. He and schoolteacher Mae ... See full summary »

Creator:

Michael Landon
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2   1  
1983   1982   1981  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Merlin Olsen ...  John Michael Murphy 34 episodes, 1981-1983
Katherine Cannon ...  Mae Woodward 34 episodes, 1981-1983
Timothy Gibbs Timothy Gibbs ...  Will Adams 34 episodes, 1981-1983
Moses Gunn ...  Moses Gage 34 episodes, 1981-1983
Scott Mellini Scott Mellini ...  Ephram Winkler / ... 32 episodes, 1981-1983
Lisa Trusel Lisa Trusel ...  Lizette Winkler / ... 31 episodes, 1981-1983
Kirk Brennan Kirk Brennan ...  David Sims / ... 31 episodes, 1981-1983
Byron Thames ...  Matt Sims / ... 31 episodes, 1981-1983
Michael Reynolds Michael Reynolds ...  John 27 episodes, 1981-1983
Jason Anderson Jason Anderson ...  Jason / ... 22 episodes, 1981-1983
Richard Bergman Richard Bergman ...  Father Joe Parker 14 episodes, 1981-1983
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John Murphy leads a struggle against a mining boss causing some children to be orphaned. Assuming responsibility, he poses as a priest to circumvent authorities. He and schoolteacher Mae struggle to provide everyday needs for two dozen children.

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Genres:

Drama | Family | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El padre Murphy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

NBC Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(35 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This show is often considered an official Little House on the Prairie spin-off, but as it does not feature any characters from LHOTP and has a different time period, it is not. However, apart from featuring two previous stars of that show (Merlin Olsen and Moses Gunn) plus other guest stars, it was created, written, produced, and directed by Michael Landon and several other regular "Little House" creatives, for NBC. See more »

Goofs

Most of the male characters on the show have modern 70's-80's style long, feathered, or Afro hair which men didn't wear in the 19th Century. See more »

Connections

Referenced in American Dad!: Great Space Roaster (2010) See more »

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a wonderful "Little House" spin-off
4 October 2003 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

Merlin Olsen was good as Jonathan Garvey on Little House On The Prarie. He took over for Victor French when he temporarily left the show to do the short-lived Carter Country. He was a professional football player to begin with, but I feel that he had a nice, natural presence as an actor. By the way, Patrick Laborteaux who played his son on Little House is now Bud on Jag, his brother Matthew was Albert Charles Ingall's son. I feel that Merlin Olsen was a good enough actor to carry his own show, but they really didn't give it the chance that it deserved. He was wonderful as a kind man posing as a priest to help orphans. The show was so warm and family oriented that they even had a whole episode about bed wetting! He was really good with the kids on the show and the fine character actor Moses Gunn gave able support to him. Unfortunately, warm family shows like this don't often survive in the cynical and callous world of network tv.


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