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Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes  34
First episode date  3 November 1981
Number of seasons  2
Number of episodes  34
6.5/10 IMDb

Created by  Michael Landon
No. of seasons  2
Executive producer(s)  Michael Landon
Final episode date  18 September 1983
Network  NBC
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Starring  Merlin Olsen Moses Gunn Katherine Cannon Timothy Gibbs Byron Thames Lisa Trusel Richard Bergman Ivy Bethune
Cast  Merlin Olsen, Katherine Cannon, Moses Gunn, Timothy Gibbs, Lisa Trusel
Similar  Little House on the Prairie, Highway to Heaven, Hell Town, Aaron's Way, Dr Quinn - Medicine Woman

Father Murphy is an American western drama series that aired on the NBC network from November 3, 1981 to September 18, 1983. Michael Landon created the series, was the executive producer, and also directed the show in partnership with William F. Claxton, Maury Dexter, Victor French and Leo Penn.



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The series stars former NFL Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle football player and Little House on the Prairie actor Merlin Olsen as an 1870s 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.

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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.


Many of the episodes were filmed at the Old Tucson Studios and theme park just outside Tucson, Arizona. The main village from the show, however, was located at the Big Sky Movie Ranch in Simi Valley, California (the filming location for the famed television series Little House on the Prairie). The village was located approximately 200 yards up the hill from the Ingalls' farm.

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The show is an NBC production and syndicated worldwide by Sony Pictures Television. However, Sony does not own the video rights, as indicated below.


  • Merlin Olsen as John Michael Murphy
  • Katherine Cannon as Mae Woodward
  • Timothy Gibbs as Will Adams
  • Moses Gunn as Moses Gage
  • Scott Mellini as Ephram Winkler
  • Lisa Trusel as Lizette Winkler
  • Kirk Brennan as David Sims
  • Byron Thames as Matt Sims
  • Chez Lister as Eli Matthews
  • Richard Bergman as Father Joe Parker
  • Charles Tyner as Howard Rodman
  • Ivy Bethune as Evelyn Tuttle
  • Burr DeBenning as Paul/Richard Garrett
  • Ted Markland as Frank
  • Notable guest appearances on the series included: Shannen Doherty, Kellie Martin, John M. Pickard, Eddie Quillan, Christina Applegate, Amanda Peterson, Donna Wilkes, Tina Yothers, Mary Beth Evans, Wilfred Hyde-White, and James Cromwell.

    DVD releases

    Image Entertainment (under license from NBC Studios) released both seasons of Father Murphy on DVD in Region 1 in 2004/2005. As of 2010, these releases have been discontinued and are now out of print.


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