Father Murphy

Father Murphy

1981, Drama
A frontiersman poses as a priest to care for orphaned children.

Episode Guide

  • Father Murphy - Sweet Sixteen (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Sweet Sixteen

    The children try to help a 16-year-old (Mary Beth Evans) who attempts suicide after learning she is pregnant.

  • Father Murphy - The Rockets' Red Glare (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    The Rockets' Red Glare

    A prison escapee uses his safecracking skills to catch the robber of expensive fireworks needed for a fund-raiser.

  • Father Murphy - Blood Right (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Blood Right

    Notorious gunfighter Al Clayton (Phillip Clark), released from prison, comes to take custody of his son.

  • Father Murphy - The Matchmakers (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    The Matchmakers

    The orphans send for a mail-order bride (Beverly Todd) to bring some romance into Moses' life.

  • Father Murphy - Buttons and Beaux (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Buttons and Beaux

    As a part-time seamstress in town, Lizette meets an arrogant young man who urges her to break rules.

  • Father Murphy - The Witness (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    The Witness

    A youngster in dire need of funds to take care of his ailing mother reluctantly participates in a bank robbery.

  • Father Murphy - The Reluctant Runaway (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    The Reluctant Runaway

    John leaves Mae and the baby to search for Will, who has joined a group of children who survive by stealing.

  • Father Murphy - The Reluctant Runaway (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    The Reluctant Runaway

    John and Mae's joy over the anticipated birth of their first child fades when young Will runs away.

  • Father Murphy - Outrageous Fortune (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Outrageous Fortune

    Murphy pursues kidnappers who want the inheritance of one of the orphans; guest Peter Haskell.

  • Father Murphy - Stopover in a One-Horse Town (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Stopover in a One-Horse Town

    Samuel Clemens, a young reporter, arrives in Jackson where he finds literary inspiration by watching the orphans' antics.

  • Father Murphy - Father Figure (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Father Figure

    An abused boy blames Murphy for the death of his father following a fight at the orphanage.

  • Father Murphy - Happiness Is ... (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Happiness Is ...

    John and Mae Murphy, honeymooning in the city, meet a troubled orphan who supports his ailing grandfather by taking bets.

  • Father Murphy - John Michael Murphy R.I.P. (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    John Michael Murphy R.I.P.

    Murphy must pose as an infamous bank robber to save an old man's (Eddie Quillan) reputation.

  • Father Murphy - The First Miracle (Season 1 Episode 22)
    Season 1 Episode 22:

    The First Miracle

    While John and Mae celebrate their marriage, tyrant Rodman plots to take custody of the children.

  • Father Murphy - The First Miracle (Season 1 Episode 21)
    Season 1 Episode 21:

    The First Miracle

    A jealous girl Murphy discouraged plots to wreck the orphanage and his impending marriage.

  • Father Murphy - Matthew and Elizabeth (Season 1 Episode 20)
    Season 1 Episode 20:

    Matthew and Elizabeth

    A tyrant trying to take over the town objects to his daughter's fondness for orphan Matthew; guest Wilfrid Hyde-White.

  • Father Murphy - Laddie (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:


    The orphans of Gold Hill School, incensed over the theft of their favorite horse, set out to capture the rustlers.

  • Father Murphy - The Dream Day (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    The Dream Day

    The Gold Hill School's open house aims for meetings between orphans and prospective parents; guest Tina Yothers.

  • Father Murphy - In God's Arms (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:

    In God's Arms

    Father Parker, disillusioned by a boy's death and people's failings, abandons the priesthood to work at a saloon.

  • Father Murphy - The Spy (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    The Spy

    Rodman sends his nasty son to the orphanage to gather information he hopes will close the Gold Hill School.

  • Father Murphy - The Heir Apparent (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    The Heir Apparent

    Murphy encourages orphan Will to accept a wealthy woman's offer of adoption despite his own misgivings.

  • Father Murphy - Parable of Amanda (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    Parable of Amanda

    John and Mae are impressed with a new nun (Kristina Callahan) assigned to the orphanage, unaware she is really a bank robber.

  • Father Murphy - Eighty-Eight Keys to Happiness (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    Eighty-Eight Keys to Happiness

    Moses and the children turn the orphanage into a part-time casino in exchange for a piano for a shy blind girl.

  • Father Murphy - Knights of the White Camelia (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Knights of the White Camelia

    White-robed bigots try to force Moses to relinquish his duties at the Gold Hill School and leave the area.

  • Father Murphy - Will's Surprise (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Will's Surprise

    Young Will's drunken father imprisons him in a dark root cellar to make him tell where a gold nugget is hidden.

  • Father Murphy - Graduation (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:


    An elderly, illiterate prospector arrives at the orphanage and insists he be admitted to the school.

  • Father Murphy - The Ghost of Gold Hill (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    The Ghost of Gold Hill

    The children devise a plan to scare away an eccentric threatening to close the school and reopen the mine.

  • Father Murphy - False Blessings (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    False Blessings

    Mae must accept state funds for the orphanage, but one of the dire consequences will be Murphy's dismissal.

  • Father Murphy - A Horse From Heaven (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    A Horse From Heaven

    A moderately impaired orphan is able to ready a temperamental horse for the annual Jackson race.

  • Father Murphy - Establish Thou the Work of Our Hands (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Establish Thou the Work of Our Hands

    Moses asks John to take in a difficult teenager (Mykel T. Williamson) and teach him a trade.

  • Father Murphy - By the Bear That Bit Me (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    By the Bear That Bit Me

    Murphy learns why the mountain man (Jack Elam) left young Dru (Shannon Doherty) at the orphanage.

  • Father Murphy - By the Bear That Bit Me (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    By the Bear That Bit Me

    Ephram falls for an orphaned girl (Shannon Doherty) abandoned by the mountain man (Jack Elam) who raised her.

  • Father Murphy - Eggs, Milk and a Dry Bed (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Eggs, Milk and a Dry Bed

    A novice priest usurps Father Murphy's position at the orphanage and refuses to forgive him for posing as a clergyman.

  • Father Murphy - Pilot (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:


    Murphy, posing as a priest, renovates an old saloon to house his new-found family of orphans and their teacher Mae.

  • Father Murphy - Pilot (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    A drifter seeking work in a Dakota mining town joins with a teacher to protect a band of recently orphaned children.