History Series / MurphyBrown

4th Jul '16 1:53:05 PM Morgenthaler
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* {{Mad}}: Murphy had some politically themed ''Mad'' magazine covers hung up in her office.
** ''Murphy Brown'' got the ''Mad'' treatment as "Murky Brown" - unusually, it took the form of an instalment of ''20/20'' ("The show where we take a subject that might hold your interest for 20 seconds and stretch it out over 20 minutes!") with the presenters interviewing the stars of the sitcom.
4th Jul '16 1:52:51 PM Morgenthaler
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* DisproportionateRetribution: Brown's pranks, usually.
** And in the last two season's, Kay's, which are much like Murphy's but UpToEleven.
* DumbBlonde: Corky, somewhat, although she became less so as the series progressed.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName

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* %%* DisproportionateRetribution: Brown's pranks, usually.
** %%** And in the last two season's, Kay's, which are much like Murphy's but UpToEleven.
* %%* DumbBlonde: Corky, somewhat, although she became less so as the series progressed.
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* FreudianExcuse

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* HerCodeNameWasMarySue
* HornyScientist
* InexplicablyAwesome: Eldin
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine
* InstantBirthJustAddWater

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* IsThisThingStillOn

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* LamazeClass

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* LocalHangout: Phil's bar.
* LockedInARoom

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* MistakenForGay: Frank. Often.
* MyBelovedSmother: Avery Brown, oh so much.

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* %%* MistakenForGay: Frank. Often.
* %%* MyBelovedSmother: Avery Brown, oh so much.



* NoPeriodsPeriod

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* ObsoleteMentor

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* RapidFireTyping
* RippedFromTheHeadlines

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* ScreamingBirth
* ServiceSectorStereotypes

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* ShowWithinAShow: ''FYI''
* StealthHiBye

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* TakeThatCritics
* TitleOnlyOpening
* TooMuchInformation
* TheFunInFuneral

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* UnusualEuphemism
* WeddingDay
* WittyBanter
* WorkCom

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* %%* UnusualEuphemism
* %%* WeddingDay
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* ZanySchemeChicken

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4th Jul '16 1:45:14 PM Morgenthaler
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* DirectedByCastMember: Joe Regalbuto, who played Frank, directed 20 episodes over the course of the series.



* RealLifeWritesThePlot: When Murphy Brown became a single mother, Dan Quayle used her as a [[http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,975627,00.html condemnation of single parents]]. An entire episode addressed Quayle's attack (including the [[RippedFromTheHeadlines actual New York Daily News]] "[[http://www1.dailynewspix.com/sales/sales_image.php?name=50U0VKMT.jpg&id=155474&lb=10_390092&size=small QUAYLE TO MURPHY BROWN: YOU TRAMP!]]" headline), taking the angle that in the show's universe, Quayle was talking about "real" television journalist Murphy Brown, as opposed to Murphy Brown the fictional character. Followed by a TakeThat of Murphy Brown dumping potatoes on the White House lawn.
** When the [[spoiler:Colleen Dewhurst, the actor who played Murphy's mother, died in early Season 4, her character also died on the show in the episode "Full Circle", which was dedicated to her.]]
** Murphy has five Emmys, and Candice Bergen won five Emmys for playing Murphy



* [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim The Character Died With Her]]: [[spoiler:When Colleen Dewhurst died, Avery Brown (Murphy's Mother, whom she played) died in series.]]



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: If any sitcom can be said to be an ''intentional'' period piece, it's the unabashedly topical ''Murphy Brown''. An early ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode poked fun at the show's tendencies by having its characters engage in a conversation where the ''only intelligible words'' are references to then-current events, all of which were hilariously dated ''in 2000'', less than ten years after the show's heyday.
** There's also the fact that the show's entire tone seemed geared to Baby Boomers. Alongside the Motown soundtrack and the heavy protest-era nostalgia, the Boomers Murphy and Frank come off a lot better than Jim (the senior anchor, who is an [[TheComicallySerious old fuddy-duddy]],) and Corky (the Gen-Xer, who starts off a [[BrainlessBeauty total moron.]])
4th Jul '16 1:35:20 PM Morgenthaler
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* ThereAreNoToddlers: Murphy's kid skips the toddler years between seasons.
14th Jun '16 8:59:55 PM Morgenthaler
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* GettingTheBabyToSleep: Murphy's son only stops fussing when listening to Barry Manlilow.
8th May '16 9:30:25 PM nombretomado
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** During a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed thinly disguised]] version of the O.J. Simpson [[EverybodyOwnsAFord Bronco]] chase, Miles remarks, "ABC...wouldn't pre-empt ''HomeImprovement'' for the Second Coming!"

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** During a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed thinly disguised]] version of the O.J. Simpson [[EverybodyOwnsAFord Bronco]] chase, Miles remarks, "ABC...wouldn't pre-empt ''HomeImprovement'' ''Series/HomeImprovement'' for the Second Coming!"
15th Jan '16 3:57:50 PM livemike
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** Murphy can't or keep get a good secreatary. One states that before she starts Murphy will have to understand that she might be in late or skip days for no reason and steal things from the office as well as other things that would normally result in firing. Murphy's response is that she's had worse.
25th Nov '15 12:36:21 PM Cindylover1969
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* HeyItsThatGuy: There was one episode where [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Bruce Wayne]] bought FYI.
** Daphne from {{Frasier}} plays Miles's recurring girlfriend
** Murphy's Old man is also ''The Old Man'' from AChristmasStory
** Sam from ''Series/QuantumLeap'' went on to play a SixthRanger and temporary love interest for Murphy.
*** In his last episode, as the elevator doors close on him you can see the blue FX as he Leaps out.
** PeeWeeHerman comes out of hiding to play SmugSnake and ProfessionalButtKisser Andrew
** Christopher Rich as [[ShelteredAristocrat the one reporter more frivolous and naive than Corky]]
** [[Series/StargateAtlantis Colonel Sheppard]] briefly dated Murphy when he was younger.



* {{Mad}}: Murphy had some politically themed Mad Magazine covers hung up in her office.

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* {{Mad}}: Murphy had some politically themed Mad Magazine ''Mad'' magazine covers hung up in her office.office.
** ''Murphy Brown'' got the ''Mad'' treatment as "Murky Brown" - unusually, it took the form of an instalment of ''20/20'' ("The show where we take a subject that might hold your interest for 20 seconds and stretch it out over 20 minutes!") with the presenters interviewing the stars of the sitcom.



* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Creator/TheBBC, not CBS. The series wasn't bought for showing on British terrestrial television until after the Dan Quayle affair, several years after it had started. [=BBC2=] then dumped it in the same early evening slot that played host to ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' and ''Series/DeGrassiJuniorHigh'', and pulled it after the first eight episodes had been shown. (Reviewers making unflattering comparisons to ''DropTheDeadDonkey'' didn't help... interestingly, that series flopped when it was shown in America.
14th Oct '15 5:28:02 PM nombretomado
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* CrossoverPunchline: One episode has Murphy finally [[RunningGag getting a secretary she likes]]. Turns out it's Carol, Bob Hartley's receptionist from ''TheBobNewhartShow''. Hartley (Newhart) turns up at the end to beg her to come back to work for him.
** Conversely, a ''{{Seinfeld}}'' episode ended with Kramer getting an acting gig as yet another secretary for Murphy, and being very good.

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* CrossoverPunchline: One episode has Murphy finally [[RunningGag getting a secretary she likes]]. Turns out it's Carol, Bob Hartley's receptionist from ''TheBobNewhartShow''.''Series/TheBobNewhartShow''. Hartley (Newhart) turns up at the end to beg her to come back to work for him.
** Conversely, a ''{{Seinfeld}}'' ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode ended with Kramer getting an acting gig as yet another secretary for Murphy, and being very good.



* TheBobNewhartShow: Folded the show into the Tommy Westphall universe.
18th Jul '15 11:01:00 AM Psyclone
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** There was also recurring character "[=McGovern=]", [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennedy_(commentator) a young former MTV VJ with conservative leanings]].
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