History Series / MurphyBrown

25th Sep '16 3:27:31 AM Psyclone
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* BlandNameProduct: they zig-zagged at various points whether or not FYI was a CBS News show. As a general rule there wasn't an eye anywhere but CBS' real news anchors were namechecked as colleagues.

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* BlandNameProduct: they zig-zagged at various points whether or not FYI was a CBS News show. As a general rule there wasn't an eye anywhere but CBS' real news anchors were namechecked as colleagues.colleagues and the network was mentioned by name several times.
25th Sep '16 3:25:28 AM Psyclone
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* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: An entire episode is dedicated to Murphy having a hard time regarding this trope InUniverse. She goes so far as to put some of her toddler son's artwork on display in a gallery, only to see it become popular. When one of the patrons wants to ''buy'' a painting, she tries to inform him it was painted by a child. He smugly tells her that she just doesn't ''get'' it.

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* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: An entire episode is dedicated to Murphy having a hard time regarding this trope InUniverse. She goes so far as to put some of her toddler son's artwork on display in a gallery, only gallery: while one critic immediately sees through it and considers it to see be meaningless scribbles, another one sees it become popular. as brilliant and they get into a huge argument. When one of the patrons wants to ''buy'' a painting, the painting (which he hasn't even ''seen'', he's simply buying it because since two major critics are arguing over it and Murphy is there to cover it, it ''must'' be of great imporatnce), she tries to inform him it was painted by a child. He smugly tells her that she just doesn't ''get'' it.
27th Aug '16 9:54:03 AM sgamer82
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* SherlockScan: When the main cast gets pitted in a team building exercise that they become determined to beat by cheating, they guess the retreat owner's computer password by analyzing the contents of his office. [[spoiler: But they get caught before they can get the next day's exercise plan and make their escape.]]

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* SherlockScan: When the main cast gets pitted in a team building exercise that they become determined to beat win by cheating, they guess the retreat owner's computer password by analyzing the contents of his office. [[spoiler: But they get caught before they can get the next day's exercise plan and make their escape.]]



* TheSnarkKnight: Pretty much the entire point of Murphy's character.



* TheSnarkKnight: Pretty much the entire point of Murphy's character.

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* TheSnarkKnight: Pretty much the TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: An entire point episode is dedicated to Murphy having a hard time regarding this trope InUniverse. She goes so far as to put some of Murphy's character.her toddler son's artwork on display in a gallery, only to see it become popular. When one of the patrons wants to ''buy'' a painting, she tries to inform him it was painted by a child. He smugly tells her that she just doesn't ''get'' it.
27th Aug '16 9:51:14 AM sgamer82
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* DitzySecretary: The sheer number of secretaries Murphy has had guarantees a few of these such as a man who can't type more than one letter at a time, a woman who insists she's quitting cigarettes even as she keeps taking a drag, a woman who ran a phone sex line from her desk, and, in one case, a crash test dummy.
-->'''Murphy:''' I have certain needs. Someone who files alphabetically. Someone who makes cup of coffee without setting off the smoke alarm. Someone who can find his way back from the men's room without having to stop at the lobby directory!
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.
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* HerCodeNameWasMarySue
* HornyScientist
* InexplicablyAwesome: Eldin
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine
* InstantBirthJustAddWater

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* LocalHangout: Phil's bar.
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* MistakenForGay: Frank. Often.
* MyBelovedSmother: Avery Brown, oh so much.

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* ScreamingBirth
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* ShowWithinAShow: ''FYI''
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* TakeThatCritics
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* TooMuchInformation
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* UnusualEuphemism
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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!"
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