YMMV: Murphy Brown

  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: The entire Murphy vs. Dan Quayle saga really has to be seen to be believed.
    • Irony: Ten years after the controversy, Candace Bergen admitted that Dan Quayle had a point. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,319786,00.html
    • Even though, if Quayle hadn't mentioned the show, no one would likely have known Quayle had even given the speech except for the people who were there to hear it.
  • Deader Than Disco: Unlike most Sit Coms of its era, Murphy Brown is rarely seen in syndication due to the now-dated political references (there's now an entire generation of TV watchers who have no clue who Lesley Stahl and Dan Quayle are.) Season 1 was released on DVD in 2005 but sold so poorly that no further releases are planned. Sad, really, since (topical humor aside,) the show is still well-written and well-acted.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In the episode where we meet Miles' radical left-wing activist parents, one of the reasons the latter claims his childhood was so miserable was because they didn't let him join the Boy Scouts due to them considering them a "fascist organization". Considering the later controversies involving the Scouts' discrimination against homosexuals and atheists, one wonders if they had a point after all.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Not exactly hilarious, but at least we now know who Deep Throat was, as Phil famously knew back when it was an infamous secret.
    • Thanks to some of his more recent antics around and since the 2012 Republican Primaries, Newt Gingrich of all people became one of the few frequent targets of the show to remain relevant in the 2010s.
    • After Murphy's attempt to get an interview with the recently instated President Clinton goes horribly wrong, the Secret Service informs her that she is is banned from speaking to the President for the next "four, maybe eight years" after which she can "discuss the matter with President Gore... Or so he thinks."
  • Jerk Sue: Averted. The way Murphy sticks it to The Powers That Be is played sympathetically, the way she treats her friends decidedly is not.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Kay Carter-Shepley.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • The episode "FYI on Q&A", features very young Phil La Marr and Adam Goldberg as rival contestants.
    • "Terror on the 17th Floor" featured Kevin Conroy.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: An entire episode is dedicated to Murphy having a hard time regarding this trope. 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.
  • Vindicated by History/Take That: After November 3, 1992, Murphy Brown was still on the air, and Dan Quayle was out of a job.