YMMV / Murphy Brown

  • Deader Than Disco: Unlike most Sitcoms 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. It now may be best known for the still popular Seinfeld having done an episode where Elaine tries to write an episode script that culminates in Kramer getting a guest spot on the show. Funnily enough, on the DVD features Jerry Seinfeld recalls the experience of visiting the show to film this as "So this is what a real TV show is like!"
  • "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 were simply focusing on the wrong thing.
  • 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."
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • The first episode is a strong character introduction: Murphy comes back from rehab revitalized and ready to go, but doubts herself interviewing someone having an affair with a public figure...until she sees that someone coming into her studio with an entourage and legal team, after which she unleashes full force. Sitting at home later, she's quietly satisfied with herself.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Kay Carter-Shepley.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • The episode "FYI on Q&A", features very young Phil LaMarr and Adam Goldberg as rival contestants.
    • "Terror on the 17th Floor" featured Kevin Conroy.
  • Values Dissonance: Given how far the news media has fallen in the last two decades, the portrayal of it here as a proud, noble organization may seem strange to modern viewers.
  • Vindicated by History/Take That!: After January 20, 1993, Murphy Brown was still on the air, and Dan Quayle was out of a job.
    • Not quite. Nowadays almost no one remembers the show or talks about it the way they do about its predecessor.
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