* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: The entire Murphy vs. UsefulNotes/DanQuayle 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.
* DeaderThanDisco: Unlike most {{Sit Com}}s 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.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: 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.
* HilariousInHindsight: Not exactly hilarious, but at least we now know who [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Felt 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 [[PersonaNonGrata is banned from speaking to the President]] for the next "four, maybe eight years" after which she can "discuss the matter with President [[AlGore Gore]]... Or so he ''thinks''."
* JerkSue: Averted. The way Murphy sticks it to ThePowersThatBe is played sympathetically, [[{{JerkAss}} the way she treats her friends decidedly is not.]]
* ReplacementScrappy: Kay Carter-Shepley.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** The episode "FYI on Q&A", features very young Creator/PhilLaMarr and Adam Goldberg as rival contestants.
** "Terror on the 17th Floor" featured Creator/KevinConroy.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: 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.
* VindicatedByHistory[=/=]TakeThat: After November 3, 1992, ''Murphy Brown'' was still on the air, and UsefulNotes/DanQuayle was out of a job.