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* 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 ''Series/DropTheDeadDonkey'' didn't help... interestingly, [[AmericansHateTingle that series flopped when it was shown in America]].)

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* 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'', ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'', and pulled it after the first eight episodes had been shown. (Reviewers making unflattering comparisons to ''Series/DropTheDeadDonkey'' didn't help... interestingly, [[AmericansHateTingle that series flopped when it was shown in America]].)

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* BabyNameTrendStarter: Murphy's mom Avery was the first time any person had ever heard of a female character having the name Avery, and this started fans to name their daughters after her.


** The revival takes place in 2018, with rapid-fire skewering of the presidency of Creator/DonaldTrump (including Brown's BigNo reaction towards his election, the presidency's denial of climate change, and his use of social media to attack media personalities he doesn't agree with).

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** The revival takes place in 2018, with rapid-fire skewering of the presidency of Creator/DonaldTrump (including Brown's BigNo reaction towards his election, the presidency's denial of climate change, and his use of social media to attack media personalities he doesn't agree with).with -- and that's just the first episode) and the modern state of cable news (with CNC and Wolf being parodies of CNN and Fox News Channel).

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** The same was done with Robert Pastorelli's character, Eldin Bernecky, Murphy's perpetual house painter; the revival's opening episode states he died on vacation, participating in the running of the bulls.


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

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[[spoiler:When Colleen Dewhurst died, Avery Brown (Murphy's Mother, whom she played) died in series.]]]]
** Pat Corley died in 2006, so the relaunch has Tyne Daly as Phil's sister running the bar.

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* ActorSharedBackground: Candice Bergen once went on a date with Donald Trump when both were teenagers, which was added to Murphy's history in the relaunch.

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** The revival takes place in 2018, with rapid-fire skewering of the presidency of Creator/DonaldTrump (including Brown's BigNo reaction towards his election, the presidency's denial of climate change, and his use of social media to attack media personalities he doesn't agree with).


** 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.]])

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** 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]],) fuddy-duddy]]) and Corky (the Gen-Xer, who starts off a [[BrainlessBeauty total moron.]])moron]]).


* 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, [[AmericansHateTingle that series flopped when it was shown in America]].)

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* 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'' ''Series/DropTheDeadDonkey'' didn't help... interestingly, [[AmericansHateTingle that series flopped when it was shown in America]].)


* DirectedByCastMember: Joe Regalbuto, who played Frank, directed 20 episodes over the course of the series.

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* DirectedByCastMember: Joe Regalbuto, who played Frank, directed 20 episodes over the course of the series. He went on to direct a number of episodes for ''[[Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow George Lopez]]''.

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* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: [[spoiler:When Colleen Dewhurst died, Avery Brown (Murphy's Mother, whom she played) died in series.]]
* DirectedByCastMember: Joe Regalbuto, who played Frank, directed 20 episodes over the course of the series.


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* 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


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* 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.]])


--> '''Miles''':"...and ABC wouldn't break into ''HomeImprovement'' for the Second Coming!"

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--> '''Miles''':"...and ABC wouldn't break into ''HomeImprovement'' ''Series/HomeImprovement'' for the Second Coming!"


* HeyItsThatGuy: There was one episode where [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Bruce Wayne]] bought FYI.
** Daphne from ''Series/{{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.
** [[Series/{{Blossom}} Blossom Russo]], [[Series/SavedByTheBell Zack Morris]] and [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} Katie Ka-Boom]] took part in the pilot for a kids' version of ''FYI''.
** [[Series/GilmoreGirls Emily Gilmore]] is also Miles' mother.

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** [[Series/GilmoreGirls Emily Gilmore]] is also Miles' mother.


** Daphne from {{Frasier}} plays Miles's recurring girlfriend.

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** Daphne from {{Frasier}} ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' plays Miles's recurring girlfriend.

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