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  • Anvilicious: Several reviews accuse the 2018 relaunch of leaning far too heavily on "clapter," ie the audience responds more because they agree with a line's political point than because it's funny, with Murphy being turned into a Boring Invincible Hero who always has the perfect comeback to win any argument.
  • "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, Candice 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.
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    • Stuart Best's epic angry rant to the FYI team at Murphy's house was pretty awesome, especially since every one of his points was accurate.
    • The 2018 relaunch comes out of the gate swinging as Murphy responds to Donald Trump's Twitter attacks on her. "Bring it on. #DanQuayle!"
  • 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.
  • 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. The relaunch tackles this head-on, with Murphy going back to work to try to make the news respectable again.


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