Milo Murphy's Law

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Unlucky teen's fortune lies in friendship, positive outlook.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 17 reviews

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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

Even though Milo is afflicted by the world's worst case of bad luck, he's a cup-half-full kind of guy and never lets his misfortune dampen his mood. He also values friendship but never takes it for granted, and his pals stick by his side because of Milo's self-assured personality. The show's situations are utterly preposterous, and the characters' survival is unlikely in real-world replays, but it's fun to watch and lacking in any harmful content.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite arguably having the hardest life around, Milo is eager, enthusiastic, and fully engaged in his friendships. He doesn't let anything stand in his way, and every obstacle that presents itself becomes an opportunity for creative problem-solving. Melissa and Zack are loyal and up for anything when they're with Milo.

Violence & Scariness

Murphy's Law is rough on Milo. In the course of an episode, he's chased by wolves, encounters an oil fire, and falls off a cliff. Other peril includes a runaway train car.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Milo Murphy's Law is a hilarious animated series from the creators of Phineas and Ferb. It suggests that the fabled Murphy's Law (whatever can go wrong will go wrong) is a real condition that afflicts its titular character and puts him through all sorts of unpredictable trials. As a result, there are lots of scary and potentially painful accidents (falling off a cliff, being chased by wolves, getting caught in a subway turnstile), but Milo always approaches them with a can-do attitude that positively influences his friends as well. As for his friends, they prove their worth by sticking with him regardless of what that exposes them to, so there are lots of good messages there.

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Adult Written bynduns October 6, 2016

Just like Phineas and Ferb, I can't believe how charming this show is

While not quite as charming as the former, and lacking those catchy musical numbers, I really enjoy this show and part of it stems from just how likable these c... Continue reading
Adult Written byBlairClay April 26, 2019

Only 3 stars because of season 1

I enjoyed this show for the first couple of episodes the songs were catchy and it was charming. Not anymore. Ever since Phineas and Ferb joined this show has go... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byVulpixel May 14, 2020

Some episodes are better than others.

I like the time travelers a lot. They're a real riot. I do have to say that some of the episodes are pretty lacking, and the plot doesn't make sense.... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byiiTrxshAxel January 3, 2020

Good show, especially for P&F fans

This is a really good shows I recommend it for tweens and a little younger than that. Even recommend it to some teens
Milo is very optimistic
GOOD MESSGAES: To... Continue reading

What's the story?

MILO MURPHY'S LAW follows the calamitous life of 13-year-old Milo (voiced by Weird "Al" Yankovic, who also sings the opening song), the youngest in a long line of unlucky family members afflicted with "Extreme Hereditary Murphy's Law Condition." Originally manifesting many generations back, the ailment results in the worst case of bad luck imaginable. For Milo, that puts a dangerous spin on even the most mundane of tasks such as a simple walk to school or a class field trip. Fortunately for him (but unfortunately for them), his two best friends, Melissa (Sabrina Carpenter) and Zack (Mekai Curtis), don't let Milo's misfortune scare them off, leading to some hilarious circumstances for the three pals.

Is it any good?

From the minds behind Phineas and Ferb comes this laugh-out-loud series with similarly outrageous situations and indestructible friendships. Despite daily run-ins with wild animals, cave-ins, and the occasional alien encounter, nothing dampens Milo's optimistic outlook on life, making him the model of perseverance in difficult circumstances. He also puts the Boy Scouts to shame with his level of preparedness, packing hazmat boots and headlamps alongside his homework, just in case the inevitable oil spill should threaten his plans.

So while his ill-fated life provides the humor, his enduring friendships deliver the emotion. Melissa embodies the ease and security of a long-standing relationship where history shows each party can count on the other through thick and thin. On the other hand, newcomer Zack represents the excitement and joy of making a new friend by looking past the exterior (and the constant pitfalls) and focusing on the person's positive qualities. The bottom line? There's no deep learning from this lighthearted series, but Milo Murphy's Law has an excellent voice cast (Sarah Chalke, Christian Slater, and Vanessa Williams among them), hearty friendships, and some unforgettable scenarios.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the idea of bad luck in Milo Murphy's Law. Do you think it's a real thing, or do you believe you make your own luck? How do the choices you make influence what happens to you? Do some people seem luckier than others in your experience?

  • How does having friends by your side improve bad or scary situations? Parents: Are your kids the type who lean on friends, or do they prefer to tackle things solo? Kids: Who are some of your role models? In what ways do you take inspiration from them?

  • Milo prides himself on always being prepared for any situation. While we likely won't experience the kinds of mishaps he does, there are times when we have to make preparations for our own safety, such as when bad weather is on the way. This is a good opportunity to talk with your kids about your safety plans in  the case of fire or another disaster.

  • Families can talk about gratitude. How does Milo express gratitude for his life and friends, even though things don't usually go quite right? Why do you think this attitude is an important character strength

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