What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the main character, Murphy, while a positive role model for women in the workplace, is incredibly sarcastic, and her wry one-liners might fly over the head of younger viewers. The show makes frequent references to politicians and other newsmakers of the late '80s and early '90s; that, plus the already-dated fashions and hairstyles, may make the series seem irrelevant to today's kids.
What's the story?
In the hugely successful sitcom MURPHY BROWN, which enjoyed a 10-year run on CBS and is now in syndication (and on DVD), Candice Bergen plays the title character. Murphy is an ace reporter for a network newsmagazine series called FYI who struggles to balance her work and personal lives. Joining Murphy in the studio are Jim (Charles Kimbrough), the uptight senior anchor who's often the butt of Murphy's jokes; Frank (Joe Regalbuto), a reporter, a perennial bachelor, and Murphy's best friend; Corky (Faith Ford), a former Miss America turned journalist; and Miles (Grant Shaud), a young, cocky Harvard graduate who's the show's executive producer.
Is it any good?
Bergen won five Emmys for her role on Murphy Brown, and they were well deserved. The show -- which has often been compared to The Mary Tyler Moore Show -- is smart, the dialogue witty and topical, and the acting top-notch. Adults will howl at Murphy's wry witticisms, but younger viewers might not get the jokes -- or find the late '80s and early '90s political references very relevant.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about workplace etiquette. How do you do a job well and treat colleagues with respect? If you have a problem with someone you work with, how should you handle it? Is it ever OK to yell at or belittle a co-worker (or a classmate or a friend)?
How is the FYI team like a family? Are people more likely to become close friends with co-workers if they spend long hours at the office?