Parents' Guide to

Murphy Brown

By Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Memorable '90s newsroom sitcom has great female role model.

TV CBS , Syndicated Comedy 1988
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Brilliant !

Murphy Brown ended around the year I was born, 1998 to be exact but now that I'm a bit older I have a new appreciation for old tv shows that are really funny and relevant. especially a show like Murphy brown who was this "40 something" fictional journalist played by Candice Bergen. I'd probably recommend this show to anyone in their teens or early twenties who is looking for a bit of topical humor and fun likable characters and with a strong pilot season. Also the writing staff had so much chutzpah with most of the plots and took risks around season 4...

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Is It Any Good?

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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. Bergen won five Emmys for her role on Murphy Brown, and they were well deserved. Adults will howl at Murphy's wry witticisms, but younger viewers might not get the jokes. As the series goes on, the relationships between the characters deepen, and watching co-workers become friends and family is a pleasure.

The 2018 reboot of the show gets the band back together, with Murphy, Corky, Miles, and Frank all reprising their original roles and back on television on a liberal-leaning morning TV talk show. The cast always had great chemistry and still does; but the "line, pause for laugh, line, pause for laugh" pacing seems strange in the age of YouTube -- to say nothing of the laugh track. But those who remember the original version fondly will be happy to have more of what they loved a few decades ago, and the public figure-skewering humor reads as lightly cathartic in the modern political climate. The addition of one-man charm offensive Nik Dodani (Zahid from Atypical) as FYI's resident millennial techie/social media wonk was a good call, too.

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