• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 14, 1988
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jul 23, 2013
    60
    "Murphy Brown" doesn't exactly sizzle in its debut. ... It is a show you'd like to see again, however, which is more than you can say for much of the TV genre it caricatures.
  2. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: John Haslett Cuff
    Jul 23, 2013
    60
    It can't quite decide whether to reach for the smaller, literate audience or appeal to the crowd that needs a laugh track to appreciate a Chevy Chase pratfall. ... Still, there are some good sharp laughs despite the more obvious digs. [14 Nov 1988]
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. Feb 15, 2014
    3
    There's little doubt that this show was enjoyed by many back in the late 80s. However, as a 17 year-old male living in the 21st century, IThere's little doubt that this show was enjoyed by many back in the late 80s. However, as a 17 year-old male living in the 21st century, I felt very disconnected from this show. What was humorous then has now become comedy tropes, unfortunately.

    I could only bear to watch 5 episodes, so I honestly haven't completed the whole Season. Murphy Brown's a decent character herself but by now, all of her episodic plot-lines have been done to death. And Miles, the co-star, comes off as a pretty flat character. Otherwise, the ensemble did nothing but irritate me.

    Comedies can more or less get away with weaker elements if the humour is still there, but it's sadly not the case here. I probably laughed only about one time per episode, which was a slight relief from mostly boring TV. Again, this may have been funny in the 80s, but all I see now is out of date references and overused jokes.
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  2. Dec 4, 2015
    10
    Murphy Brown was the Baby Boomer's easy, entertaining way that even though we wanted it all...remember the saying, "Man makes plans, and GodMurphy Brown was the Baby Boomer's easy, entertaining way that even though we wanted it all...remember the saying, "Man makes plans, and God laughs"/ That pretty much sums it up. We could make a valiant effort to have/be/want it all, juggling all those balls of responsibility; but we would, without a doubt, drop at least 1 of the activities/responsibilities we were trying to keep in the air. Murphy Brown, besides being able to cut Dan Quayle to size (the guy who thought Murphy was a real person, not a tv character, ;also did not know how to spell potato), which made it ok for the rest of us to not feel utterly defeated, since we were among others who couldn't keep juggling all those darn balls , keeping them in the air. Full Review »