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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 2, 1988
Murphy's Law (1988) Image

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  • Summary: In this quickly canceled dramedy based (loosely) on Warren Murphy's "Trace" novels, George Segal stars as an insurance investigator and recovering alcoholic who shares a home with a model (Maggie Han).
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 6 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Jarvis
    Aug 12, 2014
    Philip Marlowe meets Moonlighting—with a passing nod to The Odd Couple—In this delightfully inventive new detective show.
  2. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Aug 7, 2014
    It's a harmless, standard-issue - cheesy - detective (actually, insurance investigator) series in the vein of Rockford Files-like unwilling heroes. [2 Nov 1988]
  3. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Greg Dawson
    Aug 7, 2014
    Segal has a certain bombastic charm as he quaffs and quips his way through the part of Daedelus, the phoniest Irishman to hit the small screen since the last Irish Spring commercial. Han, who made her TV debut in the miniseries Space, is a good foil for Segal. She can act a little, which is all that's called for. [2 Nov 1988]
  4. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Ed Siegel
    Aug 7, 2014
    Segal's nasal, hard-bitten delivery is dreadful here, and his relationship with the beautiful Maggie Han is preposterous. [2 Nov 1988]
  5. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Aug 7, 2014
    The opening story... is thin and uncompelling. ... This is one of those series in which plot is relatively unimportant, however. What is important is the Murphy/Fannuchi relationship, which is only partially platonic, but fully unbelievable. If the relationship doesn't work, the series doesn't work. The relationship doesn't work.
  6. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Joe Stein
    Aug 7, 2014
    A strong candidate for worst new series of the season. [2 Nov 1988]
  7. Newsday
    Reviewed by: David Friedman
    Aug 7, 2014
    A series so monumentally meaningless, so pathetically puerile, so irredeemably ridiculous that, within my limited professional context, it prompts the Biggest Question of them all: Why is there television? [2 Nov 1988]

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