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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 27, 2018
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Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

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  • Summary: Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen) returns to anchor a cable morning news show along with Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford), Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto) and producer Miles Silverberg (Grant Shaud), that airs against a rival show where Murphy's son Avery (Jake McDorman) works on.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    Sep 26, 2018
    91
    It’s all anchored by these well-defined characters played by true veterans of the genre, who bring an ease to their scenes while also maintaining the original show’s energy. ... Easily the best aspect of Murphy Brown is how it acknowledges the meta elements of its existence without sacrificing the quality of its comedy or breaking the fourth wall.
  2. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 26, 2018
    70
    Murphy’s comeback is as reassuring and entertaining as it is timely.
  3. Reviewed by: Dave Nemetz
    Sep 25, 2018
    67
    The ensemble has held together nicely in the two decades since. ... When it comes time to take aim at today’s political landscape, Murphy Brown misses its target. ... The revival’s strongest asset, actually, is Murphy’s relationship with her now-adult son Avery (Jake McDorman).
  4. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Sep 26, 2018
    50
    On the positive side, the natural chemistry between the core cast members is still alive. ... That said, there’s still a lot that doesn’t quite work--or at least not yet--in this new Murphy-verse. The first episode is definitely the bumpiest of the three provided to critics, mainly because it’s fixated on setting up the circumstances that bring the FYI team back into each other’s orbit, and also on introducing a couple of additional new characters.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Sep 27, 2018
    50
    Alas, it’s the new material here that is the weakest aspect of the show.
  6. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 27, 2018
    40
    The only part of the new Murphy Brown that’s truly promising is the relationship between Murphy and her now-adult son, Avery, well-played by Jake McDorman. ... Their moments together have all the unforced chemistry and good humor that’s in short supply elsewhere on the show.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 27, 2018
    25
    In short, Murphy Brown was a lovably fractured mess and nobody's poster child for anything. Turning her into a geriatric Rachel Maddow-style Stalinist (Bergen is 72, around the same age as her character) does lethal damage to the heart of the show.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 11 out of 16
  1. Sep 28, 2018
    10
    The revival of Murphy Brown is the best sitcom out there right now. It is sharply intelligent, didatic, meaningful, poignant, topical, and itThe revival of Murphy Brown is the best sitcom out there right now. It is sharply intelligent, didatic, meaningful, poignant, topical, and it is what society needs right now. It has the same tone of the original with a lot more to say. It goes where no other tv series dares to go with its commentary. Don't listen to the Trump supporters or right wing extremists who are trolling to bash the show with its biased outlook. It is a great show that is impactful and deconstructs many issues with the use of humor and excellent acting from its cast. I am confounded at the media's lukewarm reaction considering Murphy Brown is far better in quality and complexity than the majority of comedies out there right now. The show is brave and I am so proud of the producers & cast. I hope the series can continue and it is so much better than any of the other revivals. It is Emmy-worth, socially conscious, and television at its finest. Expand
  2. Oct 13, 2018
    8
    It's not perfect but it's pretty true to the original. All the characters feel like you would think they are. The newer characters are aIt's not perfect but it's pretty true to the original. All the characters feel like you would think they are. The newer characters are a little worse although Phil's replacement is pretty spot on. Expand
  3. Sep 27, 2018
    4
    I love the original Murphy Brown, with the titular character being one of my all time favorite characters, and was looking forward to itI love the original Murphy Brown, with the titular character being one of my all time favorite characters, and was looking forward to it tackling the Trump era. But what used to be smart political chatter is now a bunch of subpar/obvious Trump jokes that you have heard hundreds of times before. Found the stuff with Murphy and Avery interesting, but the show is more focused on angering Trump than it is telling a good story Expand
  4. Nov 25, 2018
    2
    I was looking forward to the reboot of Murphy Brown and Candice Bergen looks great but I am disappointed in 2 ways. First the show isn't veryI was looking forward to the reboot of Murphy Brown and Candice Bergen looks great but I am disappointed in 2 ways. First the show isn't very funny or entertaining and second even as a registered independent I find her bashing of Trump, republicans, and conservatives overwhelming. I think the writers/producers had a great opportunity to balance Murphy's bleeding heart liberal views with her son's opposing views but instead he is portrayed as a dim-witted buffoon who works at Wolf (Fox) and they are portrayed as the messengers for the country's "basket of deplorables". I am open minded and enjoy comedy from both sides but for me I'm going to have to sit this one out because the reboot of Murphy Brown is a waste of my 30 minutes. Expand
  5. Nov 28, 2018
    1
    Murphy Brown was always a Dan Quayle hating liberal, so I expected the liberal slant to the scripts.

    The cast has not aged well, and their
    Murphy Brown was always a Dan Quayle hating liberal, so I expected the liberal slant to the scripts.

    The cast has not aged well, and their cosmetic surgery is pretty obvious and obnoxious. The “acting” if one could call it that, lacks proper comedic timing and finesse. Tyne Dailey is probably the best actor on the show but as a supporting player she cannot carry the show alone.

    Miss the Eldin and Phil characters, but sadly they passed on.

    In the old series, Murphy spoke truth to power. Now she just spouts tired liberal propaganda. Just like Will and Grace, this series should never have been taken out of mothballs.

    News says this reboot was always planned to be a 13 episode short season and it still has a chance for renewal. Put this sitcom back in the archives, it doesn’t play well in 2018.
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  6. Nov 23, 2018
    0
    I loved the original show & was looking forward to watching the new one. Boy was I disappointed. This is nothing but a liberal, anti-TrumpI loved the original show & was looking forward to watching the new one. Boy was I disappointed. This is nothing but a liberal, anti-Trump version of CNN. After last nights show, 11/22/18, I will not be watching another one. Keep politics out of it & stop bashing the conservatives & it might be worth watching. Comedy should be funny & not at the expense of others. I want the original Murphy back, Expand
  7. Oct 4, 2018
    0
    This is the worse TV program that has come out in a long time.....WHY would CBS think a political program is funny? If we wanted to watchThis is the worse TV program that has come out in a long time.....WHY would CBS think a political program is funny? If we wanted to watch this kind of garbage all we really need to do is listen to talk TV all day. Sick of politics and bashing of politicians. For goodness sake. Give it a rest ! Go back to the basics and shoe entertains programs. Not trash. Expand

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