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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 27, 2018
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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: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
  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. Sep 28, 2018
    10
    Surpassed my expectations. Opposite of the "Roseanne" revival. Can't compare to Will and Grace update. Loathe umpf but the jokes wereSurpassed my expectations. Opposite of the "Roseanne" revival. Can't compare to Will and Grace update. Loathe umpf but the jokes were perfect and I laughed at all of them for the first time ever. Got all but one reference but I'll be watching it again. Timing is right. Lovely, lovely surprise showing up as yet another secretary (so, what else is new ... but this was); fabulous! Slightly bored for 3 secs. but I'm thankful it's back in its new glory. After a day of the judiciary committee ramming through another traitor, it's what I needed. Glorious. Poignant. Transported to the "old days" waiting for Dan Quayle to show up in a future episode. Needed. Reprieve from life. Laughter in a world where that's pretty much gone. Gracious thanks.

    I don't understand why the show was criticized.
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  3. 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
  4. Oct 16, 2018
    3
    This iteration of her show is just not working. The cast is stiff, dry, and the lines are very canned. I have tried for 3 episodes and IThis iteration of her show is just not working. The cast is stiff, dry, and the lines are very canned. I have tried for 3 episodes and I cannot go any further. Maybe with time the show will grow but it will not be on my time. Expand
  5. Sep 27, 2018
    3
    it's too one sided and political to be interesting to a wide swath of people. It almost feels like this should have aired during the Clinton era.
  6. 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
  7. Oct 5, 2018
    0
    Should have cast Ray Bolger as the ever-present Strawman. Ham-handed, self-congratulatory,Should have cast Ray Bolger as the ever-present Strawman. Ham-handed, self-congratulatory, pat-yourself-on-the-back-for-your-self-ascribed-cleverness. This show should have stayed in the 90s, because it's as stale as their done-a-million-times-before "Wolf Network." Oh, ha ha ha. Nope. Expand

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