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Murphy Brown: Season 11 Reviews

October 11, 2018
Watching the first episode was like being struck repeatedly on the forehead with a hammer of righteousness.
October 5, 2018
I will take my public disavowals of attacks on journalism where I can get them, even when they're flawed, and even when they feel like a cathartic excuse to rail against what's essentially a cardboard cut-out of a real person.
September 28, 2018
Just as Murphy strives to place her journalistic integrity above the sensationalist cravings of cable news, Murphy Brown would be well served to place the connection between its characters above its mission to make the ugliness of our reality funny.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 28, 2018
Bergen recaptures that force-of-nature energy in every frame of the revival; even in a TV landscape rich with complex women, there's no one else quite like Murphy.
September 28, 2018
Murphy ultimately has it both ways regarding Shannon-rhymes-with-Bannon, but it's not clear yet whether the revived Murphy Brown is going to be so lucky, striving as it does to be both mainstream comedy and liberal agitprop.
September 28, 2018
So far this just isn't a very good show, with both Roseanne and Will & Grace making stronger and funnier first impressions in this particular three-way reboot universe.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 27, 2018
It's funny and sweet and true to its roots, if, at times, a little obvious in its aims.
September 27, 2018
If you ask me, the revived Murphy Brown is a bit plodding in pace and there is far too much emphasis on Murphy's age.
September 27, 2018
The political jokes are relentless and relentlessly tired, leading to a sense of smug overkill.
Top Critic
September 27, 2018
The early episodes don't suggest this humility. They don't seem to have learned that the world has not changed in the ways that Murphy most dislikes only because of the absence of journalists like her, but also because of the limitations.
September 27, 2018
The agitation this Murphy Brown generated is familiar from many or most of the recent remakes and reboots, but this one has pleasures and purpose that very few of them can equal.
September 27, 2018
Modernizing proves difficult for the series, which is often downright preachy about politics. While the show was a progressive touchstone that mixed real-world politics with fiction, there's something naive about its approach to 2018 politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 26, 2018
There's a whiff of The Newsroom about the rebooted Murphy Brown, not so much in the show's sitcom bones-which are very, very creaky-but in the disconnect between all its highfalutin thinking about what the media can and should do.
September 26, 2018
Is it too much to ask for nuance? A grain of realism?
September 26, 2018
Murphy Brown feels like visiting with a friend we haven't seen in a while. Once the novelty fades, it reminds us how many years have passed and that we might not want to spend that much time together any more.
September 26, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 26, 2018
Compared with "Roseanne," "Murphy" succeeds simply by being more of what it originally was: fast, sharp and unwaveringly pointed.
September 26, 2018
Murphy Brown wants to make clear that Murphy's still got it. But the show itself is kludgy, combining dated sitcom rhythms with sermonizing.
September 26, 2018
Led by the insanity out there, Murphy's making as much noise as the president she opposes, and shedding just as little light.
Top Critic
September 25, 2018
There is some pleasure in reconnecting with the old gang, but that eventually wears off. This revival feels so last century.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 25, 2018
Murphy's not wrong on much... But her (and the show's) positions are laid out with such a smug, leaden hand that it seems designed to alienate the people who agree with it at least as much as the Trumpists who won't be watching in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 24, 2018
To paraphrase Murphy's line, there's a difference between good television and an attention-getting concept and title. Murphy Brown certainly possesses the latter, but only sporadically qualifies as the former.