Murphy Brown: Season 11 (2018)

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This just in: while the nostalgia and wit are welcome, Murphy Brown's dated messaging tactics feel heavy-handed and smug, leaving this formerly formidably timely series feeling like a reboot reaching for the headlines.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2018

In the premiere, Murphy decides to return to the airwaves as the host of a cable network's morning news show; and sets out to recruit her "FYI" team to join her.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2018

Murphy and the team devise an elaborate ruse to sneak her into a White House press briefing, as she's been banned from them for decades. Also, Phyllis hires an enthusiastic college "Dreamer," Miguel, to help out at the bar.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2018

Murphy attends a sexual harassment seminar for the "Murphy in the Morning" staff, and is surprised to find herself reeling from the long-repressed memory of her own #MeToo moment.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2018

Murphy and the team are offered the first interview with a former White House senior advisor who wants to promote his divisive book and agenda on "Murphy in the Morning." Also, Avery moderates a lively political discussion on his show with locals in Buffalo, N.Y.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2018

Murphy worries of being scooped while legal vets her weighty investigative story, and is exasperated when she learns Frank is dating an anchor, Christy Shepherd, from the competing Wolf Network. Also, Murphy leads Avery on a wild goose chase when he attempts to figure out her story.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2018

The "Murphy in the Morning" team gears up for their live all-day coverage of the mid-term elections, competing against Avery, who is reporting with John Haggerty, the Wolf Network's conservative superstar. Also, Pat is horrified when Miles forces him to wear a conservative suit after assigning him to analyze numbers and trends on-air throughout the day.

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Air date: Nov 8, 2018

The "Murphy in the Morning" team, Avery and Phyllis join Jim at a lifetime achievement award gala in his honor, hosted by Katie Couric and attended by Murphy's worst-ever secretary, who has a surprising new connection to Murphy. Also, Murphy discovers a kindred spirit in Judge Nate Campbell, another gala attendee.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2018

The "Murphy in the Morning" team strives to land a revealing first interview with Corky's beauty pageant friend, Holly, who just woke up from a 10-year coma that made national headlines.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2018

The culinarily challenged Murphy hosts Thanksgiving dinner for Avery, her colleagues plus Phyllis, and Miguel and his parents.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2018

After Frank is physically attacked while covering a political rally, for the first time in her career Murphy is afraid to dispute the opposing viewpoint of a guest on her show.

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Multiple Emmy Award winners Candice Bergen and series creator Diane English reunite for MURPHY BROWN, the revival of the ground-breaking comedy about the eponymous broadcast news legend and her biting take on current events, now in a world of 24-hour cable, social media, "fake news" and a vastly different political climate. Amid a divided nation, chaotic national discourse and rampant attacks on the press, Murphy decides to return to the airwaves and recruits her FYI team: lifestyle reporter Corky Sherwood, investigative journalist Frank Fontana, and her former wunderkind news producer Miles Silverberg. Joining them is social media director Pat Patel, who is tasked with bringing Murphy and the team into the 21st century. Murphy's millennial son, Avery, shares his mother's competitive spirit and quick wit, and is following in her journalistic footsteps -- perhaps too closely. The team still lets off steam at Phil's Bar, now run by his sister, Phyllis. Now back in the game, Murphy is determined to draw the line between good television and honest reporting, proving that the world needs Murphy Brown now more than ever.

Cast

Candice Bergen
as Murphy Brown
Joe Regalbuto
as Frank Fontana
Faith Ford
as Corky Sherwood
Grant Shaud
as Miles Silverberg
Tyne Daly
as Phyllis
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Critic Reviews for Murphy Brown Season 11

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (22)

This reboot is tiresome.

Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…

There is some pleasure in reconnecting with the old gang, but that eventually wears off. This revival feels so last century.

Sep 25, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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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.

Sep 28, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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The political jokes are relentless and relentlessly tired, leading to a sense of smug overkill.

Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…
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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.

Sep 26, 2018 | Full Review…
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It's a welcome anomaly to see a 72-year-old woman thriving professionally at the center of a show.

Aug 18, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The problem isn't that Murphy Brown leans anti-Trump, the problem is that the show's writing needs to cut deeper instead of always choosing the easy targets.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Murphy Brown is so caught up in being topically anti-Trump that it will surely be yesterday's news before the end of the night.

Dec 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Season 11 has proven to be so strong in giving us comedy while while offering social commentary on our nation's politics.

Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…

It's great to have Murphy Brown back on the air but the show is missing the politically-incorrect edginess it once had.

Nov 24, 2018 | Rating: 3.0/4 | Full Review…

Murphy Brown's return has brought unfiltered politics back to primetime in a way we haven't seen in a long while; as the only comedy about journalists on TV, Murphy Brown's been able to wring humor and insight from today's headlines.

Nov 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Murphy Brown: Season 11

  • May 11, 2019
    If your into old-shaming this is for you.
  • Feb 28, 2019
    I absolutely loved the old series of Murphy Brown and was so excited to hear it was coming back. After watching the first episode I was extremely disappointed but I did give the new series several chances and it really didn���t get any better. Every episode was like an afterschool special. I know the original series had episodes regarding specific issues : political, current events, etc but It was actually funny and not every episode wereon those topics unlike this new series. maybe they just need better writers because we know from the original series the actors have good chemistry and are very funny together but this new series seems to be forced and includes a series of one-liners that are not funny.
  • Feb 12, 2019
    I LOVE Murphy Brown. It is smart and entertaining.
  • Dec 21, 2018
    The laughs were good, although Bergen was a little stiff in the acting department throughout.
  • Dec 14, 2018
    We love this show! Nice watching Candace as Murphy and all the former casts and new ones too....I like it when they're being funny, sometimes they do the drama, I prefer when they do comedy (right now, it's like drama in the news) so we enjoy watching Murphy Brown especially when the ending is funny.... we liked the first 2 episodes a lot and the one with the dog, cute
  • Dec 11, 2018
    I loved the original 10 seasons, so I was really looking forward to this. Well,I didn’t even make it to the end of the first episode. It started kind of clunky, but the cameo in the middle was the deal breaker. I expected better from Murphy Brown than simplistic partisanship.
  • Dec 01, 2018
    When reality doesn't fit your narrative, you make it up.
  • Nov 29, 2018
    I used to watch the original show. Perhaps I remember it as better than it was, but the reboot has been disappointing to say the least. Every conservative character is instead a caricature. All the leftist/liberal characters are portrayed as the only good and decent people.
  • Nov 24, 2018
    I liked the original show, but the only thing good on the re-boot, is Avery.
  • Nov 15, 2018
    overall its fine so far but old slugger isnt doing much slugging anymore.

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