‘Murphy Brown’ Goes Into Syndication And Power Suit Aficionados And Dan Quayle Mockers Rejoice
If you are a person of a Certain Age, you cut your teeth on watching Mary Tyler Moore rock a newsroom but then you grew up, moved on, and watched Candice Bergen go full H.A.M as Murphy Brown. Would you like to feel old? The show’s run started 25 years ago and ended 15 years ago, just before Aaron Sorkin birthed his bouncing baby West Wing.
Unlike a lot of its 1990s teevee show peers, Murphy Brown hasn’t been rattling around the airwaves forever in syndication since going off the air, and you can’t stream it anywhere. ANYWHERE. But now it is finally, blessedly, going into syndication on something named the Encore Classic channel, which better be in our cable package, dammit, because we are going to watch Candice rock those 1980s big shoulder pad power jackets SO HARD.
Also, too, we’re going to LOL forever remembering how Dan Quayle thought it would be a good idea to use the show to sadsplain about how single moms were undermining the very fabric of ‘Merica in 1992 not long before Big Dog Bill Clinton and crew wiped the sad bland Quayle off the map.
It doesn’t help matters when primetime TV has Murphy Brown, a character who supposedly epitomizes today’s intelligent, highly paid professional woman, mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another lifestyle choice. I know it’s not fashionable to talk about moral values, but we need to do it!
The cornerstone of our moral values is shut the fuck up Dan Quayle, so we worship at the altar of Murphy Brown.
And before we go: from the department of what might have been, but thank god it wasn’t: there were discussions about reviving the show circa 2012:
“…but “only if Sarah Palin had run,” Bergen notes. “And [showrunner Diane English] said, ‘Only six episodes. That’s all I need.’ That would have been so much fun. Like ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ‘Murphy’ was at its best in covering hardcore political events and getting some people from politics onto the show. That was really fun for us.”
Bullet dodged, potential Palin presidency-wise, but still – how great would that have been?