Critic Consensus: 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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There is some pleasure in reconnecting with the old gang, but that eventually wears off. This revival feels so last century.
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.
The political jokes are relentless and relentlessly tired, leading to a sense of smug overkill.
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.
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.
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