Murphy Brown is a very funny comedy. Throughout its 10-year run, most people enjoyed it, not for the laughs, but for the deep story plots. Unlike 90s sitcoms like 'Friends' and 'Mad About You', 'Murphy Brown' had some depth, continuing plots, similar to what 'The Nanny' did for many years. And, it was CBS' flagship comedy for many years, establishing many hits. Despite declining ratings in its last years, it remained part of why the 90s for sitcoms were so great.
When Dan Quayle talked about morales during the 1992 campaign, Murphy Brown was one of the shows he mentioned as a bad example. Murphy Brown would spend the remainder of that season bad mouthing the Vice President/ex-Vice President. When Bill Clinton and Al Gore was elected, it seemed that Quayle's speech had become an embarrasment for him. Quayle hasn't been in politics since after the campaign.