TV Review: Milo Murphy’s Law Series Premiere

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Milo Murphy’s Law is the latest concoction from comedic cartoon duo Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, creators of the Disney Channel smash hit Phineas and Ferb. Titular character Milo Murphy (Weird Al Yankovic) has a “bit of a reputation.” Wherever he goes, accidents and calamity are bound to follow his footsteps. So understandably, not too many people like to stand close by from fear of being swept into his mayhem. That is, unless you’re the oblivious new kid like Zack Underwood (Mekai Curtis,) who becomes an unwitting accomplice just by introducing himself to Milo. But you know what they say, “Sticks and stones can damage your vital organs, so always wear body armor!”

What makes Milo Murphy’s Law such a worthwhile addition to the Disney XD lineup is how well Povenmire and Marsh’s signature brand of “oddball, surreal” humor has transferred over from their previous efforts of Phineas and Ferb. That doesn’t mean Milo Murphy’s Law is Phineas and Ferb 2.0, far from it. This isn’t about kids trying to have their best summer ever, or an evil scientist trying to invent his latest “inator,” and you’re not going to get a song an episode. Although with Weird Al Yankovic and Dan Povenmire responsible for the show’s theme, perhaps a musical episode down the line wouldn’t be that far-fetched? This new show stands as a testament of what creators can learn from their first outing, as the pilot of Milo Murphy’s Law rolls out laugh a minute gag after gag that’re further commanded by its three likable leads. With Milo, there’s his charismatic optimism, despite everything around him always going wrong. The new kid on the block, Zack, has his newfound appreciation for the more interesting lifestyle by Milo’s side, even if it means risking potential death on a regular basis. Lastly, there’s Melissa (Sabrina Carpenter) being a confident, yet occasionally forgetful, ally to back up Milo’s tough and prepared nature, while also being a charming personality to take over the scene when she comes around. Bolster all this with just as engaging stories to guide them forward, these three well-rounded characters are what helps raise Milo Murphy’s Law into its humorous heights.

The only small nitpick to be had in the pilot is we don’t get enough time to understand the background characters a little better, especially Milo’s dog Diogee (Dee Bradley Baker.) I’m sure this will be addressed as the episodes go on, and I am quite curious to see what role he’ll play as the show moves forward, but as of now his purpose feels just a tad bit too “deus ex machina,” since he really only came in to help save the day. But that’s very little to actually squabble over. Otherwise, Milo Murphy’s Law is not only a great reintroduction for Povenmire and Marsh, but it stands completely on its own as an all around superb Disney XD original. With fellow programs like Gravity Falls and Wander Over Yonder having ceased new episodes recently, its nice to get a new and exciting binge worthy production in their place. In Milo Murphy’s world, lightning striking twice is just part of being a jinx, but it also perfectly describes how well this series stormed out.

Rating: 9/10

​Donald Strohman is a Pennsylvania State University film graduate currently residing in Metro Atlanta, Georgia. Before being a part of The Young Folks team, he contributed to GameDeck and the satire website The Black Sheep. He also writes for the game journalism site GameSkinny. When he's not trying to fulfill his life long dream of becoming the "Hash Slinging Slasher", Donald enjoys watching movies, playing video games, and writing; sometimes all at once.