Murphy's Law

2001 TV-14 4 seasons

Murphy's Law

2001 TV-14 4 seasons
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A maverick Irish cop whose daughter was slain by the IRA, tough-as-nails detective Tommy Murphy (James Nesbitt) wages war against London's crime world by going undercover and taking down blackmailers, thieves, money launderers, drug dealers and killers. Constantly forced into nerve-racking situations that test his true mettle, Murphy frequently finds himself in unfamiliar places, including a prison, a biotech lab and a convent.
James Nesbitt, Claudia Harrison, Vincent Regan, Mark Benton, David Bradley, Alex Norton, Peter McNamara, Matt Bardock, Del Synnott
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5

Summary of Season 2 (2004) - 2 discs

The second season of this gripping British television drama stars James Nesbitt as Tommy Murphy, a troubled policeman who goes undercover to nab elusive criminals such as a serial killer terrorizing a bustling London neighborhood. Also this edition, Murphy dons alternate personae to crack a ring of international car thieves, investigate the suspicious death of a nun and scrutinize the apparent suicide of a fellow cop.
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this British crime drama is full of mature content: suspense, frequent and bloody violence, kidnapping, references to drug use, and occasional strong language. The main character (an undercover cop) assumes false identities to gain the trust of criminals or victims and then exploits that trust to get the information he needs to put criminals away. Allegiances and assumptions of guilt often switch, so young viewers may be confused about whom to trust. Remind teens that Murphy's brash confidence in the face of frequent mortal danger (he's often confronted by weapon-wielding criminals) isn't an accurate representation of similar real-world situations.

Sexual Content

Some obvious flirtation among adults, but it rarely leads to anything physical.


Violence is plentiful and graphic. Gunshot victims are shown bleeding and gasping for air, dead bodies are cut down after suicide by hanging, and fistfights result in cuts, bruises, and other obvious injuries. Kidnapping victims cry and plead for their lives.


Fairly infrequent use of expletives like "ass" and "hell."

Social Behavior

The main character is an undercover cop who assumes various false identities and tells plenty of lies to gather intelligence and gain criminals' and victims' confidence. Allegiances and assumptions of guilt often change multiple times throughout each episode, making it difficult to know which characters are good and which are bad.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Casual and habitual smoking and drinking are common among adult characters, and some plots deal with drug use and the drug trade, so there's potential for onscreen substance use.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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