Actor Steve Martin and producer John Hoffman brings us ‘Only Murders in the Building.’ It was released exclusively Hulu and serves as a comedic take on true crime podcasts.
Charles-Haden Savage (Steve Martin) is an aging actor living in the swanky Arcadia luxury apartments in New York City. He shares an elevator with struggling Broadway director Oliver Putnam (Martin Short), resident Mabel Mora (Selena Gomez), and snobbish neighbor Tim Kono (Julian Cihi). A while later, the fire alarm goes off and they find themselves at a restaurant bonding over a true crime podcast. They discover that Tim has been murdered. Mabel secretly knew Tim when they were teens and she knows something is wrong. The three decide to start a podcast searching for suspects. Along the way, they meet Mabel’s friend Oscar (Aaron Dominguez), bassoonist Jan (Amy Ryan), and popular podcast host Cinda Canning (Tina Fey) who help in the search for Tim’s killer.
I honestly did not know what to expect for this series. I found the mixture of Steven Martin and Martin Short not so odd, but throwing in pop star Selena Gomez was strange. It felt like a trope and a pander to a younger audience. However, it actually did not turn out that way.
Steve Martin and Martin Short still have their incredible chemistry. The two of them got the most laughs out of me and I enjoyed their banter throughout all ten episodes. They let Selena Gomez just be herself and that ended up working. She brought a pizzaz to the show that I thought was good. The only person that felt forced was Jane Lynch. Don’t get me wrong, she is a fine actress, but they could have cut all of her scenes and it would not have mattered at all to the show period.
As for the overall plot, I was hooked. It provided lots of laughs, intrigue, and even hilarious cringe to make the show work. I even enjoyed all of the character’s subplots. Savage wanting to find love while remembering his glory days as a TV detective. Putnam struggling to regain his former glory as a director while becoming estranged from his family. Mora searching for the answers while hiding her own connections to the case. They were all excellent and fun.
I am excited that it got renewed for a second season because it landed so well. The premise, the guest stars, and the mystery were ones that I could get behind.
Check out the trailer below:
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Strong foul language, Comedic violence, Innuendo, Suggestive dialogue
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