Surprise! Only Murders in the Building is what you get when you unleash the genius of Steve Martin & Martin Short! A true crime comedy full of amazing story, performances, and cameos.
To be honest, I was sold on the show way before I saw the trailer especially after I saw that the show is co-created by Steve Martin, a true legend. However, the cherry on top was watching Martin and Short together. This ten-episode charmer is a fine sendup of media culture, in particular the true-crime genre. A genre that makes stars out of corpses. It’s like Murder She Wrote was produced in the 21rst century and had a podcast.
The show is precious and artsy, a hothouse flower of a dramedy set amongst the rich and idle, but this series is also cinematically shot and expertly acted, with an intriguing setting and unusual characters.
Charles-Haden Savage (Steve Martin) is a washed up tv-star & Oliver Putnam (Martin Short) is the New York producer that everyone loves to hate, bump into Mabel Mora (Selena Gomez) in the elevator the night where a building resident gets killed. Being true crime fans, they decide to investigate the murder and make a podcast out of it.
The lovable trio is joined by some amazing actors and cameos across the episodes. Special mention to Aaron Dominguez (I gasped every time he’s on screen), Jane Lynch, Sting (yes, THAT Sting), and Tina Fey.
To be honest, if the laughs don’t quite come thick and fast, they’re at least medium-sliced and at regular intervals. At the end, it adds up to one of the most unashamedly enjoyable half-hours currently on television.
Should you watch it?
Only Murders in the Building‘s ridiculous approach to true crime obsessives is at once hilarious and insightful. A 2021 must watch. Can’t wait for season 2!