TV review: ‘Only Murders in the Building’


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Steve Martin at the 120th Anniversary of Carnegie Hall in MOMA, New York City in April 2011.

By Madelaine Vikse , Editor-in-Chief

“Only Murders in the Building” is a newly released comedy and mystery show that has set a record as Hulu’s most-watched comedy ever.

“Only Murders in the Building” features longtime actor Steve Martin as Charles-Haden Savage, a retired actor who used to star in a TV series called “Brazzos;” actor Martin Short as Oliver Putnam, a former Broadway director; and actress Selena Gomez as Mabel Mora, a mysterious character with a haunting past.

All three characters live in the same upscale apartment building called the Arconia. One night, someone sets off the fire alarm, and it is revealed that Tim Kono, a resident of the Arconia, has been found dead with the cause of death ruled as a suicide.

Charles, Oliver and Mabel find out that they are all fans of true crime podcasts and, once they collectively believe that Tim Kono was murdered, decide to start their own true crime podcast, “Only Murders in the Building.”

“Only Murders in the Building” was created by Martin and co-creator John Hoffman. Short, Gomez and Martin are all executive producers for the show, which has been renewed for a second season.

The acting is fantastic, with each actor and actress fully embodying their characters’ situations, background and style. The show’s opening credits help to set the mood before each episode with colorful animation about the events that take place early on in the first episode. 

The show’s episode 7, “The Boy From 6B,” is almost completely performed in American Sign Language and is centered around character Theo Dimas, played by James Caverly, who is deaf in real life. The rest of the episodes feature English with small bits of ASL throughout.

Some more notable supporting characters include Amy Ryan as Jan, a professional musician and resident of the Arconia and Aaron Dominguez as Oscar, a resident of the Arconia and former friend of Tim Kono. Other stars that make an appearance in the show include Tina Fey, Jane Lynch, Sting and Da’Vine Joy Randolph. 

The mystery surrounding Tim Kono’s death is incredibly entertaining with various suspenseful twists and turns, keeping the mystery until the very last episode. 

The show has one season and 10 episodes, with the first episode having been released Aug. 31 and the last Oct. 19. In the United States, the show can only be found on Hulu. Each episode runs from anywhere between 26 to 35 minutes.

“Only Murders in the Building” is suspenseful, full of mystery and perfect for binge watching now that every episode of the first season has been released on Hulu.