Only Murders in the Building
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A clever cross-generational whodunnit that weaves together laugh-out-loud comedy with a sweet romance, layers of mystery, and edge-of-your-seat suspense.
Charles (Steve Martin), Oliver (Martin Short), and Mabel (Selena Gomez) are New York apartment-dwelling acquaintances who only exchange occasional pleasantries on the elevator…until a fateful night when one of their neighbors is found dead. Having nothing in common except for a love of true crime podcasts, the three amateur detectives set out on a mission to hunt for the killer while starting a podcast of their own.
Their clumsy detective work provides hilarious encounters with their fellow neighbors-turned-suspects. Each episode ends with more questions than answers, taking the viewer through unexpected twists and turns, while throwing in a few surprise guest stars along the way. As the newfound friends get closer to discovering the truth about their neighbor's death, old mysteries come to light, and they fear that they could become the killer's next victims.
I call Only Murders in the Building my "treadmill show." I started watching the series while walking on the treadmill, and since each episode ends with a cliffhanger, I'm now motivated to walk the next day to see what happens. I often find myself audibly gasping or talking to the television within the final minute! Plus, as a member of Generation X, a TV show centered around two baby boomers befriending a millennial seemed like the perfect fit. I spent my childhood watching Steve Martin and Martin Short together onscreen in movies like Father of the Bride. A few decades later, with my children, I watched Selena Gomez in Disney shows. Only Murders in the Building unites these two seemingly opposite generations in a funny and heartfelt way.
My fellow Gen-Xers will find a lot of humor in the boomers' ineptitude with technology and the frequent callbacks to 70s and 80s pop culture. The backdrop of Manhattan and the other quirky residents give this show a classic murder mystery feel. I love that scenes, sometimes even entire episodes, are told through one character's perspective. This show will keep you on your toes! Just when you think you've solved the mystery, you'll second-guess yourself and have to start over again.