What to watch: Only Murders in the Building

A murder mystery that's been delivering for Hulu so far.

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Alright, it's been a while since I've had the time to watch television. And, what even is there to watch right now? Well, there's a good answer over on Hulu, of all places.

So I wasn't sure to what to expect when taking the old-school comedy duo of Steve Martin and Martin Short, pairing them with Selena Gomez, and putting them all in a weekly episodic murder mystery. But, Only Murders in the Building has been a lot of fun.

Here's the thing about this show. It's a murder mystery, but it's a lot more than that. It's as much a look into the crazy fandom of true crime stories than anything else. Part of this story's appeal is as much about trying to solve the murder of a rich tennant who lived upstairs, but it's just as much about the motives for why everyone wants this murder solved. For Mabel (Selena Gomez), it's because she personally knew the victim, but for Charles (Steve Martin) and Oliver (Martin), it's about relevancy. Charles is a washed-up TV detective who wants to up his profile, even if he doesn't directly say it, just because his life in retirement has been so dull. Meanwhile, for Oliver, it's a brazen attempt to capitalize on a trend, knowing that true crime podcasts are the "it" thing and that chronicling their investigation could lead to a huge following. What's interesting about Oliver's character is that he's basically the personification of true crime fandom.

The mystery helps drive the story and what keeps it worth watching is the undeniable chemistry of the three main characters. One wouldn't think that Martin and Short would gel well with somebody so much younger and cut from a totally different cloth like Gomez, but they're a fantastic trio. A lot of the humor comes through banter and absurd confrontations, including one where the three question Sting, of all people. Best of all, it's an easy watch, clocking it at just a little over a half hour per episode.

You're probaly going to want to start binging this now if you haven't already, because once the show starts to hit the final episodes, there's a good chance that spoilers will start hitting the usual internet spots. It's worth the watch, I promise.

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    September 21, 2021 7:58 PM

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      September 21, 2021 8:01 PM

      I think the dog did it

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      September 21, 2021 8:15 PM

      Any other good content on Hulu?

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      September 22, 2021 10:01 AM

      I really like this show. Steve Martin Short is always a great pairing, and each brings a lot of history with their performances. Selena Gomez is fine in it too, but nothing really special. Any number of actresses could have done it. Not her fault really. The role doesn't ask for much and she doesn't have the same track record and character experience that Steve Martin Short do.

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        September 22, 2021 10:33 AM

        I thought they added her just to get a younger audience who would have no idea who Steve Martin and Martin short are.

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        September 22, 2021 10:33 AM

        My kids to my wife's and I, "oh, you're watching that new Selena Gomez show?" Lol

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          September 22, 2021 10:56 AM

          Ha! I told my GF about the show and started with
          "Steve Martin and Martin Short are in it"
          *crickets*
          "and Selena Gomez"
          "Oh, Selena Gomez!?"

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            September 22, 2021 12:13 PM

            Okay, at the risk of sounding ageist or sexist, but does always have a flat affect and nasal/croaky voice? Or is that the character? Because she is the most boring part of the show to me.

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        September 22, 2021 9:34 PM

        Ok. I take that back about Selena Gomez. This latest episode she was really good.

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      September 22, 2021 12:31 PM

      I’m enjoying it and have no idea what direction it’s going. Amy Ryan is due to come back soon and play a part, I bet.

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      September 22, 2021 12:48 PM

      I like Steve Martin's quilted jacket in that show.

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