If you’ve ever listened to a true-crime podcast, decided that you’d make a great Serial host yourself and started wondering how you’d ever follow in Sarah Koenig’s footsteps, then you should be watching Only Murders in the Building. The Disney+ series follows three New Yorkers who basically follow that same process. Here, actor Charles-Haden Savage (Steve Martin, It’s Complicated), theatre producer Oliver Putnam (Martin Short, Schmigadoon!) and the much-younger Mabel Mora (Selena Gomez, The Dead Don’t Die) are all obsessed with a podcast hosted by the fictional Cinda Canning (Tina Fey, Girls5eva). They find themselves bonding over it, in fact. And, when someone turns up dead in their building, they decide that they can sleuth their way through the case by getting talking themselves.
First hitting streaming last month, and now dropping new episodes week-by-week, the series has been unfurling its first season in a very entertaining fashion. It’s exceptionally well-cast, and makes makes the most of its main trio’s mismatched vibe. It’s filled with hearty affection for everything it jokes about, resulting in an upbeat satire of true-crime obsessions, podcasting’s pervasiveness and the intersection of the two. It adores its single-setting Agatha Christie-lite setup, it’s always empathetic, and it also loves peppering in highly recognisable co-stars and guest stars such as Fey, Nathan Lane (Penny Dreadful: City of Angels), Amy Ryan (Late Night) and even Sting. With the latter, it isn’t above making puns about not standing so close to him, or just serving up jokes on that level in general.
Yes, it’s a delight. And, although it’s only five episodes in so far, Only Murders in the Building has just been renewed for a second season. So, if you’d like more of a show that’s basically Knives Out, but a sitcom and also a little goofier, you’re in luck.
Expect another round of murder and podcasting. Expect another suspicious death in the show’s Arconia building, too, given the series’ title. That’s great news for viewers, but probably not for the apartment block’s residents — other than Martin, Short and Gomez’s characters, that is. Exactly what the next season will cover and when it’ll arrive hasn’t yet been revealed; however, co-creator and executive producer John Hoffman said that “to carry on our show’s wild ride of mystery-comedy-empathy is too exciting for words.”
Streaming as part of Disney+’s new Star expansion, which launched in Australia back in February this year, Only Murders in the Building enjoyed Star’s most-watched premiere among its original series. So, it clearly already (and deservedly) has plenty of fans, all ready not just for the next five episodes of season one, but for another season afterwards.
Check out the trailer for Only Murders in the Building below:
The first five episodes of Only Murders in the Building’s first season are available to stream now via Star on Disney+, with new episodes dropping weekly. The show will return for a second season, but exactly when that’ll be hasn’t yet been announced.
Images: Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu.
Published on September 15, 2021 by Sarah Ward