Have You Watched “Only Murders in the Building”? (My Thoughts)

Seven episodes into Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building,” I’m starting to fully realize just how good this show is. It’s no surprise that it has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

OMB, as I’ll call it, is a half-hour comedy-mystery starting the unlikely trio of Steve Martin, Martin Short…and Selena Gomez (who does quite well to hold her own with those comedy greats). They form a friendship of sorts when (a) someone in their New York apartment building is murdered and (b) they all realize they like the same true-crime podcast.

That’s the first point of brilliance of OMB–it’s a show about people making a podcast. A number of jokes stem from that concept.

Amidst a compelling mystery and the unraveling of its main (and secondary) characters, OMB also mixes in some stylish elements. For example, there’s a scene where one of the characters–a former off-Broadway director–hosts an “audition” in his mind for several suspects. It’s a visual break from reality, but it’s amusing, it advances the story, and it’s the perfect match for his character.

My favorite episode was the one we just watched at lunch today, but revealing even the concept of the episode would be a spoiler. I can only highly recommend that you give the show a try long enough to get to that episode.

I haven’t finished the show, so please don’t reveal anything in the comments below. If you have a favorite moment from the first few episodes, though, feel free to share it in the comments below.

6 thoughts on “Have You Watched “Only Murders in the Building”? (My Thoughts)”

  1. Loving it. 1 more episode tell it wraps up, but they will be back for Season 2.

    Episode 7 was a cracker.

    The moment in episode 1, when Oliver falls off the porch, to then trampoline back up took my breath away, and set up the style of the show nicely.

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  2. It is one of the few shows we truly look forward to the next episode. The writing is clever and often a bit unexpected. It is a comedy for sure, but also a good mystery. Selena Gomez is so funny to me and her comic timing is spot on. Expected from the others, but I find myself laughing out loud with her parts – often just with a look or expression.

    I do enjoy the cameos and chance for other actors to “play”. They all seem to be having so much fun on set.

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  3. I absolutely love it. Being able to show my kids comedy legends like Martin Short and Steve Martin in a modern setting where they’re not complaining how it looks. It’s pretty great, that last episode had me in stitches. I had no idea Selena Gomez could act either!

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  4. We’ve been loving the show.

    I think it’s really great to see Martin and Short getting a renaissance, as I’ve really liked both of them right from the first time I encountered them.

    We saw their live show in Perth, Western Australia in November 2019 and it was a real hoot. Warm, hilarious, humble, and slipped on like an old glove.

    I think it will be a while before I sit in a theatre again — but that one was sure a good one to go out on.

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