These are the first three adjectives that come to my mind when reviewing ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING’S first season. So is it any wonder the production was HULU’S most-watched comedy premiere?

I have always been a huge fan of murder mysteries. I thoroughly enjoy the idea of solving “ who done it.” But ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING took it one step further by combining oodles of physical, emotional, and intellectual comedy bits. The writing was multi-layered to continually keep the audience on their toes. It was subtle, and at times, outright hilarious. Crazy, chase scenes, witty, elevator dialogues, poisonings, threatening notes, stabbing wounds, gunshots, nose bleeds, and eating dip combos were the norm. It was never a dull moment.

The star power of ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING was outstanding! To gather so many “heavy hitters” together at one time was a gift that keeps on giving to the viewers. Tina Fey, Nathan Lane, Sting, Jane Lynch, and Amy Ryan were just a few gems, but the success of this show rested on Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez’s shoulders. They shared masterful comedic moments that will remain in our memories until season 2 begins next fall. All of these actors showed how vital timing and improvisation are in creating authentic, believable characters. They presented broad slapstick schtick as well as all the small subtleties of facial expression to bring us to peaks of laughter.

ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING was one of my faves for 2021. I was sad for only nine episodes. I just wanted more. It isn’t often we are treated with such television excellence. Be sure to stream it on HULU.

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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