Only Murders In The Building – Season 2

L-R: Charles (Steve Martin), Mabel (Selena Gomez) and Oliver (Martin Short) in Only Murders In The Building: Season 2 (Photo by: Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu).

True crime comedy Only Murders In The Building comes back to Hulu for season 2 and starts moments after season 1 left off.

If you’ve forgotten what happens, Charles-Haden Savage (Steve Martin), Oliver Putnam (Martin Short), and Mabel Mora (Selena Gomez) were suspected of killing Arconia Board President Bunny Folger (Jayne Houdyshell). Because they are people of interest, it is in their best interests to not do a second season of their podcast but this show wouldn’t be the same! The funny thing about coming back for a second season is that there are no shortage of jokes about sequels and second seasons. Everywhere you look, there is another meta joke. Much like the first season, there are no shortage of laughs…or twists and turns for that matter. That’s the thing that I love about watching Only Murders on Hulu. The writers certainly know where the humor comes from and they’re doing a kickass job with it.

Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez have great chemistry together. They really clicked together during the first season. There’s some more character development this season that adds another layer to their characters. This time around, Selena has a new love interest in Alice (Cara Delevingne). It’s not usually a good look when someone creeps into your DMs after you got arrested and invites you to visit their art gallery. That being said, I’m interested in seeing how things develop between them. Outside of Cara, there are other actors making guest appearances this season and play into the humor of it all. I’m just going to leave it at that.

The beauty of this series is that you can finish each season with a new murder and set things up for another season. Of course, this series can only go on for so long before starting to get stale. But after watching eighteen episodes, we’re thankfully not there yet. I’ve already touched on the meta jokes but can’t stress just how much I enjoy them. Beyond our primary leading characters, there’s no shortage of neighbors in the building. We’re not just getting to know the three main leads but the building and its residents are as much of a character as they are. Regardless, Only Murders in the Building is one of the best comedies in existence right now and I’m going to keep chiming into this true crime comedy series.

The nice part of releasing an episode a week is that Only Murders will keep people talking. However, the downside is that we have to keep waiting. There’s no binge-watching everything all at once. Well, unless you’re the type that waits for everything to be available. You do you, of course. Who is the killer? I have my suspicions through the first eight episodes but it’s probably the classic misdirection before they solve the case. You and I both know that they do not want to give it away before the ending. Hulu sent press a nice list of spoilers to avoid so you’re getting absolutely nothing from me! Writing about this show is almost similar to writing about Star Wars or Marvel in that you don’t want to ruin the experience for others.

Only Murders In The Building remains absolute perfection in its second season. If you’re a fan of whodunits, you’re going to enjoy the season. Obviously, Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez fans will enjoy what this season has to offer–I know that I did!

CREATORS: Steve Martin and John Hoffman
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Steve Martin, John Hoffman, Martin Short, Selena Gomez, Dan Fogelman, and Jess Rosenthal
CAST: Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez, Cara Delevingne

Hulu launches the second season of Only Murders In The Building on June 28, 2022. Weekly episodes will follow on Tuesdays through August 23. Grade: 5/5

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Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.