Season 2 continues to slay us with laughs and a new murder mystery.
If you recall in “Only Murders in the Building,” Steve Martin and Martin Short joined forces with Selena Gomez in a Hulu true crime comedy series about three people who start a podcast murder mystery series. Martin is a former tv actor named Charles-Haden Savage, Short is a struggling Broadway director named Oliver Putnam, and Gomez is a mysterious young woman named Mabel Mora.
The first season was smart and funny in the ways it satirizes the genre and draws Hulu streamers into the true mystery behind the crimes. And the leads all delivered the goods in how they transcend from one genre to another.
Now, Season 2 arrives, and it picks up when they’re all framed for the murder of the jerky resident Bunny (Jayne Houdyshell). They’re labeled as “persons of interests” by Detective Williams (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), who warns them not to investigate and not to make anymore podcasts. She tells them to “get lives.”
Charles is up for a reboot of his show “Brazzos,” but as Uncle Brazzo, Mabel wants to be an artist with a lesbian love story, and Oliver is eager to start the new season. So, they must go inside to clear their names. A painting becomes a vital clue in their case.
The new stars of Season 2 include Cara Delevingne as Alice, an art world insider, whom Mabel is in love with; Amy Schumer as herself, who moves into Sting’s apartment and Oliver wants to pitch a new show with her; Michael Rapaport as another detective in Bunny’s case; and Shirley MacLaine as Bunny’s mother. Out of them, so far, Delevingne is charming in the ways she connects into Mabel’s life and uses her tone and tastes to ease her in; and it’s always fun to see MacLaine put herself out there. In fact, she kind of reminded me of K. Callen’s character in “Knives Out.” You know the one who played the late Christopher Plummer’s mother.
Two episodes have been released on Hulu, so far, but I can already tell the new season of “Only Murders in the Building” is as fun as the first. Both seasons have some unnecessary and crass things, but both have their own unique ways of drawing us into the world of true crime and podcasts. It wants to give the lead characters elements we probably never would have guessed the last time, and it’s really quite intriguing. Martin, Short, and Gomez still deliver in their own exuberant and stylish ways, thanks to the creators Martin and John Hoffman.
I don’t watch much of the new shows, but if I do get the chance, I take a look at time. I’ve already watched “Only Murders in the Building” before it pushed itself further. It’s the kind of comedy-mystery series you want to talk about with your friends, especially when it wants to explore Mabel’s interests and Charles’ past.
We were only given a 2-episode premiere, as I’ve mentioned, so I can’t wait to see where this season will lead into.
Streaming on Hulu