Hulu’s new mystery-comedy series, Only Murders in the Building, is officially the streaming service’s most-watched comedy premiere of all time. Starring comedy icons Steve Martin and Martin Short alongside Selena Gomez, the series offers an unlikely age gap in the pairing of its protagonists, but it’s precisely that blend of old meets new that seems to be working. Just three episodes in as of this writing, and Only Murders has found strong audience support.
After what appears to be a suicide in the upscale Manhattan building that Charles (Steve Martin), Oliver (Martin Short) and Mabel (Selena Gomez) live in, the three strangers are suddenly united by their love for true-crime podcasts. Together they decide that perhaps there’s something more to the supposed suicide of their neighbor, Tim Kono, and set about trying to find out anything they can while putting together their own podcast on the case. Both Martin and Short are particularly funny as former celebrities now relegated to lives that are slightly less glamorous than what they’ve experienced in their pasts, and Gomez keeps the program’s mystery alive with a past that isn’t quite clear, yet riddled with apparent contradictions. Though still early days for the series, it’s already captured the attention of more than a few Hulu subscribers.
Just how popular Only Murders in the Building currently is can be proven by its record-breaking premier. As The Wrap reports, the new series has become Hulu’s most-watched comedy premiere of all time, even surpassing the streamer’s acquisition of Seinfeld in 2015. Back then, Hulu only had about 9 million subscribers, however, compared to its current tally of almost 43 million subscribers. Still, for a series in which two-thirds of its star power is relatively unknown to younger viewers, Only Murders’ success is substantial.
As previously mentioned, Only Murders is only three episodes into its ten episode run and although a second season hasn’t been confirmed or denied, the early success of the series does bode well for the possibility of more. That being said, it’s hard to say just how long a series that revolves around solving a single murder can run for. For fans of Martin and Short, however, the only thing that matters is seeing the two together on a regular basis. It might be anyone’s guess how long it will last for, but for the time being, it’s great seeing the two comedians work their magic in a new, albeit slightly subdued comedic project.
The general lack of consistent laughs could be one aspect of what ultimately holds Only Murders in the Building back, particularly for those viewers who expect to be treated to the sort of comedy that Martin and Short have traditionally been known for. This isn’t to say that the two aren’t on form in the new series, just that there’s often more mystery than laughs. Still, for a series that has only just gotten off the ground, there’s plenty to attract viewers who aren’t familiar with Martin and Short and who like watching a good mystery take shape.
Source: The Wrap