“Only Murders in the Building” Review: Selena Gomez Plays an Amateur Sleuth in Hulu’s Whodunit Comedy

Selena Gomez, Steve Martin and Martin Short in “Only Murders in the Building.” Photo Courtesy: Hulu

Rating: 8/10

Had I watched Only Murders in the Building in a different period of my life — and by that I mean in my pre-pandemic cynic days — I might have found its brand of humor too broad and its acting unsubtle.

Yet, the 10-episode, half-hour Hulu comedy — which premieres this Tuesday, August 31, with three episodes and follows a weekly rollout pattern after that — has proven to be the exact kind of comforting murder mystery wrapped in lots of humor and peppered with a bit of real estate voyeurism that my soul needed.

Co-created by Steve Martin and John Hoffman (Grace & Frankie), Only Murders in the Building stars Martin himself, Martin Short and Selena Gomez. They are three perfect strangers and nosy neighbors living in a posh Upper West Side building, The Arconia. When their neighbor Tim Kono (Julian Cihi) turns up dead, the trio — who meet by chance and bond over their love of true crime podcasts — decide to investigate. The police seem to believe the deceased committed suicide, but the group is convinced someone must have killed Kono. They even end up launching their own true crime podcast about the affair. Their maxim is to focus only on crimes perpetrated in the building — hence the podcast and show’s title.