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Review: Only Murders In The Building Season 3 (Spoiler Free)

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Only Murders In The Building continues to deliver a captivating blend of mystery and humor in its third season, leaving fans eagerly awaiting each new episode. This season takes the beloved characters – Charles, Oliver, and Mabel – to new heights as they find themselves entangled in yet another intricate murder case within their Upper West Side apartment building and this time on the stage as the setting moves to the theatre for Oliver’s (Martin Short) new play/musical.

Season three finds Charles, Oliver & Mabel (played by Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez) investigating a murder behind the scenes of a Broadway show. Ben Glenroy (Paul Rudd) is a Hollywood action star whose Broadway debut is cut short by his untimely death. Aided by co-star Loretta Durkin (Meryl Streep), our trio embarks on their toughest case yet, all while director Oliver desperately attempts to put his show back together. Curtains up!

The writing remains sharp and witty, effortlessly transitioning between laugh-out-loud moments and intense plot developments. The chemistry between Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez is as electric as ever, providing a heartwarming anchor to the show’s zany murder investigations. It’s truly a testament to their acting prowess that they can tackle both comedic and dramatic scenes with such finesse. The three are so comfortable together in their characters, that at times you winder if they are acting at all.

Only Murders in the Building Season 3 Oliver (Martin Short), Mabel (Selena Gomez) and Charles (Steve Martin). (Photo by: Patrick Harbron/Hulu) on Screen One
Only Murders in the Building Oliver (Martin Short), Mabel (Selena Gomez) and Charles (Steve Martin). (Photo by: Patrick Harbron/Hulu)

The additions of Meryl Streep and Paul Rudd are fantastic and one episode even features a jaw droppingly funny cameo, that we won’t reveal here, that then leads into a even funnier cameo and a bring the house down one liner that is simply is worth rewatching over and over. Streep also delivers a show stopping musical interlude that is exquisite, while Steve Martin delievers a show tune in his own inimitable style that harkens back to his ‘Wild and Crazy Guy’ days.

One of the standout aspects of this season is how it deepens the characters’ personal journeys. As secrets from the past resurface and relationships are put to the test, the emotional complexity adds a layer of depth that resonates with viewers. The exploration of friendship, trust, and redemption gives the series a more profound dimension, making it more than just a typical murder mystery.

The intricate set design of the theatre serves as a character of its own, providing a rich backdrop for the unfolding events. The building is still in play of course but with the theatre backdrop for this season, it widens the scale of our favourite characters as they pursue the latest killer on the loose.

In a television landscape saturated with crime dramas, “Only Murders In The Building” manages to stand out with its fresh take on the genre, combining comedy, mystery, and heartfelt moments seamlessly. Season 3 proves that the show’s winning formula is still going strong, and it’s a must-watch for anyone who enjoys a well-crafted story that keeps you guessing until the all the red herrings and pratfalls have played out.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Only Murders In The Building Season 3 poster on Screen One

Only Murders In The Building Season 3 debuts on Disney+ 8th August

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