A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Typically the positive messages in a murder mystery show come through the ingenuity and perseverance of the detective, but Mapleworth Murders is a pretty straightforward parody without even someone to play the role of a foil to Mapleworth's buffoon.
Positive Role Models
Each character in Mapleworth Murders has a certain level of incompetence that's played for comedy. There is a fairly diverse cast.
Violence & Scariness
Features frequent cartoonish violence -- numerous threats are shouted, multiple people are murdered in increasingly absurd ways, a woman shoots a shotgun at what turns out to be a pumpkin, and someone disarms a man by kicking him in the groin.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
About half of the jokes have sexual innuendo, and many of them feature some type of homophobia or misogyny.
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Profanity is used frequently and includes "s--t," "jackass," "prick," "a--hole," "goddammit, "twat," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink socially, mostly wine. No drinking or drug use is shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mapleworth Murders is a gentle parody of Murder, She Wrote and other similar murder mysteries which stars Paula Pell and an ensemble of familiar comedians. The show airs on Quibi, which means episodes are only 7 to 9 minutes long. The rapid-fire slapstick humor is along the lines of Saturday Night Live or 30 Rock (or Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker films like Airplane! and The Naked Gun), though the jokes that feature sexual innuendo are often homophobic or sexist. Murders occur every few episodes, but they're played for laughs, as is the other cartoonish violence that appears on the show. Profanity is frequent and includes "s--t," "jackass," "prick," "a--hole," "goddammit, and "twat." Characters drink alcohol, mostly wine.
Is It Any Good?
Most of Quibi's early offerings have relied more on star power than quality, and this is no exception. Though it provides a long overdue showcase for former SNL writer Paula Pell, the shows main draw is the cavalcade of comedy world guest stars who come through New Woodstream to get killed or interrogated. Many of these comedians (which include a lot of SNL and 30 Rock favorites) are naturally funny enough to make the dire material at least charming, but satirizing a TV show that peaked 30 years ago doesn't help. That, plus the fact that some of the cheaper punchlines are built around homophobia and sexism, makes Mapleworth Murders feel more antiquated than Jessica Fletcher's typewriter.
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