Parents' Guide to

Murderville

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Language, comic violence in inspired absurd improv series.

TV Netflix Comedy 2022
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Laced with surprising guest stars and improv that runs the gamut from awkward to genius, your view on the show is likely to dovetail with how comfy you are with uncomfortable moments. For some, the comedy is pure cringe due to the way the comedy sings or sags according to the guest star. The first episode, with old pro Conan O'Brien, is absolutely hysterical all the way through; the next, which taps Seattle Seahawks' former running back Marshawn Lynch, is more uneven. No surprise; O'Brien is an improviser from way back, while Lynch is known more for rushing on the gridiron. Still, casting Lynch is a weird stroke of genius (or folly?), and he does have his moments; when Arnett's Seattle asks him how much training he's had as a homicide detective, Lynch's eyes light up as he replies "I watched Training Day." Less successful: Lynch's chosen detective name is "Bagabitch."

Still, Murderville's choice to lead each guest star through comedy-stumping physical challenges is reliably funny (watching Conan O'Brien try to question a suspect while eating a hot-sauce drenched sandwich is a highlight), as are sequences in which guests stars are given an earpiece and told to repeat whatever Seattle tells them (O'Brien introduces himself to a mom's group as "Todd Caringtonbergsonfield"). The show also has a puzzle aspect to it: viewers are given enough clues to figure out the murder on each episode; can you put them together and solve the crime before the final reveal? All in all, Murderville is extremely silly, occasionally wince-inducing, and at times comically inspired. Arnett fans in particular will enjoy it as he's in every scene, and those with a predilection for offbeat comedy will, too.

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