It's precious and artsy, a hothouse flower of a dramedy set amongst the rich and idle, but this series is also cinematically shot and expertly acted, with an intriguing setting and unusual characters. Anchoring the action of Only Murders in the Building in an upper-crust NYC co-op was an inspired choice. With its tenant boards, draconian rules, and insular atmosphere, Only Murders' fictional Arconia is a world within the larger world of New York City (the series was filmed in the real-life co-op building The Belnord), and it's great fun watching Mabel, Charles, and Oliver tiptoeing around looking for clues to the murder mystery that's presented itself on their home base.
Speaking of the trio of main actors, they work quite well; Martin and Short are old hands at putting across lines, of course, but Gomez is a pleasantly tart counterpoint to the sometimes self-indulgent blather the other two are prone to. "We have our first clue!" exults Martin's Charles on a fact-finding foray with Mabel, "And we stole it from a neighbor to get it!" "Yeah, I know. I was there," responds Mabel, deadpan. Short's Oliver is complicated and delightful, too. Marooned in his overdone apartment (spending time in these ritzy abodes is a key pleasure of this show), cheerfully pushing his dog around in a stroller and gassing about his directorial projects of the past and future, he's hilarious and heartbreaking by turns. The many cameos from NYC faves like Tina Fey and Fran Lebowitz are a hoot too. Only Murders is a weird experiment that works.