Parents' Guide to

Only Murders in the Building

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Language, some gory images in fun NYC murder mystery.

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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 29 parent reviews

age 17+

Too much foul language.

I'm six episodes in and so frustrated I had to come write a review. The show flip-flops between being satisfyingly clever and endearing, and then annoyingly crass. Calling this 14+ seems really tone-deaf to me. There's more language and sexual innuendo than your average R-rated action comedy. Every F word hits you like a slap in the mouth because it's so out of step with the rest of the tone of the show. It's like a sweet grandma, cursing like a sailor and talking about condoms. This could be on CBS, but since it's not, the producers said, "let's just juice it up with some gritty language. Because we can." Too bad.
age 17+

Good but a little raunchy

There is reference to sex toys and talk about getting "finger f***ed" they show Selena in the shower but nothing else seen. Gory bloody. Overall pretty good but I am only 2 episodes in.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (29 ):
Kids say (40 ):

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.

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