Get to Know the Nosy Neighbors of The Arconia in 'Only Murders in the Building'

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Can you make a career out of being a nosy neighbor? I would certainly hope so, given that I watched a man trying to light a dead rat on fire outside of my window the other day. But in a way, that's one of the main starting points in Only Murders in the Building—that everyone is a nosy neighbor.

Even before starting the series, it's clear that the main cast is an unlikely pairing of people. Steve Martin—who's also a co-creator of the show—plays Charles Haden-Savage, a minor celebrity, and former detective series actor. Oliver Putnam, portrayed by Martin Short, is a Broadway director who's a bit down on his luck. Selena Gomez is Mabel Mora, who's in her mid-twenties and is revamping her older aunt's apartment. The one thing that connects them is an apartment building: The Arconia, which exists in real life as The Belnord on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

The three of them first meet in the building's elevator, where Oliver goes overboard in trying to make conversation with both Mabel and Charles, who aren't really feeling his overly enthusiastic and slightly unhinged vibe. Tim Kono, another resident, also hops onto the elevator briefly.

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In the same way that the show exemplifies how everyone can be involved in solving a case, the cast does the same in terms of the show itself. While Martin Short and Steve Martin tend to bring in a slightly older group of viewers, casting Selena Gomez in the show taps into the younger audience who have been watching her since her days on Wizards of Waverly Place. Both groups are bringing in a different type of viewer, and in doing so, they're being introduced to a new actor along the way, on top of a new group of people to discuss the show with.

The zany assortment of side characters and guest stars (including Jackie Hoffman, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Tina Fey, Jane Lynch, and Nathan Lane) allow the apartment to come to life, especially with the building's stern main board member, Bunny, setting the tone. On top of that, Short, Gomez, and Martin have insane chemistry—one that both complements each other while also allowing for the other to stand out. While Martin and Gomez's characters are constants in terms of their personalities, Short acts as the show's heartbeat, whether that be convincing the crew to follow a specific lead or simply screaming while running down the stairs.

I almost wish I had come upon this show after the finale; with the half-hour episodes, it's a show that I know I would've torn through all at once rather than watch methodically over the course of two months. The episodes are fairly fast-paced and would frequently end on cliffhangers, which made waiting each week basically torture (or maybe we've just become too accustomed to streaming—we have).

But with the finale having just aired on October 19 and season two in the works, you can take full advantage of the opportunity to watch the series in full on Hulu right now—I'm already jealous.

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