Only Murders in the Building Season 2 upholds most of the charm that captivated viewers last fall with a new crime bigger than Tim Kono and The Arconia were ever prepared for. While the first episode understandably doesn’t do much for development, it amply sets the stage for what’s to come, kicking threats into motion that will be fascinating for viewers to unpack.
There’s a clear path the series is set on going towards, and though there’s plenty of uncovering in its debut season, the sophomore year is already focusing on the layers where we’ll get to know our characters more. While we can’t say much yet, this season is undoubtedly offloading the bits and pieces that make vital players who they are while diving into the events of their past to do so.
In the first few episodes, what’s particularly engaging is how the story dives into Bunny’s (Jayne Houdyshell) legacy at The Arconia, her place in this narrative, and what her death means is going to be fascinating to learn more about. There’s a lot more nuance in the second season that quietly escapes into slowly and carefully excavating the truth and finding our podcasters one step closer to clearing their names. There’s also a specific montage with one of our leads featuring a perfect song that will likely elicit goosebumps for many viewers. (Let’s scream about it when the time comes, shall we?)
Better than anything else this season are the performances from our leads. Selena Gomez steps up exceptionally this season, allowing us to see more layers of Mabel than ever before while Martin Short and Steve Martin are as delightful as ever. The show’s jackpot is its cast, and the improvements this season in both heart and humor amplify much of the show’s charm.
There’s plenty to look forward to, intriguing surprises in the first few episodes alone and new developments in relationships that could potentially lead to great places. The podcast is still front and center, but this time, the team’s more established, understanding each other’s way of operating and, most importantly, taking care of one another while they attempt to clear their names.
Only Murders in the Building Season 2 returns to Hulu on June 28!