Only Murders In The Building: Tragic Background Behind The Series

Only Murders In The Building: Tragic Background Behind The Series

“Only Murders In The Building” is a comedy show. The inspiration, however, was a tragic and gruesome crime.

“Only Murders In The Building” has recently started streaming on Hulu. The show seems to be doing pretty well, given the early reviews. Singer and actress Selena Gomez plays a leading role on the show and was even carried away in handcuffs covered in blood a few months ago. 

Let’s hope this isn’t a too big spoiler for the show. The singer’s fans are a little worried that she will never make music again. That probably also depends on how well “Only Murders In The Building” is received. The premise of the series is based on a gruesome crime in which a co-creator was involved, making the show immensely more interesting, at least for some fans.

What Is “Only Murders In The Building” About?

The series revolves around three neighbors, Charles (Steve Martin), Oliver (Martin Short), and Mabel (Selena Gomez), who live in an apartment building on New York’s Upper West Side. The three of them are big fans of “True Crime” stories, which welds them together. Her passion for real murders is sparked enormously when an actual murder case takes place in the apartment complex, and one of her neighbors is found dead. Now the three hobby detectives inside want to solve the murder with the help of their “specialist knowledge” and have to discover that the murderer could also live in the building.

Each of the three episodes so far has a different main character in focus, and in the second, we learn that Mabel has known the victim (Tim) since she was a child and that his death affects her very much. A feeling that the show’s co-creator, John Hoffman, should be familiar with.

The Tragic Background Of The Series

Hoffman built Mabel’s background story on his own life experiences. As he revealed in an interview with The Wrap, he lost a childhood friend not long ago. 

“A year ago, before I started writing for the show, a friend of mine was found dead with another person in his apartment in what looked like a murder/suicide.” 

It seemed like his friend was the murderer who ended up taking his own life, which Hoffman couldn’t imagine. He hadn’t seen him for 20 years, but following his feeling, he researched himself and spoke to friends and family of the man.


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