One Crime Detail Only Murders In The Building Gets Right Other Shows Don't

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One Crime Detail Only Murders In The Building Gets Right Other Shows Don't

While largely a satire of other mystery shows, there’s one reality of policework that Only Murders in the Building recognizes that other shows ignore.

Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for Only Murders In the Building episode 6, “To Protect and Serve.”

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Despite being largely comedic in tone, Only Murders In the Building acknowledged one thing that more serious true-crime series do not; it is rarely easy for police detectives to reopen a case once it has been closed. This is ironic given how many other nominally realistic mystery shows make it seem incredibly easy for independent detectives to crack a case by uncovering a single clue, usually making the police look incompetent in the process.

The plot of the critically acclaimed and positively reviewed Only Murders in the Building centered around the death of financial advisor Tim Cono (Julian Cihi). While the police were quick to dismiss Cono’s death as a suicide, three of his neighbors were not convinced, based on a phone conversation they overheard on the elevator just before Kono’s death. This led Charles-Haden Savage (Steve Martin), Oliver Putnam (Martin Short), and Mabel Mora (Selena Gomez) to join forces in investigating Cono’s death and producing a podcast based on what they uncovered. Hilarity ensued as the amateur detectives stumbled across evidence of a sinister conspiracy while pursuing improbable theories, such as Oliver’s belief that legendary singer Sting was the killer.

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