“Eccentric detective Terry Seattle teams up with clueless celebrity guest stars to investigate a series of murders in this improvisational crime comedy.”
Starring: Will Arnett, Haneefah Wood, Lilan Bowden with special celebrity guest stars, Conan O’Brien, Marshawn Lynch, Kumail Nanjiani, Annie Murphy, Sharon Stone, and Ken Jeong.
First thing you need to know about Netflix’s newest show, Murderville, is that it is not like any crime show you have ever seen, at least it hasn’t been for me. Best way that I can describe this show is that it is a scripted/unscripted comedy crime drama. Each episode brings in a new celebrity as a detective trainee for Will Arnett’s character, detective Terry Seattle. From what I can tell everyone except for the celebrity guest has a “script” they work off of while the celebrity guest has to improv everything else.
This improv mixed with actors trying to be serious makes for one funny show. So far, each episode has made me laugh so hard I had tears in my eyes, and a lot of the laughs don’t come from the joke being done but the reaction to the jokes. Since the celebrity is improving their part of it, they don’t have a clue what is going to be thrown at them, and Will Arnett does a marvelous job at surprising the guests. Even the other actors that are interacting with them get surprised and at times are trying not to laugh. For me getting a good joke is, well, good, but I find it becomes an even funnier joke when the actors can’t hold back how much fun they are having.
Now, aside from the laughter and jokes, this show does actually have a murder to solve in each episode. How they solve the murder is part of the joke but there is still a story that is going on that includes some clues as to who the killer is. At the end of the first episode I was impressed on how they formatted the show so that while the comedy and the unknown elements were happening, there is also solid facts being shown and/or given to the celebrity guest and viewers. With a few episodes I caught the clues and felt great about myself, like I could become a detective myself. But then there were some episodes that I missed the clues and was slapping myself on the forehead for how I could miss such an obvious clue. I really hope that Netflix will give this show a second season or if there is this, show the blooper reel from the show.