The definitive ranking of the most hilarious episodes
Murderville is a new Netflix original series that takes guest celebrities and puts them in the hot seat. In this half-hour comedy, Detective Terry Seattle (Arnett) is joined in his investigations by a new partner each episode, played by the likes of Conan O’Brien, Ken Jeongand more celebrity guests – the catch being that the stars have no idea where the story is headed and ask them to solve the murders themselves.
Murderville uses a half-scripted, half-improvised scenario format that really feels like a big prank on celebrity guests in the best possible way. Will Arnett clearly seems to be having the time of his life watching his co-stars squirm under the pressure of finding clues, interrogating suspects, and solving crimes with little to no help. Not every guest is able to do this, but every episode is hugely entertaining, though some are a bit more entertaining than others.
“Murder by Soup”
The hilarious Annie Murphy from Schitt’s Creek famous guest stars, helping Seattle solve the murder of the city’s chief health inspector. The investigation takes the couple from a restaurant kitchen, to a kindergarten class, to an undercover sting with the “food truck mafia.”
There’s a lot to love about this episode, between the detectives interrogating their first suspect as they attempt to make macaroons and hand (and/or arm) stir soup, and Murphy reciting lines from Arnett. about making pancakes by boiling to a suspicious mob boss. . In the end, Murphy solved the murder despite missing half of the clues.
Former NFL star Marshawn Lynch joins Detective Seattle in this episode, helping him find the killer of an elderly doll-making magnate – with his triplet sons at the top of the suspect list.
Lynch is a phenomenal guest star, who pulls out all the stops, which results in a slew of hilarious moments. He does an excellent job of reflecting a suspect in the absence of a one-way mirror, he doesn’t hesitate to tackle a suspect who approaches the team threateningly with a bat, and he dispenses hands in an illegal blackjack game under the alias Octavius Shitwagon (a name he fully embraces).
“The Wizard’s Assistant”
Setting the tone for the rest of the show is Conan O’Brien, the series’ first guest to join the investigation team. Alongside Detective Seattle, the former late night entertainer works to find the killer of a magician’s assistant, who was accidentally sawed in half in a very real way.
O’Brien arrives extremely confident and immediately takes over the investigation without any hesitation. It’s incredibly fun to watch as he makes his way through the various settings, explaining the concept of death to children and eating copious amounts of sloppy hot sauce on the way. Unlike other episodes, “The Magician’s Assistant” is weighed down slightly by an exposition dump at the very beginning of the episode, where it sets up a number of narrative staples that continue throughout the series. . Fortunately, the episode is so good that it doesn’t take away much.
Sharon Stone guest stars in this episode, which centers on the murder of a surgeon who broke his heart through the hospital and had his heart removed in revenge. Also, very important to the story, Detective Seattle engages in a multi-level marketing opportunity called SLUDG which is definitely not a scam.
Sharon Stone absolutely owns this episode. The actress who once made a name for herself playing impassive Catherine Tramell in Primary instinct walks into each room with authority and an incredibly dry mind, and doesn’t hesitate to engage with the environment. With Seattle, she terrorizes the actor playing a corpse until he breaks character, she conducts her interrogations in the middle of a Zumba class and 20 question games, and she does a flawless German accent while performing surgery on a body that immediately begins to spray blood. It’s hilarious and her commanding presence is unmatched, even if she doesn’t quite come to the right conclusion at the end.
“Most likely to commit murder”
Kumail Nanjiani, most recently the star of The Eternals, joins Detective Seattle on his 30-year-old high school reunion where his former classmate, a tech billionaire and founder of “Face Place” (which is definitely not based on anyone real) is murdered by a CD Rom to the throat. The two detectives solve the crime, while the audience simultaneously learns about Detective Seattle’s checkered past.
This episode is full of hilarious moments from start to finish, starting as soon as Nanjiani walks into the room and Seattle gives him a “psycho test”, before chastising his inability to gasp in horror effectively, and involving in a way too-too-personal argument with his ex-wife/boss. The two continually challenge each other with an almost distant energy, leading to arguably the funniest comedic sequence of the entire series where Seattle asks Nanjiani to take an “ugly walk” with a “signature sound” before questioning. a girl he loves. The hilarity continues until the very end, without wasting a moment.
“The Cold Affair”
The latest episode proves that Murderville saved the best til the end, with a charming guest star Ken Jeong help Detective Seattle solve the cold case of the murder of his ex-partner, Lori Griffin (represented by a photo of Jennifer Aniston). It’s one of the stories that unfolds throughout the season, with Seattle lamenting its inability to track down its partner’s killer 15 years ago and finding new clues to reopen the investigation at the end of the season. episode 5.
While “Most Likely To Commit Murder” is perhaps the most overloaded of comedy, this episode is both hilarious and joy-filled, as guest star Jeong is as full of excitement as a kid in a haunted house. . He can’t contain his laughter, as Detective Seattle continually throws curveballs at him – asking him to do several different accents, tell the story of “Red Riding Hood” at varying levels of volume and intensity, and… go undercover in jail to interrogate a suspect asking how many people he murdered. The episode culminates with Seattle and Jeong appearing in an episode of “Den of Snakes”, an in-universe shark tank equivalent, to pitch an idea that basically just smashes blocks of ice on the floor and asks questions to interrogate a suspect on the panel.
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