Solely Murders within the Constructing could also be finished for now — after Ben Gilroy’s (Paul Rudd) homicide was solved within the third season finale. However binge-worthy whodunnits with elusive killers pursued by troubled detectives or novice sleuths are all over the place.
Beneath, The Hollywood Reporter plucks 10 homicide mysteries to maintain viewers sharp and fixing crime puzzles till the Hulu homicide thriller comedy returns — with the intrepid trio performed by Martin Brief, Steve Martin and Selena Gomez — for an excellent deadlier fourth season (following that cliffhanger).
Get set for extra extra mutilated victims left on the backside of staircases, extra clues left behind, extra darkish and evil killers, and extra prime suspects in their very own webs of lies and deceit to be performed by mega Hollywood stars, all to maintain you guessing and engaged from the protection of your front room sofa.
The Afterparty (Apple TV+)
Solely Murders within the Constructing thrives on the comedian alchemy between its three primary leads. The identical holds true with Apple TV+’s The Afterparty. This homicide thriller anthology sequence from creator Chris Miller adopted a highschool reunion the place Xavier, a pop star performed by Dave Franco, died below fishy circumstances. And driving the humorous whodunnit has been Tiffany Hadidsh as Detective Danner, who in every episode confronted a unique TV style to match the angle of performers with comedic presents like Sam Richardson, Ben Schwartz, Ilana Glazer and Zoe Chao. The sequence was lately canceled by Apple, however there are two seasons to binge. (Learn season two spoilers right here.)
The Flight Attendant (Max)
Kaley Cuoco in The Flight Attendant
Fixing homicide mysteries is all about establishing motive and alternative. And in Max’s The Flight Attendant, that’s sophisticated as Cassie Bowden, performed by Kaley Cuoco, is the prime suspect in her personal investigation. The jet-setting social gathering lady is pressured to make use of her novice wits to resolve the dying of her scruffy-yet-rich lover in Bangkok. Cassie is helped by her legal professional pal Annie (Zosia Mamet) as she’s pursued by FBI brokers performed by Merle Dandridge and Nolan Gerard Funk. It was Cuoco’s first TV flip after her star run on The Huge Bang Principle. And naturally with every new season comes one other homicide. Season two — with a James Bond thriller vibe — had Cuoco going sober in Los Angeles whereas moonlighting as a CIA asset, solely to witness a homicide and get caught up in one other freewheeling worldwide incident. (The jury is out on if the artistic staff plans for a 3rd season.)
Poker Face (Peacock)
Natasha Lyonne in Poker Face
Peacock’s Poker Face, from Knives Out auteur Rian Johnson, has a novel twist: Russian Doll star Natasha Lyonne performs Charlie Cale, a cocktail waitress at a barely tawdry Vegas on line casino far off the Strip with no expertise fixing murders, however an infallible nostril for detecting lies. Seems that reward can also be a curse, based mostly on her previous. So Charlie is quickly on the run as a wandering crime angel, fixing murders wherever she goes. And with so many dangerous guys or victims, you get many celebrities: Cherry Jones, Nick Nolte, Lil Rel Howery, Chloe Sevigny, Adrien Brody, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Barkin, Judith Gentle and John Ratzenberger all have guest-starring roles in showrunners Nora and Lilla Zuckerman’s twist on the traditional Columbo murder-of-the-week format. (Learn spoilers for season two right here.)
Primarily based on a True Story (Peacock)
Given the sheer variety of true crime podcasts on the market, it’s no shock the Peacock comedic thriller Primarily based on a True Story consists of making a podcast to catch a killer. In an echo of Solely Murders within the Constructing and its podcast, this time Kaley Cuoco and Chris Messina play an unfulfilled West Los Angeles couple who attempt to flip their lives round by recruiting an precise serial killer for a podcast that explores a assassin’s thoughts. However after their good friend is murdered, the stakes couldn’t get larger. Immediately equipment to homicide, the previous tennis star and struggling actual property agent should catch the dangerous man wreaking havoc in Los Angeles or their wild journey of blackmailing a killer to juice their podcast may finish very badly. Primarily based on a True Story is headed to a second season on the streamer.
Search Occasion (TBS, HBO, Max)
Alia Shawkat in Search Occasion
There’s extra New York Metropolis crime solvers in Search Occasion, a thriller comedy that begins with Dory, performed by Alia Shawkat, obsessing over a missing-persons case involving her faculty acquaintance. However Dory finally ends up because the villain of the piece, unintentionally killing — in a paranoid frenzy — the non-public investigator (Ron Livingston) she was dishonest with on boyfriend Drew, performed by John Reynolds. There are such a lot of twists and turns to maintain you in your toes, as Dory goes from misplaced, but fresh-faced millennial in season one to life as a conniving sociopath by the fourth season within the horror comedy from creators Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers. Bonus: The fifth and last season booked visitor stars Kathy Griffin, John Waters and Jeff Goldblum.
Homicide Thriller (Netflix)
Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in Netflix’s aptly-named Homicide Thriller films are the Spitzes, extraordinary People thrown right into a whodunnit with all of the hallmarks of an Agatha Christie thriller. There’s an aged billionaire murdered in Monte Carlo, suave aristocrats featured as suspects with secrets and techniques, the Spitzes framed as probably killers by French police, and Danny Boon as Inspector de la Croix to collect everybody in a single room to announce the responsible one. All that’s lacking is the Orient Specific, however a glammed-up Sandler and Aniston on the lam in a crimson Ferrari alongside the Mediterranean does simply as properly. Hijinks ensue as they rush to resolve the homicide on their very own to show their innocence. Netflix did two Homicide Thriller franchise films.
Veronica Mars (Hulu)
The very best crime thriller reveals like Solely Murders within the Constructing have with each central case so many attainable suspects, and plenty of guest-starring cameo roles for Hollywood celebrities. Veronica Mars, which returned for a fourth season on Hulu in 2019 (16 years after the unique present ended) is a living proof. The cult crime drama a few highschool pupil, performed by Kristen Bell, who works circumstances together with her non-public investigator dad (Enrico Colantoni). The sequence kicked off with the homicide of Lily Kane, performed by Amanda Seyfried. Tessa Thompson performed the spoiled daughter of a professional baseball legend, and Krysten Ritter performed Gia Goodman, a classmate of Veronica’s. Different cameos: Jason Dohring as Logan Echolls, Percy Daggs III as Wallace Fennel, Francis Capra as Eli “Weevil” Navarro, Ryan Hansen as Dick Casablancas. The listing of visitor stars is infinite, and so too the viewing.
In the event you beloved Solely Murders within the Buildings, it’s probably as a result of crime capers are good for comedy, or extra exactly: a crimedy. Take Psych, which ran on USA Community for eight seasons. The quirky detective sequence, which starred James Roday as Shawn Spencer and Dulé Hill as Gus Guster, portrayed a pretend psychic and his intrepid greatest good friend conning the cops to work with them to resolve crimes. Psych’s fearless enjoyable got here out of infinite popular culture references and homages to classics like Clue, The Shining and Twin Peaks. Maggie Lawson additionally starred as a tough-as-nails detective, Kristen Nelson performed an interim chief of police and Corbin Bensen was Spencer’s disapproving father. And to maintain everybody guessing, Psych’s one centesimal episode, “100 Clues,” options Shawn and Gus at a Santa Barbara mansion the place a lethal crime is dedicated, 5 suspects emerge and sequence followers selected the responsible social gathering in actual time by voting on-line. Psych is so well-liked with followers, Peacock launched two films based mostly on the sequence.
Monk (Peacock, Prime Video)
Who doesn’t like against the law drama a few sensible detective? The USA sequence Monk has Tony Shalhoub enjoying detective-turned-crime advisor Adrian Monk, who simply occurs to have obsessive-compulsive dysfunction. Certain, he’s received a pair large phobias tied to his OCD. However Monk’s power anxiousness and neurological points assist him remedy crimes for the San Francisco police division. There’s touching comedian drama as murders are solved and viewers get used to Monk’s idiosyncrasies. The bonus is visitor starring roles for Jason Alexander as a rival non-public investigator and excellent foil to Monk in season 4, Stanley Tucci enjoying a manic Technique actor portraying Monk in a film based mostly on considered one of his celebrated circumstances in season 5, and Sarah Silverman enjoying Marci Maven, Monk’s obsessive fan, in season six. Peacock lately greenlit a film reuniting Shalhoub and the solid and inventive staff.
Lifeless to Me (Netflix)
The buddy black comedy Lifeless to Me throws collectively Jen, performed a Christina Applegate, as a rage-filled widow mourning the dying of her husband in an unsolved hit-and-run accident, and Judy (Linda Cardellini) after each meet in a grief group. Judy is a flighty free spirit who misplaced her fiancé, so she has her personal trauma points. However very quickly, Jen and Judy bond, every drawing from the opposite what they lack in themselves. This homicide thriller has extra twists and turns than will be revealed as spoilers. That mentioned, Lifeless to Me is a meditation on grief and friendship. And it seems, Judy and Jen leaned on each other for greater than fixing against the law. The third season coincided with Applegate being recognized with A number of Sclerosis, which earned Cardinelli a shout-out for her help on-set by means of manufacturing. (Learn sequence finale spoilers right here.)