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The 10 shows you should not have missed in 2021

By B.r. Doherty
Updated December 16 2021 - 8:13pm, first published 12:30am

Only Murders in the Building (Disney+)

Not since an occultist real estate quirk transformed Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis into The Gatekeeper and The Keymaster has there been such a confluence and comedy and entertainment in one New York apartment block. The inhabitants of The Arconia in this wonderful 10-part series developed for Hulu are as acerbic as one would expect from Big Apple natives yet there is real heart - and real laughs - to be found in this swanky Upper West Side locale, too. Steve Martin (co-writer), Martin Short and Selena Gomez star as Arconia residents who begin their own true crime podcast after a neighbour is found dead. The three leads are fantastic; they swap cross-generational jokes at each other's expensive amid unravelling character exposition and a Hardy Boys-esque mystery. Musician Sting shows he's a great sport by playing himself while reminding us his acting hasn't improved any. The wardrobes, set design and colour palette are all gorgeous.

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