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Everything you need to know about Only Murders in the Building season 4

Selena Gomez, Steve Martin, and Martin Short star in Only Murders in the Building.
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It’s not an overstatement to say Only Murders in the Building is among the best shows on Hulu, and one of the main reasons the service has become such a powerful player in the ongoing streaming wars. Starring the inspired trio of Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez, the show follows three amateur sleuths who begin a tru crime podcast to investigate the death of their neighbor at a luxurious Upper West Side building in New York City.

Critically acclaimed and commercially successful, Only Murders in the Building is one of Hulu‘s crowning jewels, receiving numerous nominations at the Emmys and cementing itself as one of the most popular and beloved comedies on TV. It will return for its fourth season this simmer, bringing a new mystery and countless guest stars. Here’s everything we know about Only Murders in the Building season 4, one of the season’s most anticipated releases.

What is Only Murders in the Building about?

Mabel, Charles, & Oliver look shocked in Hulu's Only Murders in the Building.

Only Murders in the Building follows three individuals who form an unlikely connection through their love for true crime. Charles-Haden Savage is a former YV star and semi-retired actor who achieved fame with the show Brazzos. Oliver Putnam is an over-the-top theater director with an infamous reputation for his notoriously bad musicals. And Mabel Mora is a young woman and artist living in her aunt’s apartment.

The initial mystery that brings them together is the death of Tim Kono, who turns out to be one of Mabel’s childhood friends. Although vastly different, the members of this unlikely trio form a deep bond, supporting each other through the numerous wild and unbelievable things that happen following Kono’s death. The chemistry between Martin, Short, and Gomez makes Only Murders one of the best comedies on Hulu, keeping each season fresh, twist-filled, and, most importantly, funny.

What happened in Only Murders in the Building season 3?

Paul Rudd leaning over a desk smiling in a scene from Only Murders in the Building season 3.
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Season 3 of Only Murders in the Building is the best and most star-filled yet. The plot sees Oliver mount an ambitious Broadway show, Death Rattle, only for his plans to get derailed by the murder of his leading man, Ben Glenroy (Paul Rudd). As Charles, Oliver, and Mabel try to solve Ben’s death and Oliver tries to keep his show afloat, their bond gets tested.

Besides Rudd, three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep joined the cast as Loretta Durkin, the show’s leading lady and Oliver’s love interest. Ashley Park, Jesse Williams, and Matthew Broderick also appeared, with Linda Emond and Wesley Taylor as the mother-and-son duo behind Ben’s murder.

After they solve the mystery and Oliver’s show opens to rapturous success, the trio prepares to celebrate. However, in Charles’ apartment, his longtime stunt double, Sazz Pataki, is shot by an unknown assailant, setting the stage for the next season.

What will Only Murders in the Building season 4 be about?

Sazz and Charles from Only Murders in the Building standing side by side dressed identically.
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It’s safe to say that whoever shot Sazz, who strongly resembles Charles, was most likely aiming for Charles. Sazz even tries to leave a message for Charles in her last moments, using her blood to write something on his floor. Previously, showrunner John Hoffman spoke to The Hollywood Reporter, cryptically teasing the mystery in season 4 by saying, “I think the idea of what you create is a thing you put out to the world, and sometimes you can’t be prepared for the repercussions of what potentially the world does with your thing, and how they feel about it.”

Although details for the plot remain under wraps, the trailer released as part of Disney’s upfront presentation provides some key details. For starters, the trio will leave New York and travel to Los Angeles, where there’s interest to turn their podcast into a movie. They will also be looking for clues into who killed Sazz, especially since there’s a chance that whoever killed her was going after Charles. Other than that, not much is known about the specifics of the season, but when it comes to mystery shows, less is more.

Who will be back for Only Murders in the Building season 4?

Loretta looking angry and menacing in a scene from Only Murders in the Building season 3.
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Season 4 of Only Murders in the Building will be, per the trailer’s words, “the starriest season yet.” Logically, Jane Lynch will return as Sazz Pataki, with the season probably exploring the circumstances that led to her death through flashbacks, as it did with every other victim. Meryl Streep will reprise her role as Loretta Durkin, whose romance with Oliver ended on a very promising note following the season 3 finale.

The trailer also confirms Molly Shannon will play one of the Hollywood producers interested in turning the trio’s podcast into a movie. Besides these three beloved icons, season 4 of Only Murders in the Building will welcome Eugene Levy, Eva Longoria, Zack Galifianakis, Melissa McCarthy, Kumail Nanjiani, and Richard Kind. Lastly, season 3 regular Michael Cyril Creighton and recurring player and recent Oscar winner Da’Vine Joy Randolph will also be back for this new mystery.

Is there a trailer for Onlu Murders in the Building season 4?

Only Murders in the Building | Season 4 Teaser | Hulu

Yes! As part of Disney’s upfront presentation, the trailer for season 4 of Only Murders in the Building was released. As previously mentioned, the trailer doesn’t reveal much about the new season other than the trio’s trip to L.A.

However, it’s unknown if they’ll spend a large portion of the season in the City of Angels or if it’ll be only a few episodes. The trailer also reveals the star-studded ensemble, but doesn’t mention how large their roles will be.

When is Only Murders in the Building season 4 premiering?

Mabel covering her face in embarrassment while Charles and Oliver talk to someone across the table in Only Murders in the Building.

The trailer for season 4 of Only Murders in the Building confirms the premiere date as August 27. Thus, the show becomes one of the few on streaming that doesn’t take years to release their new season. The first season premiered in 2021, with one season coming out every subsequent year. Fans will only have to wait a little longer — three months, in fact — to see their favorite amateur detectives back in action.

Only Murders in the Building is available to stream on Hulu.

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