True crime and comedy don't seem like a duo that would work, but for some reason, listeners flock to podcasts like My Favorite Murder and Morbid in droves. Hulu essentially capitalized on that fanbase, and thus Only Murders in the Building was born.
The series stars frequent collaborators Steve Martin and Martin Short, and it features Selena Gomez. Their characters, Charles, Oliver, and Mabel, respectively, bond when they find out that they all listen to the podcast, All Is Not OK in Oklahoma.
The trio gets the opportunity to host a podcast of their own — and to see if their passion for true crime extends beyond their listening — when someone is murdered in their luxury Upper West Side apartment building, the Arconia.
The show largely takes place in the Manhattan neighborhood, and the interior of the apartment complex is a frequent setting as well. Where was the comedy series actually filmed? Furthermore, is there the potential for a Season 3? Keep reading to find out!
Where was 'Only Murders in the Building' filmed?
Even the most jaded New Yorkers will feel at home while watching Only Murders in the Building, as the series features shots of some of the most notable spots in the city that never sleeps.
The Season 1 opening scene features Charles walking near the West Side of Central Park, and he even passes the notorious Dakota apartment building (which is where John Lennon was shot). He then stops to take a photo with a fan, and he realizes that he is officially a washed up actor.
The Arconia is the apartment building where the main characters live and where the murder takes place. Though it is a fictional residential building, the Belnord on the Upper West Side was used for the exterior shots of the Arconia. The Belnord was built in 1909, and it's known for its architecture, its grand courtyard, and for featuring 13 floors worth of grand apartments.
However, the interior of the building was not utilized in the show, meaning that you can't go to the Belnord and rent Charles, Mabel, or Oliver's apartments.
Those interior scenes, according to The Cinemaholic, are shot on sets at the Silvercup Studios North. The studio is located in The Bronx. The Bronx was also utilized during the scene when Mabel and Oliver are kidnapped by Theo, who takes them to what is in real life the Stuyvesant Energy Corporation, located in Port Morris, N.Y.
The next location utilized by the show, per Untapped Cities, is Court Square in Long Island City. This spot was selected to replicate the Supreme Court of New York State.
Fans of the show will also see Mabel and Oliver strolling along Broadway on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, which can easily be identified by glimpses in the show of Westside Market, a famous grocer located in that neighborhood.
When Oliver and Charles are following Oscar and Mabel in Season 1, Episode 5, their travels take them to a gas station and convenience store in upstate New York, also per Untapped Cities. In real life, this scene was filmed in Rockaway, Queens at Waterview Car Care.
In another episode, when Charles goes to see Jan's big concert at the New York Symphony, the scenes are shot in the city's most famous venue for that kind of music: Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.
Heading slightly beyond the boundaries of New York City, the show also takes us to Elmsford, N.Y., where per LoHud, filming took place at Maxwell's Pub on East Main Street in the small village for Season 2 of the hit show.
Will there be a 'Only Murders in the Building' Season 3?
Given that Only Murders in the Building Season 2 recently premiered on June 28, 2022, there is no definitive information regarding the release of Season 3 just yet. However, if the show's second season pulls as many viewers as its first did, it's likely that Season 3 will come around as a part of the 2023-2024 Hulu offerings.
It's clear from all of these unique and breathtaking filming locations that the creative minds behind Only Murders in the Building are looking to remain as true to the essence of New York as possible. By utilizing these famous NYC landmarks as the backdrop for this thrilling murder mystery, The Big Apple's millions of residents have yet another binge-worthy show set in their own backyards to enjoy.
Be sure to check out Only Murders in the Building Season 2, streaming on Hulu now.