I had no expectations going into this one. Based on the photos alone, I was in. I stan Will Arnett. “Flaked” on Netflix was cut at the knees far too soon. But, based on the photos and not seeing a single trailer I had assumed it was just a murder mystery sitcom. BBBBOOOOYYYYY was I wrong. What I thought was a typical formulaic sitcom was actually a wild improv exercise 6 episodes long.
The show follows a single case each episode centered on Will Arnett’s detective character, Terry Seattle. Seattle takes on a different celebrity partner in each of the six episodes. The kicker is that the guest has no access to a script and must improv their way through the whole episode while simultaneously solving the murder themselves at the end of each episode.
While, I don’t know if what I was watching was entertaining, I have to say I didn’t look away. It’s not that I couldn’t, I just didn’t have anything else going on and this was able to keep my attention enough I suppose. Where the show fails is when certain guests are unable to buy into the improv and the ridiculous situations presented. There are times when the guest really drops the improv ball, and when that happens the entire show loses its tempo and just becomes a bizarre viewing experience.
Have to say Marshawn Lynch really held his own in that second episode. He came to play and him having fun definitely translates.
If you’ve got absolutely nothing else to watch. Murderville is entertaining enough. Just go to the episode list and select a guest that you think you may enjoy. Otherwise, it really ain’t anything special.