Mr and Mrs Murder is pretty much the only new show I have been excited to see this season (hence my return), not least because of it starring Kat Stewart. The basic premise is that a married couple that run a cleaning business specialising in crime scenes just happen to be really good at crime investigation and catch the murderers for the police.
Think Rosemary & Thyme, except here they’ve found a nice medium where it will actually make sense for the main characters to be around near a murder scene every week.
I’ve never been a massive fan of Shaun Micallef (I could never get into MyGen) , but I’ve also never hated him or his comedy either.
I can say without a doubt that this show does not disappoint. The balance between mystery/drama and Micallef really make his comedy shine.
Mr and Mrs Murder has all the hallmarks of your run-of-the-mill murder-mystery-drama, but with a quirky charm because it always feels like Shaun has just breezed onto the set of a serious crime drama and started spitting out clever and sarcastic responses to everything happening around him. In the Pilot I especially loved the on-going spitballing of ideas of “nicer sounding things to call hookers”.
The characters are just the right amount of self-aware (“We should start doing this every week“), but they don’t take self-awareness too far or seriously (I’m looking at you, Community).
The only dissappointment I really had was with Kat Stewart, and it may only be because I’m so used to her character in Offspring who has a much more bitchy attitude (and who I absolutely love). I expected a lot more out of her character, and I guess I wanted her to be more funny – and I’m not saying she can’t be – but the comedy spotlight was being shone directly at Shaun Micallef the whole time. But we’ve still got the rest of the season for her to come out and shine, so I’m really not too worried
All in all I’m impressed by Mr and Mrs Murder, and I’ve been very indifferent to Australian television for quite a while so this is a pleasant turn.
Mr and Mrs Murder airs 8:30 Wednesdays on your local Network Ten affiliate. Check your EPG.
Ten is generally found on Digital Channel 10 in Metro area’s or 5 for regiona