Selena Gomez’s character in Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building” is from Bayport
It has come to our attention that the three main characters in Hulu’s hit TV series “Only Murders in the Building” have a multitude of connections to places across Long Island.
First off, Selena Gomez’s character Mabel Mora hails from Bayport. Then there is Charles-Haden Savage by Steve Martin, a semi-retired actor whose sister lives in Patchogue.
And finally, Martin runs‘s Oliver Putnam, a financially struggling Broadway director, remembers a time when he drank too much and vomited in a swimming pool at a North Shore wedding.
In the detective comedy series, the three characters are strangers brought together by their mutual obsession with a true crime podcast and an unsolved murder that happened in their luxury apartment building in the Upper West Side. Gomez, Martin and Short each received rave reviews for their performances.
In the fifth episode of the show’s first season, Mabel de Gomez, who was friends with the murder victim, visits her hometown. Well, sort of. The script can have it in the fictional Surf Shop tattoo studio in Bayport, but the scene was filmed in Lola Star’s Rockaway on 116th Street in Rockaway Park.
“My first time out of Manhattan in five years, and we’re going to Long Island,” lamented Martin’s Charles-Haden as he drove a car and headed east on the Long Island Expressway with Short’s Oliver. “I have a sister in Patchogue. She has four daughters – all with D names.
“Dawn, Danielle, Dina and Dagmar,” he adds, pronouncing the names with an exaggerated Long Island accent. “The five are still trying to set me up with a hairdresser. “
Short’s character responds with a crazy story about riding an elephant at a wedding in Syosset when he was so drunk that he ended up getting sick and throwing up in a swimming pool.
“I have to admit, I’ve definitely had my fair share of shenanigans on Long Island,” said Oliver of Short.
From there, the content of the conversation on Long Island spirals down, with Short’s character saying he caught syphilis in South Setauket and Martin’s Charles-Haden noting that he had crabs in Massapequa.
Aside from the trio’s excursion to Long Island, most of the show takes place in or near their Manhattan apartment building called The Arconia. The first 10 episodes of the show aired weekly this fall and are now available for binge-watching.
Hulu announced that “Only the murders in the building” will be back for a second season.
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