Framed! A Sicilian Murder Mystery season 1 review – an underwhelming experience

January 27, 2022
Daniel Hart 0
Netflix, Streaming Service, TV Reviews
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Summary

There’s nothing to be annoyed about, but there’s nothing to love about this series either. It feels underwhelming.

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Summary

There’s nothing to be annoyed about, but there’s nothing to love about this series either. It feels underwhelming.

This review of Netflix’s Framed! A Sicilian Murder Mystery season 1 does not contain spoilers. 

The story tries to sell two hapless TV technicians (and brothers-in-law) harboring their everyday work with countless clumsy conversations and swiveling dialogue but are soon swamped by a murder mystery. The comedy then turns to the two men incriminating themselves by overthinking matters. In normal circumstances, you’d raise the alarm. You’d make the police aware that you were out on the job, and you found a murdered man while in their apartment. But the crux of this story is bent on one of the men (Salvo) being obsessed with a fictional true-crime series, so of course, once finding the dead body, he tries to apply fictional elements to a “real-life situation.”

Unfortunately, apart from the odd giggle (mostly because it’s absurdly silly), Framed! A Sicilian Murder Mystery does not tickle the brain enough. It feels like the cast is on stage, petting the audience to laugh but not aware of each other’s characters while in the dialogue. It’s a somewhat confusing imbalance.

As the series progresses, the story finds the men going on a round-the-block adventure that involves heartbreak, parties, the police, and gangsters. Fortunately, the series only extends for six chapters, at around 30-minutes an episode, so the experience is hardly enduring.

But I guess that’s not the point? With Netflix known for bringing out a relentless quantity of content, a series like Framed! A Sicilian Murder Mystery needs to find a reason for the audience to jump in. And while the premise, title, and overall concept seem appealing, it’s not enough to warrant a recommendation on a week with plenty of films and TV shows showing up on the roster.

There’s nothing to be annoyed about, but there’s nothing to love about this series either. It feels underwhelming.

What did you think of Netflix’s Framed! A Sicilian Murder Mystery season 1? Comment below. 

You can watch this series with a subscription to Netflix. 

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