"Whodunnit?" is really good, you guys.
There is a reality show airing on ABC over the summer called “Whodunnit?” The on-the-nose title establishes a low-rent murder mystery theme; if we’re feeling unkind, it may call to mind the image of a third-rate knockoff of Clue (the board game, which is a little rudimentary; not the film, which is ambitious, if ultimately unsuccessful).
Instead, it is a brilliant melding of lateral thinking puzzles and the Prisoner’s Dilemma; of genuine competitive strategy and loopy reality show drama; of unabashed sincerity and transparent artificiality; of tongue-in-cheek ribbing and serious meta-textual awareness. It’s also totally bonkers. It’s a small Summer television miracle.
Trust me: this show is no less worthy for its origins in the cramped, sweaty ghetto of Reality TV. I’ve only seen the two episodes aired so far, but if it stays this good, you’ll want to start watching so you can be caught up when I write like 20,000 words about “Whodunnit?” at the end of the season.