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*Warning spoilers ahead* 

*Seriously, it’s on you if the show is spoiled from this point on*

So if you haven’t heard yet, The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window took over Netflix and social media recently. “The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window” is Kristen Bell’s newest show on Netflix. I was hooked from episode one. Kristen Bell has such a hilarious screen presence, and I might be the biggest murder mystery fan in existence. 

However, can we talk about the fact that I missed all of the clues that the show is actually a parody on the murder mystery genre? I guess I should have known when the show is titled: The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window”, which is possibly the longest title I’ve ever heard of in my life, to be dramatic. 

Another thing, if you didn’t notice, Elizabeth’s headstone changes three times throughout the show. It begins as “If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever,”. I thought this was the most tender saying I could have ever seen. However, the look on my face when Anna visited the grave again and the headstone has changed… Next, the headstone was “In heaven, you can dance like no one’s watching,”, Also very tender, so I told myself that I had imagined the first gravestone. By the third change, I realized that something was up. The final saying was “There’s no I in heaven,” which honestly made me chuckle. I thought it was the weirdest saying for Anna’s late daughter. 

I finally began to pick up on some of the parody-esque aspects when Emma, Neil the neighbor’s daughter, was revealed to be the killer. My mouth fell open and my brain went…. “Wait a minute… there’s no way that all these adults are getting murdered by an 8-year-old child”. After looking up the ending to make sure I hadn’t missed anything, I was shocked to see that the entire show had been a parody mix of the murder mystery genre. All this to say, even though the show is a parody, I was fully obsessed with the storyline. I might have to petition some authors if they would like to write a book version of “The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window”.  I would fully eat. it. up. So if anyone out there has millions of dollars to buy the rights to the show, let me know.

Helena Sherman is a senior majoring in elementary education and will be pursuing her master's degree in early childhood with +30 credits in literacy. She is a writer for HerCampus and is on the Heller Leadership Team. She describes herself as a curly-haired Jesus freak. Her passions include reading, talking, and musical theatre.
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