Life is hard, whether you approach it “Casual”-ly or not. And that’s something Season 2 of Hulu’s complicated relationship dramedy understands all too well in its second season, as Valerie (Michaela Watkins), Alex (Tommy Dewey) and Valerie’s daughter Laura (Tara Lynne Barr) become even more tangled up in each others’ lives.
Created by Zander Lehmann and executive produced by Lehmann, Jason Reitman, Helen Estabrook and Liz Tigelaar, “Casual” is a reminder that no one relationship can cure your personal dysfunction, especially when that dysfunction comes courtesy of your family. The series was nominated for a Golden Globe as one of the best comedies of 2015.
The first season of “Casual” used the complicated world of online dating as kindling for the problematic relationships of its principle characters, and in the aftermath of Season 1, there’s no lack of personal crossroads. But as seen here in Episode 1, the family manages to come together in a way that makes further growth possible.
In Season 2, the stakes are even higher as Alex, Valerie and Laura rely on each other for emotional survival. Upcoming guest stars include Vincent Kartheiser, Katie Aselton, Britt Robertson and Britt Lower.
Check out the second season premiere, “Phase 3,” below. It, as well as Episode 2, “Trivial Pursuit,” will premiere via Hulu Tuesday, June 7.
(Oh, and do you need to catch up? All of Season 1 is available right now, on Hulu.)