The first reviews for the second season of “UnREAL” are slowly starting to come out, and things are looking great for the Lifetime scripted series starring Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer. The show is a series-within-a-series, looking at the chaos behind the production of a reality dating competition show. The first season was a total hit and it looks like Season 2 is right up its alley. Critics were able to watch the first two episodes and the results are rose-giving worthy!
Indiewire’s Liz Shannon Miller gave the second season an A writing: “The result is delicious cruelty, with no shortage of the snappy and sometimes jaw-dropping one-liners that grabbed us in Season 1.” She also adds that the show is “committed to depicting characters who engage in some awful human behavior, without losing sight of their inherent humanity” and states that “the world of ‘UnREAL’ is worth living in — at least for an hour a week.”
Richard Lawson from Vanity Fair calls it “summer’s best TV,” writing: “The show is both satisfyingly the same and intriguingly different. The new season of ‘Everlasting’ gives the new season of ‘UnREAL’ a chance to eschew plots it doesn’t need, while keeping some holdover character arcs zooming along.” He has high hopes for the second season adding, “If things go right this year, ‘UnREAL’ could be on its way to becoming something much grander than simply the summer’s most riveting series. For now, it is at least that.”
“Watching the second season of ‘UnREAL’ is like doing shots while riding a roller-coaster — a lot of dangerous ideas are careening around, and things could go off the rails at any moment. But what a bracing thrill-ride it is,” writes Variety’s Maureen Ryan. She also talks about how the season gets you hooked, “‘UnReal’s’ second go-round begins in highly addictive fashion, even if some of the gut-churning swerves in the new season’s first two episodes carry a frightening degree of difficulty…Reality producers know you don’t want to be bored, and ‘UnREAL’ follows that mandate.”
Vulture’s Jen Chaney calls the second part of the series “seductive” writing, “‘UnREAL’ continues to work from that same multilayered template, but with even more confidence and a greater sense of ambition.” She also acknowledges that the producers know what they’re doing and how to keep the characters growing, “From what I’ve seen so far, season two, ‘UnREAL’ remains admirably insistent on emphasizing the complexity and intelligence of its characters.”
“UnREAL” Season 2 premieres Monday, June 6 at 10pm on Lifetime.