13 Reasons Why: Season 2 Reviews

May 25, 2018
The second season of Netflix's controversial teen drama 13 Reasons Why has fans asking a lot of questions.
May 24, 2018
If this season premiere feels a little imbalanced, that's because it is. 13 Reasons Why is one of the many Netflix shows that would benefit from episodes being pared down to 45 minutes, or even half an hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 23, 2018
What's most important is the circumstances of how Chloe's crisis began and continues... [her] small part in the drama's imperfect plot may serve the new season's highest purpose.
May 22, 2018
It teeters over the exploitative line that it was always in danger of crossing, and then decides that it's not that big of a deal.
May 21, 2018
Dark and somewhat melodramatic secrets are unfolding, as before. All of this is much as it ever was, but has the same problems. "Look at all these beautiful young people!" it says. "Don't you want to be like them? You do! And that's fine! But don't."
May 21, 2018
I'm just not sure 13 Reasons Why is executed with enough nuance and depth to generate the kinds of substantive conversation that a show like, say, season two of American Crime did.
May 18, 2018
Though 13 Reasons Why can sometimes be as exasperating and melodramatic as teenagers themselves, the second season nets out as a success despite some overly-instructive moments and one truly baffling storytelling device.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 18, 2018
Unfortunately, despite a willingness to actively engage with some of the critiques against it, 13 Reasons Why's second season doesn't seem to realize where the show's strengths actually lie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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May 18, 2018
13 takes some of the heat off itself with an over-packed second season that doesn't quite walk back the controversies of the first, but attempts to talk them back.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 18, 2018
It's not just the serious subject matter that didn't need to be revisited, but the plot itself.
May 18, 2018
It's like being locked in a room with a bunch of self-obsessed teens, occasionally saying things like "the truth can free you if you let it" or "sometimes it seems that no matter what you do people see you the way they want to".
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 17, 2018
Season 2 is a worthy attempt at a do-over, if a flawed one.
May 16, 2018
13 Reasons Why features no shortage of missteps. But it's a show that so deeply feels for its characters, so deeply feels these scenarios, that it's hard to be mad at it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 16, 2018
Unfortunately, the season's execution is frequently dismal. And although I didn't feel that the first season engaged in sadness porn or exploitation, I can't say the same for the second. It wallows, especially in later episodes.
May 16, 2018
The streaming service can be forgiven for wanting to sustain a popular franchise, but what made this series special has already been significantly diluted by piling more reasons upon "Reasons."
May 16, 2018
For the teens who drove the show to massive popularity, season two will likely be just as binge-worthy as the first.