After Life: Season 2 (2020)

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Season 2
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Though After Life's second season struggles to affirm its existence, it's a solid entry for anyone aching for a little more contemplative gallows humor.

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Critic Ratings: 28

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User Ratings: 258

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Episodes

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Air date: Apr 24, 2020
2
Air date: Apr 24, 2020
3
Air date: Apr 24, 2020
4
Air date: Apr 24, 2020
5
Air date: Apr 24, 2020
6
Air date: Apr 24, 2020

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In season 2, whilst still struggling with immense grief for his wife, we see Tony try to become a better friend to those around him. Each grappling with their own problems and only to be intensified by the looming threat of the local newspaper being shut down.

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Critic Reviews for After Life Season 2

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (7)

There are generous smatterings of funny business throughout but there's arguably less comedy here than in season one. And that's a good thing...The main focus is Tony's quest to reclaim his inner life, something he lost after his loss.

May 8, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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If lacking the first series' narrative arc After Life Season 2 still works, its mixture of generosity, big, emotional beats and salty laughs chiming with these uncertain times.

May 8, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Once again, Gervais derives comedy from rants, insults and grotesquery. But at the same time he's probing human decency and the series treads lightly on serious matters.

Apr 29, 2020 | Full Review…

If After Life lacks freshness in places, Gervais makes up for it by writing some wonderful material for the other characters.

May 15, 2020 | Full Review…

I'm just not sure whether this second journey is worth the lack of laughs it takes to get there. Because it is, indeed, just less funny.

May 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Season 1 of After Life was a logical endpoint for Tony's story and as such, and season 2 spends large parts of its time justifying its existence. The inevitable third season will no doubt be more of the same.

May 8, 2020 | Full Review…

The second season of After Life is a worthy follow-up to its successor, but it only occasionally reaches the same heights - and when it does, it takes a little too long getting there.

May 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Despite a few shortcomings and a few 'punchlines' that shouldn't land, if you enjoyed After Life the first time around, you're sure to find some joy in season two.

May 8, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Dialogues and situations are born from an intelligence, a sensitivity, a look at people and their circumstances that are out of the ordinary. [Full Review in Spanish]

May 7, 2020 | Full Review…

It will get you laughing, crying, thinking and talking about mortality and your feelings toward it in ways that will probably surprise you. It did all of that to me, anyway.

May 1, 2020 | Full Review…

On a storytelling level, Season 2 of After Life is easy to dismiss. It plays out like a repeat of Season 1. There's no newness. But grief is not a narrative; it is the silent madness that numbs a narrative into submission.

Apr 29, 2020 | Full Review…

[It] grapples with the weightiest, thorniest, most scarily existentialist themes, with big, ominous questions looming and, perhaps, never properly answered. Just like life.

Apr 28, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for After Life: Season 2

  • 2d ago
    this drama is funny yet sad, giving you a value of life. not a "carpe diem", but "it goes on"
  • May 19, 2020
    Honestly, I don't know where to start. It just sticks with you. Ricky Gervais is fantastic as Tony, and moved me to tears many times. While it's always great to see Ashley Jensen, and Penelope Wilton, I'm glad that Afterlife introduced me to Mandeep Dhillon.
  • May 15, 2020
    After Life: Season 2 - is a mawkish and vulgar add-on to the rather patchy but ultimately worthwhile first season. This second season is, unfortunately, trite, cloyingly sentimental and surprisingly unfunny. In fact, this is EVEN worse than 'Derek', which should really tell you all you need to know. I'd recommend watching The Office, Extras or any of Ricky's Standup specials if you want a laugh.
  • May 12, 2020
    Compared to Season 1 it is poor, no real comedy just reliying on crudeness for laughs.
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  • May 09, 2020
    Gervais' character is barely a character here, he just reels off Ricky's standup or tweets as dialogue, which always feels forced rather than organic. Telling everyone that you're sad constantly and giving yourself a dog isn't character-writing. Although it is a good dog.
  • May 09, 2020
    First season grew on me. Second season was a painful, vulgar watch.
  • May 09, 2020
    This is the rare gem of a series that delivers on all fronts. Perhaps the strongest endorsement I can give is this: I absolutely LOVED rewatching the entire first season the day that Season Two hit Netflix. Yes, I wanted to be prepared so I could easily jump back into the brilliant characters created by Ricky Gervais. But it wasn't a chore; it was nearly as good as the first time through. This show's first two seasons also distinguishes itself in that every character, every episode, and even every scene was entertaining in a slightly different way. One minute I was scaring the dog with my raucous outbursts of laughter and the next I was fighting off tears. And I don't cry easily. Please do yourself a favor and binge watch this amazing show.
  • May 09, 2020
    This is absolute genius, such an accurate and moving account of grief set within life which is so often ridiculous and hilarious. I have stuck grief and this is such effective therapy for me, I cried at every episode. Ironically the one character I hate is the therapist!
  • May 08, 2020
    Sad but heartwarming and hopeful.

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