After Life: Season 2 (2020)

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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: 30

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User Ratings: 379

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 24, 2020

Eager to be nice but still having issues with happiness, Tony embarks on a meditation course with Matt, whose marriage is falling apart.

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Air date: Apr 24, 2020

Lenny's girlfriend's son takes a position at the Gazette. Sandy contemplates writing a gossip column. Matt gets iffy advice from his therapist.

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Air date: Apr 24, 2020

A turn of events at the paper hits Sandy hard. Roxy and Pat share a meal, and Tony tries to support Matt's desire to get back out there.

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Air date: Apr 24, 2020

Tony interviews a local woman addicted to corrective surgery. Later, he holds back the snark in hopes of cheering up Kath.

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Air date: Apr 24, 2020

The curtains go up on the community theater revue and things go about as well as can be expected. Tony receives devastating news.

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Air date: Apr 24, 2020

Grieving over another loss, Tony asks his friends and co-workers for space, not sympathy. Later, he wrestles with what it means to move on.

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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 (30) | Top Critics (8)

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…

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…

In any event, the series is enjoyable on the whole, as long as one takes it with a grain of salt. ... The sharp-eyed moments compete with the sentimental or self-involved.

Feb 9, 2021 | Full Review…

With the second season of After Life, Gervais continues with his no-holds-barred attitude, delivering a black comedy which is... an absolute blast from beginning to end... Simply perfection as far as sitcoms go...

Jul 20, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | 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…

Audience Reviews for After Life: Season 2

  • Jan 25, 2021
    Continuing from the 1 season the second brought the story nicely along. Both seasons were amazingly writting and i see myself rewatching the show a lot.
  • Jan 09, 2021
    I really like Gervais...so anything he does is enjoyable. This show, to me, showcases his acting chops...
  • Dec 23, 2020
    Brilliantly made. Too close to a normal persons life. Loved every bit of it.
  • Dec 08, 2020
    An amazing 2nd instalment to this thought provoking comedy
  • Dec 08, 2020
    The story of a man trying everything to move on from his misery, highlighting his daily life at home, office and his overall neighborhood. The story is not developing, just going back and forth. Have to praise Ricky Gervais for the dual roles in this show | Follow us at @uncle.review
  • Aug 31, 2020
    Just watch it. Very human, very entertaining .a full range of emotions. Ricky Gervais creates a wonderful world with great characters. The acting of all the cast is wonderful. Such a talented group.
  • Jul 11, 2020
    A little self-indulgent but totally forgivable. Ricky continues to surprise me during the touching and sad moments - that he can "go there". A nice, entertaining, solid piece of TV. Bring on Season 3!
  • Jul 06, 2020
    Does it make me cringe at times, yawn at times sure, but it has a balance and a striving frankness that have the ring of truth. I loved his relationship to his dad.
  • Jul 05, 2020
    Great production, good actors, pretty good humoUr. Mostly I genuinely enjoyed the show, but... //some spoilers ahead btw// But more I watch more I feel Ricky Gervais(main actor AND author of the show) just wanted to masturbate and hire some people to masturbate to him on-camera... — he made every woman in the show (except one I guess) laugh and they say it to him like numerous times OOOh! You made me laugh (and his jokes not that funny most of the time actually) — in most of the series, someone(sometimes multiple times) says Hey! You are really good — owner wanted to sell the paper. And the owner had pretty good motivation like he is old and doesn't want to bother by guys who can't make a profit, right? So, Tony comes to him says something like: well you know here are good people (and not like showing how people good or showing at least some examples, just literally saying: we good people working here) and suddenly after 3-4 sentences owner decides not to sell... Wow, victory again! Good guy, Tony. But maybe he is good? Well, I'm not sure... Mostly he is actually rude. To be fair and show emphasize on that: he has no prejudice to anyone. And sometimes he has guilt trips and tries to fix things aaaand that's all. not good: — sad woman being rejected by man and single all the time Hey. Wanna get some coffee? Yeah, sure. Well you are sad, I'm gonna tell you some dead wife stories (without like any moral or meaning, just random dead wife story). The woman said: WOW ITS REALLY COOL THANK YOU (? ? ?) — sad coworker on her bday get shitty present, live with parents, have no partner, and dont feel what here will be future for her(jesus I felt it). Hey. Wanna get some coffee? Yeah, sure. Well you are sad, im gonna tell you some dead wife stories (AGAIN with no context or like lesson or metathor or something) Woman said: WOW ITS REALLY COOL THANK YOU[2] (? ? ?) — his brother-in-law constantly seek his attention and asking for simple things, like hey, can we socialize a little(but he is not a woman so our Tony not care much). — help man to commit suicide Also for some reason, every other man on the show either or bad or weak or have some major flaws or mental (coincidence?) in general the show is good but these things kinda annoying. 3.5/5 please stop masturbate on screen its not pornhub.
  • Jul 01, 2020
    As someone that lost my wife and best friend last year after over 30 years of marriage I can tell you this show is a home run because it is so on target with how a man feels after this kind of loss. I so identified with Ricky Gervais because I'm about the same age as his character in the show, still working for a living and feeling so alone at times. I found myself crying at the exact moment he would because it was like watching my life unfolding on the screen. But mind you, it's a good cry because somebody finally gets it. It's almost as if he has truly experienced this loss. I've talked to other widows and widowers and all agree this show is excellent at showing the rest of the world what this type of loss is like. And let's face it...if you are married or in a long term relationship at some point one of you will die leaving the other to pick up the pieces. I'm not trying to be morbid and want to make it clear that this show also has it's fun moments as well but in the end the message is clear and on point.

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