Big Little Lies: Season 2 (2019)

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Big Little Lies

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Gorgeous and gripping, Big Little Lies's second season doubles down on the dark humor and gives its impressive cast even more juicy drama to chew on -- especially an excellent Meryl Streep.

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Critic Ratings: 102

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User Ratings: 242

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Air date: Jun 9, 2019

Following first-day-of-school events, Madeline is worried by Bonnie's behavior and, later, is shocked when Abigail says she doesn't want to go to college. Mary Louise, Celeste's mother-in-law, offers her an unvarnished assessment of Madeline's character, and Jane learns from her new coworker, Corey, that she's known in town as one of the "Monterey Five."

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Air date: Jun 16, 2019

Renata faces an uncertain future when Gordon lands in legal trouble. Corey asks Jane out on a "practice" date. After a challenging therapy session with Dr. Reisman, Celeste opens up to Mary Louise about her relationship with Perry. Bonnie's mom Elizabeth arrives. Ed confronts Madeline about her secrets.

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Air date: Jun 23, 2019

Mary Louise tries to get closer to Jane; rather than address her troubles at home, Renata focuses her wrath on Principal Nippal; Madeline is forced to confront her issues at a couples therapy session with Dr. Reisman; Celeste remains conflicted by her memories of Perry.

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Air date: Jun 30, 2019

Celeste accuses Mary Louise of overstepping boundaries with Jane. Renata endures a prying court hearing with Gordon. Jane opens up to Corey at Amabella's disco-themed birthday party. Madeline continues to try to make things right with Ed.

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Air date: Jul 7, 2019

Renata deals with the fallout from Gordon's legal troubles and attempts to help Celeste; Bonnie relives painful memories from her past.

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Air date: Jul 14, 2019

Celeste is blindsided by Mary Louise; Gordon continues to disappoint Renata; Bonnie contemplates a solution to her mother's suffering and her own ongoing guilt; Ed entertains an unusual proposition before catching Madeline in an unguarded moment; the Monterey Five feel the pressure of increased scrutiny of Perry's death.

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Air date: Jul 21, 2019

Season 2 finale. Celeste questions Mary Louise about a tragic event from Perry's childhood; Madeline worries their lie is tearing the Monterey Five apart.

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Season 2 of the drama series opens with the aftermath of Perry's (Alexander Skarsgard) death. His mother Mary Louise (Meryl Streep) now lives with Celeste (Nicole Kidman) and wants to know the truth about her son's death; Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) clashes with Abigail (Kathryn Newton) due to her decision not to go to college; Jane (Shailene Woodley) and Renata (Laura Dern) worry that the police might find out what really happened. As the season progresses, details about Perry's death start to circulate, and the women fear they're losing control of their lives; tensions rise among all the characters, with friendships and relationships coming to an end seemingly for good.

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Critic Reviews for Big Little Lies Season 2

All Critics (102) | Top Critics (38)

A lot feels unrealistic here. Celeste is in therapy, but her kids, who are fighting all the time, are not. And characters drop lines that underline their every feeling, as if the audience wouldn't get it otherwise.

Nov 22, 2019 | Full Review…
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A melodrama that didn't have the courage to go the full camp; that puttered and faltered and finally fell over the Californian cliffs and into the sea.

Jul 23, 2019 | Full Review…

It was the mother of all TV blockbuster finales, with one explosive secret revealed after another.

Jul 22, 2019 | Full Review…

The entire second season works better than it has any right to...

Jun 11, 2019 | Full Review…
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Happily enough these first few episodes are just as engrossing as those that came before. Scenes rapidly fluctuate from concerning to hilarious, but keeping up with the pace is no problem: This emotional roller coaster is far too fun.

Jun 10, 2019 | Full Review…

I'm still not sure I can say that the return of Big Little Lies is altogether necessary. But I can say that it promises to be thoroughly enjoyable and smart.

Jun 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Creating a second season was risky business. But fortunately, it works.

Jul 17, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The flattening of previously full characters may be the biggest loss of this season.

Feb 26, 2020 | Full Review…

The final episode seems to emerge from a lack of ideas about how to get these five women together again in the same room. It just doesn't work. [Full Review in Spanish]

Dec 13, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a great revisit to these gang of powerful women undergoing scrutiny for something necessary. Wonderful additions and a light story are enough for a new season. [Full review in Spanish].

Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…

As the fans thirst for a THIRD season of this show, I beg them (and the powers that be at HBO) to please let it end. One season was amazing, two seasons was questionable, a third would be a downright terrible idea.

Aug 6, 2019 | Full Review…

As in season one of the Emmy-award winning series in 2017, the scenery, the music and the girl talk are selling points for season two. But the primary reason to watch this time is Meryl Streep.

Jun 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Big Little Lies: Season 2

  • Sep 26, 2020
    Still nice, cool, and emotional. Actresses are just incredibly good. Script is incredibly believable. I love it
  • Sep 11, 2020
    The show remains beautifully shot and the acting remains strong (Laura Dern and Meryl Streep being the standouts), but this season's diffused storyline which culminates in a disappointing fashion does little to justify the existence of this second season.
  • Sep 09, 2020
    Great second season I really love how the character evolve in this second season.
  • May 25, 2020
    An excellent follow-up to the fantastic first season!
  • May 08, 2020
    I thought Season 1 was better: it was more gripping and affecting, and I liked the mystery element throughout. Season 2 was still good, I thought Meryl Streep was superb, but it had a kind of "too much of a good thing" hanging around it.
  • Apr 23, 2020
    Solid season even though Meryl Streep character annoyed the shit out of me.
  • Apr 19, 2020
    While I think "Big Little Lies" might be a slightly overrated series, I still think it is a very good drama series. This is primarily due to the stunning performances from all of the lead actresses involved in this show. They all do a fantastic job and create characters that somehow feel both real and over the top. The first season of the show is a mystery that builds up to a stunning finale, while the second is more consistently tense drama. I personally thought the first season wasn't always as well-paced as the second, even though I thought it had a better payoff. The consistent quality of the episodes in season 2 are why I like it a bit more, but I think this whole series is worth experiencing. Overall, it's a good drama series with excellent performances that fans of this genre will eat up.
  • Apr 11, 2020
    Ver reunidas a todas esas grandes actrices en un proyecto es un deleite
  • Mar 22, 2020
    The unnecessary second season of Big Little Lies started on a high note, but slipped in its last two episodes. The continuation of the women's stories following the death of Perry Wright is far from bad or underwhelming, though the series ends on a confusing and contradictory note. Among the many bright spots are a deliciously diabolical turn for Meryl Streep as Celeste's mother-in-law, on-the-dot performances by rising stars Darby Camp and Iain Armitage, and Nicole Kidman going full mama-bear and revealing the fight and strength left in her even after years of physical and emotional torment by Perry. Among the dullest are a bizarrely antithetical assault scene involving Laura Dern's Renata Klein and the series' final scene which erases the effect of the events of season 1's final scene. This season represents a dip in the quality of writing over the first season, but certainly not the quality of acting. Worth a watch to see what the Montery Five are up to these days, and what the next steps are for their many interpersonal relationships and consciences, even if the finale will leave you confused and a little hurt.
  • Mar 09, 2020
    Streep was a great addition. Great to explore more with these characters in a well-written, well-acted production, despite the occasionally unbelievable pettiness. A powerful drama.

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