Big Little Lies: Season 2 (2019)

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Season 2
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: 101

84%

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User Ratings: 207

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Episodes

1
Air date: Jun 9, 2019
2
Air date: Jun 16, 2019
3
Air date: Jun 23, 2019
4
Air date: Jun 30, 2019
5
Air date: Jul 7, 2019
6
Air date: Jul 14, 2019
7
Air date: Jul 21, 2019

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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.

Cast

Reese Witherspoon
as Madeline Martha Mackenzie
Nicole Kidman
as Celeste Wright
Zoë Kravitz
as Bonnie Carlson
Laura Dern
as Renata Klein
Adam Scott
as Ed Mackenzie
James Tupper
as Nathan Carlson
Jeffrey Nordling
as Gordon Klein
Meryl Streep
as Mary Louise Wright
Darby Camp
as Chloe Mackenzie
P.J. Byrne
as Principal Nippal
Robin Weigert
as Dr. Amanda Reisman
Ivy George
as Amabella Klein
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Critic Reviews for Big Little Lies Season 2

All Critics (101) | 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…

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…

HBO, determined to win some more Emmys, and replicate the lighting-in-a-bottle brilliance that was season one, made a season that fails to justify its existence.

Jul 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Big Little Lies: Season 2

  • 6d ago
    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.
  • Feb 20, 2020
    I loved this season just as much as the first, especially what Meryl Streep brought to the table. I could not stop watching.
  • Feb 06, 2020
    Despite the great efforts of it's talented cast such as Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern 'Big Little Lies' Season 2 never gets of the ground and unfortunately makes for a muddled, slow paced and very tiresome at times second season. (5.2/10)
  • Jan 17, 2020
    Sin dudas una gran segunda temporada, si bien no es tan buena como la primera, todavía se disfruta esta segunda temporada, grandes actuaciones como siempre, la trama toma nuevos caminos y logra recorrerlos muy bien, creo que lo único que no me gusto fue que al incluir tantos flashbacks hicieron que se volvieran algo repetitivos, pero por todo lo demás excelente, sobre todo Meryl Streep y Nicole Kidman.

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