Big Little Lies: Season 2 (2019)

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Season 2
Big Little Lies

Critics Consensus

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.

87%

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Critic Ratings: 98

79%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 107
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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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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 (98) | Top Critics (35)

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 misery of beautiful people continues to be a moral as well as aesthetic pleasure as Big Little Lies continues its second series.

Jun 21, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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

Jun 11, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…

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…

Forget Mies van der Rohe. Sometimes you have to listen to Cecil B. DeMille. In other words, less isn't always more; sometimes only more is more.

Jul 25, 2019 | Full Review…

If a little disappointing in terms of story, the second season of Big Little Lies was consistently invigorating through the power of its cast.

Jul 24, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Big Little Lies: Season 2

  • 3d ago
    While not as phenomenal as the first season, this season still holds its own. Recouperating from the events of the first season, this entry follows the characters as each of their lives start to unravel. Streep's addition to the series was frustrating yet beautiful at the same time. Her performance was so well-done that it is hard to distinguish whether you hate her for her character or love her for how well she performed. The ending scene is haunting and beautiful and is definitely worth the watch.
  • Oct 02, 2019
    After a standout season 1, I had high hopes for Season 2 of BLL. Unfortunately it seems that both the source material, the acting, and the general plot seem to fall off the same cliffs shown during the shows starting credits. The plot takes a sharp turn left and leans heavily on flashbacks to the first season for support. The characters themselves dissolve from complex and emotionally intricate women into nothing more than paper thin characters. Zoe Kravitz character is given more of the limelight this season, but her struggle with accidentally murdering a physically abusive rapist while under the watchful eye of her own abusive (psychic?) mother feels ripped straight out of daytime soaps. If you're like me, at the end of the second season you will be sitting there asking yourself "What was the whole point of this second season?" Feeling like you're right back at the end of the first season from a plot and character progression standpoint.
  • Sep 18, 2019
    Second season was such a step down from first! It turned into a soap opera kind of series. Celeste and Renata's story were the only ones that made me want to continue watching it. Hope the next season is better.
  • Sep 07, 2019
    Loved the first Season. The second season was a struggle to watch. Did they change writers or just run out of ideas? Predictable responses to abuse. Interesting characters with great potential to grow become one dimensional as they each crumble into lost souls. Let the show die if it's going to be more of the same.
  • Sep 02, 2019
    Unnecessary Season 2. We did not learn anything useful. It was made just for showing off - a dueling of two (three?) good actress on screen.
  • Aug 25, 2019
    Picking up right where it left off, Big Little Lies goes deeper into the inner workings of these incredible women whom feel the extent of what they've done. This season, Nicole Kidman and Zoe Kravitz especially shine in the development of their respective characters. The addition of Meryl Streep was genius, and only added to the twisty, dark secrets that engulf the lives of five women. The cinematography and direction are highlights this season. Spectacular!
  • Aug 24, 2019
    Another phenomenal season from this show. I can't wait for a Season 3.
  • Aug 19, 2019
    Season two stumbled, and then plummeted off a cliff. I'm not very surprised. They painted themselves into a corner, as there were no initial intentions of a second season and the novel's story was concluded.
  • Aug 18, 2019
    Not quite as tight and good as season 1. The Celeste / Mary Louise storyline is excellent, and Madeline and Ed are maybe more interesting than in season 1, but other characters' storylines suffer. Jane was one of the most interesting characters in season 1, but her storyline this season was not executed very well. They really, really tried to make Bonnie a more interesting and in fact central character this season, and I applaud the effort, but I'm not sure that the way her character is written ever quite works as well as some of the others. The central drama of the season doesn't really make sense until the last two episodes, and then it gets tied up in a bow a bit too neatly.
  • Aug 17, 2019
    Season 2 (and the series?) has come to an end with a surprising great finale full of shocking moments. It was satisfying to see more of the Monterey Five after the big event in Season 1, having to deal now with Mary Louise played by the terrific and powerful Meryl Streep seeking justice. She just leaves you open-mouthed whenever she's on screen. All the drama faced by each and every one of the actresses is enough to make you care and feel for their characters a great deal. Many questions unanswered and more time at Monterey might be necessary.

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