Boss: Season 2 (2012)

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Season 2
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Kelsey Grammar alone provides ample reason to watch Boss, but the rest of the stellar supporting cast of wretchedly fascinating, emotionally entangled characters holds viewer attention.

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Critic Ratings: 21

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User Ratings: 58

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Air date: Aug 17, 2012

In the Season 2 premiere, Mayor Kane's legacy is cemented with splendid groundbreaking ceremonies for the updated airport terminals. Though the sky seems the limit for his political future, his health continues to be an issue.

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Air date: Aug 24, 2012

Kane uses a tragedy in his personal life to further his political agenda. He also tries to heal his fractured inner circle by poaching Mona Fredricks, the senior aide of his nemesis, and hiring ambitious newcomer Ian Todd, but can they fill the void left by Stone?

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Air date: Aug 31, 2012

Kane's increasing infatuation with his new aide Mona leads him to get swept up in her enthusiasm for a housing-redevelopment project.

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Air date: Sep 7, 2012

Kane attempts to clean house and deep-sixes longtime political cronies, while at home, Meredith and Emma want no part of a family reunion with him.

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Air date: Sep 14, 2012

As Kane's symptoms begin to spiral out of control and he has problems telling the difference between his hallucinations and reality, the corruption sweep endangers his political power and his hold on city council.

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Air date: Sep 21, 2012

Kane's maneuvers with the housing project lead to looting and rioting; later, he secretly attends an alternative clinic for treatment.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2012

The alternative treatments appear to be working and Kane takes back control of the city, but in his efforts to fix his public perception, he may have to throw an old friend under the bus.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2012

Kane reluctantly enters an alliance with a longtime foe on City Council, but he soon realizes that more serious measures must be undertaken to stave off bankruptcy.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2012

Chicago's bankruptcy crisis means a loss of power for Kane as emergency measures are put in place, but threats by his enemies to expose him could be of even greater concern.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2012

In the last episode of season two, Kane's mental faculties deteriorate further, and Sentinel editor Sam Miller gets ready to break a story that will destroy him. But, unknown to Kane, Kitty represents the true threat as she decides where her loyalties lie. As the odds stack up against him, Kane is forced to reveal the unthinkable to stay on top.

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A fictitious study of the personal and professional life of ruthless Chicago mayor Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer) kicks off Season 2 with Kane cementing his legacy with splendid groundbreaking ceremonies for the updated airport terminals. Though the sky seems the limit for his political future, his health continues to be an issue. The second campaign eventually leads to political problems that include a personal tragedy, an infatuation with new aide Mona Fredricks (Sanaa Lathan), his deep-sixing of longtime political cronies, troubles with a city housing project, an uneasy alliance with a City Council foe, the potential bankruptcy of the city of Chicago and a published news story that could spell the end of his reign as a powerful politico. All this while his health continues to deteriorate.

Critic Reviews for Boss Season 2

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (15)

The acting merits more accolades than the storylines so far.

Aug 17, 2012 | Full Review…

The supporting actors are all capable, although Grammer's glower clearly is the series' tower of power.

Aug 17, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…

At the heart of this drama, in every sense, is Grammer. It's worth turning on this show just to watch his performance.

Aug 17, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Still good. Still heavy going.

Aug 17, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The good news is that the focus is here in the second season, one that feels even more like Shakespearian drama but that justifies its self-seriousness more than in season one with fascinating characters.

Feb 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Boss stands as testament both to the declamatory acting heft of Grammer, whose square head, booming expletives and rolled shirtsleeves bespeak a very male brand of executive power, and to the purchasing acumen of Channel 4.

Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Season 2 of Boss started off with a great deal of promise... In the end, the finale left the season with a sense of lackadaisical repetition, a shuffling of the pieces, instead of decisively pushing them forward.

Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…

...t a hardboiled, somewhat abstracted view of power relations as practiced by a varied cast of characters... while also imparting an almost Shakespearean grandeur to the proceedings.

Aug 29, 2014 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The simple truth is that no amount of twitching is going to make Boss compelling.

Aug 17, 2012 | Full Review…

Boss has earned that second chance, and while it will never be what you might call a joy ride, the journey is considerably more absorbing now.

Aug 17, 2012 | Full Review…

I'm still hooked on Boss; watching Kane and his political machine proved too mesmerizing to resist.

Aug 17, 2012 | Full Review…

They've done their research, fictionalizing real Chicago issues, including O'Hare expansion and public housing.

Aug 17, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Boss: Season 2

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