Boss: Season 2 (2012)


Season 2

Critics Consensus

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.



Critic Ratings: 21


Audience Score

User Ratings: 55
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Air date: Aug 17, 2012
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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.


Kelsey Grammer
as Tom Kane
Connie Nielsen
as Meredith Kane
Jeff Hephner
as Ben Zajac
Hannah Ware
as Emma Kane
Kathleen Robertson
as Kitty O'Neil
Martin Donovan
as Ezra Stone
Francis Guinan
as Gov. McCall Cullen
Rotimi Akinosho
as Darius Morrison
Sanaa Lathan
as Mona Fredricks
Troy Garity
as Sam Miller
as Trey Rogers
Nicole Forester
as Maggie Zajac
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Critic Reviews for Boss Season 2

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (11)

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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…

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 show manages to shoot itself in the foot regularly.

Aug 17, 2012 | 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…

Boss' mix of deft footwork and bull-in-a-china shop clumsiness can be off-putting, but it's always anchored by Grammer's alternately scary and mournful lead performance, and you're never in doubt that there's a fully formed sensibility behind it.

Aug 17, 2012 | Full Review…

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