Boss: Season 2 Reviews

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February 8, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 8, 2019
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.
February 8, 2019
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.
August 29, 2014
...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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 17, 2012
They've done their research, fictionalizing real Chicago issues, including O'Hare expansion and public housing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 17, 2012
One of the most smartly written and deftly acted dramas on TV,
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 17, 2012
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.
August 17, 2012
I'm still hooked on Boss; watching Kane and his political machine proved too mesmerizing to resist.
August 17, 2012
At the heart of this drama, in every sense, is Grammer. It's worth turning on this show just to watch his performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 17, 2012
Boss is not flawless. But buoyed by strong performances and a haunting score, the show makes for deeply affecting television nevertheless.
August 17, 2012
I'm here to say I suddenly seemed to care about this show and the despicable characters that inhabit its world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 17, 2012
The supporting actors are all capable, although Grammer's glower clearly is the series' tower of power.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 17, 2012
The show features some of the best acting, directing, and writing on the small screen, but sometimes a successful run is best cut short - in television as well as politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 17, 2012
The political drama remains a show I find much easier to admire than to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 17, 2012
Much of what made the first season of Boss great carries over to the early episodes of the second season.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 17, 2012
The acting merits more accolades than the storylines so far.
August 17, 2012
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.
August 17, 2012
The simple truth is that no amount of twitching is going to make Boss compelling.
August 17, 2012
The show manages to shoot itself in the foot regularly.
August 17, 2012
If the show can stabilize it's relationship to Kane and clear up some of its more frustrating affectations of "good television," it could really be a great show.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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