Counterpart: Season 2 (2018)


Season 2

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Double the J.K. Simmons brings double the aplomb in the second season of Counterpart, which finds time to deliver relevant societal critiques while deepening its labyrinthine lore.



Critic Ratings: 22


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Air date: Dec 9, 2018

While hiding in Howard's life, Howard Prime must avoid detection at home and at the OI. Quayle and Clare struggle to adjust to their new arrangement.

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Air date: Dec 16, 2018

Imprisoned on the Other Side, Howard's loyalties are tested; Emily Prime gets a promotion.

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Air date: Dec 23, 2018

Howard is transferred to a mysterious prison called Echo; an unexpected visit gives Emily a connection to her old life; and Emily Prime and Shaw's investigation is met with resistance.

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Air date: Dec 30, 2018

Howard Prime, Quayle and Clare must unite against a common enemy. Emily Prime turns her investigation towards her other. Yanek probes Howard's past.

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Air date: Jan 6, 2019

A new revelation puts Howard Prime and Quayle in jeopardy; life at Echo is disrupted; and Clare reconnects with her past.

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Air date: Jan 20, 2019

The origins of the Crossing are revealed.

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Air date: Jan 27, 2019

The fallout of the lockdown casts suspicions around the OI. Howard and Emily Prime find clues about the history of Management. Clare questions her allegiances.

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Air date: Feb 3, 2019

Howard Prime and Emily work together to figure out Indigo's plans; Clare and Quayle consider their future; and Howard must face the truth about his wife.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2019

Management makes a historic decision; Emily sends a warning; Quayle, Clare and Temple investigate the final Indigo cell; and Howard Prime reaches out to an old contact.

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Air date: Feb 17, 2019

Mira's looming threat forges some unlikely alliances.

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Season Two finds Howard and his counterpart getting to live out these questions. With the Crossing closed and each of them stranded in the other's world, they have to adapt for survival. Howard Prime takes on his other's life: going to his job, living in his home...with his wife. Howard Alpha is locked in a mysterious black site known as Echo, cut off from everyone he knows. As a cold war escalates between worlds and deepens a fickle divide, both men find themselves growing increasingly like the other.

Cast & Crew

J.K. Simmons
Howard Silk
Harry Lloyd
Peter Quayle
Olivia Williams
Emily Burton Silk
Betty Gabriel
Naya Temple
Gary Gilbert
Executive Producer
Jordan Horowitz
Executive Producer
Amy Berg
Executive Producer
Morten Tyldum
Executive Producer
Keith Redmon
Executive Producer
Bard Dorros
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Counterpart Season 2

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (10)

An exacting performance by Simmons, again, goes a long way toward illustrating just how crucial clarity can be in the growing, changing realm of science fiction.

Dec 5, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The story that "Twin Cities" tells is one that someone who's never seen a single episode of Counterpart could appreciate.

Jan 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Beyond its artfully chilly atmosphere and its surprisingly plausible and suspenseful narrative, the main attraction in Season 2 remains J.K. Simmons's crafty, quiet portrayal of the two spies.

Dec 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Continues to be like a cocktail made up of equal parts John le Carré and Philip K Dick, then shaken not stirred by JJ Abrams.

Dec 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Fans of this byzantine sci-fi/spy thriller who muddled through its elaborate, twisty first season won't be disappointed.

Dec 11, 2018 | Full Review…

A strong start. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

I'd argue that 'Counterpart' is one of the best shows of all time, moving up there with Bryan Fuller's Hannibal and David Simon's The Wire.

Feb 25, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The acting - especially that of JK Simmons' two versions of Howard Silk - is once again outstanding.

Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…

[Nazanin] Boniadi's acting capabilities have been put on display in a way that should have heads turning and people talking in a big way... Counterpart is creating some of the most interesting and intriguing roles for women.

Dec 28, 2018 | Full Review…

God, I love this show.

Dec 13, 2018 | Full Review…

"Counterpart" is finely woven to the point where missing key beats can throw the whole thing off for you. It's a riveting mind game, expertly pulled off.

Dec 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Counterpart Season 2 gives Williams the same opportunity to explore the Emilys in great detail.

Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: 4.8/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Counterpart: Season 2

  • Mar 30, 2021
    How can you have such a great show with such high ratings and an end where there's more to be seen? This is such an interesting and different show. This show will be missed!
  • Jan 25, 2021
    Great show, too bad there was no season 3.
  • Aug 27, 2020
    The very good first season is why I am not giving this 1 1/2 star. There are so many holes and impossibilites and perfect timings and and.. basically it's an exercise of suspension of disbelief. Walk in believing everything the writers say without questioning anything with logic and/or chances, and you may enjoy it. But I found it so hard to not stumble into situations of "how the heck did this happened" and "why don't they.." and "but it's obvious.." that I just.. Oh well, I only watched this to see the finish. The acting is consistently great but the writing, in crucial points, is disappointingly weak.
  • Aug 10, 2020
    Do yourself a favor and go watch this show now. It's not just the best sci-fi show I've seen (and I've seen many) it's a brilliant show altogether. Brilliant writing, amazing acting and great direction. It weaves in a compelling mystery and political satire with themes of identity, reality, choices and consequences. I've yet to see a show that does that so deftly AND that develops all of those elements + adds new characters and manages to give all depth and complexity in a second season. Sad to hear no one's picked it up for a third... I honestly don't understand why given how many subpar shows get air time & press these days. Also J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams, Nazanin Boniadi, and Harry Lloyd should've all gotten Emmys for their superb acting. Counterpart deserves way way more accolades and attention than it got.
  • Jul 27, 2020
    The show was prescient in its depiction of a post pandemic world. The acting was superb and there were surprisingly few logic issues once you've accepted the show's conceit. "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you." - Friedrich Nietzsche
  • May 14, 2020
    of cause Its as good as the first but I am going to talk mostly about if they should do a third. part of me wants there to be a third and the other side thinks if they do a third It will turn out bad. back to the movie its self I think the ending was great. Its more hard to recognise the two Howard than the first season. It sort of turns into a original Howard the original Howards other.
  • Apr 16, 2020
    ماذا لو أمكن فتح باب بين أكوان متوازية لتشاهد شخصيتك وشخصيات عشت معها كيف أصبحت في مسار مختلف للتاريخ، المسلسل يحكي قصة عامل في هيئة دولية يكتشف أن الهيئة التي عمل معها تدير أحد هذه الأبواب، وأن "نفسه" في الكون الموازي هي شخصية أمنية رفيعة في نفس المؤسسة، وأحداث معقدة في ظل تصاعد احتمالات الحرب بين الكونين.
  • Apr 02, 2020
    Fascinating and powerful, Counterpart's second season weaves together meaningful story arcs for its compelling characters, led by a multitude of great performances (often in dual roles) that will leave viewers wanting even more, sadly.
  • Mar 28, 2020
    I don't understand why this tv show is not more known
  • Mar 19, 2020
    This is the best show on TV right now. The blend of sci-fi, espianoge, and drama are masterfully put together in this story, and the casting is amazing. I wish that this series was advertised more, because I believe it is better than anything that has recently been on HBO, or showtime. Hoping for a 3rd season somehow, but wow!!! This show really set the bar for quality. Bravo Starz, please continue this level of programing. 10 out of 5 Stars!!!

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