Difficult People: Season 2 (2016)

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Difficult People picks up even more momentum in its sophomore season, upping the addictive yet somehow relatable nastiness of its leads with fast-paced -- and possibly therapeutic -- hilarity.

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Critic Ratings: 17

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Air date: Jul 12, 2016

The Season 2 premiere.

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Air date: Jul 12, 2016

Billy and Julie seek Internet fame by creating their own ice-bucket challenge. Guest stars include Nathan Lane, Megan Hilty and Nyle DiMarco.

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Air date: Jul 19, 2016

When Julie is mistaken as Italian and Billy is mistaken as straight, the two find themselves leading double lives in New Jersey. Mark Consuelos stars as Joey, a gay man eager to teach Billy about gay culture. Mink Stole stars as a patient of Marilyn's. -- (C) HULU

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Air date: Jul 26, 2016

After Arthur catches Julie watching porn, and Billy's brother moves in with him, Billy and Julie struggle to find alone time. Fred Armisen returns as Billy's brother, Garry. Ken Burns guest stars as himself. -- (C) HULU

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Air date: Aug 2, 2016

When Billy's apartment is condemned, he moves in with Marilyn; a misunderstanding lands Julie a role on a TV show. Rachel Dratch guest stars as a casting director. Abby Elliot guest stars as an Internet executive who offers Billy and Julie a trial job. -- (C) HULU

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Air date: Aug 9, 2016

As her birthday approaches, Julie learns that she enjoys her mother's company when they drink together, and Billy tries to date a guy he befriended on Tinder. The B-52's Kate Pierson guest stars as herself. -- (C) HULU

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Air date: Aug 16, 2016

Julie and Billy set out to exploit the success of the stage show "Hamilton" by creating and starring in their own historical musical. Appearing: Lin-Manuel Miranda, plus Luann de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan, both of "The Real Housewives of New York City."

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Air date: Aug 23, 2016

Billy and Julie get their first famous fan, who helps them try to sell a sketch show to a TV network. Method Man guest stars as himself. Joel McHale guest stars as Billy's personal trainer. -- (C) HULU

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Air date: Aug 30, 2016

Julie and Billy jeopardize their shot at becoming fashion elites when Julie gets sick and Billy gets cast as the lead in a children's TV show. Christian Siriano guest stars as himself. Austin Pendleton guest stars as a tightly-wound television director. -- (C) HULU

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Air date: Sep 6, 2016

Julie writes an essay that is optioned for a movie, Billy helps with Matthew's wedding. Julianne Moore stars as a development executive. Richard Kind stars as a writer who helps adapt Julie's essay. Amy Sedaris and Deborah Harry return as roommates. -- (C) HULU

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Critic Reviews for Difficult People Season 2

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8)

It's all clever and funny, if you enjoy laughing at people who are thoroughly mean and selfish, which I do. They represent some of the darker sides of human nature, those petty, unpleasant feelings we're generally taught to hide.

Jul 25, 2016 | Full Review…

It's so nice to be back with Billy and Julie again. Hulu's Difficult People... is a show that wears its unique but tricky concept on its sleeve... And it's so much fun to watch.

Jul 12, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

I've just binge-watched three second-season episodes of Hulu's Difficult People and don't have a kind word to say about anyone. Well, except for Billy Epstein and Julie Kessler, who hold the title of the world's most hilarious egomaniacs.

Jul 11, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

You have been warned. This is maddeningly raw, often broad comedy. Me, I liked its sheer, unadulterated rudeness. Watch this and you will feel better about yourself and the world. That is the point; that is the therapy it provides.

Jul 19, 2016 | Full Review…

Difficult People ups its guest star game with its sophomore premiere, packing in appearances by John Mulaney, Tina Fey, and Sandra Bernhard... [Fey's] is a c-plot story that seemingly goes nowhere, but if you're a fan of 30 Rock, it's gratifying as hell.

May 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Yes, the sinfully funny series that chronicles the wacky, devilish adventures of professional recapper Julie Kessler (Julie Klausner) and professional I'm-not-sure Billy Epstein (Billy Eichner) is back, baby! And better than ever!

May 10, 2019 | Full Review…

There have been countless shows about the bond of friendship, but never one that so perfectly portrays the kind of connection you can have to the friend that loves the worst version of yourself.

May 10, 2019 | Full Review…

What distinguishes Difficult People is Klausner and Eichner's fluent, acerbic approach to the nebulous substratum of pop culture that Susan Sontag might, with a bit of prodding, call twenty-first century camp.

May 10, 2019 | Full Review…

I like Difficult People. Whenever I watch it, though, I'm always acutely aware of why I like it.

Aug 14, 2017 | Full Review…

As with season 1, the show hinges on the friendship between Julie and Billy. Their schemes are hatched at the start of each episode and implode at the end, but at least they have each other.

Oct 24, 2016 | Full Review…

Fast-paced and motormouthed as it is, Difficult People still finds ways to make a pair of despicable, difficult friends entirely relatable and pal-worthy, even when a few of its shots fall short of the bullseye.

Jul 11, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The new episodes are jam-packed with pop-culture jokes that will leave you trying to suppress outbursts of laughter lest you miss one punchline set atop another, like layers of a delicious cake.

Jul 11, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Difficult People: Season 2

  • Oct 13, 2017
    Patches is the best thing I have ever seen. 10 episodes is not nearly enough for these two funnies!
  • Sep 13, 2016
    A better sophomore season that not only kicks up the laughs, but the wretchedness of the characters as well.
  • Sep 02, 2016
    It's a mixed bag. Billy Eichner, Andrea Martin and James Urbaniak are hilarious, but Julie Klausner is practically unwatchable. I had to stop midway through this season because she just became unbearable. They really should dump her.
  • Aug 30, 2016
    S2 was a letdown from s1 but there are still really good moments here and there.
  • Aug 03, 2016
    The show of the summer...every episode is a hoot and a half. I hope this show goes on for many years.
  • Aug 02, 2016
    "I'm starting to think Kirk Cameron was right." "About what?" "About the fact that you're too gay...." Few shows get me on trailers alone but this one did and its pretty much delivered ever since..
  • Aug 02, 2016
    Utter crap, no redeeming qualities at all.

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