Great News: Season 2 (2017 - 2018)

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Season 2
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Great News avoids a sophomore slump thanks to its hilarious cast and the welcome onscreen addition of series creator Tina Fey.

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Critic Ratings: 13

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User Ratings: 73

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Air date: Sep 28, 2017

In the Season 2 premiere, "The Breakdown" gets a new boss, a tough business lady with big plans to bring the outdated news program into the 21st century. Katie is thrilled since this is the kind of strong, professional female role model she hoped for, but Carol is immediately wary of this new influence in Katie's life. Meanwhile, Chuck has trouble adapting to Diana's idea for a new panel segment of screaming pundits.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2017

Katie tries to be executive producer for the day, soon realizing that Greg has it much harder than she realized. Meanwhile, Carol uses Greg and Katie's workplace competition as an opportunity to push the two of them together.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2017

Diana has been promoted again, this time to the head of the corporation that owns MMN, but before she leaves she finds herself embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal. This leaves Katie unsure who to believe, her mentor or her friends in the office. Carol becomes head intern and struggles to prove to the other interns, and herself, that she deserves the job.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2017

Katie tries to stop her mother from attending an award show, but is unsuccessful when Carol secures a position as a seat-filler.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2017

Katie realizes that while she has been working her way up at MMN, her friends have been getting married, having kids, and buying houses in New Jersey. She feels pressure to impress them on Instagram with her hip New York City lifestyle and lucks into going to a very cool Halloween party with Portia. Meanwhile, Chuck has been asked to use a new smart screen on the show, and in an attempt to get out of this seemingly impossible task, tries to convince Carol that it is possessed.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2017

Jeremy invites Katie to do some "real reporting" and go on a stakeout with him. Carol is suspicious and kidnaps Greg to stake out the stakeout. The two discover that it may not be all business between Jeremy and Katie. In other events, Chuck meets Carvell, who is Portia's fiancé, and the two of them form an unlikely friendship.

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Air date: Dec 21, 2017

Carol finds herself in a reverse "Christmas Carol" during which she learns that she has too much Christmas spirit and is driving everyone around her insane. Meanwhile, Chuck's estranged son, Petey, visits the office and Katie, who has been charged with babysitting him, tries to get the father and son to reconnect.

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Air date: Dec 21, 2017

Carol and Chuck don't think they should have to attend Sensitivity Training and decide to teach the rest of the "snowflakes in the office" a lesson. Katie is excited about her new boyfriend, Jeremy, but Portia suspects Katie might just be a sidepiece.

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Air date: Dec 28, 2017

Carol is devastated to learn that her parents are getting a divorce after 70 years of marriage. Katie, still hurting from her breakup with Jeremy, is convinced that love is dead, but Carol is determined to prove that it's never too late to have a happy ending. Meanwhile, Chuck discovers that the reason for Justin's newfound happiness is the cute new barista at the coffee shop and proceeds to compete for her affection at the expense of his and Justin's friendship.

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Air date: Jan 4, 2018

Frustrated by Greg and Katie's adorable office flirtation, Carol invites Greg's girlfriend, Cat, to work in an attempt to show Katie her competition and get her to admit her feelings for her boss. But Carol's plan backfires when she is won over by Cat's charms, sending Katie into a jealous spiral. Meanwhile, Chuck finds himself an unwitting champion of the alt right.

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Season 2 of this comedy series opens with the crew feeling victorious after breaking a big story, which resulted in the exit of their old boss. Now, a new boss has arrived, Diana St. Tropez (Tina Fey), who takes over the show and has big plans to change things up. As a result of her arrival: Katie (Briga Heelan) ponders what is the next step of her career; Carol (Andrea Martin) is vying for a promotion; and Chuck (John Michael Higgins) tries to adapt to the show's new format. Meanwhile, it's not just the crew's work life that is about to change when Katie starts a new relationship, while still having feelings for Greg (Adam Campbell), and Chuck tries to reconcile with his estranged son.

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Critic Reviews for Great News Season 2

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6)

It's a funny show, but it's working through some growing pains, trying to find its voice and figure out its cast chemistry, which, to be fair, it took 30 Rock about a season to do as well.

Dec 27, 2017 | Full Review…

There are enough laughs to match the talent involved. The well-utilized cast is charming, the writing a bit sharper, and, oddly enough, the arcs feel more original.

Sep 29, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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What sets Great News apart - aside from the quality of its writing and its unsung ensemble - is its uncommon sweetness.

Oct 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Great News has a screwball charm and a flair for rapid-fire jokes, built on a premise that amusingly literalizes the classic sitcom concept of co-workers as family.

Jan 25, 2018 | Full Review…

By pushing the story line into unexpected directions, it is more pointedly satirical and it makes us reassess the way we handle such abuses.

Oct 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Great News has the hallmarks of another of those belated Netflix favorites. It's so rocket-paced that it almost demands multiple viewings to catch all the one-liners and oddball cultural references.

Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

While the writing has its moments of brilliance, as a whole the show feels stagnant.

Dec 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Most things get significantly better when you add Tina Fey to them. So it makes sense that adding the 30 Rock alum to the Season 2 cast of NBC's Great News takes an already-fun sitcom and elevates it about a bazillion notches.

Sep 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Tina Fey puts a little more juice in her "Great News" (NBC, 9:30 p.m.) by joining the cast as a tough new executive and just like that the series moves from cute to genuinely funny...

Sep 28, 2017 | Full Review…

... the show is a fitting successor to the series that appears to have inspired it-fast and funny and appealingly strange, especially now that it's past the scene-setting of Season 1.

Sep 28, 2017 | Full Review…

What follows our introductory glimpse at Diana's creepiness is a perfect, not-so-subtle takedown of the way society as a whole treats women who have been preyed upon by their male superiors.

Oct 20, 2017 | Full Review…

This show is underhyped and excellent, bursting with media-savvy jokes in the manner of Fey's 30 Rock.

Oct 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Great News: Season 2

  • Oct 08, 2020
    Season 1 was great, funny, binge watched the whole season. Season 2 started off bad and got worse. Very sad, not sure if they were being preachy or sarcastically preachy. halfway through season 2 stopped watching.
  • Jun 19, 2020
    I'm such a fan of this show... it's one of the best ones out there... incredible cast...the writing... everything about it is amazing and it's such a shame they cancelled it.. PLEASE NETFLIX TAKE IT OVER AND BRING IT BACK!!
  • Dec 09, 2019
    It's too bad Great News got cancelled, because it was finally hitting its stride in season two - better character arcs, hilarious satires on current political issues, and less awkwardness in the "family" dynamic. I even laughed out loud quite a few times. I was all for the Katie/Greg 'ship and although the commentary on motherhood was sometimes a bit heavy handed I ended up finding it endearing. Sort of the idea that "no one gets to make fun of my Mom, but me," which I wholeheartedly agree with.
  • Nov 27, 2018
    The first season was pretty funny, and I was excited when the second season got released onto Netflix. However, this season tries to make way too many political statements, it falls flat on its face when it tries to be cool and meta, and it suffers from dated reference syndrome. Overall, I couldn’t make it through this season because it was so bad. It was disappointing, cannot recommend.
  • Nov 07, 2018
    Slightly funnier than the first season however it is still not an amazing show. Good to kill time and have the odd laugh
  • Oct 22, 2017
    Not as funny as the first season but it was not horrible. I was not that disappointed when it was cancelled but I still loved Andrea Martin.
  • Oct 09, 2017
    Great show that take a little while to hit its stride. Season 2 so far has been freakin' HILARIOUS! I just hope enough people watch and it doesn't get canceled.

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