Hacks: Season 2 (2022)

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Season 2
Hacks

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Hacks hits the road, but Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder remain very much at home with each other in a sterling sophomore season that finds novel ways to deepen the central pair's lovable friendship.

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Critic Ratings: 38

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User Ratings: 30

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Episodes

Air date: May 12, 2022

Deborah eagerly anticipates trying out her new material on the road, while Ava dreads the fallout of an explosive email.

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Air date: May 12, 2022

Deborah embraces tour life; Ava grapples with the value of honesty; Jimmy learns the harsh realities of Hollywood dealmaking.

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Air date: May 19, 2022

Deborah continues to workshop her material on the road, as Ava adapts to a new lifestyle; Marcus is overwhelmed by life without Wilson.

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Air date: May 19, 2022

While Deb struggles to connect with her audience on a cruise, Ava finds herself an unexpected hit.

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Air date: May 26, 2022

A dark mentorship forms between Deborah Vance, a legendary Las Vegas comic, and an entitled, outcast 25-year-old comedy writer.

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Air date: May 26, 2022

A dark mentorship forms between Deborah Vance, a legendary Las Vegas comic, and an entitled, outcast 25-year-old comedy writer.

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Air date: Jun 2, 2022

A dark mentorship forms between Deborah Vance, a legendary Las Vegas comic, and an entitled, outcast 25-year-old comedy writer.

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Air date: Jun 2, 2022

A dark mentorship forms between Deborah Vance, a legendary Las Vegas comic, and an entitled, outcast 25-year-old comedy writer.

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Cast & Crew

Jean Smart
Deborah Vance

Actor
Hannah Einbinder
Ava Daniels

Actor
Carl Clemons-Hopkins
Marcus

Actor
Rose Abdoo
Josefina

Actor
Paul W. Downs
Jimmy Lusaque Jr.

Actor
Mark Indelicato
Damien

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Poppy Liu
Kiki

Actor
Christopher McDonald
Marty Ghilain

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Megan Stalter
Kayla Schaeffer

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Johnny Sibilly
Wilson

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Paul W. Downs
Executive Producer
Lucia Aniello
Executive Producer
Mike Schur
Executive Producer
David Miner
Executive Producer
Morgan Sackett
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Hacks: Season 2

Audience Reviews for Hacks: Season 2

  • 1d ago
    HACKS is still a thoroughly enjoyable watch in season 2, though it appears to be unintentionally lost. It soars when it leans into Kayla/Jimmy and their ridiculously wrong antics--but sometimes falls into "And Just Like That" territory when exploring social justice issues... well intentioned but less subtle than a brain aneurysm. That being said, great performances from the whole cast and holding out hope that it'll improve throughout the season.
  • 1d ago
    Great season love it. Every episode is fantastic.
  • 2d ago
    Terrible and overly WOKE. Big fail!!!!
  • 3d ago
    Season 2 sees Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder take their anti-buddy comedy on the road to hilarious and surprisingly emotional results. This is a funnier, more realized Hacks than it's premier season. It has a real direction- literally. Deborah Vance is on tour across the US with Ava begrudgingly in tow. After the events of Season 1 it's revealed that Deborah will be suing Ava for breach of a non-disclosure agreement, but won't be firing her over the email incident. It's an interesting and very on-brand move for Deborah who treats her joke writing sidekick as a sort of foil throughout the series. But it's the way in which Deborah interacts with the rest of the world that gives us a glimpse into just why her biting remarks hit differently when directed at Ava. Smart expertly conveys a sense that certain insults lobbed in Ava's direction are really just scathing reminders to be a better person disguised in sarcastic wit, lest they be discovered for the caring intentions that they truly are. It's easy to imagine Deborah playing chicken with the lawsuit, but Smart's knowing smile is impossible to decode. Einbinder's take on Ava is similarly captivating but for every reason that Smart's character isn't, and therein lies the real magic of the show. Certainly they share qualities, but for each accolade shared, Ava's version comes with a caveat. She's simply unworldly, unlucky, and uncertain and it's Einbinder's ability to convey those subtly through Ava's obvious intelligence that make her character a good yin to Smart's yang. Couple all of this with the texture of tension added by the NDA disagreement as well as Ava's father having just died, and one could be surprised by the emotional depth found here. It was a strong, believable addition to keep the show from becoming too much of a comedy. The writing is sharper than ever and the supporting cast is really starting to shine. The back-and-forth antics of Megan Stalter and Paul W. Downs as receptionist and agent respectively come to mind immediately. Their chemistry together adds an immensely watchable B (sometimes C) story that always ends in laughs. Hacks took what worked, added some grit, and then put the whole thing on wheels to see what would happen. Four episodes in and the ride is smooth, a worthy vehicle for Jean Smart's astounding ability is still rolling strong.
  • 4d ago
    Cynical and unpleasant characters make for an unsatisfying viewing experience.
  • May 15, 2022
    So far, so HILARIOUS Darling!!!
  • May 14, 2022
    I still can't believe that Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder could improve (even more) their performances from the amazing first season of this show.
  • May 13, 2022
    Highly recommend. Funny, timely, real, well acted and written.
  • May 13, 2022
    The best buddy show Ive ever seen. Starting on opposite ends of understanding regarding gender, age and future and somehow they meet in the middle and are the better for it.

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