Halt and Catch Fire: Season 2 (2015)


Season 2
Halt and Catch Fire

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Halt and Catch Fire version 2.0 has received some upgrades and improvements, including a welcome focus on its female leads.



Critic Ratings: 23


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User Ratings: 413

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Air date: May 31, 2015

In the Season 2 opener, Cameron and Donna's fledgling gaming company, Mutiny, finds itself at a crossroads. Meanwhile, Joe and Gordon are reunited in the wake of Cardiff's sale.

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Air date: Jun 7, 2015

After meeting Sara's father, Joe begins a new job. Meanwhile, Gordon grapples with his new freedom as Donna is blindsided by Cameron's surprising hire at Mutiny.

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Air date: Jun 14, 2015

The Clarks receive a surprising invitation as Bosworth tries to reconnect with his former life. Meanwhile, a problem from within Mutiny threatens its survival.

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Air date: Jun 21, 2015

Joe and Gordon reunite to make Joe's vision a reality. Meanwhile, at Mutiny, tensions between Cameron and Donna run high in the aftermath of Sonaris.

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Air date: Jun 28, 2015

Cameron and Joe cross paths again, putting Cameron in a tailspin. Meanwhile, Gordon searches for connection as he processes difficult news.

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Air date: Jul 5, 2015

Gordon returns to California to reconnect with his brother, Henry, as Joe uses his newfound leverage to change Wheeler's thinking about computing.

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Air date: Jul 12, 2015

Gordon and Donna harbor secrets from one another as Gordon launches a new venture. Meanwhile, at Mutiny, an acquisition puts Cameron's principles to the test.

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Air date: Jul 19, 2015

Cameron and Tom try to come to terms at Mutiny's user picnic. Meanwhile, Gordon searches for answers as Joe and Sara say goodbye to Dallas.

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Air date: Jul 26, 2015

Left reeling by the launch of a rival, Mutiny takes measures to ensure its survival. Meanwhile, Gordon pays a price in an attempt to quell his paranoia.

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Air date: Aug 2, 2015

In the Season 2 finale, Gordon aids Joe as the Clark family descends into crisis. Meanwhile, Cameron envisions a new future for Mutiny that may not include everyone.

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Season 2 of the period drama opens with Cameron (Mackenzie Davis) and Donna (Kerry Bishé) not agreeing on how to manage their new company, Mutiny, and Joe (Lee Pace) and Gordon (Scoot McNairy) having to face each other after Cardiff Electric is liquidated. As the season progresses, Joe proposes to Sara Wheeler (Aleksa Palladino), whose father might just be what his career needs, Gordon starts working with Joe, leading to marital issues, and tensions between Cameron and Donna worsen. Meanwhile, Bosworth (Toby Huss) is released from prison and has to deal with a family that doesn't want him back and difficulties at finding a place in the industry.

Cast & Crew

Lee Pace
Joe MacMillan
Scoot McNairy
Gordon Clark
Mackenzie Davis
Cameron Howe
Kerry Bishé
Donna Clark
Toby Huss
John Bosworth
Aleksa Palladino
Sara Wheeler
Mark O'Brien
Tom Rendon
Skylar Astin
Jessie Evans
August Emerson
Malcolm Levitan
James Cromwell
Jacob Wheeler
Eric Goins
Morgan Hinkleman
Joanie Clark
Cooper Andrews
Yo-Yo Engberk
Cory Chapman
J. Elijah Cho
Nick Pupo
Jonathan Lisco
Executive Producer
Mark Johnson
Executive Producer
Melissa Bernstein
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Halt and Catch Fire Season 2

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (14)

It's obvious Halt And Catch Fire 2.0 is a serious improvement over last year's model.

Jun 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Halt and Catch Fire, a series about tech entrepreneurs, albeit ones in 1980s Dallas, begins its much-improved second season having undergone a pivot of its own.

Jun 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Before trotting it back out for its second turn around the track, producers have made some welcome adjustments to the show's pacing, structure, and characterization.

Jun 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Thankfully, this new Halt is better, exponentially so. Its inversion of decades of prestige-drama gender convention seems painfully obvious, and yet I'm not sure if any other show has actually attempted it.

May 28, 2015 | Full Review…

AMC's bafflingly underrated drama is one of the best programs ever at capturing the human fallibilities that go into into carving your own path in business and life, including blind competitiveness, crippling insecurity and overwhelming doubt.

Dec 28, 2015 | Full Review…

A very fine, energetic season of Halt and Catch Fire, one that's worth watching even if you never quite made it to the end of season one.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

It's early enough in the show's run-and improving quickly enough-to make the 11-episode catch-up binge worth considering.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

The second season has followed the good path opened last year but with changes that has made it even win in brilliance and intelligence. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Then, in the second season, Halt and Catch Fire unveiled its greatest strength; it's willingness to blow everything up.

Dec 14, 2017 | Full Review…

For a show that has consistently been good, occasionally very good, but has failed to take a step into truly great drama, they certainly have us curious to see what's in store.

Jun 1, 2015 | Full Review…

The characters feel fully shaped and no longer under construction, though their environment is all new.

Jun 1, 2015 | Rating: 8.9/10 | Full Review…

Halt and Catch Fire always feels like it should be more intense, interesting and smarter than it is. But it fails to give off much heat.

May 29, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Halt and Catch Fire: Season 2

  • Aug 09, 2020
    Slow as those early computers!!!@!
  • Sep 14, 2017
    It took me 3 years to get through season one, but a week to finish season two. This season definitely picks up pace. I like how the focus shifted to the two women in their 80s startup house. Both the stories in their business adventures are high relatable, very human stories. I loved Tom as a character, he's witty and caring.
  • Mar 06, 2017
    No TV show has ever described better that feeling of greatness of those machines that patched the to Internet and people who build them, better than HCF. Epic!
  • Oct 31, 2016
    Not a huge evolution from the first season, but by sticking it to its guns it remains one of tv's most interesting period dramas, and also one that happens to have some great leading ladies!
  • Aug 28, 2016
    Hook. Line. And Sinker.
  • Aug 12, 2016
    Still needs more pace
  • Aug 09, 2016
    Season 2 is a massive improvement. This time around the focus is on online gaming, a far more interesting and relevant topic to today's fan base but the real upgrade for this season is the focus on Davis and Bishe's strong female leads, taking you through how hard it is to run a company and be a woman in the 80's at the same time. Can't wait for season 3.
  • Oct 20, 2015
    As an engineer from mid '70's at the first company on the east coast to take a Intel 8008 CPU based product into production, i.e., factory floor production, this seems a bit incongruent with the way I remember that time period. "Coders" were people that wrote programs for mainframes which the general public knew nothing about. The engineering teams which created the products of this time were run by hardware engineers with an expertise in an end product area... CPU chips were just a tool and they all needed a bunch of digital logic devices to do anything at all useful. HCF seems to be an rabid Apple fan's portrayal of how they would interpret those events if they could travel back in time and watch, sort of in "It's a Wonderful Life" mode. The people creating 'code' were actually engineering professionals ('hardware' in todays terms) looking to create cost effective products with a new and interesting technological approach... there were no kids that had been playing video games since grade school... those didn't exist yet but this show is somehow trying to create that atmosphere. It wasn't there. Finding anyone interested in programming was a pain in the butt. As this industry developed, someone writing code to have a CPU board control some 'thing' could easily envision that board controlling all kinds of other devices. And here we have the dichotomy of the late '80's and '90's; The 'nerds' and 'geeks' who focus so myopically on the CPU itself had/have a hard time seeing its potential as a 'part' in an otherwise impractical device. Then the engineers finally learned to "train" marketing and sales people on what the "new capabilities" were and then went out and helped them sell it. What actually happened was a bunch of engineers transfered into marketing. The show's idea that marketing drove engineering during this period is just hilarious. Where's that vision going to come from, business school??? Ha! Maybe now, not then.
  • Oct 02, 2015
    I hope they renew. I really hope so.
  • Aug 11, 2015
    Hurry up, Season 3!!

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