Happy Valley: Season 2 Reviews

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September 8, 2018
Yet, once again, the more lurid moments are constantly offset - and sometimes combined - with some neat comedy and plenty of deft humanising touches.
June 12, 2018
There really isn't time to go into what makes Happy Valley's second series so incredible. Just know this: it is flawless.
August 31, 2017
The second season of Happy Valley is now over... it's been so excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 16, 2017
Wainwright layers her stories like a tightly structured, best-selling thriller, so as well as the hunt for the murderer, now identified as a serial killer, other interlinked secondary plots are introduced.
May 16, 2017
The nuances of these intricate family profiles are played with superb subtlety by Lancashire and Finneran.
May 23, 2016
Happy Valley miraculously manages to treat the ugliest behavior imaginable with humane insight, while never letting the perpetrators off the hook. It views crime as an act of weakness, not power.
May 8, 2016
In some ways, Happy Valley is a cousin to The Fall, another very worthy British drama about the criminal-detective dance.
May 5, 2016
Unlike so many crime shows, Happy Valley demonstrates the fallacy that only outwardly bad people do bad things.
April 14, 2016
The intertwining plotlines are even more compelling and twisty than season one.
April 12, 2016
In the new season's most engaging storyline, Catherine battles against the incarcerated Tommy once again.
March 25, 2016
The stakes are often high in Happy Valley, but it makes even the nuisance aspects of policing seem vital (and perversely entertaining).
March 22, 2016
TV drama doesn't get better than this.
March 22, 2016
As with the first season, the stories keep tiptoeing up to clich before shuffling into more interesting and complicated emotional territory.
March 21, 2016
At its core, Happy Valley reminds us of how wonderfully flawed we all are.
March 18, 2016
Above all else, it's Lancashire's performance that makes Happy Valley tick. At various stages of the series she is left bruised and hysterical, and you feel every single emotion along with her.
March 17, 2016
Revisiting the series and overcoming the early obstacles was, indeed, rewarding. Not every plot twist is original or even believable, but the second season only solidifies how impressive the whole Happy Valley world is.
March 16, 2016
The British import spreads its wings in its second go round, following the tight case that propelled Season 1 into one of the greatest surprises... and it's as great as ever.
March 16, 2016
The second season of Happy Valley is a stunner and that's in part because it uses its locale - the streets, the houses, the pokey little kitchens and the weather of a valley in West Yorkshire - to frame everything.
March 16, 2016
Happy Valley is Ms. Lancashire's show, top to bottom, and with her weary eyes and commanding physicality, she conveys every ounce of Catherine's strength and her catastrophic grief.
March 16, 2016
Tough, blunt, weary and wonderfully wry, Catherine doesn't have much to smile about in the ironically titled Happy Valley, back for a second season of highly recommended binge viewing on Netflix.
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