Happy Valley: Season 2 Reviews

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March 24, 2020
All in all, it was just brilliant telly.
March 24, 2020
Happy Valley's emotionally charged second season completely avoided a sophomore slump, and remained compelling.
March 24, 2020
At the heart of it all is the splendid Lancashire, incarnating Wainwright's unarguable position that the world is an altogether disappointing place but we struggle on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 24, 2020
Sally Wainwright's writing in Happy Valley continues to leap nimbly from comic to grave.
March 24, 2020
"Happy Valley" does a fine job of conveying what it's like to be a small-town police officer whose daily rounds allow her to confront the dumb, silly and awful things people do to each other, and to wrestle with what she herself is capable of.
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.
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