Smash: Season 2 (2013)


Season 2

Critics Consensus

Save for some more great musical numbers, this season sees Smash descend into tangled plots and convoluted relationships.



Critic Ratings: 25


Audience Score

User Ratings: 26
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Air date: Feb 5, 2013
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The second and final series of the musical drama sees "Bombshell" facing difficulties as its creative team prepares to mount the musical on Broadway, particularly when producer Eileen (Anjelica Huston) is ousted after authorities learn that she financed the show illegally. To complicate matters, "Bombshell" is also facing tough competition from another new musical called "Hit List," written by newcomers Kyle (Andy Mientus) and Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan), who were discovered by Karen (Katharine McPhee). Memorable guest spots include Jennifer Hudson and Jesse L. Martin, who both have multi-episode story arcs. Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Christian Borle and Megan Hilty also star.

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Critic Reviews for Smash Season 2

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (13)

Smash is also a little less "let's put on a show," more "let's figure out a TV narrative." That's the most practical direction, but it also makes it all feel a little more earthbound.

Feb 4, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Farewell, Smash, you'll always be our giant mess of a star.

Aug 8, 2013 | Full Review…

The music and lavish production numbers were almost always a treat.

May 24, 2013 | Full Review…

Smash's new direction was well set up in the first two hours.

Feb 5, 2013 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

It's moderately competent a decent amount of the time, I guess, but this house-trained, reined-in incarnation has left some of the magic behind.

Feb 5, 2013 | Full Review…

The slightly meta flavor is promising, because it mends the frayed bond between the show and its disenchanted viewers by proving that it actually listens to them.

Feb 5, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Its failure wasn't so much that it didn't reflect the real workings of Broadway; it never came close to reflecting any aspect of the real world.

May 16, 2013 | Full Review…

Even after Safran's cuts, nearly every relationship in the series remains fraught, with new ones just as fraught coming to join them.

Feb 5, 2013 | Full Review…

Thus far, I have no confidence that this new Smash is going to be any more cohesive or mature than last year's Smash.

Feb 5, 2013 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

My pleasure in watching Smash has to do with an admiration for the Harold Hill-like hustle and jive the TV show tries to pull off on its audience.

Feb 5, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Smash: Season 2

  • Jan 04, 2016
    Deeply flawed, but highly entertaining.
  • Jul 10, 2015
    The second season was Blah, but I still highly suggest season one to all musical fans. This beautiful musical probably has some of the best music I have ever heard. Every lyric and instrument is perfect, and I absolutely love some of the dances and scenes on stage. The good thing is, you don't have to be a fan of musicals to like this show. There isn't TOO much music, maybe about 3-4 songs an episode (1 song every 10 minutes unlike a film musical's 2 every 10 minutes). I was also pleasantly surprised with the acting. All TV shows are usually quite dramatic and overacted unlike some movies. However almost all of the actors on this show did a GREAT job, even the new comers. Of course, the cast was wonderful- you had an Oscar winner, a Tony winner, and many real live Broadway actresses. I loved 99% of the characters.
  • Jun 28, 2015
    Save for some more great musical numbers, this season sees Smash descend into tangled plots and convoluted relationships.
  • Dec 22, 2014
    Great show, great actors, great writing! Just... great! ;-) This show made me laugh and cry with every episode and I'm not easy to please when it comes to TV series'. There were a few predictable moments, but the flare and characters kept it exciting! Please, I want some more!
  • Jul 25, 2014
    An amazing talented cast comes together to give the audience a taste of music, betrayal, romance, and the fight for fame. Whether it's Broadway star Megan Hilty or Academy Award Winner Anjelica Huston, someone is always surprising you with a character development or a magical song! A highly underrated musical drama with plenty of plot twists and passion.
  • May 16, 2014
    Though it had so much going for it, Smash's second season fell drastically short and led to its cancellation. Though the leads (Megan Hilty and Katherine McPhee) were phenomenal through the course of the show, it just wasn't enough...

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