Smash: Season 2 (2013)

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Season 2
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Save for some more great musical numbers, this season sees Smash descend into tangled plots and convoluted relationships.

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Critic Ratings: 25

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User Ratings: 30

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Air date: Feb 5, 2013

"Bombshell" runs into financial trouble that threatens the production. Meanwhile, Karen is mentored by a Broadway star and discovers a new artist in an unexpected place; and Julia faces a personal crisis with her husband.

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Air date: Feb 5, 2013

Eileen crashes a gala hosted by the American Theater Wing and has Ivy sing at it. Meanwhile, Derek is fired from "The Wiz" after some dancers accuse him of sexual harassment; and Karen tries to get Jimmy to share his songs with her.

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Air date: Feb 19, 2013

Tom and Julia must work with an unwanted collaborator. Meanwhile, Derek tries to win over Ronnie; Jimmy and Kyle get ready to present their work; and an old pal helps Ivy move forward.

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Air date: Feb 26, 2013

Jimmy's ego may sabotage a big opportunity for him and Kyle. Meanwhile, Ronnie has a difficult time dealing with her domineering mom; and the stakes are high for "Bombshell" as Eileen faces an ethical dilemma.

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Air date: Mar 5, 2013

Tom informs Julia that he has doubts about Peter, which intensifies Julia's concerns. Meanwhile, the first reading for "Hit List" takes place; Ivy's hopes are dashed when she meets her new costar; and Karen is unsure if she can place her trust in Jimmy.

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Air date: Mar 12, 2013

Derek and Karen reach a turning point, so one of them makes a tough decision. Meanwhile, problems emerge in Jerry and Eileen's partnership; complications arise at the "Hit List" debut at the Fringe Festival; and Ivy attempts to save her and Terry's show.

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Air date: Mar 19, 2013

Karen, Tom, Julia and Derek adapt to a new environment, where clashes arise. Meanwhile, pressure mounts at "Liaisons"; and Katie's assistance leads Eileen to discover how to salvage "Bombshell."

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Air date: Mar 26, 2013

Ivy brings Sam back to New York City, making things uncomfortable for Tom. Elsewhere, Jimmy finds himself at odds with Derek regarding "Hit List"; and Ana and Karen struggle with being assertive.

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Air date: Apr 2, 2013

While Derek learns about Jimmy's unsavoury past, Ivy is stunned to discover her mother is her new co-star. Broadway legend Bernadette Peters guest stars.

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Air date: Apr 6, 2013

Tom tries to make amends with Ivy when he invites a very special guest to her birthday dinner: none other than her hero, musical icon Liza Minnelli.

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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…
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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…
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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…

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…

I doubt Smash will make the same mistakes twice.

Feb 6, 2013 | Rating: 8.3.10 | Full Review…

It all makes for a dazzling experience to watch.

Feb 6, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Smash: Season 2

  • Jun 29, 2020
    I think I only liked this season better because I knew it was the last.
  • 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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