Succession: Season 2 (2019)


Season 2

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Succession returns in darkly funny form, with sharp writing, exceptional performances, and a surprising new level of sympathy for some of television's least likable characters.



Critic Ratings: 70


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User Ratings: 453

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Air date: Aug 11, 2019

Season 2 premiere. Still addled from the events in England, Kendall tries to make amends with his dad for his takeover attempt betrayal. Logan receives some unvarnished advice from his financial banker about the next best move for Waystar Royco. As Tom maneuvers for a new position in the company, Shiv tries to determine whether Logan is playing mind games regarding his successor.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2019

Roman and Kendall do a "routine health check" of a new media brand to help Vaulter to determine the future of the company. Tom tasks Greg with sniffing out waste at ATN, as Greg wonders if the divisive media outlet is the right fit for him. Connor and Willa host a soiree to mark their return to New York. Shiv brings Tom in the loop about her future at Waystar and with Gil's campaign.

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Air date: Aug 25, 2019

Logan informs his skeptical management team of his plan to make another attempt to acquire Pierce, a rival media company and one of the most respected names in news, and brings back Frank to work on the deal. Convinced the acquisition is a terrible idea, Shiv asks Tom to deliver the message to Logan at a corporate retreat in Hungary. Greg worries his pre-meeting with a Logan biographer puts his standing with the family at risk. Connor's presidential announcement irritates Logan.

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Air date: Sep 1, 2019

Roman begins a six-week management training program in the Parks division and is irritated about spending so much time with "normals." Logan brings Shiv in for a day at Waystar, raising suspicions with Kendall and Gerri. Connor and Willa attend the funeral of a family friend with a complicated past. Logan and Kendall arrange a covert meeting with PGM CEO Rhea Jarrell, as a controversy surrounding a star anchor leads to a day of chaos at ATN headquarters.

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Air date: Sep 8, 2019

Logan attempts to solidify his buyout of PGM at a weekend retreat at the Pierce family home, where Shiv, Roman and Connor veer from their carefully orchestrated roles. As the Pierces question whether an alliance with Waystar Royco will tarnish their legacy, Kendall makes his case to Naomi Pierce during a drug-filled night.

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Air date: Sep 15, 2019

In "Argestes," a scandalous news article threatens to expose Waystar Royco's cruise division as well as Logan's plans to buy Pierce and retain ownership of his company.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2019

Kendall and Roman are sent to the U.K. to negotiate with their mother, Caroline, but an uninvited Shiv shows up to get answers from her father, who has been dodging her. Rhea's continued presence raises eyebrows amongst the Roy kids, as Logan seeks her counsel. Later, Kendall is forced to confront what happened last time he was in the U.K. Back in New York, Tom encounters unexpected pressure during an internal investigation, and Greg goes to great lengths to protect himself.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2019

The entire Roy clan travels to Logan's hometown of Dundee, Scotland, for a celebration of his 50 years in the business. There, Logan reflects on his past and the company's future, while Shiv defiantly looks to her family for support in taking down Rhea. Ewan gives Greg an ultimatum about working at Waystar. Kendall becomes enamored with Jennifer, an actress in Willa's play. A former employee proves difficult to silence, worrying Logan's inner circle.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2019

The shareholders meeting is imminent and Waystar Royco is in a precarious position after a whistleblower makes headlines, just as Logan, Kendall, Gerri and Tom testify before Congress and face tough questions from a determined Gil Eavis. Shiv speaks candidly to Kira, a victim who is set to be a key witness. In Turkey, Roman's business pitch takes a chilling turn.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2019

Season 2 finale. Logan weighs whether a family member or a top lieutenant needs to be sacrificed to salvage the company's tarnished reputation while aboard the Roys' grand Mediterranean yacht. Meanwhile, Roman shares his hesitations about a new source of financing, as Kendall suggests a familiar alternative; Shiv proposes taking her open marriage with Tom to another level; and Connor finds himself in an unenviable position as reviews of Willa's play roll in.

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Critic Reviews for Succession Season 2

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (35)

Succession is a series about monstrous rich people that manages to be exhilarating and grim as hell at the same time.

Aug 30, 2019 | Full Review…

It's almost irresponsible how good it is, but luckily the only people who would actually reenact it are also already boars themselves.

Aug 5, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

There is enough back-stabbing and secretive planning among the Roys to keep them joyless - and to keep us joyfully entertained - for some time to come.

Aug 22, 2019 | Full Review…

What makes Succession feel particularly rich and rounded - and very sad - is the depravity, rarely played for laughs, of every moment in which this family touches normal people.

Aug 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Season 2 is extraordinary. Jesse Armstrong, the show's creator, finds new levels of horror to mine in Succession's autopsy of the ultrarich, but he also finds pathos, which elevates the show even further.

Aug 12, 2019 | Full Review…

The new episodes are less funny but more urgent.

Aug 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Its family power struggle has echoes of "The Lion in Winter" and "The Godfather," only instead of Peter O'Toole or Marlon Brando, we have Brian Cox as patriarch Logan Roy scheming to hand over his empire.

Sep 22, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Succession deftly critiques white feminism as anything but radical.

Sep 20, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It's a decent watch, but it uses a familiar formula seen on shows such as Veep or a watered-down The Office.

Jan 16, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Season two does not just succeed at expanding the strong foundation that the first season has built meticulously, it also keeps escalating the stakes and tensions as well as the hilarity. Succession has solidified itself as the best TV drama of the year.

Dec 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Jesse Armstrong's sharp capitalist satire is like a drug

Dec 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Effortlessly shifts between a serious family drama to a farcical exploration of power and wealth.

Oct 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Succession: Season 2

  • Dec 01, 2020
    There are times when the scripts wallow in insult humor, but I can't deny that season two of Succession is absolutely awesome. It's addictive so be prepared to binge.
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  • 2d ago
    I'd give it about an 83%. Hard to put a number on since it took me a while to watch. Pretty similar to the first two seasons. Shiv is super annoying. I hope Tom dumps her. The last two episodes are as good as it gets for a non-action drama
  • 5d ago
    Its the best series i have seen so far.The merge of Shakespearean tragedy and modern sitcoms style makes it absolutely enjoy full to watch. This show has elements of both Game of thrones and arrested development. Characters are very unique and incredible almost unbelievably amazing performance by each actor makes characters even more outstanding. Overall i think its the best series and season i have watched and hope it will soon gain the recognition from audience that is well deserved.
  • Jan 19, 2021
    Currently, one of the best shows airing. Feels like a guilty pleasure. This ensemble is a treasure trove.
  • Dec 23, 2020
    Succession manages to continue it's brilliant performances, writing, and direction as the story gets more intense and high stakes.
  • Oct 02, 2020
    Boar on the floor, man.
  • Sep 23, 2020
    Its anemic beginning is not very convincing, but in the second season the series is much more flashy, with cold words, and the sarcasm and humiliation are as strong as the feeling of discomfort, great series
  • Aug 02, 2020
    Some more of season 1 (X 4 times the magnitude). I like the Idaho/ Davos set up and the big boat at the end was so indulgent. The senate hearing was interesting. The father pushes the kids too much - he is the reason for the family's dysfunctionality. Its also a text book case of sibling competitiveness. Jeremy Strong is superb. Roman is an interesting character and well played. Shiv dominates the screen when she's on it. Rhea's professional capability is nothing in comparison to Marcia's searing depth. I will miss Marcia. Some of the betrayal seems repetitive and the writers will have to think if newer plot twists for this family going ahead.
  • Jul 18, 2020
    Attention to detail allows the characters to become even more rotten in their souls. Jeremy Strong's performance as Kendall as he rumbles through the muck of his life is exceptional. The entire case is insanely talented and the writing is without flaw. Still as disgusting as season 1 and still as entertaining.
  • Jul 08, 2020
    I find it overrated but Jeremy Strong is very good while Brian Cox is solid, but not outstanding, in the JR Carrington Role.

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