The Man in the High Castle: Season 2 (2016)

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The Man in the High Castle

Critics Consensus

Although its plot is admittedly unwieldy, The Man in the High Castle's second season expands its fascinating premise in powerful new directions, bolstered by stunning visuals, strong performances, and intriguing new possibilities.

64%

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Critic Ratings: 25

89%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 786
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Episodes

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Air date: Dec 16, 2016
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Air date: Dec 16, 2016
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Air date: Dec 16, 2016
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Air date: Dec 16, 2016
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Air date: Dec 16, 2016
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Air date: Dec 16, 2016
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Air date: Dec 16, 2016
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Air date: Dec 16, 2016
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Air date: Dec 16, 2016
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Air date: Dec 16, 2016

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Cast

Alexa Davalos
as Juliana Crain
Luke Kleintank
as Joe Blake
Rupert Evans
as Frank Frink
Joel de la Fuente
as Inspector Kido
Rufus Sewell
as John Smith
DJ Qualls
as Ed McCarthy
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Critic Reviews for The Man in the High Castle Season 2

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (7)

That The Man in the High Castle is a valuable show doesn't mean it's a perfect one, although the second season is stronger than the first, which invested much more heavily in visuals and style than it did in story or characters.

Jan 2, 2017 | Full Review…

As much as the premise is a powerful exercise in imagination, as well as an opportunity to visualize what could happen in this country, the show just doesn't take off.

Dec 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Season 2... continues to find ways to make this world feel real and grounded, even as the mythology surrounding the more fantastical possibilities inherent in its premise gets deeper.

Dec 7, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A snappy piece of speculative fiction, with the ageing, frail figure of Adolf Hitler at the centre of it all, his greying portrait still hanging in high school classrooms where slavery is celebrated.

Feb 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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The show has so much going on that I don't recommend binge-watching it as much as I do savoring each episode.

Apr 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The show starts to slip at a point when some of the side arcs start to be useless in season two...the scary people who were villains in season one ultimately become antiheroes.

Jan 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The first half of the second season is ripe with potential, and given that the first season became clearer and more cohesive as it went on, the show is not yet to be dismissed.

Dec 8, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Thanks to dull characters and mostly flaccid storylines, it falls short of being essential viewing. It drifts often and at length, too in love with its own wonderfully recreated world to realise that - half the time - it's going nowhere.

Jan 5, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Not only is The Man In The High Castle still here, it's still excellent viewing. Let it continue to defy the odds.

Jan 3, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Man in the High Castle's fascist societies come closer to mutual destruction than ever in season two, but they feel paradoxically less threatening -- and ultimately, far less real.

Dec 23, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Man in the High Castle: Season 2

  • Jun 11, 2019
    Philip K. Dick's alternative reality series The Man In the High Castle continues into an exciting second season as the Nazi Reich and Japanese Empire are brought to the brink of war. After escaping an assassination attempt by the Resistance Julia defects to the America Reich and is soon taken in by Ubergruppenfuhrer Smith; meanwhile Joe is send to Berlin and reconnects with his father, who's a powerful member of Hitler's inner circle. The writers do a great job at developing the story arcs and at creating complex and sympathetic characters on all sides. And, the production values, costumes, sets, music, etc., are all extraordinarily well -done; really bringing this world to life. Callum Keith Rennie, Sobastian Roche, Tate Donovan, Stephen Root, and Bella Heathcote join the cast and Rufus Sewell and Alexa Davalos continue to deliver incredibly strong, captivating performances. Season 2 of The Man In the High Castle takes the series in interesting new directions and explore a number of fascinating social and political issues.
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  • Aug 12, 2019
    This second season lived up to my expectations.
  • Mar 19, 2019
    In the second season, the setting has lost much of its punch, and the story feels like more of a slog. It feels a bit like they're milking limited material to get more episodes from it. It does finish strong.
  • Jan 05, 2019
    I love the pace and production values of this show. Very watchable.
  • Jan 04, 2019
    Not as transfixing a Season One. Yet, it picks up momentum as the episodes build, leading to pinnacle climax.
  • Dec 24, 2018
    Generally liked all I've seen so far very much. The only thing that constantly quite disturbed me, is that they hadn't bothered casting german actors even for the small parts. This way they're making themselves quite a bit fools with either speaking german, or on the other hand winding up speaking english with no german accent, despite acting as germans in berlin in a german nazi ruled world. At least Luke Kleintalk and others seemed to have put very much more effort in learning the foreign language they're acting in as others did in other american productions trying to do the same (e.g. Brad Pitt did give me quite some chuckles ;) )
  • Nov 18, 2018
    A good followup with character stories that are well woven together. The season ends with a good climax.
  • Nov 13, 2018
    best tv series ever watched
  • Nov 12, 2018
    Up there as one of the best season's I've TV I've seen. Season 2 picks up speed quickly and delves into this scary world in great detail. It answers many questions raised in season 1 and asks even more interesting questions for season 3.
  • Oct 13, 2018
    The team at Amazon spread their wings a little further, this time increasing the pacing from last season. The attention to the period Aesthetic is nothing short of Amazing.

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