UnReal: Season 2 (2016)

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Critic Consensus: UnREAL is smarter, more shameless, and more confident in its thrilling and riveting second season.

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Episodes

1
War
Air date: Jun 6, 2016
2
Air date: Jun 13, 2016
3
Air date: Jun 20, 2016
4
Air date: Jun 27, 2016
5
Air date: Jul 4, 2016
6
Air date: Jul 11, 2016
7
Air date: Jul 18, 2016
8
Air date: Jul 25, 2016
9
Air date: Aug 1, 2016
10
Air date: Aug 8, 2016

Tv Season Info

In Season 2 of the drama series, the show-within-the-show "Everlasting" features Darius Beck (B.J. Britt), a famous black NFL quarterback, as the eligible bachelor. It's clear from the beginning that race will play a big role in the show, especially when the contestants include a woman who wears a Confederate flag bikini and an African-American activist. Meanwhile, showrunner Rachel (Shiri Appleby) and producer Quinn (Constance Zimmer) start butting heads when their new division of responsibilities falls apart.

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Critic Reviews for UnReal Season 2

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (20)

Lifetime's show is impressive because it works on so many different levels.

Jun 7, 2016 | Full Review…
NPR
Top Critic

The claws are already out and it's only been one episode.

Jun 7, 2016 | Full Review…

Often uncomfortable to watch, sometimes hilarious soap opera, UnREAL is also both intelligent and thought-provoking, one of TV's smartest and most cynical shows.

Jun 7, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

This is what UnREAL is: uncomfortable, unexpected, confidently noncompliant television.

Jun 6, 2016 | Full Review…
NPR
Top Critic

UnREAL, the series determined to wring the romance out of reality dating shows, may spoil the hedonistic pleasure one gets from watching The Bachelorette. It's worth the risk.

Jun 5, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Whip-smart and skintight, Season 2 clicks like clockwork. You're appalled, you're LOL, you can't wait to see next week.

Jun 3, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

While it may not have the budgets or the immediate star power of its cable competitors, at the hands of creators Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, UnREAL makes it clear that it's here to play in the major leagues.

Jul 31, 2018 | Full Review…

So many of the characters are superficial. Its attempt to tackle race does not allow its white characters to be more than casual tourists. Darius is hardly a fully realized character like Adam was last year, and Romeo is even less developed.

Jan 17, 2018 | Full Review…

This year, Unreal is overcrowded.

Aug 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Perhaps most egregiously, UnReal season 2 suffered from the same practice that it had previously criticized reality TV of doing: making a spectacle of real issues in order to drive ratings.

Jun 7, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for UnReal: Season 2

Unreal is even more addictive than season 1 with the new characters and development of the old, this is drama done well.

SylvesterK

Super Reviewer

Incredibly outrageous and daring, Season 2 of UnReal gets even more salacious and provocative. After being promoted to showrunner Rachel makes Everlasting history by choosing a black suitor for the show, but when the creators start fighting over the show's direction chaos erupts; causing the network to bring someone new in to run things. The writers do a great job at building intention and at delivering shocking plot twists. And there are some interesting character developments among the main cast, who all deliver excellent performances. Yet at times the episodes can be a little uneven, with some contrived plot turns. Still, while it has a few rough patches, Season 2 of UnReal is extraordinarily compelling and edgy.

DannM

Super Reviewer

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