UnReal: Season 2 (2016)

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Season 2
UnReal

Critics Consensus

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

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Critic Ratings: 42

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User Ratings: 362

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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 (42) | 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
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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

UnReal wants to be a reflection of reality television's worst instincts, the over-dramatizing and sensationalizing of reality at great cost to both the cast members and the people behind the scenes.

Feb 26, 2020 | Full Review…

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…

UnREAL will get you wondering how often this sort of thing really goes on and offers a juicily complex workplace drama that can be enjoyed even if you cannot be bothered with these larger themes.

Jul 13, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for UnReal: Season 2

  • Nov 11, 2016
    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.
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  • Aug 10, 2016
    Unreal is even more addictive than season 1 with the new characters and development of the old, this is drama done well.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2018
    Liked the first season, the second is just a horrible try to do exactly the same thing, again, while becoming more and more unwatchable till the final episode completely rips all sympathy for any character.
  • Sep 11, 2016
    ***MILD SPOILERS AHEAD*** Last season's suicide – murder is nothing compared to this season's shootings, cheatings, exposures and racism. UnReal brought it – with more personalization of characters, better and more focused on – set drama, and even bolder twists and turns. Starting the season, we quickly notice that things have changed. Madison in the new Rachel, Rachel is the new Quinn and Quinn is the new Chet. Could that last? No! And it doesn't. At first presented obstacle everything crumbles and everybody is back in their season 1 position. That obviously means more drama, more quarrels and more frustration for the characters. Rachel is still struggling with her mental illness, which has its roots in her early childhood. She still hasn't processed last season's issues (Adam, Jeremy) so when new problems emerge upon her, she collapses. We see her in her most vulnerable moments, and Appleby gave us an award-winning dazzeling performance, which is greatly underrated. In the same moment she can charm us with her over-confidence and seductiveness but deep in her eyes we can see her pain and trauma. We also got to know Quinn deeper, which was a welcome change. She transformed from an one – dimensional »angry cunning boss« character to an actual human person, who loves and can be loved. Her love interest this season was pretty dull and unoriginal, since they had already used a rich, thick accent guy last year on Rachel. He served as a pretty good plot device, but they could deliver that storyline much better. The main subject of the second season was obviously an always ongoing war, on and off - set. But who against whom? Characters changed their opinions and sides so fast that we didn't have time to breathe. By the end, when the story has crystallized, it was Coleman and Yael vs. Quinn, Rachel and Chet. The only trouble (it is not necessarily trouble) is that we cannot automatically root for Team Everlasting. They are doing horrible things for god's sake! But as the season progressed, the writers intentionally atributed Coleman with all that negativity so they diverted our anger from Quinn towards him. Season 2 also dealt with more delicate themes like police brutality, mental illness and racism, which was more then welcome, so we can view Unreal not just as a primetime soap, but also as a real, important series in peak TV era. I wonder: Is this how it is? Are producers vile people who would do anything for an hour of »good« TV? Would they kill and humiliate?. Is it worth it? Is Unreal a show that opens our eyes and stops us from watching reality TV? Or does it address its viewers and convinces us into watching more reality TV? It impacts us in one way or another. By the end of the finale it seems that one battle is over. But another one, bigger than ever, is just emerging. Nobody won. They all lost. Well, except our suitor. And the viewers. The first one got true love. And we? A crazy 10-episode gut wrenching, brilliant season.
  • Aug 28, 2016
    Not as good as season 1 but it's still a good plot and it's becoming more interesting every episode. I watched the entire season in one day, so addictive. Hopefully this show comes back for season 3. The cast is so talented!
  • Aug 25, 2016
    I love Quinn so much!
  • Aug 17, 2016
    i loved this season!!!!!!Cant wait for season 3!!!
  • Aug 14, 2016
    not sure i loved this season as much as i loved season 1 -- the drama seemed a bit outlandish in this season. which i guess made it all that much more addicting. <-- basically what that show is about.
  • Aug 08, 2016
    This show is amazing; both the writing & cast are top notch. I'm hooked and can't wait for Season 3!
  • Aug 05, 2016
    Love this show. It's so mean.

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