Succession: Season 2 Reviews

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September 11, 2019
It's must-see, gripping and sometimes horrifying because it often keeps its characters in one enclosed place or another.
September 10, 2019
The show's slow burn unfolds like an Edith Wharton novel. The early scenes establish the contours of each lavish room-so that later, when it all falls apart, you can fully comprehend the destruction.
August 30, 2019
Succession is a series about monstrous rich people that manages to be exhilarating and grim as hell at the same time.
August 23, 2019
Masterful in the ways it builds anticipation both in the micro-events of each episode and in the broader plot.
August 23, 2019
The comic tone is slightly more to the fore in season 2, though dark drama is never far away. It's confusing at times but it's every bit as compelling as first time around.
August 22, 2019
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.
August 16, 2019
Strong gives a remarkable performance as an extremely fragile and isolated figure.
August 14, 2019
Succession is skilled at steadily and surely raising its characters up to multidimensional horrors: allowing Shiv to show her true colours, turning from the principled, independent one into an operator more ruthless than any of her brothers.
August 13, 2019
The first series was so top-notch, each character worth a drama to themselves, that I feared it couldn't summon the same momentum. Well, forget that: it relaunched with all cylinders firing and spitting. There was no quality drop.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
August 12, 2019
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.
August 12, 2019
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.
August 12, 2019
Succession somehow makes the high-stakes machinations of self-centered, awful, filthy rich people a whole lot of fun.
August 12, 2019
It's good to have this dysfunctional dynasty back.
August 9, 2019
The new episodes are less funny but more urgent.
August 8, 2019
Charles Dickens, it ain't, but perhaps "Succession" is meant to just sort of happen to a viewer who dares to enjoy it, as abstractly painful as checking one's 401(k) balance after a trade war.
August 7, 2019
Jesse Armstrong's acerbic, tense, deceptively funny marvel returns to HBO for a second season in top form.
August 6, 2019
Showing us exactly what's at stake in the fight for domination and how eroded the family trust is by public hatred, has made Succession into a fascinating document about what it's like to live in a world one does not control.
August 6, 2019
Succession in this second season is just how superbly and seemingly effortlessly structured it is with its grandiose plotting; other than making us care about the Roys, that's the next-level miracle.
August 6, 2019
[Succession] kindly serves its audience vicarious thrills even as it promotes the notion that you would not ever want to be these people.
August 5, 2019
Succession, a black comedy about a rich New York family battling for control of a far-flung media empire, is one of HBO's best current shows, and one of the best series the channel has aired in recent years.
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