HBO Max’s Hacks comedy series is back with another season and it’s better than ever! Almost. Give Jean Smart another Emmy!
In this season, Deborah (Jean Smart) and Ava (Hannah Einbinder) hit the road to try to re-ignite Vance’s passion for standup comedy. Even with the cliffhanger of season 1, the two remain very much at home with each other in a sterling season that finds novel ways to deepen the central pair’s lovable friendship. This show just keeps on giving pure fun, comedy, and actual human complexities.
Honestly, I have no idea how the writers and producers managed to do it, but this season pickups where the first one ended. It evolved and changes the show and characters while keeping it the same. I know, that doesn’t make sense, but it’s true.
In fact, the lack of epiphanies, life lessons, and intergenerational bonding is what makes the second season work so well. The show isn’t following the trajectory of other comedies that have forced their characters to hit the road. In general, it feels like everyone is much more comfortable with everyone else and they unlocked the potential that the first season barely scratched.
Hacks works this season because…for Deborah…it’s all on the line.
Should you watch it?
A remarkably smart comedy, one that understands human behavior and how it’s warped by show business. A definitive must see.