May 27, 2016 at 12:05 pm #1201841731
I recently finished season two of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and while I liked season one a lot, I wasn’t expecting to be this excited about it. I thought it improved on just about every level. Even things that were already great (like Tituss Burgess) got better.
That got me thinking about what shows made a huge leap in quality from season one to season two. Sometimes it takes a show a year to find its footing, while other times a good show kind of explodes. I think “Breaking Bad” falls into the latter category: good in season one, but season two showed the signs of a classic in the making.
What other shows improved in year two?May 27, 2016 at 12:47 pm #1201841739
‘Kimmy’ isn’t the best example neither is BB. Even if someone thinks they improved they weren’t that much better.
There are tons of shows, particularly comedies, that make a decent jump after their debut seasons. Don’t really think it’s a unique occurrence.May 27, 2016 at 1:34 pm #1201841751
Justified. Season one was good, but had a few stand-alone eps. But season two, with the Bennett clan, and Margo Martindale as Mags Bennett, was far more focused, and was an excellent season of television. Huge improvement over season one.May 27, 2016 at 1:36 pm #1201841753
Grace and Frankie. I mean I already loved season 1 but season 2 was better in every aspect. And I agree about Kimmy too.May 27, 2016 at 2:19 pm #1201841770
The Office (U.S.), 30 Rock, and Parks & Recreation are stand outs to me. Also, BoJack Horseman, which had an OK first season, but with a change of tone in season two became really rather phenomenal.May 27, 2016 at 3:30 pm #1201841790
The biggest jumps:
Parks & Recreation
Oftentimes, a comedy show’s second season is my favorite of its run. Arrested Development is another one, but it was pretty tremendous right out of the gate.May 27, 2016 at 4:16 pm #1201841798
American Crime. Season one was atrocious, season two was a masterpiece.May 27, 2016 at 8:41 pm #1201841819
Silicon Valley, Looking and The Leftovers—all HBO 2014 premieres—had flashes of greatness in their first seasons, but were overall uneven. Their second seasons were all so consistently solid, even if they did not individually hit the highs of their first seasons.
I disagree with the inclusion of Breaking Bad and The Office here. Their second seasons were better, but I would not characterize their first seasons as uneven like the three that I cited above. Their first seasons were great and their second seasons were even greater, like Arrested Development.May 28, 2016 at 1:38 am #1201841832
The Affair. It went from being a decent relationship drama in Season 1 to completely unmissable in Seaon 2.
Looking. Something just clicked with Season 2 that was missing first time around.
Based on reports, Bloodline could be bought up here too.May 28, 2016 at 1:57 am #1201841834
from so-so starts to Emmy whorthy.May 28, 2016 at 2:23 am #1201841837
Easy, Hannibal! Season 1 was very good, but season 2 was one of the greatest seasons I’ve ever seen!May 28, 2016 at 3:09 am #1201841838
Some shows that I felt made a legitimate leap in their second seasons rather than just improved:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Parks and Recreation
The X Files
Yes, I would also include The Office, which had a debut season that showed potential but was mostly frustrating and half-baked. Comedy and genre shows are more prone to take big leaps between seasons than serials.May 28, 2016 at 8:36 am #1201841889
Parks and Recreation
American Crime (although it’s an anthology, so not sure if it really counts)May 28, 2016 at 8:43 am #1201841892