HACKS: SEASON TWO
Starring: Jean Smart, Hannah Einbinder, and Carl Clemons-Hopkins
Creators: Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, and Jen Statsky
When a show like Hacks comes along, a second season better than the first can be quite rare, and while I’m still debating whether this season gets there, it undoubtedly stands toe-to-toe with Season One. Truly, this is one of TV’s best comedies. The entire cast has remarkable chemistry, and that chemistry is on full blast, especially between Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder. Really, the only major change in Season Two (apart from being two episodes shorter) is that Kaitlin Olson’s character – DJ – is barely in it. That said, her absence is hardly a flaw, and what is there continues to work beautifully.
In Season Two, Hacks continues its winning streak, bringing the same level of whip-smart comedy and odd sincerity that we saw in Season One. The sweetly hilarious dynamic between Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder is the core of the show, which they pull off exceptionally. While those two certainly stand out, the entire cast is wonderful. Each performer gets a moment to shine, even the minor cameo roles. Season Two is a fun ride that makes me want more, but I also would be satisfied if the season finale stood as a series finale. Overall, this season tops the already great first one.