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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 31, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: Clay and his classmates discover a series of photos that reveal a secret and a conspiracy to cover up the circumstances that played a part in Hannah's death.
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    May 16, 2018
    83
    The writers accurately capture the center-of-my-own-universe angst of the teen mind, and this season’s mystery delivers on twists and OMFG moments. 13 Reasons Why finishes season 2 as a show you don’t so much enjoy as endure and appreciate later--much like adolescence itself.
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin O'Keefe
    May 16, 2018
    70
    The strengths--the diverse cast, intriguing mystery--remain the same, while the weaknesses--an exploitative edge, inconsistent characterization--have failed to resolve themselves. What is new and improved, however, is Dylan Minnette as Clay Jensen. ... Minnette stands above the pack. His is a tour-de-force performance that goes a long way to making 13 Reasons Why’s second season feel worth the drama.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    May 17, 2018
    50
    The courtroom scenes are among the least convincing scenes in the series.
  4. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    May 22, 2018
    50
    Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why takes a dive in quality from the show’s first which, for all of its flaws, remains a moving tragedy and a potent conversation starter. ... Season 2 employs Polaroid pictures as the breadcrumbs propelling along its feeble mystery. Along the way it also leads us through Jessica’s journey as an assault survivor, indubitably the season’s strongest storyline.
  5. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    May 18, 2018
    40
    While it contains some touching moments as well as tender performances from its ensemble cast, the second season of 13 Reasons Why is, above all else, a string of 13 episodes struggling to justify their existence.
  6. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    May 31, 2018
    40
    The Netflix teen drama’s second season is occasionally arresting, but wholly unnecessary.
  7. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    May 16, 2018
    25
    The pace drags, the dialogue is unnatural and cheesy, the plot is dull and absurd, and most of the characters are still abhorrent. Watching is a chore, but there's no benefit at the end. There are zero reasons to put yourself through it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 56
  2. Negative: 26 out of 56
  1. May 18, 2018
    10
    The controversial Netflix show is back after a year long wait. This season, the producers have been more careful in portraying the taboo issueThe controversial Netflix show is back after a year long wait. This season, the producers have been more careful in portraying the taboo issue of suicide. After binge-watching 5 episodes, I have concluded that many aspects are much better than the first series, Katherine Langford and the main cast acting is at an all time high, the cinematography is phenomenal and the storyline is different, but is still very much like its predecessor, if not better. This will reach many teens. Expand
  2. May 19, 2018
    9
    13 reasons why season 2 is not just a brilliant follow up to the to the ever so popular first season. But is a great contribution to the world13 reasons why season 2 is not just a brilliant follow up to the to the ever so popular first season. But is a great contribution to the world of 13 reasons why and the characters in it. If you even slightly enjoyed the first season or thought it was interesting i highly recommend you to watch this. with all this said.... knowing the ending and how everything wraps up in the end i still would tell any of my friends to watch this series. it has emotional moments, intense moments and much more.... It has tiny flaws as do most shows but as i said they are tiny and should not take away from the amazing experience that is "13 reasons why season 2" (i say all this after binging it for hours and hours.) Expand
  3. May 22, 2018
    7
    Season 2 is quite of a letdown due to its muddled storytelling which makes this season completely unnecessary. This season became moreSeason 2 is quite of a letdown due to its muddled storytelling which makes this season completely unnecessary. This season became more unrealistic with its direction it is taking. But granted they're so many things which is done right , It makes us fall in love with its characters and their perspectives ,and overall its a enjoyable series . Expand
  4. Jun 3, 2018
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. So just recently finished this new, perhaps unnecessary season of 13 reasons why, let's start by the pros, the soundtrack remains awesome and each music selected fits with each scene nicely just like in the first season, especially at the ending of episode 9, also Clay although a few problems showed up to his character in this season, it's now less disturbed and faint in contrast to the first season where people played with him almost all the time.
    However the cons is the thing really smashing this season quite a bit, there are considerable plot holes from start to finish, characters who appear for a few secs and only show up again far later, or not even that some disappear completely, certain characters taking questionable and plain dumb decisions that feels completely off compared to the first season and how they behave and most of them are just plain depressive
    Also compared to the first season, this one tries to go the darker, violent way in many moments,clay constantly seeing hanna in his head as if this was fight club, now going back to the darker/violent moments, this applies especially to the final episode with the now infamous bathroom scene that perhaps was something forced in and completely unasked, as if the writers are trying to turn this into a way too violent teen series
    Despite all this, the biggest flaw is how the Hannah character got mostly butchered, the first season portrays her as this vulnerable, shy and sometimes just plain weak teenager girl constantly target of other people, but at the same time kind, friendly and very loyal(jessica was a good example when it came to loyalty) who end up leaving these tapes to make people self consciousness of their acts that lead her to the unfortunate act of suicide
    Now in this season this was almost all thrown away, hannah looks like a slut most of the time, FAR too forgiven also a problem that clay ended it up having in this season, she doesn't appear to like clay that much in contrast to the first, often shoving herself into weird ass relationships(cof cof dampsey) and giving her dumb and laughable dialogue lines unfit for the character that was built in the first season.
    One last point i wish to write are the new "tapes", basically split between polaroids and testimonies, the polaroids idea is quite interesting, especially if you are a fan of life strange it may give the feeling they were inspired by it and they have a rather important role,the testimonies however aren't that good, most of them is where the plot holes come in and messes with the plot of the first season.

    My final thoughts are, this season is truly unnecessary as most people say it, it doesn't have a source material which is likely the reason many mistakes were made it by the writers trying to making this into another exaggerated dark teen drama, hannah character was mostly butchered/damaged, clay now has a bigger motivation in contrast to the first season but at the same time is way too forgiven to other characters such as justin, zach, jessica etc
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  5. Jun 7, 2018
    2
    So dissapointed. Everything that worked in season 1 they just took an ruined it. Great job!
  6. Sep 22, 2018
    0
    I have spent almost 5 months watching this and couldn't get it done. If you are a fan of the first season, don't watch it. This showI have spent almost 5 months watching this and couldn't get it done. If you are a fan of the first season, don't watch it. This show successfully ruins every character that you liked. Expand
  7. May 23, 2018
    0
    Basically, Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why didn't need to exist. The first season was a fairly self contained adaptation of the only sourceBasically, Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why didn't need to exist. The first season was a fairly self contained adaptation of the only source material. With the second season, there is no source to adapt from, and it shows. The writers retroactively add events that are unneeded and mess with the first season's plot. Many plot points built up over the course of season 2 lead nowhere satisfactory, including the finale. Largely, the season comes across as an excuse ride the success of the prior season rather than stories that needed to be told.

    It is my truthful recommendation to anyone that enjoyed the first season to leave the series on that high note instead of moving forward with this trash. I regret having watched it.
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