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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 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  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: Liz Shannon Miller
    May 16, 2018
    75
    13 Reasons Why features no shortage of missteps. But it’s a show that so deeply feels for its characters, so deeply feels these scenarios, that it’s hard to be mad at it.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    May 16, 2018
    50
    There’s nothing to push the narrative gas pedal in this first half of season two. You’re spending hours and hours watching characters wait for something to happen, for something shocking to come out of the trial. You’re waiting, too. ... This is a show that mostly succeeds at blurring the lines between protagonists and villains, to the point that we’re even forced to sit through the character assassination of Hannah in court and question what we thought we knew about her.
  5. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    May 17, 2018
    50
    Season 2 is a worthy attempt at a do-over, if a flawed one. That’s until the final episode, when a plotline that’s been building over the past 12 episodes turns into a charged confrontation that undermines everything 13 Reasons Why has spent its second season doing.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    May 17, 2018
    50
    The courtroom scenes are among the least convincing scenes in the series.
  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: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
  1. May 18, 2018
    10
    Incredible follow up to the first season! Change in tone and narrative but really impressive!
  2. 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
  3. May 18, 2018
    10
    Amazing!!!!!! BINGE WATCHED 4 EPISODES LOVE IT SO MUCH. go watch the show right now.
  4. May 19, 2018
    8
    to the fact that people say it's unnecessary to have a second season shouldn't be it main reasons to why this season isn't better than theto the fact that people say it's unnecessary to have a second season shouldn't be it main reasons to why this season isn't better than the last, it's problem is with characters who come and disappear and magically turn up when the story needs a character to be there, it also suffers from it's main plot with the trial of the bakers. however the shows isn't totally bad as people say it is as seeing all the characters back it's nice to see and learn more about them and also as i did say there are problems with the baker case it is interesting to see what side they will tell. so in total season 2 was in some cases a disappointment but not as a much as people are saying. and also if you didn't like season 1 your properly not going to like season 2 which begs the question. why did you even watch season 2 in the first place if you didn't like the first season? Expand
  5. May 19, 2018
    7
    From what I've seen, this season is misunderstood. I appreciate the time and effort the writer's are putting into this season in regards toFrom what I've seen, this season is misunderstood. I appreciate the time and effort the writer's are putting into this season in regards to writing and truly understanding the teenage mind. Although flawed, especially in regards to acting and certain plot points, I really enjoy the new bonds forming in such a rough time for the teenagers and toning down the constant action, but at the same time, making much more menacing than the first season. Definitely a step up. In addition, they tackle the issue of suicide in a much more mature fashion and digging into taboo issues surrounding it. Well done, writers! Expand
  6. May 20, 2018
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. While not as perfectly composed as season 1, season 2 still holds itself up to the highest possible standard I could think of with the subject matter it deals with: being brutally honest and holding no punches. I once again applaud the effort made, and the unfiltered perspective into this world of deep, dark emotions. Controversial? Absolutely.

    In terms of arc structure, I found this to be just as addictive and binge-able as the first season. Having said this, I believe the way in which mass shootings was handled was very much put on the back-burner, and not really at all the focus of the season. This, for me, feels inappropriate handling of such series and relevant subject matter. Especially the ending: how dangerous it is that, while the whole first seasons and the majority of the second season is about learning to report information to the proper authorities, we have our main protagonist putting himself at the end of the barrel of the gun of the proposed mass shooter.

    This, and this alone, confirmed my suspicions while watching through the whole second season: the writers of the show are biting off way more than they are prepared to chew. Absolutely disappointing, as well as infuriating.
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  7. May 19, 2018
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Waste of time, ending to the show is pathetic how does a guilty rapist who raped 3 women only receive 3 months probation and gets to start over a brand new life at a new school because his rich daddy has a good lawyer. No justice at all whatsoever, as well as Tyler literally returned to school a changed man and still gets a mop shoved up his ass. WHAT THE **** honestly the story is pathetic and they need Justice for Tyler, those bullies should get smacked. This season is pointless and annoying, after all the testimonies the Bakers lose the case what the **** was the jury thinking why would a dead girl lie. SMH **** show. Expand

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