Lady Dynamite (Season 2) (2017)

The second season of Maria Bamford’s deliriously surreal sitcom is tighter than the whiplash-inducing first season, but that’s not to suggest that it’s easy to follow either. The show’s ongoing discourse about the need to de-stigmatize mental illness remains compelling, and it’s particularly remarkable that Bamford and company are able to include instructive dialogue naturally into the show’s fabric. However, just like the first season, the show’s overall time-hoping narrative device makes things confusing, while an ongoing futuristic segment is baffling and long-winded, to say the least. Bamford herself remains entertaining and registers more as a character this time around, and co-star Olafur Darri Olafsson makes for an invaluable series addition, but this is surely not for everybody and can test the patience of even the most adventurous viewer.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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