Picking up nearly from the moment the original season ends, this continuation of Netflix’s compelling comedy-drama is just as gripping and consistent this time around. It’s fascinating that the show decides to somewhat decentralize Sam (Keir Gilchrist) and his struggles with autism from the overall narrative, focusing instead on familial strife and how difficult it can be to forgive. Mind you that’s not to suggest that autism doesn’t figure prominently, as it does of course, but the show manages to weave his struggles organically into its simultaneous narratives without concentrating on them specifically. It’s a shame that the first season’s tendency to occasionally use Sam’s autism as a punch line has survived here, but the ensemble acting is so strong that the show grips the viewer nevertheless. In particular, Gilchrist delivers a totally believable tour de force performance, while Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Rapaport and Brigette Luncy-Paine are each given a number of opportunities to demonstrate their individual strengths.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)