After Life S2
IMDb rating: 8.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 64%
Ricky Gervais reprises his role as Tony, who’s still trying to cope with the loss of his beloved wife to cancer. Season 2 promises much of the same laugh-until-you-cry stuff that the first season of this Netflix Original delivered.
This sometimes poignant exploration of life after loss isn’t all laughs, though. Season 2 offers moments of pathos as Tony goes about trying to pay back much of the kindness he’s experienced from friends and family – each grappling with their own challenges. Keeping true to Gervais’s other work, there are some classic comedic gems paired with his signature caustic view on the state of humanity.
TV Insider sums up their thoughts: “Throughout the six episodes of After Life, the impulse to laugh out loud collides with the effort to choke back tears. This modest masterpiece is one of Gervais’s great achievements, and every time he allows Tony to retreat to his bed with his loyal dog, playing back videos and lost in happy-sad memories, we’re reminded that life’s too short not to root for this bloke.”
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