No TV show deserves to be a hit more than “Somebody Somewhere”

If you haven’t watched an episode of the wonderful HBO series yet someone somewhere, I am extremely jealous of you. You have the experience of a lifetime to look forward to, if you choose to press play. But neither would you be alone in your hesitation. The first season of the half-hour comedy-drama aired last year to rave reviews and a slew of award nominations, but still flew under most people’s radars.

On paper, it doesn’t necessarily sound like much: a slice-of-life story about a woman named Sam (Bridget Everett), who tries to put the pieces back together after returning to her small Kansas hometown to take care of his terminally ill sister. That alone would be enough to put off anyone looking for HBO-level stakes. someone somewherewhich presents its second season on Sunday evening, is a comedy without the black humor of barryand a drama without the ruthless narcissism of Succession.

In fact, it weaves its way between these two genres at such a rapid, yet completely undetectable, pace that it’s hard to put it in a box. (Although it is worth noting that it seems strategic that the network’s programmers classify it as the descent before bed, after these two shows.)

For a series so seemingly incomparable, someone somewhere does not lack relativity. It’s this amazing empathy that gives this little show its compelling edge. In its second season, someone somewhere replicates everything its first seven episodes did so well, without ever feeling like a retread. This latest batch of beauty confirms the series as one of the best of the decade, thanks to its delightful ensemble cast and knack for fleshing out the minutiae of life, with gravity and irreverence in equal measure.

It doesn’t take long to resettle someone somewherethe charms. After spending the first season developing a better friendship with his old high school choir mate, Joel (Jeff Hiller), Sam has finally begun to settle into his life in Manhattan, Kansas. After her sister’s death, Sam spent Season 1 in a state of flux, trying to figure out if there was a place for her in the town she grew up in. His dead-end job may have been a nightmare, but he brought Joel to him; Joel may have reminded Sam of her abandoned dream of being a singer, but he brought her voice back. Slowly, Sam’s broken heart was mended. But the more hits you take, the slower they heal.

Life hasn’t stopped beating Sam either. Things are just as messy as they were in Season 1. Sam just got better at handling them, thanks in large part to Joel and the cast. of misfits he brought into his orbit. Joel and Sam sometimes share a room together, now that Joel has discovered how lucrative renting his house on Airbnb can be (and riddled with cleaning fees). This clever narrative device allows the couple to engage in all sorts of mischief together – from teeny ‘tini parties to high school choir recitals to gossip – so the show can indulge in the pleasurable comfort of their dynamic, without that their relationship doesn’t get too tangled or gimmicky.

Although the duo are having even more raucous fun together this season, the substantial emotional foundation the series is built on never falters. Since our last visit to Sam’s family, his alcoholic mother Mary Jo (Jane Brody) has had a stroke and his father, Ed (late Mike Hagerty), has left the family farm to visit his brother in Texas. . Ed was a charming, grounded character, full of humor and nuance. Hagerty’s passing is very much felt in this season’s narrative. Although Ed’s absence is written into the series, someone somewhere honors Hagerty by treating his character’s departure as a death, allowing the weight of that grief to impress the season.

In the first, it culminates in a moving sequence, where Sam is struck by her father’s vitality, which still lingers in their barn and on the land, even when he’s away. Anyone who has experienced the overwhelming, emotional feeling of having to rummage through a loved one’s belongings after they are gone will be affected – and perhaps even overwhelmed – by this moment. But it’s the perfect example of what this show does so well, maybe even better than anything on the air right now. someone somewhere extracts the truths of life and pours them out, scattered and jagged, so that we can admire their jagged edges and their beauty in tandem.

Both Everett and Hiller are rewarded with plenty of quiet (and completely Emmy-worthy) moments of introspection, both together and apart. The two are a match made in scripted TV heaven, and their natural chemistry washes over the entire production.

For this reason, all the bumps in the road for someone somewhereThe characters feel sadly personal, like we’re being mobbed by our own friends caught in a rift. The show’s two seasons are just seven episodes long, but are so full of authenticity that they each feel like an extended peek at real-life stories. This also means the highs are just as noticeable. Season 2 isn’t afraid to move the emotional needle and send it all over the charts – and at a pace as fast as the steps Sam and Joel take in the park (to people watch and complain together) .

Nothing here feels too tense to come back to, or so chaotic that you have to pick a special time to sit down and watch. someone somewhere is the perfect relaxation fare, brilliantly tranquil by the soft brass score that runs through each episode. This melody that runs through the show is important. Music, in all its forms, is an integral part of someone somewhere. The show continues to serve as a platform for Everett to showcase his vocal talents, this time doubling down on their soulful weight. Singing remains Sam’s hidden passion, and when asked to bring it to light for an event, it exposes all of his regrets and the feelings of loss that go with it.

To watch this show is to open your heart to existence as it is: beautiful and ugly at the same time. No frills, no pretension. It’s not feel-good TV, it’s feel-it-all TV. The only unrealistic thing about someone somewhere expects viewers to settle for seven episodes, when we need 700. We’d all be so much better off for that.

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