Published On: Wed, May 11th, 2022

‘Hacks’ Season 2: The Funniest Road Trip You’ll Ever Take

Jean Smart as Deborah Vance and Hannah Einbinder as Ava in Hacks, standing in the desert.

Season 1 of Hacks, the HBO Max sitcom about a veteran comic and a disgraced young comedy writer forced to save their foundering careers by working together, ended at a turning point for Deborah (Jean Smart) and Ava (Hannah Einbinder). After spending the entire season sniping at each other, they finally start to open up after Ava’s father dies. Their working relationship also starts to gel, as Ava helps Deborah craft a new, more honest and confessional show when her Las Vegas residency is canceled. Everything seems to be turning around for the duo until Ava, drunk and high and angry at Deborah’s abuse, sends a revealing email to a couple of producers making a show about female bosses from hell. In the final shot of the season finale, you can almost see the email hovering between the two of them, a bomb waiting to go off.

All the best things about Hacks are back in Season 2, with the series pushing all of its edgiest material even further. The stakes are higher, the comedy is sharper, and the drama at the heart of Ava and Deborah’s thorny relationship is even more engrossing. Season 2 finds Ava and Deborah on the road, with Deborah hitting comedy clubs and state fairs across the country so that she can test and refine her new material. Meanwhile, the hapless staffers, managers, and family members in their orbit struggle with their own lives, juggling the fallout from Deborah’s career troubles with their own chronically bad decisions.

The Mary Sue

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