Trying season 2 review – is there a better on-screen couple right now?

By Daniel Hart
Published: May 20, 2021
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Apple TV plus series Trying season 2


Trying season 2 is the same approach, but better.

This review of the Apple TV+ series Trying season 2 contains no spoilers — the second instalment of the comedy will be released on the streaming service on May 21, 2020. 

Read the ending explained of season 2. 

While many TV narratives prop up passionate relationships, there hasn’t been one that feels as genuine as Nikki (played by Esther Smith) and Jason (Rafe Spall). There’s something wholesome about these two; their on-screen chemistry excels the laws of television — there’s a natural believability about them — you want them to succeed in their goals. You need them to succeed.

And with that highly emotional angle based on a sense of realism, Trying only requires following the same ingredients for season 2. The delectable couple return, charming the socks off the audience and making our hearts melt with tears and laughter. The premise remains the same, but the second installment throws more barriers at them; watching the couple go through the motions of fostering & adoption processes that are painful but joyful at the same time.

Coupled with their chaotic life, Trying season 2 runs the same environments with dysfunctional friends and undesirable family traits. While Rafe Spall’s performance of Jason is fruitful to watch, seeing Esther Smith continue her role as Nikki is a privilege — her naive and soft nature can reduce you to tears or make you laugh within seconds; the character’s perspective is incredible, and it’s almost as if we are watching this character through Jason’s eyes; the series has managed to understand the endearment he holds.

But not everything is simple in a relationship that is “meant-to-be” and the second season of Trying proves the motion of hard work. Many narratives encapsulate adoption to be a formality, which is a writer’s mistake. It isn’t. Fostering and adoption are emotionally exhausting; it requires plenty of patience and understanding, and the hard work does not really begin until you bring a child into your home. The process beforehand is just the starter.

We have to consider that Nikki and Jason are the best on-screen couple right now, and we can only hope that the efforts of the cast and crew mean we get more seasons of this addictive comedy-drama — Trying season 2 is the same approach, but better.

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