Central Park season 2 review – a wholesome continuation Here we go again, but better.

June 25, 2021
Daniel Hart 0
Apple TV+, TV Reviews
3.5

Summary

Season 2 is a wholesome continuation and a marked improvement. 

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3.5

Summary

Season 2 is a wholesome continuation and a marked improvement. 

This review of the Apple TV+ series Central Park season 2 does not contain spoilers. The musical comedy will be released on the streaming service on June 25, 2021, and the review is based on the first three episodes.

Admittedly, it did take a while for Central Park to kick into my soul for season 1. I felt confused at the adoring praise, and at one point, I did switch off watching it. My main qualm is that it did not feel different from any other comedy animation, yet coupled with original songs, it somehow made it unique. However, once the characters bedded in, and I understood the approach, the appeal was understood.

So it’s no surprise that Central Park was offered a second season, such was the success of its predecessor. Apple TV+ hasn’t got into the habit of canceling shows yet like its larger rival Netflix. Season 2 continues with its concept; Owen Tillerman’s family live their life in the park, continuing to provide maintenance while battling with different challenges; some social, some professional, and some personal, while bitter Bitsy still works on the outskirts of the story, snarling at every opportunity, and basking in her own wealth and insecurity.

There’s nothing particularly plot-progressive, especially in the first three chapters in season 2; there’s a power cut, and Molly explores her creative side as she always does. But the charming part of Central Park is the stories; the characters are endearing, and despite the randomness of the story, the writers have somehow not made them annoying, an irk I usually have with shows like this. The hustle and bustle of city life and the meaningfulness of family, friends, and community continues to shine in this animated show.

And the songs…well, I sincerely believe that they are better in the second season. The creativity taps into originality, taking elements from many genres, is a fresh approach in an animated series. Coupled with Birdie’s narration on the sideline (still voiced by Josh Gad), little can go wrong in season 2 of Central Park.

Apple TV+ may not be ferociously stamping its foot in the streaming market. Still, they are importantly commissioning the right productions in many genres — Central Park is a stealthy commission that will only help their subscriber base due to its wholesome animated approach. Season 2 is a wholesome continuation and a marked improvement. 

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