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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 21, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Summary: Season two sees Chicago mayor Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer) with a new advisor in Ian Todd (Jonathan Groff) as Kane battles his enemies even as he medicates himself to hide his condition.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Aug 14, 2012
    No relaxing allowed with Boss. Sorry about that, and sorry for this series, which remains smart, absorbing and particularly well done.
  2. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Aug 15, 2012
    [Boss brings] back its intoxicating blend of soap-opera sudsiness, Shakespearean tragedy and scathing insight into big city politics, Chicago-style.
  3. 80
    Boss' mix of deft footwork and bull-in-a-china shop clumsiness can be off-putting, but it's always anchored by Grammer's alternately scary and mournful lead performance, and you're never in doubt that there's a fully formed sensibility behind it.
  4. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Aug 13, 2012
    Although the characters have only scant or fleeting redeeming personal values, we continue to buy into their machinations because of how they are created and because of superbly convincing performances at every level of the cast.
  5. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Aug 17, 2012
    The season's first episode is pretty damned riveting.
  6. Reviewed by: Daniel Goldberg
    Aug 15, 2012
    Though the series has its share of larger-than-life moments that ring hollow, its knack for extracting quiet beauty from all the mayhem lends Boss's best scenes the precision and artistry of a monstrous ballet.
  7. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Aug 10, 2012
    There are fitful moments that work, but the show also manages to shoot itself in the foot regularly.

See all 18 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 13, 2013
    What a cracking season! I don't understand why Boss did not rate through the roof.
    Easily one of the best shows again in 2012. Kelsey Grammer
    is riveting in ever scene supported by excellent performances throughout the whole cast.
    Above all else Boss is entertaining and throughout season 2, continued to be less than predictable at every twist and turn in the plot.
    Considering the rubbish that keeps getting renewed I can't believe it got cancelled.
    Hopefully the movie eventuates. the story deserves an ending.
  2. Nov 14, 2012
    The only thing this show has against it is that it's not being watched by millions, nevertheless, it's as good as it gets: superb acting, intrigue, sex, dirty politics and murder, all with an excellent production. Expand
  3. Sep 8, 2012
    No Emmy nominations, but a group of loyal followers! Yes, Boss is not being watched by millions of people, that is what turns it into a dramatic "treasure". Kane is the major no city would want and that's what makes it irresistable to watch: we love tiranny in some way. Keep it like that, Grammer! Expand

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