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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 21, 2013
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Summary: Season two jumps ahead a year, but a new spate of killings draws Ryan back into the field.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jan 22, 2014
    Here’s the best thing about the second season premiere of The Following: Kevin Bacon finally looks like he’s having a little fun.... Bacon and Hardy are in on the joke.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Jan 10, 2014
    The sneak peak is sometimes flat and sorta dumb yet so dementedly busy-busy-busy that it's actually creepy, twisty fun. [17 Jan 2014, p.63]
  3. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Jan 13, 2014
    A whole new crop of crazies populate the sophomore season, but the murder and mayhem is laced with a been-there- done-that feel.
  4. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Jan 17, 2014
    For a show so bent on shock value, it has to this point failed to surprise much.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 15, 2014
    A helpful lapse of time can’t fully right the ship or smooth over the plausibility-straining aspects of this serial-killer-and-his-adoring-acolytes conceit.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Feb 20, 2014
    Kevin Bacon is just woefully underutilized here.... None of this show feels or sounds real. Not one beat. Not the plotting or the characters.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 17, 2014
    Sorry to say that from the evidence of the season premiere, not a lot has changed. Morbid curiosity may keep me following this bloody cat-and-mouse horror show for a while longer, but not at the risk of murdering what few brain cells I have left.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. Feb 5, 2014
    I tend to agree with most overall metacritic conclusions, both critic and user reviews; however, this one I completely disagree with. This season has been excellent, as was last season. I grant that it isn't an exceptionally intelligent show such as breaking bad or true detective but it's amazing entertainment. The drama is excellent, the characters are interesting, and the show is engaging. I am extremely impressed with Sam Underwood's acting. I like intelligent shows. I like shows with subtext and meaning. But more than anything I like shows that are entertaining, and that is exactly what this. Expand
  2. May 8, 2014
    The Following actually improved this season, by embracing its craziness and lunacy. Instead of the tedious and sometimes dull follower of the week episodes and rote drama and character development, we get a primarily plot driven guilty pleasure that flies by on sheer insanity. There's plenty of room for improvement, especially in the handling of secondary characters (Mandy...Emma....Lily....), but at least this season was fun, pretending to be nothing other than what it is. Even Joe, with his humdrum making-it-up-as-he-goes-along attitude at the end of the season, seemed to understand this. I don't need to make sense as long as I'm causing trouble. I tried the poetic deep thing last year and that didn't quite work out for me. Expand
  3. Mar 25, 2014
    the second season was a little slow in the first few episodes but it is picking up, and its still really thrilling. I think at this point in season one was way better, but is still a really good show. I will give a 7 Expand
  4. May 6, 2014
    I actually enjoyed the First Season of The Following even though it definitely had it's ruff edges and some of the elements were really underwhelming but it was a good show none the same. Season 2 though just wasn't good. I have only watched the first half of Season 2 before I lost interest. This is because it was going nowhere and the same main point of the first season was happening again, Joe building his new following from the remains of his old one and I just couldn't get into it. The first season is certainly worth your time. I just wish it could have run for one season as that was what I thought it would be when I finished the last episode but then they announced Season 2 and I knew it wasn't going to be any good and it feels like such a waste of time. Now there might be a third season. I wish they could have made it a limited run then it would be perfect but going past one season has ruined the show for me and it does sadden me to say this as it had a lot of potential. Expand
  5. Feb 3, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I'm a HUGE Kevin Bacon fan and watched last season religiously. Unfortunately, they killed most of the characters I found compelling and intriguing. I've watched the first two episodes this season and just can't get into it this time around. I'm not as interested in the new characters. I'm also a woman and hated they killed off both Claire and the female detective - they could have at least left me with one strong, relatable female character. So disappointed after such high hopes. Expand
  6. Feb 13, 2014
    This is a mind-numbingly stupid mess. Any literate person should take it as an insult to his or her intelligence. It seems to be aimed at drooling, brain-dead yokels who've never read a single book on poetry or law enforcement or psychology or cults. And judging by its ratings, that's a disconcertingly high proportion of the American public. Expand
  7. Apr 22, 2014
    Come on, FOX, keep your ritual murders out of a Catholic Church, you gutless cowards. The Monday after Easter, no less. Nice storyline, punks. Grow up. What's next? Hit the maternity word in a Muslim neighborhood and mow down some babies? Fly to Tibet and string up some monks? What is too far for you? Expand

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