• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 7, 2021
Season #: 2, 1
Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Fletcher Peters
    Sep 22, 2022
    100
    It’s hard to pick our favorite part of the return. Gritty? Ava hula-hooping at a big staff seminar? Sheryl Lee Ralph’s post-Emmy glow? It’s all great. And we get to do this again next week, and the week after, and the week after that.
  2. Reviewed by: Joel Keller
    Sep 22, 2022
    100
    The first two episodes, which is what ABC sent to critics, are equally as funny and heartwarming as the best of the show’s excellent first season.
  3. Reviewed by: Nina Metz
    Sep 21, 2022
    100
    Season 2 of “Abbott Elementary” returns as confident as ever — sharp and searingly funny, but with a baseline warmth that feels meaningful in a world that’s become increasingly cold to the idea that we’re meant to look out for one another. ... It’s such a perfect amalgam of talents both in front of and behind the camera.
  4. Reviewed by: Chase Hutchinson
    Sep 21, 2022
    91
    There is always a question about whether you can match the high bar set by what preceded it. Not only is this show already on track to do so, but there is also the promising potential for it to even surpass what came before.
  5. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Sep 20, 2022
    90
    The generational divide among the teachers feels organic to the setting, and the jokes are so rooted in character there’s something for everybody. ... By giving the tropes of yore such a fresh update, [creator and actor Quinta] Brunson may have forged a new classic of her own.
  6. Reviewed by: Dan Rubins
    Sep 19, 2022
    88
    While viewers may have grown accustomed to Brunson doing it all, these first episodes of Abbott Elementary’s second season, despite their slightly less dexterous humor, still make the show, as we say in the business, a pleasure to have in class.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Sep 21, 2022
    83
    It feels like they used the summer to balance out how the show’s writers tune their cast, allowing every supporting player just enough time to shine in both episodes. Of course, being only 15 episodes into a run makes it way too soon to discern this show’s place in comedy history, but it’s starting to feel more and more like “Abbott Elementary” will be a part of comedy class syllabi for years to come.
  8. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Sep 19, 2022
    80
    The first two episodes of the show’s second season continue its strong trajectory.