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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 1, 2014
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
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  • Summary: The second season of the period drama jumps forward to 1985.
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    May 29, 2015
    91
    Those who stayed patient with Halt season 1, or those who come to the show now that the quality has gone up significantly, will be rewarded.
  2. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    May 29, 2015
    80
    It now has a compelling subject, the emergence, through modem clicks and whistles, of the wired Internet era we live in. Like many a good period piece, it’s really our own origin story.
  3. 80
    AMC's computer-industry period drama, Halt and Catch Fire, returns for its second season a fresher, better, stronger series.
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Kevin P. Sullivan
    May 26, 2015
    75
    The performances from Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis, and Ketty Bishe are solid, [but] the characters don't do much, favoring tech jargon over real drama. [29 May/5 Jun 2015, p.100]
  5. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    May 29, 2015
    67
    You can see Halt reach for that something. You can't quite shake the sense that Halt doesn't know what that "something" is.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    May 29, 2015
    50
    Four episodes in, the writers have taken steps to reconnect the key characters, but it’s a too-slow update of the software on a concept that came back with a relatively shallow pool of goodwill and critical buzz.
  7. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    May 29, 2015
    50
    As with the first season, the actors all do their best, and the loving but challenging relationship between Donna and Gordon remains the show's most appealing, layered element. But Halt and Catch Fire still lacks a point of view that would make this trip back to the '80s feel relevant.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Feb 10, 2018
    10
    An excellent drama series with the arcane and now archaic birth of the PC as the backdrop. The nascent origins of our modern connected worldAn excellent drama series with the arcane and now archaic birth of the PC as the backdrop. The nascent origins of our modern connected world doesn't a first glance seem all that interesting, but to anyone who remembers that period, this show will be a very enjoyable waltz down memory lane. The retro soundtrack, the fashion, and even reminders of the movies of the era combination make this uber nostalgia for 80’s kids. But the show is more than just that.
    This show’s strong suit is character portrayal. Especially their dis-likeability or even their normality in uncharted territory. They all embody the same narcissism and selfishness that make it hard to like any one of them even Donna the wife who isn't all peaches and cream as we find out. And of course this quality is exactly what was needed to push the envelope in information technology then and now. Bosworth has his place too, an echo of a precious more honourable age. Top marks
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  2. Jun 6, 2015
    10
    Yep, it's a great show! Great story, cast, cinematography, score etc.... one of the best series on! Hopefully, the network realizes this andYep, it's a great show! Great story, cast, cinematography, score etc.... one of the best series on! Hopefully, the network realizes this and green lights more seasons! Anyone giving this a negative rating has an agenda, must be working for a different network or something... Expand
  3. Jun 29, 2016
    10
    Best show out there. You don't need to have seen season one to understand season two. Great insight to the development of tech in the '80s.Best show out there. You don't need to have seen season one to understand season two. Great insight to the development of tech in the '80s.

    I keep telling people to watch it, but they don't because it sounds boring.

    "It's about the beginnings of computers" isn't nearly as intriguing as "He's a school teacher who turns into a meth dealer" or "He's a serial killer who only kills serial killers."

    Anyhow, it's an amazing show. Be sure to check it out.
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  4. Aug 2, 2015
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Although the script may feel a little loose to some viewers, it is still better developed than most Hollywood dreck. It has a cool original concept that has never been done before, to the best of my knowledge. The set design, cinematography, hardware, clothing and ambience make you really feel like your in the 80' s. I was there in the pre internet tech business working for Motorola's CODEX Corporation so I know. The music score is awesome, and the acting is very good. Watch it with an open mind and forget about how tech is now and what it was like for developers and dreamers back then. You will enjoy it more. The best line from season 1 was when Joe views a Macintosh running for the first time and says, "it speaks" with horror on his face. Awesome. Expand
  5. Sep 26, 2015
    9
    Season 2 was definitely an improvement of story pacing over the first season. However the shockingly low ratings may mean that the series isSeason 2 was definitely an improvement of story pacing over the first season. However the shockingly low ratings may mean that the series is already over. Let's hope AMC renews for at least one final season now that Mad Men is over. Expand
  6. Oct 22, 2018
    8
    Season two of Halt and Catch Fire focuses less on technology and more on the characters, with conflicts arising between the entire cast. InSeason two of Halt and Catch Fire focuses less on technology and more on the characters, with conflicts arising between the entire cast. In some ways this does take away from what sets this show apart from others, as the realistic portrayal of computer companies in the 80s is what attracted me in the first place, but the drama between the characters this season feels real and justified. Each character is developed many times over what they were in the first season, and the ending of season two sets up a whole new story arc for season three. To me, this is still the technology version of Mad Men, but possibly better. Expand
  7. Aug 26, 2017
    7
    This season improves upon the first by allowing each of the characters to have their own story arcs. While there isn't a huge convergence likeThis season improves upon the first by allowing each of the characters to have their own story arcs. While there isn't a huge convergence like in season 1, each characters motivations are fully fleshed out. Expand

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