AndersonVision Best TV of 2017: #7 – Vice Principals: Season 2 (HBO)


“Vice Principals” found its ground with Season 2. While the show is practically an extended giant story, it’s important to understand what was gained after Neal Gamby was shot. The first season started as two bastards trying to take back something they never earned. When they finally inherited their birthright, the duo finally ruined it. I love that evil characters being fulfilled will only produce bad results.

Lee Russell gives Walt Goggins a chance to flex his acting muscle. Sure, he keeps playing the same kind of weirdo scumbag, but this is different. Lee Russell is every weird kid brow-beaten into acting normal. Naturally, it’s not going to end well. It doesn’t matter how many pressed suits you wear or what you did to find your wife…the oddity will always return to the surface.

Danny McBride has worked out his niche so well that he can do it in his sleep. His Neal Gamby is actually kinda reserved. While he will do stupid stuff, he cares about his daughter and tries his best to save relationships. It’s a far, far, far cry from what we saw with Kenny Powers, but it needed to be that way. Gamby has to be a hair better than Russell to make the season long battle work.

Yeah, they eventually become friends after destroying their poorly constructed world. What did it cost? Russell gets mangled by a tiger and Gamby has to start over again. They got to live, but it wasn’t by their rules. Great stuff all around and I’d recommend checking it out.


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