Beloved Comedy Shows Are Thriving After Abandoning Their Core Premise in Season 2

Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri in
Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri in "The Bear"

Many acclaimed TV shows suffer from the “Season 2” curse and struggle to live up to their potential after wrapping up the first chapter. The mastermind behind some of our favorite comedies decided to overcome this problem by completely abandoning their core concept and managed to create something even more amazing along the way.

Killing It

Killing It kicked off as a show about an aspiring entrepreneur Craig entering the Florida Python Challenge in an attempt to raise money for his business, but snakes are nowhere to be found in Season 2. As the story progresses, we watch Craig going deeper down the rabbit hole while trying to make his American dream come true.

The Afterparty

The Afterparty stuck to its “whodunnit” premise in Season 2, but the high school reunion after-party no longer serves as its setting. The second season sees Detective Danner trying to solve a murder mystery after a quirky billionaire winds up dead a day after his wedding.

The Bear

Season 1 of The Bear saw the young chef Carmy leave the world of fine dining behind to come back to Chicago and run his family’s failing sandwich shop. He’s no longer trying to convince its unruly staff to learn his ways in Season 2– they’re all committed to growing and thriving after closing down their run-down joint and trying to transform it into a fancy restaurant.