In the relatively short time since Hulu’s The big premiering on May 15, 2020, it has quickly become a prestige program. The first season received positive reviews from most critics and fans. Additionally, The big was nominated for numerous awards, with Rose Wicksteed winning an Artios Award for Best Television Pilot and First Season for a Comedy.
Lead actress Elle Fanning also won a Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series for her performance in The big season one. Tony McNamara also won an award for episodic comedy from the Writers Guild of America. The success of the first season of The big made its way into Season 2, which dropped on November 19, 2021.
Season 2 of The big seems to have somehow improved from the performance of the first season. Rotten Tomatoes calls the second season “Certified Fresh” with a 100% approval rating on twenty-four reviews. However, Hulu has yet to announce whether The big is being renewed for season three. Could it be that the show will not continue after season 2?
From stage to screen
To spin The big exists in the TV show, as has been long in the making today. The streaming series is based on Tony McNamara’s 2008 play about Catherine the Great, which was staged by the Sydney Theater Company. McNamara also apparently wrote a screenplay version of the script, but he decided to turn it into a TV series.
McNamara has said, “It had been a play and a movie, and I always struggled with the fact that it was such a huge story for a movie. I wanted to tell it as a story that will last for years and years.” Such an elaborate story seems to fit perfectly with the long-winded narrative structure allowed through TV The bigis the story over season 2?
Not exactly historically correct
Part of what makes The big such a masterful farce is that the show leans on the fact that it is a dramatization of real life events. Hulu has launched The big as “anti-historic”, which is emphasized by the titles for each episode. In the first season, the show was introduced as: The Great: a sometimes true story.
This disbelief was deepened in season 2, titled The Great: an almost entirely false story. While some enjoy this disregard for historical accuracy, not everyone seems to be thrilled about it.
Critic Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times wrote: “McNamara had written down some names, relationships and a few historical points, tore up the paper and started writing. And so the viewer has to surrender to what’s on the blackboard, without any care. to learn something useful or even true about Russia or any of the real people represented here.”
Why The big reigns supreme
Besides being “Certified Fresh”, The big Season 2 has received rave reviews from TV critics. Steve Greene of IndieWire wrote, “Season 2 continues the labyrinthine process of strategy making, only this time for Catherine to implement her desired reforms for the Russian people rather than the crown.”
Greene added that “this is the same excellent concoction of debauchery and pain and fleeting tenderness that marked the show from the start.” With so much praise from fans and critics alike, it would be a good idea to renew The big for another season. Hulu hasn’t said anything about more episodes yet, though. Only time will tell if the show continues or not.