I thought Season 1 of Kidding was okay. It was interesting enough to keep me watching, and the cliffhanger at the end—Jeff hitting Peter with his car—was a great hook leading into Season 2. Overall, though, this season was pretty weak. The car accident storyline, for instance, is resolved too quickly and offers little payoff. This is a recurring issue. New problems arise, span a few episodes, then wrap up unsatisfactorily. It leaves Season 2 feeling like there’s no central conflict. Season 1 was great in that Jeff was still reeling from the death of his son. While there isn’t complete closure around that in Season 2, either, it’s been backburnered to make room for other shenanigans. And boy, are there shenanigans. This season is all over the place and really stretches the line between reality and fantasy.
Even from Season 1, you kind of had to accept that some things played out differently in this universe, but Season 2 asks you to accept a little too much bullshit. Like, we’re supposed to believe Jeff mass produced an online toy that connects to a customized app in just a few months? Scott was able to wrestle half of the puppet IPs away from Deirdre in the divorce without any pushback from her lawyer? The Filipino Mr. Pickles went along with the divorce episode, even though everyone on the team would have known that promoting divorce in their country was punishable by death? Yeah, no… That “Death of Fil” episode is where the show completely lost me. It went from being an intriguing dark comedy to a silly drama. And considering what damage they’ve done to certain characters like Seb and Deirdre, I don’t see how a third season (if there is one) could possibly recover.