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The first two episodes of The Sex Lives of College Girls (TSLOCG) were released on November 17, 2022. The season contains 10 episodes. Season 2 was full of drama and humor. Let’s talk about it.
First off, I discovered this show in September and I wanted to review the 1st season but ultimately decided against it. I knew i’d review this season either way.
So, season 2? Let’s just break it down. This is your warning now. There will be spoilers from this point on so if you haven’t watched season 2 or you haven’t finished it yet, please don’t continue reading this.
This season was full of drama. We’re back at Essex with our favorite girls: Kimberly (Pauline Chalamet), Bela (Amrit Kaur), Leighton (Reneé Rapp), and Whitney (Alyah Chanelle Scott).
I’m going to break down each character’s storyline one-by-one.
Kimberly has to find a way to pay for school because of what happened in season 1. The board revoked her scholarship. She ultimately decides to sell her eggs. We never find out what happens with this actually. She starts a thing with Jackson (Mitchell Slaggert), a new student at Essex.
Bela has a tumultuous storyline. I’m not saying that because it was good. It was absolute chaos. She starts her own comedy magazine with the girls from the Catullan. She starts a thing with Eric (Mekki Leeper) which goes downhill rather quickly. I don’t want to give away how her storyline ends this season because you should watch it to find out how it ends. I love Bela but the way she was written this season was horrible.
Leighton’s storyline is the most successful out of the four. At the end of season 1, Leighton comes out to Kimberly creating a tender and sweet moment between the two. She eventually comes out Bela and Whitney. I just really loved her journey this season. It’s beautiful to see that she’s being her authentic self and that she’s proud to be who she is. She did get a new love interest, Tatum (Gracie Dzienny), who challenges Leighton. I’m bummed with what happened with them because they weren’t developed enough.
Lastly, Whitney is trading in her soccer ball for a beaker. She discovers her love for science, specifically biochemistry. Something I could never do. I liked that we got to see her personality blossom. She has two love interests this season. she’s dating Canaan (Christopher Meyer) in the beginning. They eventually breakup because of something Whitney did. She finds herself in a classic enemies to lovers situation with Andrew (Charlie Hall) who’s her classmate in biochemistry. I feel really bad for her with what went down in the season finale. Not cool.
I have to say the writing this season was like a seesaw. There were highs and lows. The first half of the season was smooth but the rest was a bit rocky. The humor is written so brilliantly in this show though.
One of the best characters characters is Lila (Ilia Isorelys Paulino). Paulino delivers her lines every single time. She never fails to make me laugh. Lila is unproblematic and helps her friends in any way that she can. I hope they boot her up to more of a main character next season. She gives off main character energy.
As for season 3, It’s confirmed by the official TSLOCG social media accounts! We’ll be seeing Kimberly, Bela, Leighton, and Whitney again.
I know next season is going to be full of more drama but I’m more interested to see what pans out for the girls considering how season 2 ended.
The Sex Lives of College Girls is exclusively streaming on HBO Max.
Creators: Mindy Kaling, Justin Noble
Cast: Pauline Chalamet, Amrit Kaur, Reneé Rapp, Alyah Chanelle Scott, Ilia Isorelýs Paulino
Producers: Mindy Kaling, Justin Noble, Howard Klein