The creepy comedy is making a healthy return


Don’t you just love sitcoms? Every good one gives you a fun world to tune into, where you can meet all these wacky characters and live through the wacky antics they pull off. Any problem or drama that arises is something you know will be resolved by the end of the episode (or the next, or the next). And when they’re really good at what they do, these sitcoms also leave just enough emotional moment to warm your heart. It’s a cathartic experience that has proven popular time and time again – and CBS’ ghosts makes everything great.

The show was an unexpected hit when it premiered in 2021. Its unique blend of interesting characters, witty dialogue, and wholesome character moments made it hugely popular and one of the most talked about sitcoms in recent years. Featuring Former Zombie (on iZombie) Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar, the series is an adaptation of the British series of the same name. In the first season, Sam (McIver) and her husband Jay (Ambudkar) inherit the rather overly haunted Woodstone Manor from one of Sam’s recently deceased relatives and decide to convert it into a bed and breakfast. A near-death experience later, Sam is now able to see and talk to ghosts, setting the sitcom’s story in motion.


We’re not going to do a recap of season one here (that’s what this article is for), but we’ll say that as the season progresses we’ll learn more about each of the ghosts that haunt the mansion Finances ’90s Brother Trevor (Asher Grodman) to the landlady Hetty (Rebekah Wisocky), to the eldest spirit of the manor, a rather affable (if noisy) Viking named Thorfinn (Devan Chandler Long). Season 1 ended with Sam and Jay welcoming their first guests, only to promptly fall through a termite-infested section of floor.

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Season 2 starts immediately after that and the situation is basically this: the B&B is still happening, Jay still can’t see the ghosts despite bumping his head Yes, really hard, Isaac (Brandon Scott Jones) is now officially at Nigel (John Hartman), and everything else is almost exactly the same. But again, you’re not here for a recap, you want to know if the show is still as good in its second season. Well, we got our hands on the first three episodes and that’s it for sure! Season 2 brings more laughs and delves deeper into the lives of the ghosts, helping Sam and Jay grow in their living lives as well.

The first three episodes promise the B&B’s first (real) guests, the return of Todd (Rodrigo Fernández Stoll) and the arrival of a multi-level marketing cult. We also learn more about Alberta (Danielle Pinock) and flower (Sheila Carrasco), in which Sam starts a podcast about Alberta’s life and eventually finds the first suspect in her investigation into the lovable singer’s murder. Of the three, Episode 3 “Jay’s Friends” is the best story. That’s the one with the aforementioned MLM cult, the introduction of which leads to another look at Flower’s history. However, what makes the episode great is the B-plot, in which Sasappis (Roman Zaragoza) asks Pete (Richie Moriarty) to dampen his happiness. Again, we won’t give too many details, but the episode does add to the cost of living (or, in the case of the ghosts, haunting forever). If you had eternity to live, wouldn’t life eventually lose all meaning? For the most part yes, but Pete still finds a way to put a positive spin on it in a way that’s a bit cheesy but also very comforting – and when he says “That’s why I still watch sunsets” , this is one of the most heartwarming moments of the season so far.

While these episodes are all we can talk about for now, there’s bound to be more great stuff in the ones after. Above all, Gilmore Girls alum Rose Abdu will appear in one episode as the factual producer of a show called Dumb Deaths, which will be filming one episode in Woodstone. Whose death is featured you ask? Well, actually we don’t know, but it could be Trevor’s drug-induced heart attack. Or Pete’s arrow-through-the-throat incident. Or maybe it’s about how Flower died trying to befriend a bear. Okay, yeah, most of them had pretty stupid deaths. Either way, that’s certainly something to look forward to this season, and maybe we’ll see Pete and Alberta actually form a relationship. In any case, there is hope here.

Since its debut ghosts has built a dedicated following with its easy-going humor and intriguing world, and season 2 is more of that. It’s one of the healthiest shows you can find right now, and the perfect antidote to a gloomy day. We can easily find ourselves rewatching this series over and over again – which, after all, is one of the hallmarks of an excellent sitcom. All in all, ghosts Season two is off to a great start and we hope the show will maintain that momentum throughout this season.

Valuation: A-

ghosts Season 2 premieres September 29 at 8:30/7:30c on CBS. The season will also stream on Paramount+.


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