Season 2 of Documentary Now! premiers September 14th and I am excited to see what Hader & Armisen have in store for us. If you haven’t given this show a chance yet you a truly missing out. Season 2 will be following the same format as season 1; 7 total episodes with 6 & 7 being a two part finale.
Here is what to watch if you want to see the doc before they mock!
Episode 1: The Bunker
The first episode will be spoofing the documentary The War Room, which follows James Carville and George Stephanopoulos as they blaze the campaign trail for Bill Clinton’s 1992 Presidential bid and Carville and Stephanopoulos have been go to talking heads in American politics ever since. Once you catch the intensity that The War Room creates, you’ll be fully prepared for the hilarity The Bunker will surely bring.
Episode 2: Juan Likes Rice & Chicken
The second episode looks like it will be taking a Latin America twist on the flavorful Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Jiro Ono is an 85 year old man with a 3 star Michelin restaurant that only seats 10 people located in Tokyo subway station. He only serves a tasting plate of about 20 courses, and is constantly pushing himself towards perfection. We know the variety of sushi, so what will Documentary Now! cook up with Juan Likes Rice & Chicken?
Episode 3: Parker Gail’s Location Is Everything
The third episode takes on Swimming to Cambodia, which is a documentary about Spalding Grey’s experience of having a small role in a movie about the Khmer Rouge called The Killing Fields, and then goes on to talk about the real Khmer Rouge. It’s not the type of documentary that will lock you in, but the possibility of Armisen or Hader being some narcissistic type who talks about being in the right place at the right time smells like potential.
Episode 4: Final Transmission
Stop Making Sense is a documentary notable for its audio techniques. The doc itself follows and has a live performance by The Talking Heads. We saw what this show can do with bands (The Blue Jean Committee is mocking The Eagles in case you weren’t aware) and I can’t wrap my mind around what they might do with a band like The Talking Heads, let alone who will be spoofing David Byrne(probably Bill Hader). I might have too high of expectations here, but I don’t think I’ll be let down.
Episode 5: Globesmen
This episode could possibly be the most ridiculous of the entire season, we won’t really know until we’ve watched every episode at least 3 times each. It parodies the 1968 documentary Salesman a film that follows four door-to-door bible salesmen as they try to sell expensive bibles to low income homes. Think about that, and think about what Documentary Now! can do with it. Selling expensive globes, perhaps? We’ll have to wait and see!
Episodes 6 & 7: Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid, Part 1 & 2
Another two part finale, sweet! The season is going to finish up with taking jabs at The Kid Stays in the Picture. The 2002 doc is based on the autobiography by Robert Evans a salesman turned actor turned producer turned studio head turned cocaine trafficker turned murder suspect, and he was married a whopping 7 times. Is that enough material for Armisen and Hader to whip up something spectacular to finish with? All signs point to yes!
Documentary Now! Airs on IFC Wednesday nights at 10pm est starting September 14th. Season on is currently streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and IFC.com