TV: We Are Lady Parts (Season 2)

It’s been a strong couple of months for continuing comedy series, which is encouraging in light of the Peak TV bubble-pop and the recent production slow-downs from Hollywood strikes. On the heels of a solid sequel season of The Big Door Prize and a near-perfect one from Hacks comes an exceptional second session of We Are Lady Parts, Peacock’s winning Muslim punk-band series. As the season opens, the band—lead guitarist Amina (Anjana Vasan), lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Saira (Sarah Kameela Impey), bassist Bisma (Faith Omole), drummer Ayesha (Juliette Motamed), and manager Momtaz (Lucie Shorthouse)—is anxious to take their music to the next level. They’ve started to build a following, but they still aren’t making a living. Saira is convinced the key to their success is to record and release an album, but paying gigs are hard to come by, and they haven’t got the money for studio time. That all changes when they attract the attention of a potential new manager, but the resulting pressure and increased threat of artistic compromise threatens to shatter the band’s solidarity.

The second season of We Are Lady Parts certainly seems like a perfect ending, and while I would happily return for more, I have a hard time imagining this one being topped. This year’s episodes perfectly encapsulate the series’ themes, and give each member of the band a satisfying, meaty subplot. Atop its culture-clash core, the show layers all sorts of playful, surreal flourishes and metahumor, and while the overall tone remains upbeat and funny, there are moments of real power to it as well—the ending of episode five, in particular, is an emotional gut punch. The music ups its game, as well; a couple of the new tracks are real bangers. I’m not sure we’ll see more from Lady Parts, but hopeful the show’s critical success will propel everyone involved into lengthy, successful careers. The world needs more shows like this one.

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