“Love, Victor” Season 2 Review: Hulu’s Teen Dramedy Makes for a Perfect Binge Watch

Michael Cimino and George Sear in the second season of “Love, Victor.” Photo Courtesy: Hulu

Rating: 8/10

One of my favorite 2020 shows was Hulu’s teen dramedy Love, Victor. It stars Michael Cimino as a Latino teenager in Atlanta embracing his sexuality and figuring out how to come out to his Catholic parents. The show is set in the same universe as the movie Love, Simon, based on Becky Albertalli’s novel.

Love, Victor’s complete second season arrives on Hulu this Friday, June 11, and I’m seriously thinking about adding it to my best of 2021 TV shows list. The new season composed of ten 30-minute episodes makes for the perfect summer watch while still hitting all the right themes. It certainly is my kind of fast binge-watching fare.

Season two kicks off where season one ended: Victor’s parents are telling him and his younger sister Pilar (Isabella Ferreira) that they’re separating. But Victor has news of his own: He’s gay. Armando (James Martinez) doesn’t react well. “When did you decide this?” he asks his son. “I didn’t decide this. I just am it,” replies Victor.

This season Victor is no longer an insecure teenager too scared to speak his mind and assert his wishes. “Gay Victor has way bigger balls than straight Victor,” Pilar tells him. But Victor is still a 16-year-old figuring out a lot of new stuff. He and his boyfriend Benji (George Sear) spend the summer together in a sort of perfect bubble and just enjoy their relationship. But they aren’t Instagram official or anything like that, and soon Victor will have to face the pressures of coming out in high school.

“I never knew coming out would be an invitation for strangers to talk with me,” Victor tells his friend and mentor Simon (Nick Robinson) in a message, after realizing everyone seems to have an opinion about his sexual orientation and relationship status. “Everyone says that it’s easy to come out these days. It’s not,” Benji confides in Victor at one point, summing up the show’s essence.

It’s also not easy for Victor to adhere to some of the stereotypes that define what a gay guy is supposed to do and not do — like being very stylish but not caring much for sports.