Hulu’s Pam & Tommy documents the scandalous leak and impact of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s sex tape, but is a season 2 likely to happen?
Warning: Contains SPOILERS for Pam & Tommy.
Hulu’s Pam & Tommy concludes on a somber note, with audiences already asking whether season 2 will happen. First released on February 2nd, 2022, Pam & Tommy depicts the rollercoaster marriage of Pamela Anderson (Lily James) and Tommy Lee (Sebastian Stan) and the release of their infamous unauthorized sex tape, which was recorded privately during their honeymoon. Pam & Tommy has drawn widespread critical acclaim, with the Hulu series garnering particular praise for leading pair James and Stan for their uncanny performances as the iconic 90’s couple.
The Pam & Tommy season 1 finale, “Seattle,” ends in typically dramatic fashion, with Anderson and Lee struggling to shake off the effects of their sex tape in their respective careers. Rand Gaulthier (Seth Rogen) manages to find some kind of penance despite being run over by Lee, while Lee and Anderson also briefly sue Internet Entertainment Group founder Seth Warshavsky (Fred Hechinger). The Pam & Tommy closing scenes are, predictably, sad in nature, with Anderson divorcing Lee in line with the events of their real-life split.
Pam & Tommy‘s widespread success has seen an immediate uptick in desire for a second season from fans. Despite the finality of the Hulu series’ coda, there remain several narratives that a potential Pam & Tommy season 2 could explore. Here’s a look at whether Pam & Tommy season 2 will happen, as well as why it shouldn’t in the context of the series.
Will Pam & Tommy Season 2 Happen?
Although it is impossible to rule out completely, the prospect of a Pam & Tommy season 2 looks highly unlikely for now. Pam & Tommy was greenlit by Hulu as a limited original series, meaning the show’s purview never extended beyond the bounds of the couple’s union and sex tape scandal. Furthermore, it is unclear if the core cast of Pam & Tommy would even be keen to return for a second season, given the grueling makeup processes both Sebastian Stan and Lily James had to go through to resemble Lee and Anderson.
Would Pam & Tommy Season 2 Work At All?
While Pam & Tommy season 2 does not appear to be on the cards for Hulu, there are ways in which a second season of Lee and Anderson’s semi-biopic could work. Pam & Tommy season 2 could conceivably focus on the aftermath of the couple’s divorce, given how abruptly season 1 ends with their split. A second season of the Hulu original would again have real-world events it could bring to the fore, with Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson‘s brief reconciliation and Anderson’s second sex tape just two such opportunities here.
Why Pam & Tommy Season 2 Shouldn’t Be Made
Although there is some narrative precedent for taking a second bite of the cherry, Pam & Tommy season 2 should not be made. Pam & Tommy works perfectly as a standalone, limited series, poignantly detailing the real events and consequences of Lee and Anderson’s sex tape while also adding real depth to Anderson’s side of the story. As a result, Pam & Tommy does not need another episode, let alone another season, with the Hulu show best left as an eight-episode limited series undiminished by attempting to stretch its narrative too far.
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