‘Reservation Dogs’ Renewed for Second Season at FX on Hulu

by Matthew Memrick

“Reservation Dogs,” the story of four indigenous friends on an Oklahoma reservation, just got a second season at FX on Hulu.

“We couldn’t wait to share ‘Reservation Dogs’ with viewers and are thrilled that they seem to love it as much as we do. We’re happy to put in an early order for another season,” FX original programming president Nick Grad said.

After five aired episodes, the network made its announcement on Thursday. 

D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Devery Jacobs, Paulina Alexis, and Lane Factor star in the series as four friends. The show’s name is a homage to the Quentin Tarantino film “Reservoir Dogs.” 

The group lives as a crew of teen semi-gangers who do what they can to fund an escape from the small-time life of rural Oklahoma to California.

Zahn McClarnon, Sarah Podemski, and Dallas Goldtooth are also a part of the show’s cast.

Established stars such as “Tron: Legacy” and “Friday Night Lights” actor Garrett Hedlund and Wes Studi also make guest appearances.

‘Reservation Dogs’ Cast Matches Production 

Grad commended show creators Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi along with their creative team. He also called the show one of TV’s best comedies and applauded the “groundbreaking showcase of representation and raw talent.”

The cast is almost entirely Indigenous, along with every writer and the director on the show. 

Harjo and Waititi created the show and serve as executive producers along with Garret Basch. Harjo is a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, while New Zealander Waititi is of Māori descent.

Waititi, who wrote the film “JoJo Rabbit” and starred in the film as Adolph Hitler, said the show is not about depressing people. It’s about humor. 

“There’s so much humor in our communities, so many jokes,” Waititi said during the Television Critics Association panel. “All they want to do is see us riding whales, talking to the trees, playing flutes on mountaintops and talking to ghosts, and learning something from our grandmother.”

Waititi goes on to say, “To subvert expectations is such a powerful thing.”

Critics Warm To ‘Reservation Dogs’

Critics have enjoyed the show and its look at the life of a particular group of teenagers.

The Guardian said the show “nails the incredibly tricky task of depicting, with hyper-specificity and little compromise to non-Indigenous viewers.”

It goes on to say viewers get “an experience most American audiences haven’t seen on TV,” and the show succeeds because “while still being universally, compellingly relatable.” 

Variety writer Daniel D’Addario said the show is “a lovely, eminently watchable triumph.” Also, the writer tells the show is an “overdue tribute.”

The show’s sixth episode comes out next week, with the complete 8-episode season wrapping on Sept. 20. Season 2 airs in 2022.