Rutherford Falls season 2: how to watch, cast, trailer and everything we know about the comedy

Jana Schmieding and Ed Helms in Rutherford Falls
(Image credit: Greg Gayne/Peacock)

Viewers can return to Rutherford Falls this summer as the Peacock original sitcom is back for season 2.

Created by The Good Place’s Mike Schur, The Office’s Ed Helms and Superstore producer Sierra Teller Orneals, Rutherford Falls was a critical hit for Peacock in its first season. The show earned a 92% "Fresh" from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and was rewarded with a handful of nominations for its cast and as a series overall.

Here is everything that you need to know about Rutherford Falls season 2.

How to watch Rutherford Falls season 2

As a Peacock original, all episodes of Rutherford Falls season 2 are now available exclusively for Peacock Premium subscribers (sorry anyone who just uses the free version of Peacock). Consumers have two options for signing up to Peacock, an ad-supported and ad-free version of the streaming service. 

In addition to getting access to all the Rutherford Falls season 2 episodes, Peacock subscribers can also go back and watch the entire first season of the show. 

Rutherford Falls season 2 is expected to be available around the same time in the UK as its US release date, as Peacock programming is made available through Sky TV/NOW TV.

Rutherford Falls season 2 episodes

Here are the synopses for all episodes of Rutherford Falls season 2:

Rutherford Falls season 2 episode 1, "White Man in the Cupboard"
"Reagan struggles with a heavy workload now that her Cultural Center has relocated to Nathan's Heritage Museum. Terry faces new challenges following the town's revamp into a Colonial-themed tourist experience."

Rutherford Falls season 2 episode 2, "The New Currator"
"Nathan considers a run for mayor, while also processing his newfound notoriety after being featured in Josh's podcast. When Feather Day, a small-town rival of Terry's, tries to sabotage his plans, Terry must solicit help from Nathan."

Rutherford Falls season 2 episode 3, "Aunt Sue"
"Reagan gets help from the rez to honor her aunt's final wishes with a memorial, but she must first overcome some long-held family tensions. Nathan tries to help plan the services, but gets entangled with her freeloading brother, Curtis."

Rutherford Falls season 2 episode 4, "Land Back"
"Nathan visits former mayor Deidre Chisenhall to secure her endorsement. When she flames out trying to obtain an application for tribal land on her reservation, Reagan accepts help from Nelson."

Rutherford Falls season 2 episode 5, "Adirondack S3"
"Terry enlists Reagan to join him in New York City to work as cultural consultant on a hit TV drama. Nathan and Bobbie seek a campaign donation from Rutherford Inc. Reagan uses the trip as an opportunity to reconnect with her ex-boyfriend."

Rutherford Falls season 2 episode 6, "Halloween"
"Everyone attends Wayne's Halloween house party. Despite their couples' costume, Reagan starts to question her relationship with Nelson after some partygoers start showing him a little too much attention. Nathan meets Deirdre's parents."

Rutherford Falls season 2 episode 7, "Firefighters Pancake Breakfast"
"With the election quickly approaching, Bobbie faces off against Feather Day as both try to curry favor with the local firefighters. Nathan tries to bond with Nelson. Terry and Reagan consider ways to improve the Nation's financial future."

Rutherford Falls season 2 episode 8, "Election"
"Everyone eagerly awaits to see who will be Mayor of Rutherford Falls. Nathan helps Deidre finalize her birth plan. Terry and Bobbie butt heads over how to steer the campaign. Reagan has her application reviewed by the Land Council."

What is the premise of Rutherford Falls?

Rutherford Falls is the name of the town at the center of the show, a small North East town that also borders a Native American reservation. The series tracks the relationship between two lifelong friends, Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms) and Reagan Wells (Jana Schmieding) who find themselves at a crossroads when a statue of the founder of the town — and Nathan’s ancestor — comes under scrutiny and many want it to be removed.

That is the overarching idea for the show, but the series also deals with how Nathan and Reagan help each other deal with things like work, romance and all of the changes coming to their community.

Who is in the Rutherford Falls season 2 cast?

The main trio of Rutherford Falls are all back for season 2 — Ed Helms, Jana Schmieding and Michael Greyeyes. 

Helms is best known for his roles on The Office and in movies like The Hangover, Vacation and Ron’s Gone Wrong.

For Schmieding, playing Reagan Wells is her biggest role to date, though she also appeared in another 2021 breakout comedy series, Reservation Dogs. Schmieding was cited multiple times by awards bodies for her performance in Rutherford Falls season 1, including by the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Greyeyes was also nominated by the Spirit Awards for his work as Tribal Casino CEO Terry Thomas. Greyeyes’ credits include movies like The New World, and TV series including Klondike, Fear the Walking Dead, True Detective, I Know This Much Is True and a guest spot on Star Trek: Discovery.

Other Rutherford Falls cast members include Jesse Leigh (Heathers, Superstore) as Bobbie Yang and Dustin Milligan (Schitt’s Creek, A Simple Favor) as Josh Carter. Peacock also lists Dallas Goldtooth and Kaniehtiio Horn as regulars for Rutherford Falls season 2.

Is there a Rutherford Falls season 2 trailer?

The trailer for Rutherford Falls season 2 is here, highlighting the continued relationship between Helms and Schmieding’s characters as well as some new potential love interests for the season. Give it a watch below: 

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Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.