Will 'Long Strange Trip' Return For Season 2? This Thoughtful Documentary Is One Of Many
What was once exclusively the provenance of film festivals and limited releases can now be found on any one of the many, many avenues for television distribution. For example, Amazon will air Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip, which trades the marathon model favored by Netflix and instead takes a more sprawling approach to documenting the history of the psychedelic rock band's 30-year history. And while the doc is an ambitious four hours long, Deadheads are probably already wondering if Long Strange Trip will return for Season 2. Even though plenty of supposedly self-contained pieces of television have been expanded to make room for more seasons (13 Reasons Why, American Gods, and The Handmaid's Tale are all ballooning their book adaptations into more episodes), it wouldn't make a lot of sense for there to be a Long Strange Trip Part 2.
With such a long runtime, there's plenty of time devoted to what makes the Grateful Dead a special band, and how they created their signature sound. Long Strange Trip is a thoughtful documentary, and one that doesn't naturally have a following point. And that's fine, because there's no shortage of amazing, self-contained documentaries on television right now. Seriously, no matter the subject, streaming services, networks, and cable companies have been investing in more self-contained documentaries like Long Strange Trip.
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