Rutherford Falls has been renewed by Peacock for a second season. Mike Schur’s latest bingeable creation was helmed by Sierra Teller Ornelas (Ed Helms) and focuses on Nathan Rutherford (Helms), a descendant from the founder of Rutherford Falls and Reagan Wells (played in part by Jana Schmieding), a member of the Minishonka Nation (both town and tribe are fictional), who gets into a dispute when the town attempts to remove the monument of the founder. The season finale featured Rutherford and Helms reuniting, but it also revealed that Rutherford wasn’t related to the founder of the small town. This set up the show’s second season to examine the history of colonialism.
It was the first television series to feature Native American representation, featuring cast members Schmieding, Michael Greyeyes and Ornelas as showrunners. There were also five Native writers who worked on the show, including Ornelas. We are beyond thrilled for Season 2. Although I may be biased, Rutherford Falls was made by the best writers and cast on earth,” Ornelas stated in a statement. He then thanked production company Universal Television as well as Peacock for “continuing to champion Indigenous comedies.”