‘Aquarius’ Season 2 Episode 1 Will Premiere Commercial Free

David Duchovny and Grey Damon in Aquarius
Grey Damon as Brian Shafe and David Duchovny as Sam Hodiak in ‘Aquarius’ (Photo by: Vivian Zink / NBC)

NBC will be airing the season two premiere of Aquarius without any commercial interruptions. The dramatic series is set for a two-hour premiere on June 16, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT, with only one 55 second local news break to air during the premiere’s second hour. Beginning with episode two of season two the show will shift to its regular timeslot of 10pm ET/PT.

David Duchovny (Californication) is reprising his role as LAPD Homicide Detective Sam Hodiak. Gethin Anthony (Game of Thrones) is back as cult leader/murderer Charles Manson. Season one of the series also featured Grey Damon, Emma Dumont, Claire Holt, Michaela McManus, Brian F. O’Byrne, Chance Kelly, Ambyr Childers, Madisen Beaty and Cameron Deane Stewart. Duchovny, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, Melanie Greene, and writer John McNamara (Trumbo) executive produce.

Aquarius season one was the first broadcast series, according to NBC, to have its full episode order streamed in its entirety just four weeks after the series premiere aired.

The Plot of Season One: Los Angeles. 1967. Sam Hodiak (Duchovny), a decorated World War II vet and homicide detective, barely recognizes the city he’s now policing. Long hair, cheap drugs, rising crime, protests, free love, police brutality, Black Power and the Vietnam War are radically remaking the world he and the Greatest Generation saved from fascism 20 years ago. So when Emma Karn (Dumont), the 16-year-old daughter of an old girlfriend, goes missing in a sea of hippies and Hodiak agrees to find her, he faces only hostility, distrust and silence. He enlists the help of Brian Shafe (Damon) — a young, idealistic undercover vice cop who’s been allowed to grow his hair out — to infiltrate this new counterculture and find her.

The generational conflict between the two is immediate and heated, yet they’re both dedicated officers and soon realize the need to bring Emma home is more urgent than they foresaw. The immediacy arises because she has joined a small, but growing, band of drifters under the sway of a career criminal who now dreams of being a rock star: Charles Manson (Anthony).