Big Love: Season 3 (2009)


Season 3
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With its character dynamics established, Big Love's third season continues to deepen conflicts while introducing more exciting, violent elements to the story.

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Critic Ratings: 20

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User Ratings: 18

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Air date: Jan 18, 2009

Season three of HBO's Golden Globe-winning drama executive produced by Tom Hanks, following the lives of a Mormon family who practice polygamy. The Henricksons live in three neighbouring houses and want to keep their lifestyle a secret from the outside world, but behind the picket fences, the three houses share one adjoining garden and a schedule for which wife has Bill (Bill Paxton, Titanic) on which night. Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny, Ginnifer Goodwin and Amanda Seyfried also star.

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Air date: Jan 25, 2009

Bill's pursuit of would-be casino partner Jerry Flute hits more than a few snags, including Don's personal problems and Margene's emotional outburst. Meanwhile, Ana is underwhelmed on a series of group dates with the Henricksons; Roman demonstrates his influence despite being behind bars; Barb awaits test results; and Frank's visit to Lois' house lasts longer than he expected.

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Air date: Feb 1, 2009

Bill fails to stop his family from being dragged into Roman's trial, while Sarah's prom night proves memorable for all the wrong reasons...

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Air date: Feb 8, 2009

Bill attempts to drive a wedge between Alby and Roman, whose case finally goes to trial.

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Air date: Feb 15, 2009

Sarah, Ben, Heather and Frankie attempt a risky mission to Juniper Creek to find Frankie's mother; the Henricksons adjust to cramped living conditions after a recent arrival; Bill turns to his brother-in-law for help in securing a loan; Nicki mulls going back to her job at the DA's office; Roman hints at plans for a comeback.

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Air date: Feb 22, 2009

The Henrickson clan's ties are tested when they make a pilgrimage to New York to visit a Joseph Smith shrine, where Bill wishes to bury a family time capsule.

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Air date: Mar 1, 2009

Nicki's problems escalate at home and on the job; Glory reacts to her reduced stature at Juniper Creek by showing a secret document to Bill; Joey's plans to make Kathy his second wife could be derailed by Roman and Hollis Greene.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2009

Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny, Ginnifer Goodwin and Amanda Seyfried also star.

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Air date: Mar 15, 2009

Nicki's homecoming, after a visit from her sister wives, isn't what she imagined; Barb endures a trying experience at her old church; Ted does an about-face on the casino project; Scott's reunion with Sarah doesn't go over well with her father or brother; Joey is upset by Bill's change of heart about Roman after the Greenes' latest move.

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Air date: Mar 22, 2009

The Henricksons live in three neighbouring houses and want to keep their lifestyle a secret from the outside world, but behind the picket fences, the three houses share one adjoining garden and a schedule for which wife has Bill on which night.

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Lies told, secrets kept and truths revealed make for a riveting third season of "Big Love," the critically acclaimed HBO drama about your average American polygamous family. As the season opens, the Henricksons are still reeling from publicity generated by the U.S. government's raid on the Juniper Creek compound, and worrying that Nikki's association with the now imprisoned Roman Grant (Harry Dean Stanton) will reveal their closely guarded secret. Their exclusion from a neighborhood block party seems to confirm their fears, and only the quick thinking of Nikki (Chloë Sevigny) at the event saves them from disaster. However, Nikki has secrets of her own. She's working at the DA's office under Margene's name to find out information about Roman's upcoming trial. And she's letting the family think she's having fertility issues while secretly taking the pill. Both deceptions place her marriage to Bill (Bill Paxton) in jeopardy. Meanwhile, Sarah (Amanda Seyfried) hides her pregnancy and makes plans to get away from her family after learning they're considering taking on Ana (Branka Katic) as a fourth wife. But Sarah's condition is not something she's able to hide for long. Meanwhile, "boss lady" Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn) has troubles of her own. After enduring a cancer scare, she must defend herself in front of a Mormon disciplinary council for her polygamous lifestyle---but not before undergoing a sacred Mormon ceremony shown in a controversial episode. Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin) shows her independent side and begins a new business venture. Tragedy strikes for Bill's brother Joey (Shawn Doyle) and his already troubled family. As for the Henrickson patriarch, Bill finds his efforts to launch the casino continually thwarted. But soon a new opportunity shows itself. Season 3 guest stars include Ellen Burstyn as Barb's loving but disapproving mother.

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Critic Reviews for Big Love Season 3

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (14)

Well-played as the characters remain, we care less about them, not more. For Big Love, that's big trouble.

Jan 18, 2009 | Full Review…

The performances by the three lead actresses (and by Amanda Seyfried as Paxton and Tripplehorn's eldest daughter) are so strong, and the nuances of life in such a complicated relationship so endlessly fascinating.

Jan 18, 2009 | Full Review…

Even when it's not working on all levels, Big Love is usually a joy to just look at.

Dec 10, 2018 | Full Review…

It's free ballin'. But it's balanced, too, by time lavished on the women's concerns at home. (It's all those children, thankfully, whose perspectives we're spared).

Dec 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Against the odds, this series looks to be evolving into something unexpected: an ensemble hour with true provocative flair.

Dec 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Seems poised to dig deeper than ever into the characters' choices, or lack thereof.

Dec 10, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Season 3 is so sharp, so tautly executed and so entertaining that Big Love has finally, after two hit-and-miss seasons, proven itself worthy of the network's self-important slogan, "It's not TV. It's HBO."

Dec 10, 2018 | Full Review…

If Big Love took a few jabs at polygamy during its first two seasons, it delivers the knockout blow in this, its darkest year yet.

Dec 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The third season is usually the make-or-break year for television shows, wherein the writers either run out of ideas and wind up repeating themselves or prove that their original concept has legs. For Big Love it was definitely the latter.

Dec 10, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

More happens on this show in one episode than in an entire season on other shows.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The series is as surprising and hilarious as ever.

Jan 18, 2009 | Full Review…

For a show with an off-putting premise, it smartly avoids cheap shock by testing the limits of how much its faith-gripped characters can endure without sacrificing our sympathy for them as human in need of warmth, love and security.

Jan 18, 2009 | Full Review…

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