Big Love: Season 3 (2009)



Critic Consensus: 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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Air date: Jan 18, 2009
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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.


Bill Paxton
as Bill Henrickson
Jeanne Tripplehorn
as Barb Henrickson
Chloë Sevigny
as Nicki Henrickson
Ginnifer Goodwin
as Margene Henrickson
Harry Dean Stanton
as Roman Grant
Amanda Seyfried
as Sarah Henrickson
Douglas Smith
as Ben Henrickson
Shawn Doyle
as Joey Henrickson
Melora Walters
as Wanda Henrickson
Jolean Wejbe
as Teenie Henrickson
Matt Ross
as Alby Grant
Grace Zabriskie
as Lois Henrickson
Tina Majorino
as Heather Tuttle
Robert Beltran
as Jerry Flute
Mary Kay Place
as Adaleen Grant
Bruce Dern
as Frank Harlow
Anne Dudek
as Lura Grant
Judith Hoag
as Cindy Price
Garrett Gray
as Raymond Henrickson
Keegan Holst
as Wayne Henrickson
Luke Askew
as Hollis Greene
Sandy Martin
as Selma Greene
Noa Tishby
as Ladonna
Julia Campbell
as Vicky Nabors
Charlie Robinson
as Baptist Preacher
Scott Thomson
as Tour Guide
Zeljko Ivanek
as J.J. Walker
Carlos Jacott
as Carl Martin
Shane Conrad
as Deputy Miller
Timothy Davis-Reed
as Loan Officer
Lynn Wanlass
as Sue Sue
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Critic Reviews for Big Love Season 3

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (13)

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…

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…

With each passing season, the characters and writing as a whole of Big Love has become more confident and emotionally resonant as the characters have escaped the sensational trappings of the concept to become three-dimensional people.

Dec 10, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | 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…

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