Deadwood: season 3 (2006)


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Critics Consensus

Deadwood's final season ends with a frustrating lack of closure, but that ambiguous final note doesn't detract from an outstanding series that ranks among the best the genre has to offer.



Critic Ratings: 25


Audience Score

User Ratings: 158
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Season three sees the town's first elections and the hope for a new dawn in Deadwood. However, the founders face their toughest battle when an unexpected threat strikes.


Timothy Olyphant
as Seth Bullock
Ian McShane
as Al Swearengen
Molly Parker
as Alma Garret
John Hawkes
as Sol Star
Brad Dourif
as Doc Cochran
Powers Boothe
as Cy Tolliver
Robin Weigert
as Calamity Jane
Gerald McRaney
as George Hearst
W. Earl Brown
as Dan Dority
Dayton Callie
as Charlie Utter
Sean Bridgers
as Johnny Burns
Kim Dickens
as Joanie Stubbs
Leon Rippy
as Tom Nuttall
Jeffrey Jones
as A.W. Merrick
Jim Beaver
as Ellsworth
Titus Welliver
as Silas Adams
Anna Gunn
as Martha Bullock
Brian Cox
as Jack Langrishe
Ralph Richeson
as Richardson
Peter Jason
as Con Stapleton
Brent Sexton
as Harry Manning
Franklin Ajaye
as Samuel Fields
Michael Harney
as Steve the Drunk
Allan Graf
as Capt. Turner
Cleo King
as Aunt Lou Marchbanks
Austin Nichols
as Morgan Earp
Aubrey Morris
as Chesterton
Gale Howard
as Wyatt Earp
Omar Gooding
as Odell Marchbanks
Jared Snyder
as Barrett
Richard Gant
as Hostetler
Zach Grenier
as Andy Cramed
Monty Henson
as Hawkeye
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Critic Reviews for Deadwood season 3

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (12)

Despite being a decade or so older than the purported target audience, I certainly found this season difficult viewing - and certain scenes (not gratuitous but packed with emotional trauma) would doubtless be classed as "triggering".

May 17, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Like most TV shows, it's shot well enough, and there are some incredible technicians behind the camera... But it's the language of the show that made it so beloved, and why it's one of the greats.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

It's an upsetting way for such a wonderful series to end, but looking back on Deadwood as a whole is a reminder of how wonderful the show was and how much it has to offer to old and new viewers alike... even if we all wish there was more of it to see.

Jun 11, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

It's hard to imagine "Deadwood" with a different cast because the current cast makes up one of TV's best ensembles.

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Nevertheless, it is a show that is deeply missed. Deadwood remains a key text in the canon of modern American television.

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…

That's the mark of a great dramatic work: when the smallest, most insignificant moments grab at your heart.

Jul 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Deadwood is just littered with talent.

Nov 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The magic isn't gone, it's just that the early fireworks are missing.

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Buoyed by a top-flight cast newly augmented by Brian Cox as an old chum of Swearengen's, the show is rife with sly humor while presenting a glimpse of the West that extends beyond mere revisionism...

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

For all the artificiality of the language, there has seldom been a show that felt more authentic.

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Deadwood: season 3

  • 2d ago
    Brian cox is incredible in this show.
  • 5d ago
    Solo como por terminar la historia, el personaje que adaptaron de George Hearst dañó todo.
  • Jun 22, 2019
    Season 3 was an astounding disappointment... it betrayed the characters and sunk the show like a torpedo so far as I am concerned. Ghastly.
  • Jun 02, 2019
    I love this show, pet peeve it is full of misinformation or lies about people who really lived, it is worth it to look them up, it is really a great story about real interesting people who we should try to remember as they really were
  • Feb 24, 2019
    What an absolute shame that the series had to end just like that. It sucks that it ends with Hearst winning every single thing. It also sucks that we didn't get the two 2 hour movies that were rumoured to be in the works at HBO. And it sucks that we never got a theatrical release of Deadwood. This was such a good show that had so much still to tell/resolve. How does the camp move on with the Pinkertons running the show, and Hearst owning all the gold claims, and Hearst starting a newspaper to spread his propaganda in response to the Pioneer, etc. It's a tough pill to swallow but swallow it they must... Hearst made sure of that. The plot lines and execution of the story was incredible in season 3. Milch really did a spectacular job of creating a town with so many different moving parts that functioned so well as a whole. Here's to hoping that someone will come to their senses and give Milch the opportunity to wrap up his gem of a series in a befitting manner like it deserves.
  • Feb 19, 2019
    Bad ending to an otherwise great show.
  • Feb 03, 2018
    This is for the whole series. I really do wish the series lasted more then three years, but then again maybe it would have declined and been a mockery of itself if it had. Set in the town of Deadwood in 1876 where it tells the tale of the town going from open frontier with gold strikes, and how the people living there got along. Fun side note, many of the characters in the series were there in real life (and by default are real people). No, it isn't a documentary, yes it is full of violence and sex (and let's be honest, it doesn't stay too close to the truth either). It starts with following Timothy Olyphant (of Justified fame) as he arrives in town. Then it truly becomes a full ensemble cast with Brad Dourif playing the Doc, Ian McShane playing Al Swearengen, Molly Parker as Alma Garrett and even Keith Carradine as the doomed Wild Bill Hickok. There are a ton of other famous or semi-famous actors and actresses you will see, but there are so many I can't really list them all. The show is as good as it sounds. The acting is superb. By the third season the actors play off each other with just a word or a motion. There was so much put into each character that you could read what they were thinking and they could sometimes have conversations with each other that were in depth without more then a few words. The filming was good, and the direction as well obviously. I am saddened that so many people have not seen it. I was especially impressed that rape didn't play a bigger role, after all that is what most westerns are unfortunately built upon. Not saying that some things didn't happen, but for what the show was (the Sopranos in the old west) it stayed away from that most of the time. The only thing I thought hurt the show was bringing in Powers Boothe and his whole crew. Not that there weren't good stories, and definitely not because of Mr. Boothe (he is great), but it took away from main characters in the beginning. While I started watching the show for Mr. Olyphant, I ended the show with Ian McShane (Swearengen) as my favorite character. Pros: Great acting, directing, story and sets. Cons: Perhaps too many secondary stories and plots and too many characters by mid-second season. Now to find some more Ian McShane work.
  • Jun 30, 2016
    The cutting off of this show was so cruel and unfair. I still miss it. One of those rare televised pieces, where the main character is just one jewel in an entire diadem of glittering talent. This show had a lot of grit and a lot of heart too. I'm grateful it was on one time and I wish they continued it. Something tells me that it's probably due a rehash soon, and if they don't mess it up, it just might blow up Walking Dead style. I bloody well hope so at least.
  • Jun 21, 2016
    90/100, or an A- By far the weakest of Deadwood's three seasons, suffering, in light of its expansion in scope, from a girth of plot-lines, not all of interest. A favorite characters like Doc. Cochran will have little to do but suppress lung disease in the background of an episode, while much time will be awarded to a frequently redundant conflict between a black livery owner and a racist drunk. That being said, this is Deadwood, so there's plenty of magnificent verbiage and heartwarming character beats to spare. As the protagonists are united in their attempt to ward off an unstoppable threat to the town, the community that has sprouted from a ramschackle mining camp becomes all too apparent. And it's fitting that it ends on a quiet note, several threads still up in the air, to emphasize that this is the story of a community's beginning, not its end.
  • May 02, 2015
    Probably the best series I've ever seen. Very intelligent, great performances, great characters, great writing. Kind of guys show.

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