Dear White People: Season 3 (2019)


Season 3
Dear White People

Critics Consensus

Though at times it vamps more than it grows, Dear White People's third season still excels thanks to its continued willingness to confront tough social issues with comedic grace.



Critic Ratings: 16


Audience Score

User Ratings: 27
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Air date: Aug 2, 2019
Air date: Aug 2, 2019
Air date: Aug 2, 2019
Air date: Aug 2, 2019
Air date: Aug 2, 2019
Air date: Aug 2, 2019
Air date: Aug 2, 2019
Air date: Aug 2, 2019
Air date: Aug 2, 2019
Air date: Aug 2, 2019

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Critic Reviews for Dear White People Season 3

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

Season 3 builds very well on its core goodness - if you enjoyed past seasons, you'll continue to enjoy this one.

Aug 5, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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It is the boldest season so far, but the risks it takes only serve to elevate a highly entertaining and thought provoking show.

Aug 17, 2019 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

Dear White People is just as impactful in its third season as it was in its first, but what's upsetting is how few people will probably watch it.

Aug 9, 2019 | Full Review…

The season is ultimately successful - at least in the back half - even if it takes a few episodes for it all to come together and for audiences to adjust to the new iterations of the characters.

Aug 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Dear White People has exploded into a weighty comedy about those tough issues... that is also chasing the specter of a secret society.

Aug 5, 2019 | Full Review…

If there isn't much engagement in terms of plotting, the show still has great energy as a social satire and overall commentary.

Aug 5, 2019 | Full Review…

A more expansive season opts for character beats over cohesive storytelling.

Aug 2, 2019 | Full Review…

This might be a train wreck of a season in some ways, but it's a glorious one, spilling food for thought everywhere.

Aug 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Dear White People is a very funny show with serious stories to tell, and it's more enjoyable than ever.

Aug 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Dear White People is running out of ways to kill time within the ivy-covered walls of Armstrong-Parker (a game of Mafia that leads to heavy debate is one exception), to the point where Season 3 feels better suited to a feature film than 10 half-hours.

Aug 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dear White People: Season 3

  • 11h ago
    Racist show. Tired of hearing this nonsense. Netflix will continue to lose a lot of customers.
  • 3d ago
    Excellent! Important and needed conversation done with grace, style and humor. Thoroughly enjoyed season 3, looking forward to season 4!
  • 6d ago
    Even if the story changed it's course it was still an amazing well written show. Love the references and the humor.
  • Aug 09, 2019
    It takes a little longer to get going, but another home run of a season
  • Aug 06, 2019
    I loved Season 1; really loved Season 2, and still loved Season 3,but I thought it took a little too long to build. The series managed to avoid the sophomore curse and the writers knew that too with so many winking Netflix self referential jokes about this season; so was this too overly self aware? Was it risk aversive and a little less audacious? No matter, its still funny and relevant and smart. Example is Sam's search for her artistic voice seemed to take too long a journey; I get that in real life it can be an enduring process but it also felt a little... undramatic? Also the sexual impropriety/professor taking advantage of their position storyline... Id like to have seen it build earlier and not with the basket of muffins which seemed... contrived... But truly... Love this show.
  • Aug 05, 2019
    I was extremely disappointed with Season three. It lacked substance, the acting was mediocre at BEST and the subject matter has been turned from a very important topic, to the black Dawson's creek. I cannot articulate just how much a loathe this season. This is the "All live matter" of the original Dear White People. I had to rewatch the movie to cleanse my palate.
  • Aug 03, 2019
    No very good - very bad direction and acting.
  • Aug 03, 2019
    The series as a whole is a must-see. However, season 3's metatheatricality rather highlights the hurdles it takes to create a third Netflix season than add that intensity and judgment towards its audience it so perfectly executed in the first two seasons. It takes good steps to interrogate wider issues such as abuse, cultural and implicit bias, and deeper elements of sexuality and self discovery - Lionel and Brooke's characters certainly have more of a front row this season - but much like Sam's 'procrastination' and 'vamping' that she suffers with her project, this series felt like it struggled to find its way following season 2's bombshell that there was, in fact, a real person behind the narrator. 'The Order' feels like a 'Now You See Me' device and seems to undermine the sincerity of what the show has explored until this point.

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