Documentary Now!: Season 3 (2019)

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Incisively critical of the genre and equally delighted by its subjects, Documentary Now! nails mockumentary under the deft direction of Rhys Thomas and Alex Buono.

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Critic Ratings: 23

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User Ratings: 63

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Air date: Feb 20, 2019

In 1980, enigmatic cult leader Father Ra-Shawbard and his followers descended on the small town of Chinook, Oregon, sparking a feud with the local residents that catapulted to national attention.

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Air date: Feb 20, 2019

In 1980, enigmatic cult leader Father Ra-Shawbard and his followers descended on the small town of Chinook, Oregon, sparking a feud with the local residents that catapulted to national attention.

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Air date: Feb 27, 2019

A fly-on-the-wall look at the marathon cast album recording of the ill-fated 1970 Broadway musical comedy centered around a cast of characters who work, live, or want to live in the same co-op.

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Air date: Mar 6, 2019

The story of an acclaimed performance artist preparing for a major career retrospective while reconciling her relationship with her former lover and performance partner whom she hasn't seen in two decades.

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Air date: Mar 13, 2019

A superfan sets out to make a documentary about the comic strip that changed his life and personally deliver the film to its reclusive creator.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2019

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Critic Reviews for Documentary Now! Season 3

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (11)

Not only are the parodies incredibly smart but they also reveal the true breadth of form within the documentary label.

May 23, 2019 | Full Review…

This episode, written by Meyers and Mulaney, fairly oozes with love of Broadway, love of Sondheim, and love of '70s weirdos with big sideburns. All to its benefit, to say the least.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…
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Directors Rhys Thomas and Alex Buono nail the panoply of visual and rhythmic styles so thoroughly that if you didn't know what they were up to, you might actually buy the series' longtime conceit.

Feb 20, 2019 | Full Review…
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The strangest and most vital of tributes to an art form: ferociously attuned to detail, deeply enamored with its subject, and yet able to be critical. And it's insightful.

Feb 20, 2019 | Full Review…

[Seth] Meyers' script is fast paced and sharp, and the prize here is [Necar] Zadegan's portrayal of Ra-Sharir, who hits all the right Sheela notes without making her character a carbon copy.

May 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Documentary Now! is still a show for the cineastes.

May 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Wating for the Artist, a splendid half hour of TV spoofing art and artists

May 12, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Documentary Now! is the kind of parody where the attention to detail is so exacting that one could at first mistake it for the real thing.

Feb 25, 2020 | Full Review…

Season three has its ups and downs, but even its lesser entries are still amusingly idiosyncratic explorations of their source material.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

The show's premise could quickly grow tiresome if done incorrectly, but with season three, Documentary Now! continues its winning streak.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

One of the best, most clever, and intelligent comedies airing now that's tailor-made to anyone who loves movies.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

For a satire, it still manages to hit those beats with dedication and is all the better for it. The comedy is just a bonus, and with this set of actors, it's an incredible start to the season.

Feb 21, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Documentary Now!: Season 3

  • Oct 10, 2020
    Butthole Country is definitely a classic. And somehow they managed to get Wilson, Keaton and Blanchett to do this garbage.
  • Jun 13, 2020
    The best season yet! This third season of on-point mockumentaries finds increasingly potent fodder, parodying films such as Wild Wild Country and Dear Mr. Watterson. The scripts remain as clever and unpredictable as ever, and even though each episode juggles a different aesthetic, the show retains a consistent tone and sense of satire. Comedy fans really need to watch this if they aren't already.
  • Oct 22, 2019
    Just when you thought a show couldn't get anymore cringier.....
  • Sep 15, 2019
    This series took time to hit its stride. It started out too broad, too often. But the third series is five star. The Cate Blanchett episode delighted me most,. not least of all because she is a brilliant actress.
  • Jun 28, 2019
    Season 3 is boring and bland, waste of time.
  • Jun 16, 2019
    I found seasons one and two to be brilliant. The episodes were just funnier, and didn't felt forced. Season 3 is none of those things for me. I just finished the season on Netflix, and I found myself bored at times and just asking myself "What happened to this show?". I know not having Bill Hader is going to have a huge effect on just about any show, but the first two seasons still had some great episodes and moments without him. I don't know what it is. The episode about the play was probably my least favorite. It had potential, but it just wasn't making me laugh. I hope Hader can come back for a season 4, if there will be one. After this one, I wouldn't be surprised if it was canceled.
  • Jun 06, 2019
    Still pretty great, but I found myself missing Hader's presence. He may still write, but his absence was definitely noticed.
  • May 27, 2019
    a lesser known gem - so dead on in its parody

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