Documentary Now!: Season 3 (2019)


Season 3
Documentary Now!

Critics Consensus

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.



Critic Ratings: 21


Audience Score

User Ratings: 57
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Air date: Feb 20, 2019
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Critic Reviews for Documentary Now! Season 3

All Critics (21) | 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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…

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…

Watching this season, it's easy to understand why the creators took three years to make this batch. Quality satire needs time to simmer

Feb 20, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

I can't think of a better way for Documentary Now! to debut its third season than with the hyper-insanity of Batsh*t Valley.

Feb 20, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | 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…

Audience Reviews for Documentary Now!: Season 3

  • 11h ago
    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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