Girls: Season 3 (2014)


Season 3

Critics Consensus

Still rife with shock value, Season 3 of Girls also benefits from an increasingly mature tone.



Critic Ratings: 29


Audience Score

User Ratings: 390
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Air date: Jan 12, 2014
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Another series, another roommate for Hannah (Lena Dunham), who begins No. 3 living with Adam (Adam Driver) now that they're a couple again. Unfortunately for these two, romantic bliss always seems just a bit out of reach, especially when they get a surprise visit from his unhinged sister (Gaby Hoffmann) on the night of Hannah's 25th birthday party, and aspiring actor Adam's upcoming Broadway debut in George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara devours most of his time and attention. Meanwhile, Hannah's new job at GQ isn't the writing gig she thought it would be; Jessa (Jemima Kirke) doesn't make many friends in her new surroundings; Marnie (Allison Williams) moves into her own place and starts a fling with an unlikely partner; Ray (Alex Karpovsky) puts his imprint on a new coffee shop; and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) unloads on her friends at a beach-house getaway in Long Island. Guest stars include Andrew Rannells, Patti LuPone, John Cameron Mitchell, June Squibb and Louise Lasser.

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Critic Reviews for Girls Season 3

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (18)

Girls is back, and it's just as messy, funny and offbeat as ever.

Jan 10, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The writing is particularly sharp here.

Jan 10, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's not Rainbow Brite and ponies, but it's as if Dunham hit her creative reset button, fixed her hair, and started looking at how these characters would begin to mature - with the exception of Shoshanna, who remains a chatty accessory to it all.

Jan 10, 2014 | Full Review…

Girls has come a long way: It's the sharpest show out there about the self-justifications of the self-obsessed and the immense power even of decaying friendships. That's the price Girls paid for beating the haters at their own game: It learned to hate.

Jan 9, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Like Hannah herself, it no longer feels like it's trying quite so hard to experience edgy things just for the sake of material, so that both its shocks and its missteps come across as earned.

Jan 9, 2014 | Full Review…

There's... a chance that Girls, like Hannah, has found its voice and that it doesn't speak for "a generation" or anything quite so presumptuous, that it merely speaks for itself. Still, I hope it's still occasionally plucky enough to try.

Jan 22, 2014 | Full Review…

Dunham is not remarkable for letting it all hang out; rather, she is remarkable for forcing it all to hang together with such a capable hand.

May 7, 2019 | Full Review…

In the first few episodes of this season, Girls does a much better job of finding the balance between humor and drama that has eluded it in previous seasons.

Jan 15, 2014 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The season 3 premiere of Girls shows us the show hasn't forgotten its funny bone, and it certainly hasn't forgotten its heart.

Jan 14, 2014 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Although their moves might be forehead-slapping... that gritty take on friendship in the Internet age has been the heart of Girls since its inception.

Jan 13, 2014 | Rating: 7.9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Girls: Season 3

  • Apr 18, 2016
    Hannah is starting to get on my nerves.
  • Aug 24, 2015
    Did Hannah Horvath really go stale, like really? Isn't that impossible? Sadly, friends, that answer's a resounding yes. Though managing to somehow force Hannah and Adam together throughout Season 3, the centralizing narrative acts in opposition to the audience's wants, thus dwindling its chances of evolving into a truly original narrative. Then it stands that, Season 3 morphs into a predictable tale of young, emotional stasis, as told by a protagonist we once would've died for... With the knowledge of future pain, I'd recommend you give the first few episodes a try, though cautiously, as they do hold some prospect, but again, prepare for the bitterest of regret by episode 8. I warned you. The best episode is 7 though, which coincidentally is titled Beach House, one of Indie Alt. Rock's best bands. We all loved the whimsical gags and micro-stories evident throughout the first seasons, that being the rebellious infatuation undertaken by Hannah, the backlash of Shoshanna's social anxiety, the lusting between Marnie and Ray, and even the depreciation of Jessa's confidence in her ability to exist in a total state of kindness. But, folks, by the middle of Episode 1, Season 3, you can already feel that the dialogue just doesn't sit as well. Its youthful brilliance now fleeting in consult of tropes repeated on a systemic level by the romantic comedy genre. Though, there are moments when you’ll still LOL or clap silently within, like watching Elijah's new, asshole-of-a-partner, sneak a bottle of wine away from the backs of the enraged trio of Shoshanna, Hannah, and Marnie. Or, when Shoshanna finally calls out Hannah for her egoism. By the end of Season 3, it's almost as if in Hannah’s search for repairing Adam’s interest in her emotional character, she simultaneously destroys the physical relationship with Adam, while savaging the audience’s remaining interest as well. "It's like you're just outside of yourself, watching me.” – Adam after pulling out of Hannah. Don’t worry though Hannah and Co.-- We’ll still chuckle fondly when binging through the first two seasons. Also, the last episode did force me into feeling the same depression over a stale relationship, resembling a monstrous creation now. Thank you for the catharsis.
  • Oct 28, 2014
    Just getting better and better. Mean and funny, bittersweet, knowing that life is always full of craps and stones but learning how to deal with it is definitely two kind of thing.
  • Jul 28, 2014
    If this is what television is going to be, I want no part of it. Awful, awful show.
  • May 21, 2014
    One of the best seasons of one of the best shows of this decade. It would succeed on the incredibly assured script alone, however the acting and tone help this show transcend the genre of 'comedy' that it has been fitted with and transform this show into a profound and candid perspective on life. One of the greatest strengths of this series is that despite being unflinchingly awkward, it is never unsatisfying in character ark or dialogue. Every utterance is both plausibly expected and yet delightfully unexpected as it weaves you through the messy, narcissistic and totally entertaining lives of Hannah and her friends.
  • Apr 10, 2014
    The third season was the best because it was actually funny this season. The first half was bumpy but "The Beach House" was the turning point. Andrew Rannells' guest spot is Emmy worthy
  • Apr 01, 2014
    In its previous two seasons, Girls essentially presented a cast of characters I didn't care for that I was expected to care for, while shunting the actual comedy off to the side. But in its third season, we're left mainly with characters I don't particularly care for, but that doesn't matter because it has matured substantially, and it's sharply witty, which is what good satire is all about.
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  • Mar 24, 2014
    Precisou de meia temporada pra expurgar o fantasma do desfecho pavoroso da anterior e mais meia pra voltar à boa forma - e até conseguiu.
  • Mar 23, 2014
    Girls' third season had a little bit of a rocky start (the second episode feels particularly torpid by comparison), but it quickly found it's footing and came back as smart and funny as ever. Wisely choosing to give her characters more success this season in their endeavors, Girls actually brings up provocative questions for that limbo period during young-adulthood where we begin to question what we really want out of our lives, be it romantically or career-wise. It was mature as ever, but it still had plenty of outrageous scenes, none more sexy than a role-play scenario near the season's end (I still feel this show beats Game of Thrones for having the best sex-scenes on TV right now). Like it's characters, Girls is becoming more mature and complex with age, and with the surprising revelations that come up during the series finale, there's no telling what's to come from the show next year…except that it's quite possibly going to be even better still!

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