Halt and Catch Fire: Season 3 (2016)


Season 3
Halt and Catch Fire

Critics Consensus

Halt and Catch Fire finds its footing in an optimistic third season that builds on the fascinating relationship between a pair of emerging protagonists.



Critic Ratings: 23


Audience Score

User Ratings: 152
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Season 3 of this 1980s-set period drama begins a few months after the end of Season 2. Mutiny has moved to San Francisco and is still growing, but Donna (Kerry Biché) and Cameron (Mackenzie Davis) realize they need a new profitable idea to advance their business. Gordon (Scoot McNairy) is working for them on various tasks, but his health is deteriorating and he's also suing Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace) for stealing his antivirus idea. Meanwhile, Joe is as successful as ever, and his company manages to snatch one of Mutiny's coders, causing internal rifts. In the background of all this, Silicon Valley and the Internet are born, affecting everybody's work.


Lee Pace
as Joe MacMillan
Scoot McNairy
as Gordon Clark
Mackenzie Davis
as Cameron Howe
Kerry Bishé
as Donna Clark
Toby Huss
as John Bosworth
Aleksa Palladino
as Sara Wheeler
Annabeth Gish
as Diane Gould
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Critic Reviews for Halt and Catch Fire Season 3

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (9)

Halt and Catch Fire isn't about computer programming so much as the intersection of brilliance and insecurity.

Dec 28, 2016 | Full Review…

With the third season now based in San Francisco - exactly where it belonged all along - Halt finally looks like a series going someplace important, and worth viewers going there with it.

Aug 29, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is a show that merges a gorgeous aesthetic with grounded storytelling, that talks about big-picture ideas while never betraying its core characters.

Aug 23, 2016 | Full Review…

The third season was going really well... and then in the penultimate episode, they jumped ahead four years in time and the show jumped up a whole new level. It was truly a paradigm-shifting event.

Dec 14, 2017 | Full Review…

This was a fantastic premiere to a wonderful series...For those of us who have been smart enough to catch on, it burns bright.

Jan 22, 2017 | Rating: 4.75/5 | Full Review…

One of the most perpetually underrated shows on TV, Halt and Catch Fire is a complex, character-driven and prestige drama set, initially, in 1980s Texas, back then called the Silicon Prairie.

Dec 14, 2016 | Full Review…

Like the reboot that made Season 2, the latest 10-episode order upgrades the show's formula.

Aug 29, 2016 | Full Review…

This is the rare recent TV drama that's both as good as it is and as optimistic as it is.

Aug 23, 2016 | Full Review…

Joe's third-season transformation into a full-fledged Steve Jobs knockoff, complete with an Asian-minimalist office and a new pair of specs, makes narrative sense.

Aug 23, 2016 | Full Review…

It's really one of the better dramas on TV -- particularly right now in the waning days of the summer.

Aug 23, 2016 | Full Review…

The real product in its tech business isn't hardware or software - it's tomorrow, and Halt and Catch Fire makes its past future feel dewy and new.

Aug 23, 2016 | Full Review…

In its third season, Halt and Catch Fire has finally found what alludes so many series: footing.

Aug 23, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Halt and Catch Fire: Season 3

  • Apr 15, 2017
    Such a painful disaster. this season was nothing like season 1. If you liked the intensity, fast pace, and great acting and story of the season 1 you should stay on season 1 and do not destroy your take on this show with this season. this season is all slow, shallow interpersonal dramas between a bunch of kids with no long-game plan. a lot of decisions don't make sense, a lot of sub-stories dont add anything to anyone in the story. the whole season got wasted by the obsession of developing a horrible character of a kid who keeps crying and moaning and fights with his parents. And I am trying to not spoil the show here.... and in general, it is double downing on a horrible stereotyping of a lot of tech type people.
  • Nov 15, 2016
    The strongest season yet for AMC's distinct period drama, that makes good use of a desired change of setting (from Dallas to San Francisco), and some effective use of of time-jumping. The four affable leads have all evolved a great deal since season 1 (with Joe resembling Steve Jobs perhaps a little too much), and their relationships are all well-scripted and immersive with the material. More so than ever, Halt and Catch Fire seems aimed towards showing the rapidly changing times and technology of the information age, and it does this with fascinating (if not always plausible) insight, and next season should be particularly strong in this area as it seems poised to examine the birth of the World Wide Web. One of television's most under-watched shows, and the best series currently airing on AMC besides Better Call Saul.
  • Sep 26, 2016
    As a 47 year old IT Consultant this show is a nostalgia trip back to my childhood, best thing on TV at the moment for me
  • Sep 13, 2016
    "Halt and Catch Fire" is one of those very rare shows that has only been getting better, and with its third season I think it's finally hit its prime.

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