Narcos: Season 3 (2017)


Season 3

Critics Consensus

Narcos continues to evolve in its third season, drawing on historical details to take viewers on a thoroughly gripping -- and unsettlingly timely -- journey into darkness.



Critic Ratings: 32


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1183
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Air date: Sep 1, 2017
Air date: Sep 1, 2017
Air date: Sep 1, 2017
Air date: Sep 1, 2017
Air date: Sep 1, 2017
Air date: Sep 1, 2017
Air date: Sep 1, 2017
Air date: Sep 1, 2017
Air date: Sep 1, 2017
Air date: Sep 1, 2017

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Now that the bloody hunt for Pablo Escobar has ended, the DEA turns its attention to the richest drug trafficking organization in the world: the Cali Cartel. Led by four powerful godfathers, this cartel operates much differently than Escobar's, preferring to bribe government officials and keep its violent actions out of the headlines.


Wagner Moura
as Pablo Esobar
Boyd Holbrook
as Steve Murphy
Pedro Pascal
as Javier Pena
Roberto Urbina
as Fabio Ochoa
Manolo Cardona
as Eduardo Mendoza
Joanna Christie
as Connie Murphy
Stephanie Sigman
as Valeria Velez
Jason Chad Roth
as Technician
Paulina Gaitan
as Tata Escobar
Maurice Compte
as Horacio Carrillo
Danielle Kennedy
as Ambassador Noonan
Juan Murcia
as Juan Pablo Escobar
Damián Alcázar
as Gilberto Orejuela
Alberto Ammann
as Pacho Herrera
Francisco Denis
as Miguel Rodriguez
Shea Whigham
as Agent Duffy
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Critic Reviews for Narcos Season 3

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (10)

If the characters have changed, Narcos has retained its raffish lustre.

Sep 5, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is one of the great examples of shows that have improved thanks to the opportunity to grow and evolve, and Season 3 continues that journey with an investment in human storytelling.

Aug 21, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

With four crime bosses to follow instead of one, the storyline teeters just this side of cumbersome, but credit goes to the writers who create clear distinctions between each of these bad guys.

May 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Don't kid yourself: This season... [is] as vicious as the ones before, even if the Cartel's moves are more gracefully plotted.

May 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Narcos gains something it never really had: an emotional throughline. This ratchets up the tension considerably.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Losing a protagonist changes a series and Narcos is now even better. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Keeping Pascal was important in connecting the stories and keeping an interesting presence at the center of the series.

May 16, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

You won't exactly be saying "Pablo who?" in the wake of Wagner Moura's compelling performance as the murderous Medellin cartel boss across the first two seasons, but as the third begins Escobar's successors in the Cali cartel become similarly engrossing.

Mar 28, 2018 | Full Review…

If television could imitate the overwhelmed feeling DEA agents likely felt approaching these cartels, this would be it. This season is intense, fast-paced, and a must watch.

Dec 19, 2017 | Full Review…

The continuity provided by the theme music aside, Narcos Season 3 essentially functions as the start of a brand new series under the Narcos umbrella -- a backdoor anthology, if you will.

Dec 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Narcos: Season 3

  • Jun 04, 2019
    After the death of Pablo I was worried if the fall of the Medellin Cartel would mean the fall of Narcos, but season 3 proved to be anything but that. Great stuff.
  • Jan 05, 2019
    The Cali cartel storytelling just as good as Pablo one
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Narcos keeps the ball rolling with another solid season
  • Jan 03, 2019
    write from the word go Narcos has never been disappointing
  • Jan 01, 2019
    Excellent show, very close to reality, showing the corruption of politicians and their role with the narc world. Based on real persons.
  • Dec 23, 2018
    one of the best shows on Netflix.
  • Dec 17, 2018
    Mixed feelings in this one. Only 4 episodes in. Love love the cast! But feels a little over dramatic sometimes like a telenovea
  • Dec 04, 2018
    The first two seasons of Narcos and Narcos: Mexico are each better than Narcos season 3.
  • May 19, 2018
    Magnifico! (Reviewed after Season 3). The history of the Colombian drug cartels, and the US DEA’s efforts to bring them to justice. Seasons 1 and 2 focus on the Medellin Cartel and its infamous leader, Pablo Escobar. Season 3 centres on the successor to the Medellin Cartel, the Cali Cartel. Superb. Edifying, enthralling and incredibly engaging – compelling viewing. A good mix of history, drama, action and intrigue. Well-drawn and developed characters – even the bad guys have character depth. Shows well the mountain of a task that faced the DEA in bringing Colombia’s cocaine manufacturers to justice, as even the local police and politicians couldn’t be trusted. Adding to the authenticity is that about 80% of the dialogue is in Spanish. No Colombians speaking English to each other in a Spanish accent. (There are English sub-titles, of course, should you want them). Brilliant performance by Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar. He absolutely inhabits the role, making Escobar seem like an average guy, complete with personal mannerisms and traits. Makes for a very engaging and empathetic experience. If it wasn’t for the fact that Escobar was a mass-murderer, he might even be likeable… (Interesting fact: Moura is Brazilian and had to learn Spanish for the role. Makes me even more impressed with his performance and work-ethic). The negative aspect to Seasons 1 and 2 was the character of DEA agent Steve Murphy, played by Boyd Holbrook. He did not seem that an important enough character to be the narrator and essentially central figure of Seasons 1 and 2. Moreover, he is a tad irritating and Holbrook’s performance involves talking low and slurred, which is how actors talk nowadays when they want to try to win awards, probably because they think people might mistake them for Marlon Brando. Pedro Pascal (who might be familiar to Game of Thrones viewers, as he played Oberyn Martell in Season 4) puts in a solid performance as Agent Javier Pena. His character grows in importance as the series progresses and he really steps up as the progression occurs. In Season 3 he takes over narration and does a much better job than Boyd Holbrook. On that note, I was a bit apprehensive about Season 3. When the Pablo Escobar story ended, I felt that this was a natural end to the series. Everything had been building up to Escobar’s demise and by the time it came, I was drained, the build-up of tension was so great. Plus Wagner Moura had made him into such a larger-than-life and engaging character, replacing that character would be difficult. However, the writers do a great job in Season 3 of maintaining the engagement, through showing several characters, good, bad and neutral, and how the events affect them, plus making the plot development incredibly nail-biting. Fantastic series.
  • Apr 08, 2018
    Interesting & very well acted.

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