The Crown: Season 3 (2019)

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Season 3
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Olivia Colman shines, but as The Crown marches on in reliably luxurious fashion through time it finds space for the characters around her, providing ample opportunity for the appealing ensemble to gleam, too.

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Critic Ratings: 100

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User Ratings: 369
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Air date: Nov 17, 2019
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A decades-spanning historical drama chronicles the tale of Queen Elizabeth II and how she and her prime ministers impacted postwar Britain.

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Critic Reviews for The Crown Season 3

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (38)

Colman does a fine job of capturing Elizabeth's steely resolve against interfering in any drama, but the show seems to have lost interest in her as a character. Season 3 diminishes Elizabeth and... makes her an inscrutable cipher.

Nov 25, 2019 | Full Review…

This Elizabeth is, unsurprisingly, every bit as good as her Emmy-winning predecessor, and the rest of the new regime either meets or bests their counterparts.

Nov 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Colman brings so memoraby to the screen. Her Elizabeth doesn't exactly earn our sympathy but she does earn our empathy.

Nov 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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The Crown season three doubles down on the series' practice of treating the tiniest diplomatic faux pas as something bearing the immediate potential to threaten the Empire to its veddy core.

Nov 15, 2019 | Full Review…
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If you have previously enjoyed curling up on a cold winter weekend with this series, it will, again, keep you warm.

Nov 18, 2019 | Full Review…
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"The Crown" might in some way be propaganda for an unfair aristocracy, but it's also irresistible, insightful television.

Nov 22, 2019 | Full Review…
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The Crown season three is filled with lots of delicious scandals and love affairs which as a viewer I found thrilling.

Dec 12, 2019 | Full Review…

In its timeless pageantry and out-of-touch silliness, The Crown transcends the moment.

Jan 9, 2020 | Full Review…

An uneven season which comes as a disappointment after the calibre of the first two. A shame that Colman has not been given the same quality of material as Claire Foy. The strength comes from the supporting cast, especially Bonham Carter and O'Connor.

Dec 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Colman - in repose and nailing the perversely clipped royal tongue - is as brilliant as ever. Menzies' Philip is the real revelation as he comes to terms with an eccentric, holy mother he's resented all his life...

Dec 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Oscar-winner Olivia Colman is an inspired choice to don Elizabeth's heavy crown, and while I fully expect she'll get recognized for her performance come awards season, she's got quite capable company joining her royal family.

Dec 12, 2019 | Rating: 5.0/5.0 | Full Review…

Certain episodes from this season (like 'Aberfan' or 'Tywysog Cymru') are as good as any Oscar-nominated movie this year.

Jan 28, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Crown: Season 3

  • 1d ago
    Season 3 commentary - Olivia sinks the show. Helena tanks the show. The brightness and depth of Season 1&2 are completely missed. Its unwatchable. Olivia looks and acts nothing like the queen. Overrated garbage with the cast change.
  • Feb 12, 2020
    A serious decline from the first two seasons. While I like the sympathetic and deserved portrayal of the much maligned Prince Charles, I was disappointed in Olivia Coleman's rather one-note performance and missed Series 2 actors who played Princess Margaret and Prince Phillip - far superior to their replacements in this series. Episode 10 was especially weak: mawkishly sentimental.
  • Feb 07, 2020
    I am astonished there is so little recognition of the performance by Tobias Menzies on here - he is in a different league from the others. Episode 7 - Moondust - was brilliantly written, and made real through Menzies' bravura display of acting. The whole series has been of a high standard, Aberfan another very memorable episode, but the Queen and Princess Margaret are as poor in their representations as was The Darkest Hour's Churchill. These parts portray real and very powerful people, and the actors cast have just not been up to the job (that is not their fault), but Menzies has come of age and is, by far, the most believable in his role.
  • Feb 04, 2020
    Season 3 is better than previous seasons. Cast chemistry (king and queen) is superb.
  • Jan 28, 2020
    Love it! The acting is wonderful, the history and everything about it.
  • Jan 26, 2020
    Great season - all the fuss about Helena B.-C. and Olivia Coleman is understandable, but the real stars of this season are Josh O'Connor and Erin Doherty! Hope they're having a bright career ahead of them...
  • Jan 23, 2020
    The best tv series i have ever seen about the British royal family!!
  • Jan 20, 2020
    Olivia Colman doesn't have what it takes to play this role. She's a great actress, seasons 1 & 2 are hard acts to follow. Unfortunately she doesn't live up to the challenge. Went from binge watching the first 2 seasons, to barely getting through the third.
  • Jan 20, 2020
    The quality of writing is still good but the recasts of Elizabeth and Margaret were a big continuity issues for me. I like the idea of recasting older actors rather than making young actors look aged -- a streak of gray in the hair, fake wrinkles around the eyes -- but Helena Bonham Carter is not remotely similar to her predecessor and her brand of quirkiness is not a good fit; and Coleman, while she is good at portraying the stoic, dowdy monarch doesn't bring anything else to the character to make her watchable like Clair Foye did.
  • Jan 13, 2020
    One of my favorites shows ever...

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