The Crown: Season 3 (2019)

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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: 84

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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 (84) | Top Critics (34)

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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It's clunky. It's soapy. Olivia Colman is not Claire Foy. (Chop off her head!) And a previously literate script is now beset by clichés... But it is still eminently watchable and, obviously, we are all looking forward to season ten or whatever

Nov 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Despite the queen's reserve, Claire Foy, and now Olivia Colman, give Elizabeth touches of depth in their performances, both incredibly restrained but nevertheless revealing in her moments of doubt or discomfort or jealousy.

Dec 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Everything is different in season 3, and yet, by the end of the first episode, it feels as though these really are the same people we have followed through nearly two decades of their lives.

Nov 30, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

In season three, as lavish as it looks, The Crown feels a little shallow-except for "Aberfan", which is truly an excellent hour of storytelling-and a lot rushed.

Nov 28, 2019 | Full Review…

But in truth, it's hard not to feel that the fun has gone out of the whole thing and that what seemed exciting and daring in the first two seasons has become as middle-aged and dutiful as its principal characters.

Nov 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Beautiful costumes, gorgeous sets, a stellar cast, salacious stories - all made the first two seasons of Netflix's The Crown appealing. Unfortunately, Season Three fell short.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Crown: Season 3

  • 5h ago
    One more decade of political rivalries, romantic dramas and historical accuracy of the most important monarchy in the world. Harold Wilson's era, the terrible and tearjerking tragedy of Aberfan, Prince Charles' love affair and investiture as Prince of Wales and the Miners' Strike of 1974 are all highlights of this season and the performances of the entire new cast are extremely on point, which will guarantee them some nominations next year. This show only becomes stronger and greater. Can't wait for Season 4 which will be very interesting.
  • 12h ago
    New cast on Crown is awful. And y'all got it wrong the new queen is the absolute worse
  • 14h ago
    I'm still a very big fan of the show but I must say the cast change was very disappointing and I feel like many of the new actors look very different than the actors from the first 2 seasons. Olivia Colman arguably looks more like Princess Margaret's original actress than the Queen's.
  • 17h ago
    My wife and I took three tries to get thru the first episode without falling asleep. On the third try the series kicked in. Favorite character is Ann. Although Prince Phillip comes in second with "Gaseous doom." Ann: singing "Let the children Boogie." And also 'I did it to have a bit of fun. Sorry mummy thats the truth. So thats it? Is the inquisition over ? Can I go now ?'. Not bad , really.
  • 17h ago
    All in all, I think that this is exceptional storytelling. I cannot vouch for how well this series comports to the real life individuals portrayed in its subject matter, except to say that this show makes me like them. The Crown humanizes the people it deals with. They are very likable here and the stories are very compelling. As for real life, I do not know. Either way, I have very much enjoyed watching all three seasons of this show. I hope there'll be more!
  • 2d ago
    Seasons 1 and 2 were much better. Season 3 's production was very good, but it really lacked the personal conflict of the Queen growing into her marriage and her constitutional role. I watch and re-watch season 1 and 2. I don't need to see three again, and I'm afraid four is going to be a tabloid soap opera. Fingers crossed.
  • 3d ago
    Truth be told, I was apprehensive to watch this new season. I knew I was going to watch it, but I felt that I wouldn't enjoy it now that the original cast was replaced. I will say that most of the recasting was done very well (Helena Bonham Carter and Tobias Menzies were perfect replacements). My struggle to enjoy was Olivia Coleman. I know she is a fine actress, but she just wasn't the right fit to fill Claire Foy's shoes. Truthfully, I don't think she looks like the Queen (she's too tall, different build, and facial features). She played Queen Elizabeth as a very cold-hearted person, instead of the withdrawn persona that Foy brought out in season 2. Coleman (and lets not lie, also the writers) made generalizations that Elizabeth was too cold and unemotional. I understand that it might have needed to be done for the Aberfan episode (best episode of the season). However, Elizabeth was never this cold when Foy portrayed her, and I hate that they allude her aloofness to her "maturity". I hope that in the next season they come out with better writing, especially since the season will be dealing with Charles and Diana. Unfortunately, I believe that the odds are not in my favor.
  • 3d ago
    Possibly the greatest show of all time.
  • 4d ago
    A bit slow and pondering. I think the real stars of the show have been the two portrayals of Prince Phillip by Matt Smith and Tobias Menzies.
  • 4d ago
    I think I wasn't able to keep up with the previous seasons, season 1 and 2 were a lot better than this one. I personally didn't really like it.

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