True Detective : Season 3 (2019)


Season 3
True Detective

Critics Consensus

Driven by Mahershala Ali's mesmerizing performance, True Detective's third season finds fresh perspective by exploring real world events -- though it loses some of the series' intriguing strangeness along the way.



Critic Ratings: 81


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1201
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Air date: Jan 13, 2019
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Air date: Jan 27, 2019
Air date: Feb 3, 2019
Air date: Feb 10, 2019
Air date: Feb 17, 2019
Air date: Feb 24, 2019

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1980: Will and Julie Purcell, the children of feuding parents Tom and Lucy Purcell, go missing a week after Halloween in West Finger, Ark. 2015: Retired detective Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali), who originally investigated the crime, is asked to look back on the twists of the unsolved case with a true-crime documentary producer.


Mahershala Ali
as Wayne Hays
Carmen Ejogo
as Amelia Reardon
Stephen Dorff
as Roland West
Michael Greyeyes
as Brett Woodward
Ray Fisher
as Henry Hays
Phoenix Elkin
as Will Purcell
Lena McCarthy
as Julie Purcell
Rhys Wakefield
as Freddy Burns
Josh Hopkins
as Jim Dobkins
Deborah Ayorinde
as Becca Hays
Colin Farrell
as Ray Velcoro
Vince Vaughn
as Frank Semyon
Emily Nelson
as Margarete
Shawn-Caulin Young
as Ted LaGrange
Scott McNairy
as Tom Purcell
Brandon Flynn
as Ryan Peters
Jon Tenney
as Alan Jones
Rachel McAdams
as Ani Bezzerides
Taylor Kitsch
as Paul Woodrugh
Christopher Baker
as Blake Churchman
Brett Cullen
as Gerald Kindt
Sarah Gadon
as Elisa Montgomery
James Frain
as Kevin Burris
Woody Harrelson
as Martin Hart
Kevin Dunn
as Ken Quesada
Alexandra Daddario
as Lisa Tragnetti
Tory Kittles
as Det. Thomas Papania
Michael Potts
as Det. Maynard Gilbough
Elizabeth Reaser
as Laurie Perkins
Jay O. Sanders
as Billy Lee Tuttle
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Critic Reviews for True Detective Season 3

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (28)

Season Three of True Detective doesn't have quite the pulling power of the first go-around, in which McConaughey's revelatory performance immediately jumped off the screen.

Feb 14, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Featuring a case that jumps around like a jack-rabbit, look like a return to form.

Feb 13, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It is neither as raw and gripping as the series' rookie season nor as structurally unsound as its second. It is good, not great.

Jan 14, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Given the cryptic and slow burning nature of the show - creator Nic Pizzolatto and co. are big on holding back key details until the right moment.

Jan 14, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

True Detective Season 3 is a little more workmanlike and less baroque, perhaps too eager to prove that it can tell a legible story again.

Jan 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite the shadowy distractions, "True Detective" is a solid procedural led by a faceted leading performance.

Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Ali isn't in every scene in True Detective; it just seems like it. The show is Ali's masterpiece, and the third season is the best installment since it premiered five years ago to excessive praise.

May 3, 2019 | Full Review…

True Detective deftly handles race, but once again leaves its women behind.

Mar 30, 2019 | Full Review…

'True Detective' returns to its roots and then develops its own voice. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Mahershala Ali is the most notable thing about this third season that desperately tries to imitate the first season. [Full Review in Spanish]

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for True Detective : Season 3

  • Aug 05, 2019
    On first watch, I was very annoyed with the older characters. I didn't buy it. They should have gone with actual older actors, IMO
  • Jul 30, 2019
    Slow burn but good acting good story line
  • Jul 20, 2019
    A good story but told far too slowly.
  • Jul 17, 2019
    After the desaster of season two, True Detective is back to its old self
  • Jul 16, 2019
    I couldn't stop watching! The performers are amazing, each in their own character. Loved the back and forth of the detectives. Appreciated that the detectives didn't solve the crime in one hour. Thanks for the show!
  • Jul 08, 2019
    Through melancholy direction and filming, True Detective returns as one of the best dramas on television. This season was expertly told from three different periods of time: interweaving and mingling together with incredible direction and writing. Oh, and let's not forget the incredible cast led by Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali, in a groundbreaking return to television. Get the awards ready for his portrayal of Wayne Hayes in 1980, 1990, and 2015. Honorable mentions are needed for the rest of the cast without a doubt, but I was blown away by Mamie Gummer, Carmen Ejogo, and Stephen Dorff. A must see!
  • Jun 05, 2019
    Exceptionally good. I saw the first season and this is just as excellent. It doesn't matter that it's not as creepy as the first season like some people want but still very good.
  • May 27, 2019
    Although it's not nearly as gripping and intense as Season 1. Season 3 is a complete mind game of Who Done it? I felt the season played on the dialogue between the detectives throughout decades of cat and mouse to resolve the case. It was written well and the acting was great, but the intense nature of the show lacked in comparison to Season 1 and 2. Without comparing the past seasons it was a great series and gripping and cunning at times, and the reflection of this case and the impact it has on the two detectives made it a solid mustnwatch.
  • May 24, 2019
    Wonderful writing and complex characters. Ending was just a slight let-down.
  • May 15, 2019
    Una muy buena serie, magistrales interpretaciones de sus protagonistas, compleja pero entendible.

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