True Detective : Season 3 (2019)

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Season 3
True Detective

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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.

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Critic Ratings: 90

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User Ratings: 1283
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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 13, 2019
2
Air date: Jan 13, 2019
3
Air date: Jan 20, 2019
4
Air date: Jan 27, 2019
5
Air date: Feb 3, 2019
6
Air date: Feb 10, 2019
7
Air date: Feb 17, 2019
8
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.

Cast

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 (90) | Top Critics (37)

I just wanted a moment when the characters caught their breath and didn't feel like they were part of an overly-scripted machine. Now, having said that, this is still engaging, dark, complex material, anchored by a great performance from Ali.

Dec 13, 2019 | Full Review…

A thin story spread over a lot of hours, but Ali is excellent and so is his support.

Dec 13, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The criteria by which Season 3 should be judged is whether Pizzolatto lived up to his aspirations as an investigator of human nature. Really, he made a mildly engaging muddle.

Dec 13, 2019 | Full Review…

I thought "True Detective" was dead in 2015 after a disastrous second season starring Colin Farrell. But there's life in this show yet, so long as the story's tied to a mesmerizing performance by a master actor playing a singular character.

Nov 22, 2019 | Full Review…
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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…
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[Mahershala Ali's] take on Hays enhances rather than overwhelms a story intriguing enough to justify the show's 35-year timeline.

Dec 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Come for the unravelling Arkansas mystery - but stay for the mesmerising tour de force that is Mahershala Ali and you won't be disappointed by this latest outing.

Dec 12, 2019 | Full Review…

True Detective returns to past glories judging by the opening two episodes of its third season, with new leading man Mahershala Ali proving just about enough to revitalize the familiar formula.

Dec 13, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Fans will eat this season up, and for good reason. It's smart, it's intriguing, and there's a dreary atmosphere that can best be credited to director Jeremy Saulnier

Dec 13, 2019 | Full Review…

The season had its moments, but it felt more like a vehicle for delivering a type of experience than a discrete story divided into eight installments. What's good about this show is almost entirely eclipsed by what doesn't work.

Dec 13, 2019 | Full Review…

If the season 3 premiere is any indication, we're in for jaw-dropping twists, genuinely crushing moments, and a truly sinister tale.

Jan 14, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Pizzolatto also came up with an engrossing and very haunting slow-burn mystery that reaffirmed his place as one of the most exciting writers working in entertainment today. Hopefully, he gets to keep making this show for years to come...

Dec 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for True Detective : Season 3

  • Jan 06, 2020
    Well acted and vast improvement over the train-wreck of S2. The storyline flowed better here and had a nice conclusion. The show is starting to lack the atmosphere of S1, and the weirdness that was so alluring. This has moments of that first season, but the lack of a central visionary filmmaker hurts. The first two episodes are the best visually and I found the replacement of that filmmaker was not the most inspired decision by the showrunner. Hopefully they course correct again for season 4.
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  • Jan 13, 2020
    A wildly refreshing commentary on True Crime as a whole, and another wonderful performance from Mahershala Ali.
  • Jan 06, 2020
    My husband and I love it very captivating
  • Dec 25, 2019
    Mahershalalhashbaz is Epic to say the least and that scene with Jacob Trembleay was really tough
  • Dec 24, 2019
    Third time round the series continues in expected top quality of production, and again it's the two lead's extraordinary performances that hold sthe interest; the plot itself develops quite slowly and is construed a bit too complicatedly.
  • Dec 23, 2019
    I don't understand the low audience score. The acting was phenomenal, and over all it was as excellent a season as the first. Much improved over season 2.
  • Dec 18, 2019
    It's impossible to watch this and not fall in love with Mahershala Ali. He's sympathetic, noble and likeable in every scene. And his chemistry with Carmen Ejogo is perfect. I loved every scene they were in together and the way their relationship was written. I was a lot more invested in their story than I was in the mystery at the center of the show. But it's still a tightly plotted, suspenseful show with well drawn characters that's worth a watch. Not quite up to season one, but close
  • Dec 07, 2019
    This season was awesome. Great plot & wonderful acting. Right up there with Season 1 & a great reprieve from Season 2! Makes me want a Season 4!
  • Nov 19, 2019
    Season 3 doesn't come close to the first two seasons. Boring.
  • Nov 13, 2019
    Mahershala Ali gave a fantastic performance. But overall, the premise and the plot was a bit too thin for the running time. I couldn't buy why Ali's character was so invested in the case, and the outcome of it was not sufficiently satisfying to have been worth his (and the viewer's) time. Major drawbacks include the domestic disputes between Ali's character and his wife, which became all too repetitive. Great acting but ultimately somewhat frustrating,

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