White Collar: Season 3 (2011 - 2012)


Season 3
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White Collar boasts prestige pedigree with stripped down plotting and a laser focus on relationship stakes.



Critic Ratings: 10


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User Ratings: 109

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Air date: Jun 7, 2011

Peter and Neal must put aside their differences while hunting down a thief who robbed the Federal Reserve.

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Air date: Jun 14, 2011

Peter and Neal follow clues from a treasure map hidden in a forged will in order to find an inheritance. The kidnapping of the beneficiary's daughter raises the stakes.

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Air date: Jun 21, 2011

Diana goes undercover as a journalist's assistant in order to protect the woman's life. Peter and Neal, meanwhile, look into a pharmaceutical company that the reporter was investigating.

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Air date: Jun 28, 2011

A Detroit gangster with ties to Mozzie comes to Manhattan, risking a mob war. Peter and Neal take steps to prevent violence by helping Mozzie pull off an old scam designed to take down the mobster.

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Air date: Jul 5, 2011

Peter and Neal pose as wealthy bachelors to catch a black widow.

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Air date: Jul 12, 2011

A talented teenage con artist wreaks havoc in Manhattan, and Neal must decide if he should help him or take him down.

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Air date: Jul 19, 2011

A hacker empties a bank's accounts, so Neal assumes the thief's identity and goes on a spending spree in order to force the criminal to surface.

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Air date: Jul 26, 2011

Jones' classmate from the Naval Academy goes missing, prompting Peter and Neal to investigate an international private-security team, which could be linked to the disappearance.

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Air date: Aug 2, 2011

Neal goes undercover with a beautiful Egyptologist (Eliza Dushku) in an attempt to apprehend Matthew Keller, who's smuggling Egyptian artifacts. But during a confrontation with Keller, Neal learns his true motives for returning to New York.

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Air date: Aug 9, 2011

Neal and Mozzie try to stay one step ahead of the FBI during an investigation into a treasure cache, which the pair secretly possess.

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In the third season, Peter (Tim DeKay) and Neal (Matt Bomer) are dogged by trust issues but still have a job to do, which includes chasing down a thief who hit the Federal Reserve, a mobster from Mozzie's (Willie Garson) childhood and a black widow, among others. Meanwhile, Neal's relationship with Sara (Hilarie Burton) progresses, and Matthew Keller (guest star Ross McCall) resurfaces to start trouble. Tiffani Thiessen, Marsha Thomason and Sharif Atkins also star.

Critic Reviews for White Collar Season 3

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

It's still lively, still fun and still has the right touch of snap in the dialogue.

Jun 7, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This year's cliff-hanger had something different in that I think this could be the time Neal has to deal with real consequences for his actions.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

What really makes this season three premiere such an engaging return to form is that it pares things down significantly from where we'd left off.

Apr 7, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

There is something at stake here beyond the mechanics of the "sting," and that gives the show enough weight to keep it from dissipating in the summer heat.

Jun 7, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's easy viewing and an easy way to kill an hour. Enough plot to keep your brain stimulated, but enough pop to still keep things simple. It's fun. Just embrace it.

Dec 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Good work, guys.

Nov 12, 2018 | Full Review…

It takes a lot of twists and turns and should keep you guessing throughout.

Aug 14, 2018 | Full Review…

I found it interesting and, to some extent, troubling that Neal and Mozzie had to go to such lengths in order to keep Peter from exacting the truth about the Chrysler painting and its presence in the exploded warehouse.

Apr 7, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

It's a vast improvement, and a welcome example of a show eventually finding itself by eliminating outside distractions and focusing as much as possible on the core concept.

Jun 7, 2011 | Full Review…

White Collar understands that even a lightly formulaic drama needs a solid relationship foundation, and the central connection on this show is still interesting, three seasons in.

Jun 7, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for White Collar: Season 3

  • Sep 05, 2020
    This series deserves its 100% fresh rating
  • Jan 27, 2018
    Love it just brilliant.
  • Jan 05, 2016
    White Collar as a series was a pleasant surprise. From the bromance of Neal and Peter to Neal and Mozzie antics this is a great light dramedy! Matt Bomer obviously makes this show - and I imagine every single being is mesmerized by his eyes! The one thing I did not like about this show was the character Sarah Ellis. Not sure if it was the acting, which I found annoying or the overall character. Wish we could have seen him with someone more interesting and authentic.

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