Deadwood : Season 3

  • Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 1, 2004
Season #: 1, 2, 3
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20

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Critic Reviews

  1. 100
    Its scripts - always among the finest on TV - are even stronger this time around.
  2. The language, the acting, the themes - everything in "Deadwood" is good as gold. In TV entertainment terms, maybe even better.
  3. 100
    Milch's darkly hilarious exploration of the American frontier spirit is back for a third season of twisted human conniving.
  4. This series is one of a kind.
  5. To call "Deadwood" great television doesn't begin to do it justice.
  6. 100
    Milch has a keen eye for his actors' untapped resources--he doesn't so much cast against physical types as he does psychological ones--and this is what makes Deadwood's expansive ensemble so continually exciting to watch.
  7. 90
    A gorgeously living thing.
  8. 90
    Every scene teems with an enthralling, fully realized vision of life, the kind of jostling pageant of humanity in the most satisfying works of Dickens or Trollope.
  9. The series returns with its creative six-shooters blazing, its florid language and baroque manner of storytelling still gloriously riveting.
  10. 88
    For all the artificiality of the language, there has seldom been a show that felt more authentic.
  11. Like last season, the plots are thick and quick-flying. (Also like last season, the abstruseness can sometimes feel showy.)
  12. 80
    The circuitous plot is challenging, but the true glory of Deadwood is in its vivid creation of a volatile world where scoundrels, wretches and tormented heroes coexist in an unvarnished time capsule of Wild West history.
  13. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    80
    "Deadwood" remains a series like none other.
  14. The third season, as much as the two preceding ones, continues to breathe new life and vigor into the Western genre. What's more, the actors have become so comfortable in the skins of their characters, we can now appreciate the complexity of their personalities and desires.
  15. The dialogue is "Deadwood's" calling card, with its mixture of gutter and Elizabethan grace. It layers Milch's broader, working theme -- the coming-together of various organisms to create a single, functioning one.
  16. [A] fascinating, challenging series.
  17. As it lurches to its conclusion, the politics of "Deadwood" keep growing more dense and colorful, and that magnificent obsession crowds out other primal forces.
  18. What makes Deadwood so fascinating is not the action we put up with; it’s the language we listen to.
  19. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    70
    It's worth hopping on this poetic, profane story of frontier money lust before it rides into the sunset.
  20. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    40
    Yes, "Deadwood" was incomprehensible last season. It is incomprehensible this season. Fans will be delighted.
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 201 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 65
  2. Negative: 3 out of 65
  1. Oct 14, 2010
    10
    Astonishingly good. With a cast of characters that boasted better villians than fellow TV titans The Wire and The Sopranos, Deadwood was oneAstonishingly good. With a cast of characters that boasted better villians than fellow TV titans The Wire and The Sopranos, Deadwood was one of a kind. The show died far too young, but it's three seasons shine brighter for it. Full Review »
  2. JenB
    Sep 20, 2006
    4
    Well-acted, as usual, but I was bored and confused and skeptical all season about the inclusion of certain subplots, and the writers' Well-acted, as usual, but I was bored and confused and skeptical all season about the inclusion of certain subplots, and the writers' ability to pull them together in a meaningful way. I was right to have doubts. The acting was strong as always, but this season otherwise was a long, boring, anti-climactic mess. Full Review »
  3. Sep 11, 2012
    1
    This show is overrated and no wonder it was cancelled. The only people who get some type of sick entertainment out of this are misogynists. IThis show is overrated and no wonder it was cancelled. The only people who get some type of sick entertainment out of this are misogynists. I agree with a previous poster on here,the show portrays all women as whores, easy without a sign of intellect. Personally am disappointed with Ian McShane , a very talented actor who has somehow been brainwashed into producing this tripe. Oh and before I'm labelled a prude on here, which I could care less, I've seen my share of profanity , violence and sleaze, but this show is way too much and deserved to be put off the air. Full Review »