Season #: 3, 2, 1
Metascore
97

Universal acclaim - based on 6 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Boyd Hilton
    Jan 6, 2023
    100
    There’s a grandeur to Sally Wainwright’s conception matched by Lancashire’s role-of-a-lifetime performance which puts Happy Valley way up there in the pantheon of British TV drama achievements.
  2. Reviewed by: Morgan Cormack
    Jan 3, 2023
    100
    Although Happy Valley is the kind of gripping drama that shouldn’t typically warrant laughter, Sally Wainwright brilliantly manages to weave in comedic lines – yet again – into scenes. ... Lancashire's multi-pronged performance – as a doting grandmother, a sister, a policewoman, a manager, and even a confidante for coercive controlling relationships – never ceases to amaze.
  3. Reviewed by: Carol Midgley
    Jan 3, 2023
    100
    It's a mark of a drama's class that so many years can pass and yet when it picks up it is seamless, as if it has never been away. This is the best misery TV money can buy.
  4. Reviewed by: Lucy Mangan
    Jan 3, 2023
    100
    The warp and weft of lives, of life, is as expertly woven as ever and you couldn’t wish for a better group of actors to bring it to you. Happy new year.
  5. Reviewed by: Rachael Sigee
    Jan 3, 2023
    100
    Magnificent stuff from a writer and actors operating at their peak.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Hilton
    Jan 3, 2023
    80
    This final spin over the moors is a worthy way to round out one of British television’s greatest sagas.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Jan 4, 2023
    10
    Our Catherine, she's been through it. One of the best shows of the last 20 years, maybe ever.
  2. Jan 26, 2023
    9
    With police procedurals and detective tales both loved and a dime a dozen in the UK, Happy Valley continues to offer something different, richWith police procedurals and detective tales both loved and a dime a dozen in the UK, Happy Valley continues to offer something different, rich and satisfying. This is testament to the cast not least the phenomenal Sarah Lancashire and the writers (Sally Wainwright). It is moving, funny and beautiful to look at. The story in S3 does tread familiar ground and pushes the limits of credibility but why not go out in a blaze of glory. This is just great TV. Full Review »