Season #: 3, 2, 1
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 1 out of 14

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  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, 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 credibilityWith 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. Expand
  3. Feb 5, 2023
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Sarah Lancashire is absolutely brilliant, but some really rotten Russian accents and laughably unlikely pharmacist killer make this watchable TV, but no classic. Expand
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
  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.