HBO’s remarkably consistent and layered sitcom enters its third season with a clear change of direction from the first two seasons. The pace is more aggressive and the dialogue is even sharper and rapid-fire than it was before, but as the show progresses it’s easy to see why this change is necessary, and ultimately the season ends up being one of its most emotionally potent, pushing the show’s narrative arc further. Of course the comedy is always first and foremost, and the show knows how to use a series of killer one-liners that each register as just as hilarious as the previous and often necessitates repeat views. The final two episodes, “Crate” and “New Hampshire,” are some of the show’s best ever.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)