The Righteous Gemstones Season 3 is the third season of an American black comedy television drama series created by Danny McBride. The series follows a famous yet dysfunctional family of televangelists and megachurch pastors led by widowed patriarch Eli Gemstone (John Goodman). Eli and his immature children, Jesse (Danny McBride), Judy (Edi Patterson) and Kelvin (Adam DeVine), lead opulent lives funded by church donations.
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The Righteous Gemstones Season 3 begins with a time jump that finds Eli retired and the Gemstone siblings now in charge of the church. The siblings’ constant bickering and personal issues drive down their approval rating with their congregation. Obviously, something needs to happen to shake things up.
The Righteous Gemstones Season 3 does this by introducing the Montgomerys. Eli’s sister May May and her dysfunctional family viz. ex-con husband Peter, and sons Chuck and Karl. May May runs her own rural church, while her estranged hubby runs a Christian militia.
Eli concerned about May May’s well being attempts to bring Chuck and Karl into the family fold but faces resistance from his children. However, this entire plan agitates Peter into kidnapping the siblings and ransoming them to Eli. Ironically, Eli’s refusal to pay ignites a series of events that winds up turning the siblings around from their doom-laden paths.
Despite the usual absurd premises and shenanigans, Season 3 is oddly heartfelt and tug strongly at the proverbial heart strings. Considering how strange the Gemstone and Montgomery families are, the series has somehow managed to make them somewhat “relatable”. No mean feat. This is achieved by showing us that despite the external show of bluster, the inner selves of all the characters are as human as all of us.
In the final analysis, The Righteous Gemstones Season 3 is yet another strong entry in this well-written, well-executed TV series. Highly recommended.
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