The Umbrella Academy: Season 3 Review

The Umbrella Academy Season 3 will debut on Netflix on June 22, 2022. Below is a spoiler-free review.

In some ways, the most unexpected thing The Umbrella Academy could’ve done was pull back on some of its trademark wackiness to tell a more intimate story of a family in crisis – as the world ends (again) in the background. Season 3 requires a tad bit of patience to see its vision through, but if you hang in there through a few slower initial episodes you’ll be rewarded with a moving portrait of a complicated and flawed family, bolstered by excellent performances and a good amount of Umbrella Academy-flavored fun.

This season opens in a very different place than Season 2 did (which is not a huge surprise, given that The Umbrella Academy also soft-reset itself after the first season); where the previous installment saw the Hargreeves separated, this one starts with them all together and confronting The Sparrow Academy, essentially the alternate-universe version of themselves that they accidentally created by messing with the timeline. Season 2 had fun bouncing across each sibling’s various storylines, but bringing them all together again allows for a more focused style of storytelling. Don’t get me wrong: I’m thoroughly enjoying Stranger Things Season 4‘s ambitious, branching-narrative style, but it’s also refreshing to see a streaming series dare to go smaller and more disciplined (all the episodes are between 40 and 50 minutes), and for The Umbrella Academy, it’s a surprising change that works.

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