Hacks Season 3 Delivers Laughs and Redemption

Hacks returns for its third season, picking up a year after Season 2, with Deborah Vance at the top of her game and Ava writing for a topical comedy series. The new episodes explore the characters' new boundaries and beginnings, delving into the toxic aspects of their unique bond.

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Hacks Season 3 Delivers Laughs and Redemption

Hacks Season 3 Delivers Laughs and Redemption

The Max comedy series Hacks is back for its highly anticipated third season, continuing the dark and hilarious mentorship between legendary Las Vegas comedian Deborah Vance and her young writer Ava. The show has earned a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score for its first two critically acclaimed seasons.

Says Season 3 picks up a year after the events of Season 2, with Deborah (played by Jean Smart) at the top of her game, hosting awards shows and living a life of luxury. Meanwhile, Ava (Hannah Einbinder) is writing for a topical comedy series and rekindling her relationship with ex-girlfriend Ruby. The new episodes explore the characters' new boundaries and beginnings while also delving into the toxic aspects of their unique bond.

One standout episode this season is "The Roast of Deborah Vance," which provides a redemptive moment for Deborah's daughter DJ, played by Kaitlin Olson. Despite initial reservations, DJ participates in the celebrity roast of her mother and delivers a successful set that helps her understand Deborah's addiction to getting laughs. "I spent my whole life thinking you were a narcissist, but turns out you're actually an addict like me... You're addicted to getting laughs," DJ tells Deborah in a poignant scene.

Olson praised the Hacks writers and showrunners for crafting such a compelling character arc for DJ. "I love when they write really funny things for me, but I also really love when they write emotional stuff that's character-based," Olson said. "It's a big testament to them and the kind of set that they run and the scripts they write that this character is so much fun."

With its sharp writing, stellar performances, and deft balance of comedy and drama, Hacks continues to solidify its place as one of the best shows on television. As Deborah and Ava navigate their complicated relationship and individual journeys, the series delivers plenty of laughs while also exploring the complexities of fame, ambition, and personal growth. Fans can look forward to more of the show's signature wit and heart in the remaining episodes of this must-watch third season.

Key Takeaways

  • Hacks Season 3 picks up a year after Season 2, with Deborah at the top of her game.
  • Ava is writing for a topical comedy series and rekindling her relationship with Ruby.
  • The season explores new boundaries and beginnings for the characters.
  • Kaitlin Olson praises the writers for crafting a compelling character arc for DJ.
  • Hacks continues to balance comedy and drama, solidifying its place as one of TV's best shows.