The Righteous Gemstones season 3: how to watch, episodes and everything we know about the comedy

Walton Goggins in The Righteous Gemstones
Walton Goggins in The Righteous Gemstones (Image credit: Jake Giles Netter/HBO)

The combination of Danny McBride and HBO continues to prove hilarious, as they team up once again and bring back their latest foray into dark comedy with The Righteous Gemstones season 3.

Following the success of Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals, McBride created The Righteous Gemstones, which chronicles a world-famous televangelist family that can struggle between preaching their religious teachings and giving into their vices of greed and ego.

Here is everything that we know about The Righteous Gemstones season 3, including when you can watch it, who's new to the series and more.

How to watch The Righteous Gemstones season 3

Now that all episodes of The Righteous Gemstones season 3 have aired, you can stream them all on-demand on Max in the US and Sky TV's streaming service in the UK.

The Righteous Gemstones season 3 plot

For two seasons we've seen the Gemstone family try to lead their megachurch and stuff their pockets, with family patriarch Dr. Eli Gemstone leading the way, but his kids thinking they can do it better. In season 3, they'll finally get their chance.

Here is the official synopsis for The Righteous Gemstones season 3:

"The Righteous Gemstones tells the story of a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed, and charitable work. When the spoiled Gemstone children finally get their wish to take control of the Church, they discover leadership is harder than they imagined and that their extravagant lifestyle comes with a heavy price."

The Righteous Gemstones season 3 episodes

Here is the synopsis for all The Righteous Gemstones season 3 episodes released to date:

The Righteous Gemstones season 3 episode 1, "For I Know the Plans I Have for You"
"In the wake of their father's semi-retirement, Jesse, Judy, and Kelvin must deal with dwindling attendance and donations; Eli is visited by another figure from his past."

The Righteous Gemstones season 3 episode 2, "But Esau Ran to Meet Him"
"Eli does his best to smooth over relations with the Montgomery boys after a visit to their doomsday prepper compound; back at the Salvation Center, the siblings face off against the Board of Ministers."

The Righteous Gemstones season 3 episode 3, "For Their Nakedness Is Your Own Nakedness"
"Tired of life in the lap of luxury, Baby Billy pursues a new vocation as game show host; the Gemstones host a cousins' night for Karl and Chuck."

The Righteous Gemstones season 3 episode 4, "I Have Not Come to Bring Peace, But a Sword"
"While Jesse prepares for his initiation into a prestigious secret society, Judy fends off unwanted attention, and Kelvin handles rumors about Keefe. Later, Baby Billy makes an impossible promise."

The Righteous Gemstones season 3 episode 5, "Interlude III"
"Eli and Aimee-Leigh grapple with the aftermath of an uneventful Y2K as Judy struggles to accept Jesse's new girlfriend."

The Righteous Gemstones season 3 episode 6, "For Out of the Heart Comes Evil Thoughts"
"Threatened with blackmail, Judy turns to Amber for advice, while Jesse goads BJ into a long-simmering fight. As a despondent Kelvin tackles life without Keefe, Baby Billy works on bringing Jesse's miracle to life."

The Righteous Gemstones season 3 episode 7, "Burn for Burn, Wound for Wound, Stripe for Stripe"
"After decades of animosity, tensions between the Montgomerys and the Gemstones finally come to a head. As Eli faces an impossible decision, Jesse, Judy, and Kelvin prepare to meet their maker."

The Righteous Gemstones season 3 episode 8, "I Will Take You by the Hand and Keep You"
"The Gemstone siblings find their way back to their loved ones, and to each other. The Montgomery militia is breaking from within. Chuck weighs his options while Peter hatches a new plan.

The Righteous Gemstones season 3 episode 9, "Wonders that Cannot be Fathomed, Miracles that Cannot be Counted"
"The siblings engage in a truly biblical battle, until a miracle of God changes the fate of the Gemstone family forever."

The Righteous Gemstones season 3 cast

Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down), John Goodman (The Conners), Adam Devine (Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin) and Edi Patterson (Violent Night) lead the way on The Righteous Gemstones. But the new season also features a cast of regulars fans have gotten to know over the first two seasons, including Cassidy Freeman (Longmire), Tim Baltz (History of the World Part II), Tony Cavalero (The Conners), Greg Alan Williams (Chicago Med), Skyler Gisondo (Booksmart), Walton Goggins (Vice Principals), Jennifer Nettles (Harriet), James DuMont (Safety), Jody Hill (Vice Principals), Troy Anthony Hogan (Queen Sugar), Valyn Hall (The Act), Kelton DuMont (Logan) and Gavin Munn (Raising Dion).

Here is who they all play in the series:

  • Danny McBride as Jesse Gemstone
  • John Goodman as Dr. Eli Gemstone
  • Adam Devine as Kelvin Gemstone
  • Edi Patterson as Judy Gemstone
  • Cassidy Freeman as Amber Gemstone
  • Gavin Munn as Abraham Gemstone
  • Skyler Gisondo as Gideon Gemstone
  • Kelton DuMont as Pontius Gemstone
  • Jennifer Nettles as Aimee-Leigh Gemstone
  • Tony Cavalero as Keefe Chambers
  • Greg Alan Williams as Martin Imari
  • Walton Goggins as Baby Billy Freeman
  • Valyn Hall as Tiffany Freeman
  • Tim Baltz as BJ
  • James DuMont as Chad
  • Jody Hill as Levi
  • Troy Anthony Hogan as Matthew

There are also a number of new additions to The Righteous Gemstones cast, including Steve Zahn (George & Tammy), Kristen Johnson (Mom), Stephen Dorff (Blade), Shea Whigham (Perry Mason), Iliza Shlesinger (Bosch), Sturgill Simpson (Killers of the Flower Moon), Casey Wilson (The Shrink Next Door), Stephen Schneider (Players) and Robert Oberst. 

Learn more about The Righteous Gemstones season 3 cast right here.

The Righteous Gemstones season 4

With a few episodes left in The Righteous Gemstones season 3, HBO has announced that it has renewed the comedy for another season. Now, as far as when we may be getting The Righteous Gemstones season 4, that is up in the air as the ongoing writers and actors' strikes for new labor deals with studios has left all future work up in the air.

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