GOOD GIRLS -- "Find Your Beach" Episode 301 -- Pictured: (l-r) Retta as Ruby Hill, Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland, Mae Whitman as Annie Marks -- (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

When we last left Beth (Christina Hendricks), Ruby (Retta) and Annie (Mae Whitman) at the end of season two, the girls thought that their problems just might be receding and life could return to normal. Beth has gotten rid of Rio…Agent Turner  was off their backs and things seemed to be picking up in their marriages to Stan (Reno Wilson) and Dean (Matthew Lillard). But as we’ve seen in previous seasons, things never stay “normal” for long for the “Good Girls.” Season 3 is still a fun roller coaster ride of twists and turns and everyday realness that makes this comedy-infused drama so good.

GOOD GIRLS — “Find Your Beach” Episode 301 — Pictured: (l-r) Retta as Ruby Hill, Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland, Mae Whitman as Annie Marks — (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

Season 3 picks up with badass trio of real moms, still in an effortless groove (the chemistry between Hendricks, Retta and Whitman is undeniable). This season, the girls have taken seemingly mundane jobs as a valet, clerk at a stationary store and at a nail salon, but we will soon find out that this is all part of the plan to expand their operations now that the old boss is gone. But as usual, they will soon find out that their expansion will have costly effects on their sanity and their families. Even the guys lives have changed in this season with Stan and Dean both taking on new jobs as well that come with their own land mines to navigate.

The season opens with the sibling tension that we’ve come to expect between Beth and Annie when Annie questions the hierarchy of their new business endeavor since Beth still seems to be making decisions for the group without their input. After an interesting encounter with her ex and his wife, Annie stumbles upon a helpful outlet on her road to self discovery. While questioning if her life is train wreck, she also comes to the realization that maybe Beth’s actions are out of a place of protection and love for her little sister. But now Annie starts to see the patterns in her life and actions with the help of her new outlet and son.

While Beth struggles to process her guilt over Rio (Manny Montana), she makes a new unexpected friend that the girls are not quite on board with. The women are trying to piece their lives back together when a really big wrench is thrown in their plans. But that’s what makes “Good Girls” still a gutsy story that is so rewarding. Its a continuous cycle…the more they try to maintain their normalcy, the crazier things get. They were just ordinary women thrust into an impossible situation and required to make hard choices for the sake of their families. They are super relatable…that could be any one of us, when pushed into a corner what would we do for our family’s survival?

GOOD GIRLS — “Find Your Beach” Episode 301 — Pictured: (l-r) Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland, Jackie Cruz as Rhea — (Photo by: Mitchell Haddad/NBC)

The third season is still a daring drama with a cast of characters not often seen, especially on network television, that challenges the status quo. The series continues to challenge the status quo while showing that female characters can be relatable everyday people doing their best while keeping their families and homes together but still be total badasses. They are not mutually exclusive. Our three girls are complicated anit-heros that are dealing with the messy consequences of trying to keep their moral centers and remain “good girls.” The trio seems to be pushed to their breaking points this season. But therein lies the conundrum…what makes a “good person?” Humans are flawed and everyone is just trying to do their best.

“Good Girls” is a series that started much gentler has become ever more raw and gritty while immersed in a suburban world. This new season is still chocked full of all the stuff that keep viewers coming back, like the great storyline, characters that we can see ourselves in, great camera shots, slo-mo, lingering shots and a great soundtrack. The show is still challenging the concept of whether woman can really have it all. “Good Girl” still stands on boldly on its own as a character study of flawed women challenging the notion of “good” and “bad.”

“Good Girls” premiers on NBC on Feb. 16, 2020. Episodes air Sundays at 10 p.m. ET.

GRADE: (★★)

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