THE KOMINSKY METHOD: Season 3 – Review by Susan Granger

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Created by Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon), this comedy/drama series made its Netflix debut in 2018, starring Michael Douglas as Sandy Kominsky, an imperious Hollywood acting coach whose promising career as a performer never panned out, and Alan Arkin as Norman Newlander, Sandy’s longtime agent and only friend.

Sandy’s long-suffering daughter Mindy (Sarah Baker) helps him run his acting classes; her boyfriend is Martin Schneider (Paul Reiser). And Sandy’s ex-wife/Mindy’s mother is volatile Dr. Roz Volander (Kathleen Turner).

This third – and final – season finds Sandy mourning the death of his friend Norman and serving as Executor of Norman’s estate. Drinks and dinner at their favorite hangout, Musso and Frank’s, will never be the same.

“We are passengers on boats, slowly sinking,” Sandy declares.

There’s an inevitable sadness, even though life still goes on. While trying to adjust to life without his closest confidante, grumpy Sandy must also come to grips with the complicated inevitability of Mindy’s marriage to much-older Martin.

Their upcoming nuptials signal the arrival of raunchy Roz, as Douglas and Turner reignite their Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile charisma. Plus there are amusing encounters with Morgan Freeman and Barry Levinson, as themselves.

Silver-haired Michael Douglas has always had an effective knack for self-deprecation; his Sandy is absurdly vain yet acutely self-aware. And Alan Arkin is renowned for his impeccable comic timing.

If you’re streaming all three seasons, you’ll glimpse memorable appearances by Danny DeVito, as a proctologist; Jane Seymour, as a flame from Norman’s past; Ann-Margret, as Norman’s friend; Nancy Travis, as a divorcee who takes acting lessons from Sandy; and Lisa Edelstein as Norman’s estranged daughter.

There’s lots of laughter – fun and sentimental – amid the pathos, which the cast is obviously enjoying. Sadly, the condensed six-episode season left me wanting more, yet knowing this is the final chapter.

On the Granger Gauge of 1 to 10, The Kominsky Method bows out with a bittersweet 8, streaming on Netflix.

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Susan Granger

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at R.K.O., M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic. Her newspaper reviews have been syndicated around the world, and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. In addition, her celebrity interviews and articles have been published in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN and THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in PARIS MATCH, ELLE, HELLO, CARIBBEAN WORLD, ISLAND LIFE, MACO DESTINATIONS, NEWS LIMITED NEWSPAPERS (Australia), UK DAILY MAIL, UK SUNDAY MIRROR, DS (France), LA REPUBBLICA (Italy), BUNTE (Germany), VIP TRAVELLER (Krisworld) and many other international publications through SSG Syndicate. Susan also lectures on the "Magic and Mythology of Hollywood" and "Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and other Survival Skills," originally published on tape by Dove Audio.