'The Girlfriend Experience' Season 3: TV Review

At this juncture more a riff on than an adaptation of the 2009 Steven Soderbergh film, The Girlfriend Experience has been, since its debut in 2016, one of TV’s most compelling meditations on the alienation of work (in any field) and the ways in which many of us prefer impersonal mechanisms to the human touch.

Julia Goldani Telles ( Bunheads , The Affair ) takes over as the lead: behavioral psychologist Iris, who works at a matchmaking-through-AI startup in London by day and for a high-end escort service by night.

Original series creators Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz left the show after Season 2, passing the baton to Anja Marquadt ( She’s Lost Control ), who wrote and directed all 10 episodes.

Tech has upended the nature of sex work in a hundred and one ways — a reality smartly explored in, for example, the 2018 thriller Cam , which tackled both the skewed incentives in the internet-based gig economy and the next-level cyber-stalking that too-attached customers might pursue.

At work, Iris and her barely sketched coworker Hiram (Armin Karima) babble on about the true nature of desire and compatibility, with all the intellectual heft of dirty talk.

Cast: Julia Goldani Telles, Oliver Masucci, Frank Dillane, Daniel Betts, Armin Karima, Tobi Bamfeta, Jemima Rooper, Enzo Cilenti, Alexandra Daddario

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