Better Than Us: Season 1 (2018 - 2019)


Season 1
Better Than Us

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Episodes

Air date: Aug 16, 2019

Divorced dad and medical examiner Georgy Safronov fights to keep his kids. Cronos exec Victor Toropov acquires Arisa, an advanced robot prototype.

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Air date: Aug 16, 2019

Vic searches for Arisa, who is hidden in the Safronov household by Sonya. Detective Varlamov investigates a murder linked to anti-bot vigilantes.

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Air date: Aug 16, 2019

Safronov plans to return the lost bot until Arisa saves Sonya's life. Vic's powerful father-in-law Losev negotiates a deal hinging on Arisa's return.

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Air date: Aug 16, 2019

Varlamov closes in on both of the Safronov men but has a better case against Egor for the Liquidator protest. Arisa tries to protect her "family."

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Air date: Aug 16, 2019

Alla returns as the family tries to get Egor out of jail. Vic discovers Arisa's link to Safronov, to whom he has a past connection of his own.

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Air date: Aug 16, 2019

Egor is pulled deeper into the Liquidators as their secret backer is revealed. His career restored by Vic, Safronov learns of his patron's crimes.

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After trying to leave, Alla is threatened by Vic. Realizing that he and his family are guinea pigs, Safronov goes to the suspended Varlamov for help.

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Safronov and Alla learn the truth about Arisa's capabilities. Gleb makes a management change in the Liquidators. Vic discovers Svetlana's plot.

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Air date: Aug 16, 2019

His family held hostage by Vic's henchmen, Safronov accompanies Arisa to the public tender, while Bars and the Liquidators infiltrate the event.

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Air date: Aug 16, 2019

Arisa's disappearance after the tender sets the police, the Liquidators and Vic's henchmen on her trail. Safronov tries to secure his family's release.

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Cast & Crew

Eldar Kalimulin
Egor
Kirill Kyaro
Georgiy Safronov
Andrey Dzhunkovsky
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Critic Reviews for Better Than Us Season 1

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

It's all handsomely, thoughtfully made, and well worth checking out.

Sep 18, 2019 | Full Review…

It uses a police procedural format, plus a look at a detective's troubled family, to tell a tale of corruption and greed that is about humanity as much as it's about robots.

Nov 14, 2019 | Full Review…

[Better Than Us] offers a more hopeful view of a society where robots augment and supplement humanity, rather than simply coming in conflict with or replacing it

Sep 9, 2019 | Full Review…

I've watched two episodes, which aren't without their implausibilities, but the storyline is intriguing and the little girl who plays Sonya is terrific.

Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…

While there are a lot of robot/meaning-of-sentience-driven sci-fi stories you can already stream on Netflix, Better Than Us stands just apart enough to justify its existence.

Aug 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Better Than Us: Season 1

  • Mar 08, 2021
    This show makes me want to see more Russian-made shows. It offers a great alternative the to the needlessly raunchy, and cliché-ridden junk that dominates the Netflix menu.
  • Mar 05, 2021
    The transformation of a robot into a human is perfectly described and themes such as family and ethics are also of great importance in this series. Even if the rest is below average, "Better Than Us" manages to present a reality to the audience.
  • Dec 31, 2020
    Original, thought provoking and suspenseful. Characters are well drawn and interesting.
  • Dec 01, 2020
    DYNAMITE! Love AI flicks. This is one of the very best!
  • Nov 08, 2020
    Such a beautiful series❤️❤️
  • Nov 02, 2020
    One of the best speculative fiction shows on the near-future of human/robot interactions.
  • Oct 26, 2020
    extremely misogynistic, don't waste your time on it.
  • Oct 24, 2020
    One of the best Netflix discoveries that I have ever made, and I assure you, you also will make. Great production value and a storyline that is consistently twisting. It's addictive and always keeps me glued to my seat, anxious about where the next instalment of the story will lead. This absolutely deserves more series to be made. Netflix, are you listening?
  • Oct 15, 2020
    Garbage coming out of a country that mostly creates garbage TV nowadays, no surprise. Plus a bunch of fake reviews on here from people that coincidently have only ever have a rating to this show, no surprise here either. I couldn't watch past the horrid acting, directing and writing in the first episode, don't recommend anybody waste their time with this.
  • Sep 07, 2020
    The show started out strong but unfortunately the lack of coherent writing took the effects down with the ship. The world building and polished robot effects are worth watching the show for. Unfortunately the numbness of the plot leaves a lot to be desired. What drove me the most crazy is the connection everyone already has in the story. The robot "randomly" escapes to a disgraced doctor then what proceeds is every single character they introduce has only 1 or 2 degrees separation from something that happened in the past. So basically all the people that randomly get connected by the robot's escape have some kind of past together. Just totally unbelievable circumstance. The plot itself is completely underwhelming what started as an interesting futurist scope for the story descended into lazy character conflict, family drama, and nonsensical decisions and coincidence that take all the uniqueness away from the show.

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