Better Things: Season 1 (2016)



Critic Consensus: Pamela Adlon's Better Things abstains from traditional sitcom sendups and forges a path all its own - in this bawdy, often hilarious and bittersweet ode to the daily highs and lows of being a single mother.


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The first season of the FX comedy "Better Things" introduces audiences to Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon), a struggling actor and a single mother. Sam has three girls: the angry eldest child Max (Mikey Madison), the confused middle child Frankie (Hannah Alligood), and the sweet youngest child Duke (Olivia Edward). Aside from having to take care of her daughters on her own and face challenges in her own career, Sam has to deal with her eccentric mother Phyllis (Celia Imrie) and her unreliable ex-husband Xander (Matthew Glaive).

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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (28)

It had a delicate touch, too, as a late-night text conversation with a former lover showed. Better Things is rude, funny, provocative and feels so, like, real. Don't miss it.

Jan 11, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Better Things... is one of the best new series to hit the airwaves...

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…
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Still, Adlon's performance, bawdy and bewildered, is one to watch, a shining example of how TV continues to do a better job than film in delivering multilayered roles for women.

Aug 26, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It's unlikely you'll find a show as refreshing, nuanced and confidant, nor will you witness a talent as consistently sharp as Adlon herself.

Sep 8, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Better Things isn't so much breaking ground as it is delving into ground most of us have traveled, and making it both funny and insightful.

Sep 8, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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With Better Things, [Aldon's] crafted a show about trying to have it all in Hollywood-make money, book gigs, and raise children-that somehow feels utterly original.

Sep 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Better Things is a transcendental comedy that does not avoid important questions and delves into great themes. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jan 29, 2018 | Full Review…

If you've ever wondered what Louie would be like with more Pamela, look no further than Better Things...

Sep 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Better Things is wry and deadpan and sometimes kind of brutal, but [Pamela] Adlon is so good at playing tough that it's glorious to watch her break down.

Aug 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Better Things broke more than one mold in its 10-episode run.

Aug 11, 2017 | Full Review…

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