Better Things: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
Better Things

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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.



Critic Ratings: 57


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User Ratings: 640

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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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Critic Reviews for Better Things Season 1

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (29)

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…

Pamela Adlon finally gets her deserved close-up and doesn't squander the chance.

Sep 7, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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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…

This is a nicely observed comedy and rings quite recognisably true at points on the parenting front.

Jun 14, 2017 | Full Review…

The series is a little uneven and some episodes noticeably less compelling than others. But it is still a funny, sad and sweet story about the messiness of being a parent, and of being a human in general, and how so few have it all figured out.

May 30, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Better Things: Season 1

  • May 01, 2020
    I love this show. Great writing, storylines, and characters. After watching it just a few times the characters and personalities do a great job truly pulling you into their livingroom. And the literal backdrop of their house, their livingroom, their kitchen, sets a very cozy and comfortable atmosphere that comes thru the screen. You are in their house for that hour. And mostly I think just about every type of woman can relate to "Sam". I can be in a depressed, somber mood and watching that show somehow always pulls me out of it! I am not quite sure why......could be the things that "Sam" goes thru and how she deals with 'life's issues' makes me see that I'm not alone in how my life turned out.....that's just life! "Sam" makes life and the changes we go thru seem not so serious afterall!
  • Aug 28, 2019
    Started strong, ended really really weak and uninspired
  • May 10, 2019
    How this gets 95% ?. Mostly dead boring with endless unfunny banality bla bla. There are rare moments it's funny but its too sparse to be considered a good comedy show.
  • Oct 07, 2018
    Like watching a real life story, well acted and consistently funny.
  • Jul 02, 2018
    Led by Pamela Adlon's hilarious performance and backed up by sensitive writting and spot-on direction, Better Things is as fresh as TV can get these days.
  • Nov 26, 2017
    uneven, but when it works (80% of the time) -- better than anything else on tv.
  • Aug 27, 2017
    Very funny, but makes me happy I don't have kids.
  • Jul 30, 2017
    Mother, daughter, granddaughters. The story of women. SEASON 01: Not realistic, but very close to one than any other series I have seen. Most importantly, it was focused on the softer side. That does not mean there's no issues in the story, and with its characters. Well, it's about a single mother with three daughters, who is an actress of small roles. Adding her mother to the list who lives in the next door, it is about four women and their lives. A pure, women oriented tale, focused on the things what every woman, young, old, middle-aged go through in their lives. A short and sweet series, not exactly a comedy. More a drama type, but there are enough fun in the narration to earn the genre, comedy. Awesome characters. Each one was so distinct from another. Most of the tale was told from the mother's perspective, but there are some scenes, where characters around her gets needed recognition on the subject it deals with in the each episode. I liked all the ten episodes, felt like it should have been at least 13 episode season. It was not a big league series or the actors that I know very well. Still a good one, and for all, including the men. It definitely needs some lifting. It was received well, but lacks the strength in the viewership. It has been nearly a year since it was originally aired, but I checked it out only recently and liked it very much. In a month, the second season is going to be out and this time I'll be updating at the realtime. So can't wait for the next few weeks to go by. I definitely suggest it to you to go for it. 8/10
  • May 26, 2017
    Funny and brilliant.
  • Dec 26, 2016
    What starts out as a really well done 25 minute short film about the life of a mother quickly elevates into one of the most realistic portrayals i've seen of a family in a while that shows what it means to be a mother a daughter and an actress and shows the struggles one endures within trying to be all three of those things. It also contains one of the best performances of the entire year from Pamela Adlon who makes even some of the smallest moments extremely impactful and very effective as does the rest of the cast who takes a little while to get to like but once they get fully settled into there roles they arguably are as good as Adlon in some aspects. It also presents some very interesting ideas and some very touchy subjects without ever going in a preachy or cliche route that overall is one of the biggest surprises of the year that is also by far one of the funniest and most enjoyable shows i've seen and is also one of the best that shows how great FX is when it comes to unconventional comedies. Overall Grade of the Season: 4.75/5 or an A!!

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