Better Things: Season 1 (2016)

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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.

95%

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Critic Ratings: 57

84%

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User Ratings: 648

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Air date: Sep 8, 2016

Sam Fox, a single mother, tries to raise her three daughters while keeping her acting career afloat.

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Air date: Sep 15, 2016

Sam deals with lady problems.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2016

Sam has dinner with a colleague.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2016

Sam gets looked at.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2016

Max thinks about stuff; Sam snacks.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2016

There are some situations that Sam has to deal with.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2016

Sam and the family go-to-meeting.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2016

Sam tells Max's friend Harvey why she does not trust him around her daughter; Frankie thinks Sam is not fun anymore, and Sam injures her foot trying to prove her wrong; a meeting with Frankie's teacher takes an odd turn.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2016

Sam makes moves.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2016

Frankie gets in trouble at school for using the boys' bathroom.

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  • Apr 08, 2021
    I have no idea why, but the vibe is not so great even though I loved her acting with Louis CK. Nevertheless, I recommend it, but not expect much.
  • Mar 03, 2021
    Garbage, in a word. It seems intriguing at first, but it gets old really fast. The writing is middling and stale. At first, the main female character evokes some sympathy as a single mother juggling her failing career and raising three spoiled brats. Quiet dignity and perseverence without losing sense of humour. Then all the fuss becomes simply annoying and pointless. Plus various ideological agendas they exploit to cover up for the glaring lack of substance. In Season 2 the garbage starts to rot. The main character turns into a stone cold b@tch without any sense of propriety. She is not even working anymore. This show is just another monument to mediocrity.
  • 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

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