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