Better Things: Season 2 (2017)



Critic Consensus: Better Things' second season plays even more adroitly to its strengths, weaving confidently between stinging humor, caustic observation, and poignant drama.


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Air date: Sep 14, 2017
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In the second season of "Better Things," Sam (Pamela Adlon) struggles with feeling unappreciated by her daughters Max (Mikey Madison), Frankie (Hannah Alligood), and Duke (Olivia Edward). She tries her best to bond with them, even as she interferes with Max's inappropriate relationship with a much older man. At the same time, Sam has to fend off unwanted advances from a deadbeat friend, as well as keep the peace with her deadbeat ex-husband Xander (Matthew Glaive). Things get even more interesting when Sam meets attractive single dad Robin (Henry Thomas).

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (12)

One of last year's best new comedies, Better Things is darkly funny.

Sep 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Adlon's whole gestalt, her black clothes and her raspy voice, her tough love and her exasperation, make the sweet beats feel like treats instead of a bellyache, like the largess of life, not the brainstorms of a clever writers' room.

Sep 13, 2017 | Full Review…
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Sam Fox is an absolute badass, talking the talk and walking the walk. We've never seen a character like her before, and her worldview has never been realized this clearly.

Sep 13, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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You're not going to find a more emotionally satisfying family comedy this season than Better Things.

Oct 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Dreamier and more wistful in style but with the same caustic sense of humor, the show takes more risks with structure and technique.

Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…

The show is stronger with every episode, because Sam is allowed to be confident and wise, exhausted and confused, content and restless all at once.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Better Things is born from the bowels, from which life is born. Better Things is life.

Jul 8, 2018 | Full Review…

On its own, Better Things remains an unapologetic plumbing the generational divide between mothers, daughters, siblings and the occasionally corrosive histories that bind them.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

That's what Better Things excels at - portraying the never-ending sacrifices and compromises that encompass life and motherhood in particular. Nothing is wrapped up in a perfect bow.

Dec 19, 2017 | Full Review…

There's only so much pity one can muster for a successful woman who owns two houses, has the means to hire housekeepers, and nevertheless sees herself as a beleaguered, unappreciated underdog.

Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…

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