Better Things: Season 3 (2019)



Critic Consensus: Pamela Adlon fully asserts her authorial voice over Better Things in a triumphant third season that examines the exhaustion of motherhood with exhilarating artistry.


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Air date: Feb 28, 2019
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All Critics (30) | Top Critics (15)

Unfolds in dreamy, fragmented interludes, which layer together to form a singular, candid illustration of Adlon's life -- a rich tapestry of s----y experiences that's somehow beautified by the way she pulls it all together.

Feb 27, 2019 | Full Review…

In the end, there's no one takeaway; there are dozens, and they're delivered with the kind of beautiful storytelling that appears effortless, but actually requires acknowledgement on levels both granular and grand.

Feb 26, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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"Better Things" is funny, but organically, and at times unintentionally so.

Feb 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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There's no end to juicy insider gossip, backstabbing and perpetual over-striving.

Apr 26, 2019 | Full Review…

As good, if not better, than it was when Louis C.K. was in the writer's room, season three actually feels even more relatable than previous seasons.

Apr 17, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Pamela Adlon is a creative force unto herself...Better Things Season 3 may be the best yet.

Mar 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"Better Things" is one of TV's best sitcoms. It is heart and laughs, but simple drama at its core. In the hands of Pamela Adlon this season is poised to be even more personal and strong, letting us spend time with Sam and all her trials.

Mar 4, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a blessing for the rest of us that Better Things is still on television, reminding us to notice the details and the ghosts and be grateful for the mess that inevitably comes with sticking around for as many years as we can.

May 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Adlon outgrew her old creative partner, though obviously, the latter is a much happier development.

Mar 1, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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To its major credit, Better Things simply refuses to make concessions to the classic sitcom form... Sometimes the more mirthful stuff is jammed in a script's nooks and crannies.

Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Better Things: Season 3

Absolutely no laughs. This show used to be funny. Now it's a Lifetime drama about being a single parent. Snoooooozefest.

Louis C.K.'s departure from Better Things does nothing to diminish the show's quality, and instead it returns as witty, beautiful, and impactful as ever. The show's take on motherhood is head-and-shoulders above other American programs in terms of authenticity, and Pamela Adlon's roman-a-clef of Sam Fox still makes for one of the small-screen's most complex characters. At one hand tender, while undeniably tough-as-nails, Adlon's female voice is a singular one, and she's only gotten better as a filmmaker. Using really polished visual tactics (including one that intercuts scenes from the transformation sequence in An American Werewolf in London), the show presents its theme on aging and melancholy in very sublime ways, and it never feels like it's preaching to the choir. This third season almost didn't happen, but we can be relieved that even after one of the show's co-creators exited in disgrace, it's chief voice only grew more omniscient.

Watching Season 3 was torture. I am formerly a big fan but I can't watch this dead fish flopping around on the floor each week. I'm out unless they can get Louis C.K. back somehow.

My favorite show by far...

Just bloody love everything about this season. Its truth glistens. Please let this be the start of real women telling such well crafted, haunting and hilarious stories. Thank you Pamela.

How this gets 100% ? Ridiculous . 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.


Not as good or funny as season 1 and 2. Less daughters means too much Adlon. Not that I like the daughters, they are portrayed as brattier and less likeable in season 3. I really hated the colonoscopy episode. And that shouldn't even be a sentence in any TV review.

I fail to understand what is interesting about the life of a woman who looks like she drinks too much and doesn't sleep enough and oh,does she work? Plus, her children are spoiled rotten and treat her terrible. Is that what the American culture deems normal because to me its dysfunction junction. This is the type of garbage that doesn't interest me at all. Wasted talent Pamela Adlon.

love this show, so funny so good.

Looks like she enjoys showing her lack of capabilities to be the adult in the house, she is trying so hard to be friend of her daughtets, enjoys complaining to her friends about life, not having any mature intimate relationship... She is the victim of her own character. I find it hars to sympathize with this "victim" character. Also her daughtets charactets are nasty ones, each one is self centered, egoistic, bitch type. I enjoyed better when I eatched the first 2 seasons.

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