Better Things: Season 3 (2019)


Season 3
Better Things

Critics 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.



Critic Ratings: 31


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User Ratings: 151
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Air date: Feb 28, 2019
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Critic Reviews for Better Things Season 3

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (16)

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…

[Better Things] blossoms on its own.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

All Better Things had to do to prove its durability was continue being itself.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

The third season of the series is as ambivalently optimistic and formally innovative as ever.

Jul 23, 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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Audience Reviews for Better Things: Season 3

  • Sep 27, 2019
    So much fun comet great place to escape for an hour!
  • Aug 09, 2019
    Pamela Adlon is one of the best actresses around, and this year she ain't even got a nominee at the 2019 Emmys, this is beyond ridiculous. So spontaneous, so real, so maternal. So 100% at Rotten Tomatoes.
  • Jul 20, 2019
    Funny and relatable
  • Jun 25, 2019
    Excellent. Single motherhood 2.0. This is a fast paced 40 minute show that I wish was longer. Great episodes and it tackles hard subjects with humor.
  • May 31, 2019
    Was not perfect but very entertaining
  • May 30, 2019
    Season 1 was good, but by the time this gets to Season 3 the bathroom humor and annoying teens with their typical issues gets very played. We watched Season 1, Season 2 and couldn't make it through episode 6 of Season 3. We're done watching.
  • May 26, 2019
    What happened to this show? So many interesting - and intense - dynamics going on just within the family. And yet story lines are abandoned as quickly as they are introduced (e.g. Frankie and transgenderism). Sam spends more time in the kitchen preparing meals than she does sitting down with her kids (individually or collectively) to have real, honest discussions. Wouldn't it be cool (and refreshing!) for Better Things to follow someone else around for a day, and push Sam to the background for once? Given how Better Things doles out extended coverage of her bodily functions (colonoscopy, masturbation), it's unlikely that Sam can get past herself.
  • May 26, 2019
    Great finale, another amazing season, Pamela Adlon direct another episode, this womam, i just love her soo much, talented, great director, great screenwriter. hope she wins all the prizes.
  • May 20, 2019
    Absolutely no laughs. This show used to be funny. Now it's a Lifetime drama about being a single parent. Snoooooozefest.
  • May 19, 2019
    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, its chief voice only grew more omniscient.

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