Better Things: Season 3 Reviews

January 28, 2020
Better Things is a comedy, but Adlon isn't afraid of emotional drift.
November 25, 2019
It's a season about menopause, weight gain, concern over her mother's dementia, and, most of all, motherhood in all its glory and awfulness.
November 25, 2019
You never know where an episode of "Better Things" will go, which is thoroughly refreshing. But you can always be certain it will show fierce respect for women.
July 23, 2019
The third season of the series is as ambivalently optimistic and formally innovative as ever.
May 17, 2019
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.
March 1, 2019
Adlon outgrew her old creative partner, though obviously, the latter is a much happier development.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 1, 2019
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.
February 28, 2019
This is a wonderful show, and TV is lucky for how thoroughly Adlon has overcome the awful circumstances she had to deal with to make the show even better.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 28, 2019
Adlon, who directed every episode of the series this season, is at the top of her game, both as a behind-the-scenes creator and an on-camera talent.
February 28, 2019
The hallmarks of this excellent series remain: great musical cues, Adlon's warmth, emotional rawness, stylish scenes, and cozy family gatherings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 28, 2019
This is the charm of Better Things. Just when you think you know what to expect, it takes a different path.
February 28, 2019
All Better Things had to do to prove its durability was continue being itself.
February 28, 2019
The Season 3 premiere of "Better Things" is about nothing, and it's about everything.
February 28, 2019
In season three, Adlon is getting involved ever more deeply in the evolution of life.
February 27, 2019
She's making choices bold enough to alienate some viewers-ones that introduce a voice strong enough to stand on its own.
February 27, 2019
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.
February 26, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 26, 2019
Each episode feels like a compelling short story, or a collection of theme-linked tales, toggling between topics both deep and juvenile.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 25, 2019
"Better Things" is funny, but organically, and at times unintentionally so.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 22, 2019
More than anything, Better Things captures the inevitable, irrational feeling most women have that it is always our responsibility - whether at work, at home, or out in the world - to solve the problem at hand.
Full Review | Original Score: A