Better Things Reviews & Ratings

Thursdays, 10:00 PM ET on FX

30 minutes

Co-created by and starring Pamela Adlon, who plays a working actor with no filter trying to earn a living, navigate her daughters' lives, have fun with a friend or two, and also - just maybe - squeeze in some private time once in a while.
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Sep 25, 2016 2:57PM EDT
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This is a beautiful show about motherhood in our century -- a show that shines a realistic light on a variety of painfully funny parenting moments. Actress Pamela Adlon's performance is authentic genius in this honestly funny, touching story that so many women will relate to. Her character Sam is doing the best she can to lovingly guide and raise her kids without worrying about being judged for her choices. She is unapologetically human and I believe that's what delivers the show's magic appeal. If you don't have kids, you may not be able to appreciate this show completely. This show is not one for adrenaline junkies or anyone who lacks a sense of humor about life. I say give this show a chance. It might surprise you. But if it doesn't appeal to you, just switch the channel--don't criticize art that you can't understand.

This is a beautiful show about motherhood in our century -- a show that shines a realistic light on a variety of painfully funny parenting moments. Actress Pamela Adlon's performance is authentic genius in this honestly funny, touching story that so many women will relate to. Her character Sam is doing the best she can to lovingly guide and raise her kids without worrying about being judged for her choices. She is unapologetically human and I believe that's what delivers the show's magic appeal. If you don't have kids, you may not be able to appreciate this show completely. This show is not one for adrenaline junkies or anyone who lacks a sense of humor about life. I say give this show a chance. It might surprise you. But if it doesn't appeal to you, just switch the channel--don't criticize art that you can't understand.

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Nov 29, 2017 4:44PM EST
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Better Things is funny in a subtle but semi-realistic way. Pamela Adlon is an amazing actress, hopefully this show develops into one worthy of her talent. ***It has, 2 seasons in Better Things is much much better.***

Better Things is funny in a subtle but semi-realistic way. Pamela Adlon is an amazing actress, hopefully this show develops into one worthy of her talent. ***It has, 2 seasons in Better Things is much much better.***

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Sep 15, 2016 7:22PM EDT
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if you liked adlon in californication, you will love her now...I did and do...she is flawed and honest and earnest and clever and human. I hope to get to know the three kids too. She is dealing with issues that I really didn't have to manage when my kids were young.

if you liked adlon in californication, you will love her now...I did and do...she is flawed and honest and earnest and clever and human. I hope to get to know the three kids too. She is dealing with issues that I really didn't have to manage when my kids were young.

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Oct 8, 2016 10:54PM EDT
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This show not only shows motherhood in a realistic way but it does so with humor.

This show not only shows motherhood in a realistic way but it does so with humor.

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Jan 31, 2017 2:09AM EST
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Excellent Show!

Excellent Show!

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Sep 24, 2016 9:04AM EDT
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There is an element of reprise in Better Things as we have the co creator Pamila Aldon almost playing the same character, Marcy from Californication, only as a single Mom with older kids. Nothing wrong with that, as she was a very funny, clearly human and pretty hedonistic character. Better Things provides a slightly toned down version with the addition of the alternative views, ideas and expressions from her kids while approaching the nature of motherhood as a single actress. This show has a great meta element with cool cameos and humour peppered throughout. Worth seeing where it goes.

There is an element of reprise in Better Things as we have the co creator Pamila Aldon almost playing the same character, Marcy from Californication, only as a single Mom with older kids. Nothing wrong with that, as she was a very funny, clearly human and pretty hedonistic character. Better Things provides a slightly toned down version with the addition of the alternative views, ideas and expressions from her kids while approaching the nature of motherhood as a single actress. This show has a great meta element with cool cameos and humour peppered throughout. Worth seeing where it goes.

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Jun 1, 2019 4:48PM EDT
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This is a cute little show about a single mom trying to raise 3 daughters on her own. Lowkey want to punch Frankie in the face though, just saying lol. Dysfunctional, yet loving and fun family to watch.

This is a cute little show about a single mom trying to raise 3 daughters on her own. Lowkey want to punch Frankie in the face though, just saying lol. Dysfunctional, yet loving and fun family to watch.

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Nov 28, 2017 7:07PM EST
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This show really should be an hour long! It has a good comedy base, but also gives us a look at many issues family go through. Not too heavy, but enough to create a good amount of thought. I really would love to see it brought to an hour. BTW, this season's finale, which includes a graduation gift was awesome!!! choreography, music, all of it really fantastic, just brilliant.....

This show really should be an hour long! It has a good comedy base, but also gives us a look at many issues family go through. Not too heavy, but enough to create a good amount of thought. I really would love to see it brought to an hour. BTW, this season's finale, which includes a graduation gift was awesome!!! choreography, music, all of it really fantastic, just brilliant.....

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Nov 18, 2017 4:15PM EST
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It has subtleties that any other series highly hopes to achieve.
It's funny and deep and that's very difficult to do.

It has subtleties that any other series highly hopes to achieve.
It's funny and deep and that's very difficult to do.

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Sep 28, 2017 11:38PM EDT
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It feels real

It feels real