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Better Things 

TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama | TV Series (2016– )
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An actress raises her three daughters while juggling the pressures of working in Hollywood and being a single parent.
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Series cast summary:
Pamela Adlon ...  Sam Fox 32 episodes, 2016-2019
Mikey Madison ...  Max 32 episodes, 2016-2019
Hannah Alligood ...  Frankie 32 episodes, 2016-2019
Olivia Edward ...  Duke 32 episodes, 2016-2019
Celia Imrie ...  Phyllis 32 episodes, 2016-2019
Rebecca Metz ...  Tressa 13 episodes, 2016-2019


An actress raises her three daughters while juggling the pressures of working in Hollywood and being a single parent.

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Release Date:

8 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Pamela Adlon was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category for her role as Sam Fox in Better Things (2016), but lost to Rachel Brosnahan from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017). See more »

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It's good, yet I don't really feel like watching more
21 September 2016 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

Watching the pilot, I could see Louis C.K.'s effect all over it from the first scene, in which the main character explains to a glaring bench-mate exactly why her daughter is crying. It's exactly the sort of funny, thoughtful scene that made me like Louis from the moment I saw him in Lucky Louis.

While he's behind the scenes here, he seems to have found a comedy soulmate in Pamela Adlon, who plays an actress who specializes in cartoon voices (just like Adlon) and has three daughters.

I liked this series. I found it amusing, and smart, just like Louis C.K.'s current series, Louis. And you know what? I don't watch Louis. I saw a few episodes, they're smart and honest and reasonably funny, but I just never feel like watching it.

I think (and the kinda-interesting Horace and Pete is evidence of this) that Louis C.K. is someone who found telling jokes was a way to say what he wanted to say, and while he started out with Lucky Louis and his standup being extremely funny, more and more that's given way to just trying to be wise and profound and thoughtful (what I think of as Woody Allen Syndrome). I admire what Louis and Pamela are aiming for here, and I think the show is fairly successful at being what it is, but I just don't connect with it.

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