Better Things

About the Show

Better Things is the story of Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon), a single mother and actor, raising her three daughters, Max (Mikey Madison), Frankie (Hannah Riley) and Duke (Olivia Edward) in Los Angeles. She also looks after her mother, Phil (Celia Imrie), an English expat who lives across the street.

In its fifth and final chapter, Better Things focuses on ‘the road ahead’ for its unconventional, unfiltered heroine, who is so devoted to her life as a working actor and single mother of three that she’s left little time for that one elusive thing: herself. As she navigates three daughters, each coming of age; the challenges of her chosen career; and her mother’s increasing signs of aging (as well as her own)—Sam embraces each moment, and each member of her family, with a fierce love, raw honesty and biting humor. As each of the Fox women come of age into the next phase of their life, they are inspired to reevaluate themselves, learn from the past and find their own direction.


  • “One of the best depictions of modern, working parenthood on any screen, large or small”
    - Vogue
  • “[Sam Fox] remains one of the most original and daring female characters in the annals of TV comedy”
    - The Wall Street Journal
  • “Feels like the long-awaited return of an old familiar friend”
    - The New York Times
  • “[Pamela] Adlon is flawless — easily, effortlessly, the best comedic actress on television”
    - Newsday
  • “The best the show has ever been”
    - New York Magazine
  • “Sharply observed, heartfelt, absolutely wonderful”
    - Rolling Stone
  • “Television’s most rewarding and perfectly rendered depiction of the myriad tiny struggles intrinsic to getting through a day on this earth…Grade: A”
    - Entertainment Weekly
  • “An unparalleled accomplishment, and a true original…Grade: A”
    - IndieWire
  • “There’s an unvarnished honesty of Better Things that has a way of grabbing and moving you just when you least expect it”
    - TV Guide
  • “A series that’s funny, empathetic, and experimental all at once”
    - The Atlantic
  • “One of TV’s best depictions of what it means to be a family”
    - Variety