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Better Things

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About the Show

Better Things is the story of Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon), a single mother and working actor with no filter, raising her three daughters, Max (Mikey Madison), Frankie (Hannah Alligood) and Duke (Olivia Edward) in Los Angeles. She also looks after her mother, Phil (Celia Imrie), an English expatriate with questionable faculties who lives across the street.


Whether she’s struggling to keep her daughters close or trying to push one of them out of the nest, Sam approaches every challenge with fierce love, raw honesty, and humor. At the end of the day, Sam’s just trying to earn a living, navigate her daughters’ changing lives, survive her family, have fun with a friend or two, and also – just maybe – squeeze in some private time.


  • “Sharply observed, heartfelt, absolutely wonderful”
    - Rolling Stone
  • “[Sam Fox] remains one of the most original and daring female characters in the annals of TV comedy”
    - The Wall Street Journal
  • “One of the best depictions of modern, working parenthood on any screen, large or small”
    - Vogue
  • “The best the show has ever been”
    - New York Magazine
  • “An unparalleled accomplishment, and a true original…Grade: A”
    - IndieWire
  • “[Pamela] Adlon is flawless — easily, effortlessly, the best comedic actress on television”
    - Newsday
  • “Feels like the long-awaited return of an old familiar friend”
    - The New York Times
  • “One of TV’s best depictions of what it means to be a family”
    - Variety
  • “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
  • “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