Pamela Adlon as Sam Fox | Better Things on FX

Better Things


Pamela Adlon

Sam Fox / Executive Producer / Writer / Director

Pamela Adlon plays “Sam Fox,” a hyper-vigilant and awkwardly honest single mother of three girls, and veteran character actor, living in Los Angeles.

Adlon is an Emmy®-winning, critically-acclaimed actress, writer, producer and director with one of the most distinct and celebrated voices across today’s television landscape.

The semi-autobiographical series Better Things won a 2016 Peabody Award and was named one of the “Best Television Shows of 2017” by The New York Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter,,, and NPR as well as “TV Show of the Year” by TIME. For her role, Adlon received a 2017 and 2018 Emmy Award nomination for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series” and a 2018 Golden Globes® nomination for “Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy” as audiences celebrated her raw, insightful voice and unapologetic, elevated commentary on motherhood, feminism and the complexity of modern life.

For seven consecutive seasons, Adlon played the unpredictable “Marcy” on Showtime’s Californication. Additionally, Adlon voiced the character of “Bobby Hill” on Mike Judge’s animated series King of the Hill, a role for which she won the 2002 Emmy for “Outstanding Voice-Over Performance.” Other prominent TV credits include memorable roles on The Big Bang Theory, Parenthood, Monk and Boston Legal. Her animation credits are long and storied including beloved titles such as Bob’s Burgers, Beavis and Butthead, Rugrats, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, DC’s Teen Titans and Lego Star Wars.

On the big screen, Adlon recently starred in the “profanely funny” (Joe Lyedon, Variety) 2018 SXSW favorite, All Square, alongside Michael Kelly, and as “Sharon” in First Girl I Loved, which debuted at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and received the NEXT Audience Award. Additional film credits include Say Anything, Bed of Roses, Some Girl and Disney’s Tinker Bell film franchise, where she voices the role of “Vidia.” Adlon can also be seen starring opposite Hailee Steinfeld in Paramount’s Transformers spinoff, Bumblebee, which hit theaters in December 2018.

Adlon began her career at just 12 years old, consistently building on her body of work ever since. Her first roles in now classic films and television series include ER, 21 Jump Street, Grease 2 and Star Trek: The Next Generation.