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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 8, 2016
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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  • Summary: Co-creator/writer/star Pamela Adlon will again direct all 12 episodes which will include appearances from Matthew Broderick, Janina Gavankar, Doug Jones, Judy Reyes, Charlie Robinson, Sharon Stone, Cree Summer, Marsha Thomason, and Glynn Turman.
  • Genre(s): Comedy


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Feb 28, 2019
    Better Things is the kind of intimate show that captures the characters' mundane expressions of love, frustration, and loneliness so accurately that you forget about the art and effort behind them--the sensitive scripting, the genuine acting, the respectful direction.
  2. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Feb 27, 2019
    A series that’s funny, empathetic, and experimental all at once. The eight episodes made available for review also seem to think about the inevitability of change, and what it means to handle change with grace. ... The magic of Better Things is that Adlon is telling, and making something striking in the process.
  3. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Feb 22, 2019
    Everything about Better Things feels personal, and yet somehow vastly relatable to anyone who has ever loved a child, agonized over a difficult parent, endured an unsatisfying job, or wondered whether pushing their own personal rock up the hill yet again was really worth it.
  4. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Feb 27, 2019
    We get little snapshots of moments in Sam’s life, yet each glimpse is so fully realized and emotionally rich that you see whole story lines immediately—whole lifetimes, really.
  5. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Feb 27, 2019
    It’s an experimental season, one whose subtle shifts seem more suited to film than TV—and might be easier to appreciate on a streaming service than in 12 episodes spread out over three months. .... Like [John Cassavetes, she’s making choices bold enough to alienate some viewers—ones that introduce a voice strong enough to stand on its own.
  6. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Mar 1, 2019
    The eight brilliant episodes provided to critics suggest the show is better off for the upheaval. Better Things’s energy is stronger, clearer, and even more seductive, wrapping its viewer up in the hairy details of life with real people.
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 14, 2019
    And yet for all of its barbed and scatological humor--be warned, there's a colonoscopy episode--there's an unvarnished honesty to Better Things that has a way of grabbing and moving you just when you least expect it. [18 Feb - 3 Mar 2019, p.15]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Mar 4, 2019
    Pamela Adlon is a genius. Better Things is the best show on TV nowadays. And that's it.


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