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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 8, 2016
Season #: 1, 2
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 97 Ratings

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  • Summary: All 10 episodes of the second season of the family sitcom was directed by co-creator/writer/star Pamela Adlon.
  • Genre(s): Comedy

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Sep 11, 2017
    100
    I didn't think Better Things could get any better. It's thrilling to be wrong. [15 Sep 2017, p.66]
  2. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Sep 15, 2017
    100
    It’s mostly about getting through the day, about getting through the week, about getting through life. It’s angry but never bitter. Joyful but never saccharine. It feels a little like magic.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 12, 2017
    100
    Better Things makes its own leap by getting smaller, more intimate, and more focused. ... This was a great show in that first year. It’s even greater now.
  4. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Sep 14, 2017
    100
    This is a huge leap forward for a show that was already quite strong. ... Adlon comes as close to a pure auteur as TV gets. That her story is one imbued with both sadness and light makes Better Things one of television's very best shows—in any genre.
  5. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Sep 14, 2017
    100
    Its ability to take a more wrenching look at womanhood made it one of the best and most distinctive shows of 2016. The second season, which debuts on FX Thursday, is somehow even better.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Sep 14, 2017
    90
    Better Things gets better--truer and deeper--when Sam is taken by surprise (as when her ex-husband shows up unexpectedly for dinner, or when a pet dies) or when she’s jolted out of her self-absorption by a parental obligation that yields a small revelation for her. Adlon is very good at depicting Sam in mid-mixed-emotions.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Lowman
    Sep 12, 2017
    80
    What anchors Better Things is the warmth Sam feels for her family. What makes it works are the tiny human moments.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 8 out of 16
  1. Dec 15, 2017
    10
    la madre moderna, trabajadora se enfrenta a un mundo y a una famiia progresista, que le saca de quisio, su forma de responder ante estasla madre moderna, trabajadora se enfrenta a un mundo y a una famiia progresista, que le saca de quisio, su forma de responder ante estas situaciones es poco convencional, no es la madre eprfecta pero hace lo posible de ayudar al menos.
    es estupido esperar carcajadas por que es una serie comica... asi no funciona las series comicas aclamadas de hoy en dia.
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  2. Nov 17, 2017
    10
    Bitter sens of humour makes this show hard to be "laughable" enough for a lot of people. And that is true. I can easily understand everyBitter sens of humour makes this show hard to be "laughable" enough for a lot of people. And that is true. I can easily understand every single negative review that i read. But this show makes me relaxed and in the same time forced me to start thinking about my life, friends, parents and kids. Every episode ask me at least one though question per episode. Expand
  3. Nov 23, 2017
    9
    Don't think of it as a comedy, it ruins your experience. It's a bitter and relaxing story of life. Pamela Adlon is brilliant in portraying aDon't think of it as a comedy, it ruins your experience. It's a bitter and relaxing story of life. Pamela Adlon is brilliant in portraying a complex woman facing life, family and work. It's a wonderful experience of watching it at the end of your day. Expand
  4. Dec 18, 2017
    0
    It isn't Avant-Garde to make a comedy that isn't funny. This show isn't the least bit funny. I for one am tired of seeing kids in these showsIt isn't Avant-Garde to make a comedy that isn't funny. This show isn't the least bit funny. I for one am tired of seeing kids in these shows act like monsters and the grown ups just accepting it. This show takes that and everything else to the most horrendous extreme. There isn't a single moment by a single character in this show that isn't annoying. I just find it impossible to believe that neither the makers of this crap not the network that airs it didn't notice how awful this show is when they previewed it. The most pathetic thing is that the actors in this show try so hard, and overact so much, it is painfully obvious that they recognize how awful this material is. Stop the bleeding and cancel this train-wreck before careers are ruined. Expand
  5. Nov 2, 2017
    0
    I'm still not seeing what all the commotion is about this show.

    I tried watching it again this season, and I still found it a humorless,
    I'm still not seeing what all the commotion is about this show.

    I tried watching it again this season, and I still found it a humorless, depressing show about a person's frustration with life.

    I am left wondering - what is the allure of this show?
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  6. Oct 27, 2017
    0
    We tried 3 different episodes and didnt laugh once. Awful show with a mother who seems devoid of all emotion and compassion... dont get itWe tried 3 different episodes and didnt laugh once. Awful show with a mother who seems devoid of all emotion and compassion... dont get it the reviews on this show at all. Give me Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm Catastrophe for some real life laughs. Pathetic sad protrayal of an American so called family Expand
  7. Oct 30, 2017
    0
    This is by far one of the worst tv shows this year. The acting was awful, It's not funny and just extremely boring. Don't waste your time withThis is by far one of the worst tv shows this year. The acting was awful, It's not funny and just extremely boring. Don't waste your time with this one, it's beyond terrible, no saving it. Expand

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