Better Things: Season 2 (2017)


Season 2
Better Things

Critics Consensus

Better Things' second season plays even more adroitly to its strengths, weaving confidently between stinging humor, caustic observation, and poignant drama.



Critic Ratings: 26


Audience Score

User Ratings: 215
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Air date: Sep 14, 2017
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In the second season of "Better Things," Sam (Pamela Adlon) struggles with feeling unappreciated by her daughters Max (Mikey Madison), Frankie (Hannah Alligood), and Duke (Olivia Edward). She tries her best to bond with them, even as she interferes with Max's inappropriate relationship with a much older man. At the same time, Sam has to fend off unwanted advances from a deadbeat friend, as well as keep the peace with her deadbeat ex-husband Xander (Matthew Glaive). Things get even more interesting when Sam meets attractive single dad Robin (Henry Thomas).

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Critic Reviews for Better Things Season 2

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (12)

One of last year's best new comedies, Better Things is darkly funny.

Sep 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Adlon's whole gestalt, her black clothes and her raspy voice, her tough love and her exasperation, make the sweet beats feel like treats instead of a bellyache, like the largess of life, not the brainstorms of a clever writers' room.

Sep 13, 2017 | Full Review…
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Sam Fox is an absolute badass, talking the talk and walking the walk. We've never seen a character like her before, and her worldview has never been realized this clearly.

Sep 13, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

You're not going to find a more emotionally satisfying family comedy this season than Better Things.

Oct 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Dreamier and more wistful in style but with the same caustic sense of humor, the show takes more risks with structure and technique.

Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…

The show is stronger with every episode, because Sam is allowed to be confident and wise, exhausted and confused, content and restless all at once.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Better Things is born from the bowels, from which life is born. Better Things is life.

Jul 8, 2018 | Full Review…

On its own, Better Things remains an unapologetic plumbing the generational divide between mothers, daughters, siblings and the occasionally corrosive histories that bind them.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

That's what Better Things excels at - portraying the never-ending sacrifices and compromises that encompass life and motherhood in particular. Nothing is wrapped up in a perfect bow.

Dec 19, 2017 | Full Review…

There's only so much pity one can muster for a successful woman who owns two houses, has the means to hire housekeepers, and nevertheless sees herself as a beleaguered, unappreciated underdog.

Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Adlon is very good at depicting Sam in mid-mixed emotions; she has become a better actor, relying on more than just the poker-faced sarcasm that she does so well.

Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…

It's hard to break down why this season of Better Things is so fantastic... It's about those quicksilver moments, and the show's ability to create an emotional impact without ever being even slightly manipulative.

Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Better Things: Season 2

  • May 10, 2019
    How this gets 96% ?. Mostly dead boring with endless unfunny banality bla bla. There are rare moments it's funny but its too sparse to be considered a good comedy show.
  • Apr 12, 2019
    Got to admit it's getting better ¿ Getting better all the time
  • Feb 13, 2019
    One of my most love TV series. Witty, honest,often hilarious, great self deprecating humor, and often tender; kudos to the writers. I thoroughly en`joyed seasons 1 & 2. So thrilled for the upcoming 3rd season. I wonder, am I the only one who literally sobbed with tears of joy while watching the 2nd season finale episode? It was a bit odd but tremendously touching and poignant.
  • Oct 09, 2018
    Some of the longer episodes drag but it is still great television.
  • Mar 12, 2018
    Adlon is great. Funny and interesting to watch.
  • Nov 17, 2017
    While Better Things had a solid debut season, it really comes to find its voice in this sterling second year. Realizing the show is just as much about her daughters' fictional counter-points as her own, Pamela Adlon offers much richer characterizations for her trio of young co-stars this year, and it's hard to think of another tv series since Malcolm in the Middle that has had such an ingenious representation of the youngest-middle-oldest sibling dynamic. The writing is indelibly sharp too, as just like Louie the show is as precious as it is hilarious, and it's captured in a way that's simply beautiful on every level. In a year with no new seasons for Atlanta or Louie, FX subscribers that appreciate more subversive comedies with a knack for subtlety will find all they desire here, in Better Things.
  • Oct 21, 2017
    Raw, Honest and On Point.
  • Oct 01, 2017
    Almost every beat is perfect.
  • Sep 22, 2017
    I love this show. It's very similar in some ways to Louie, it has that Jazz feeling to it as well. I could watch a million episodes of this show and never get tired of it, because it feels closer to normal life than most family shows. Not for everyone, and I think some people are looking for the typical family show fare, but this is not it. Real life is funny and this shows shades that we can relate to , as family life often takes tolerance and just riding out a given situation always ready to have to go .... there... at some point.

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