Sam’s relationship with Phil is one of the stronger bonds in Better Things. While Phil can be brash and a prat at times, somewhere deep in there is someone who still cares for Sam and her family, albeit while sometimes forgetting who they even are.… More
Sam inhabits two worlds. The world of being an actor, and the world of being a mother. More often than not, the two come into conflict.… More
After what seemed like forever, we finally return to life with Pamela Adlon and friends as FX’s Better Things returned for its third season.… More
The Season 1 finale “Only Women Bleed” was about a rite of passage, among other things. It was all very earnest, that finale, and showed the importance of being a woman. Fast forward one season finale later and we have another rite of passage in the form of high school graduation.… More
Earlier in the season, Sam got a getaway with some of her friends, but had a glimpse of what a getaway would look like if it if she’d had that same time out with her daughters. Never mind that the girls- Frankie and Max at least- give Sam grief most of the time, but it was a glimpse of what time out of the house and relaxing could look like if it had been with the girls. We kind of get that here with Sam and the girls visiting Uncle Lester and Aunt Jarita.… More
It’s an understatement to say that Sam is stretched tight. Her three daughters alone are enough to keep her occupied for the rest of her life well into their adulthood, and that’s not even mentioning Phil. But when you bring Sam’s exes into it, that’s another headache altogether. We saw last week that Sam had no interest in talking to Jeff about Xander, but she’s not out of the woods yet.… More
The answer is no.
It’s interesting how, despite the stumbles in Sam’s life, she’s tried to get herself on the right track. Much of that has involved not making the same mistakes of her past. That’s not necessarily progression or improvement, but it is a sign that she’s learning from her past actions.… More
There comes a point when the lines between fiction and reality blur. What could be an actor giving a great performance could mirror something going on in real life. Now I’m not talking about a television show or film pulling or adapting a ‘ripped from the headlines’ scenario, like any episode of Law and Order. But when the show feels like it has shades of the actor’s personal life, it feels like a more intimate and personable viewing.… More
Getting old is never fun.
It’s interesting how, despite not having a ton of screen time, Celia Imrie still manages to deliver memorable performances and lines with each scene she’s in on Better Things as Phyllis. Her retorts are a nice counter to Sam, though admittedly she gets enough of that from her kids.… More