Better Things (S03E08) “Easter”

Being a parent, like being a politician- I assume- means a lot of thanklessness from the people you serve. In the case of being a parent, it means a lot of thankless days and nights from your parents.… More

Better Things (S03E07) “Toilet”

Despite so many things being “cleared out” in the aptly named “Toilet,” Sam’s feelings and the repressed emotions she’s had throughout this season never come to the surface.… More

Better Things (S03E05) “No Limit”

When you’re a motherhood, you’re practically a bonafide superhero. But more than that, you are expected to be able to do anything and everything when an occasion rises.… More

Better Things (S03E04) “Monsters in the Moonlight”

Better Things often feels like a day in the life of Pamela Adlon. I can’t say that for sure because I don’t know what Adlon’s personal life is like, but I can’t imagine that being a single mother with three kids on top of maintaining a career as an actor comes easy.… More

Better Things (S02E10) “Graduation"

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

Better Things (S02E09) “White Rock”

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

Better Things (S02E07) “Blackout”

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