Better Things is the story of Sam Fox, a single mother and working actor with no filter, raising her three daughters in Los Angeles. She also looks after her mother, an English expatriate who lives across the street. Whether she’s earning a living, navigating her daughters’ changing lives, or trying to have one of her own, Sam approaches every challenge with fierce love, raw honesty and humor.
Release date: March 5, 2020 at 10pm
Cast: Pamela Adlon, Mikey Madison, Hannah Alligood
Better Things is an American comedy-drama television series created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. for FX, starring Adlon as a divorced actress who raises her three daughters on her own. FX gave a 10-episode order on August 7, 2015. The series premiered on September 8, 2016. On September 20, 2016, FX renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on September 14, 2017. In October 2017, FX renewed the series for a third season, which premiered on February 28, 2019, and consisted of 12 episodes, all directed by Adlon. In March 2019, the series was renewed for a 10-episode fourth season to premiere on March 5, 2020.
The series and Adlon’s performance have been praised, and Adlon was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2017 and 2018. The show received a Peabody Award in April 2017, with the board stating: ” this searingly funny and beautiful show is an at-times raw examination of the vicissitudes of working motherhood, crackling with feminist verve and energy, that consistently cuts new ground”.
The pilot was ordered by FX on January 18, 2015. It was written by Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon, and directed by Louis C.K. The story is semi-autobiographically based on Adlon’s life. The pilot was picked up for a 10-episode first season on August 7, 2015.
The show is named after the song “Better Things” by The Kinks.
In November 2017, after Louis C.K. confirmed the sexual misconduct allegations against him were true, FX canceled their overall deal with C.K. and his production company, Pig Newton. C.K. will have no involvement in future seasons of the series. That month, Adlon fired 3 Arts manager Dave Becky as her manager. Therefore, Pig Newton and 3 Arts will no longer co-produce the series going forward after they were both removed from the conclusion of the Season 2 finale. For the third season, Adlon hired four new writers for the series: Sarah Gubbins, Joe Hortua, Robin Ruzan, and Ira Parker to join her in the writers room, after C.K. was fired by FX.
It’s Sam’s 50th birthday and Frankie has been gone from home for 8 days, living at her friend’s house, caused by friction between Frankie and Sam. Despite showing hostility toward Sam, Frankie is courteous to the families housing her and helps a homeless woman. Sam has lunch with Rich, but she becomes annoyed when he has invited his boyfriend, because it’s suppose to “our lunch”. Rich gets mad and accuses her of wanting him to stay single, just like her. Sam talks with David about Frankie, and he suggests that she focus on Max and Duke. Phil talks with Sam on the phone, but forgets her birthday. Sam, Max, and Duke go to Frankie’s recital, and Frankie has invited Rich and his boyfriend. Sam apologizes to Rich and they make amends; Rich gives her a birthday gift. They all then watch the performance and Max takes photographs. After, Frankie returns home and tells Sam she’s not staying, but asks if she could use the bath. Sam gives her a meal and Frankie leaves a birthday card. Sam reads the card, which ends with “You have survived another year. You made it. We all made it.” with P.S., stating “Sorry I’m such an asshole.” Sam opens Rich’s gift: a ring and a key inscribed with the word “peace”. Max and Duke then present Sam with a cake and sing “Happy Birthday” to her.
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