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Better Things

Better Things

  • Premiered: 
    September 8, 2016
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  • Network: FX
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Comedy (Sitcom)
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Pamela Adlon & Louis C.K. 
  • Subject Matter: Family
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    Season 1

Plot Synopsis

Created and executive produced by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K., BETTER THINGS is a half-hour comedy series that centers on Sam Fox, a no-filter, single-working actress in Los Angeles who is raising her three daughters: Max, Frankie and Duke. Sam is mom, dad, referee and the cops, all while also watching out for her mother, Phil, an English expatriate, who lives across the street. Sam is flawed and fierce with her love for her daughters, and her own mother, as well. Sometimes, heaping the love on when she feels guilty. Sam's just trying to earn a living, navigate her daughters' lives, have fun with a friend or two and also -- just maybe -- squeeze in some private time once in a while.

FX premiered the 10-episode second season of BETTER THINGS on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT, with Adlon directing every episode of the new season -- in addition to her role as showrunner, writer and series star. In the season opener, "September," Sam has people over. Later this season, Sam arranges for her daughters to hold a mock funeral for her, helps her mother through her daily drama, berates a date for being needy, and endures whatever else life -- and her family -- throw at her. Guest stars for Season 2 include: Henry Thomas, Rade Serbedzija, Jane Carr, Nigel Havers, and more.

The 12-episode third season of BETTER THINGS premiered on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10pm ET/PT on FX. Series star Pamela Adlon, who directs all 12 episodes of the new season, also serves as writer, executive producer and showrunner. Season 3 welcomes several new faces: Sharon Stone, Matthew Broderick, Doug Jones, Glynn Turman, Judy Reyes, Cree Summer, Charlie Robinson, Janina Gavankar and Marsha Thomason to name a few. Additionally, recurring players Diedrich Bader, Greg Cromer, Rebecca Metz, Kevin Pollak and Alysia Reiner return this season, inhabiting their familiar roles. In the season opener, "Chicago," Sam and Max go on a trip.

Season 4 of BETTER THINGS premiered on Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 10-11:15pm ET/PT, as FX debuted back-to-back episodes. In the season opener (10pm), "Steady Rain," Sam picks up the girls from a trip. Then, in the second episode, (10:30pm), "She's Fifty," Sam embraces her state of being. Both episodes were written and directed by series star Pamela Adlon.
On Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 10pm ET/PT, FX premieres "Listen to the Roosters," the Season 4 finale of BETTER THINGS. Sam and her girls live in the City of Angels.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Pig Newton
  • In association with FX Productions


  • - Los Angeles, California USA