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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Though it's a mature-content minefield with messy morals, the show quietly underscores the importance of family. It also explores the challenges of parenting in the modern world and what it's like to be a woman working in show business.
Positive Role Models
Sam's a loving mom who makes a lot of compromises -- and her fair share of mistakes. But at the end of the day, her daughters are the most important thing in her life.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
No nudity, but frank discussions about sex (including some shots of artfully obscured internet porn) and crass phrases such as "eating my p---y."
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Unbleeped language includes words such as "clit," "p---y," and "c--k," along with "goddamn," "ass," and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking; a teen character wants her mom to buy her pot.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Better Things centers on a single mother who makes her living as an actress and comedian while raising three daughters and checking in on her mother, who lives across the street. Though there are kids in the cast, the show focuses on decidedly adult issues, including parenting, careers, and sex. Characters frequently use unbleeped language (including "c--k," "p---y," and "clit"), and sexual situations include internet porn searches and oral sex. There's some social drinking, too, along with teens who talk about smoking pot.
Is It Any Good?
Unapologetically raw and refreshingly real, Better Things is one of the better things on television, particularly for moms who can relate to the doing-it-all-while-drowning narrative. For amid all the crass talk and completely thankless tasks (from dinner prep and dish duty to cleaning out the dogs' ears), you'll also find wonderfully surprising moments of truth that remind you how fleeting and precious those moments can be -- and that, in the end, what you're doing is mostly worth it. Ridiculousness and all.
Better Things was written, co-created (along with Louis C.K.), and performed by Pamela Adlon, a real-life mother of three (and an Emmy-winning actress best known for voicing Bobby on King of the Hill) who dedicated the project to her daughters, and that's a detail that definitely shows. It's not necessarily because it's appropriate for them to watch right now -- because it probably isn't. But when they're old enough to truly appreciate it, they'll have a heart-achingly accurate portrait of a parent who tried her best to make things better.
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