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Parents' Guide to

Better Things

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Mature single-mom comedy is raw -- and refreshingly real.

TV FX Comedy 2016
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Better things

Good show
age 17+

Mom may be over the top but it is a good time

OK so I watched the show and here is what I can see from it yes the mom is clearly not a role mode parent and never promises that she is she swears and drinks in front of the kids and has a huge temper at times but I see that she is trying to improve the quality of her actions and become a better mom the show is hilarious at the least and a good laugh with valuable lessons for adults that everyone can improve on their skills in some way or another

Is It Any Good?

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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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