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Better with You

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Snappy sitcom pokes fun at romantic relationships.

TV ABC Comedy 2010
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Hilarious Show!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (4 ):

Better with You borrows a lot from the successful Friends formula, except that Mia, Maddie, Vicky, Casey, Ben, and Joel aren't roommates in the traditional sense -- they're one, big well-cast family. Casey's similarities to Friends' dumb-but-loveable Joey are merely probably a coincidence. Or not. But Better with You still feels fresh thanks to zippy timing, palpable chemistry, and a sense that, comedically speaking, everyone's pulling their weight.

It's also fun to see the pros and cons of partnering play out at three different points along the relationship spectrum. True, the younger characters get a bit more camera time, and the parents' 35-year marriage is mostly reduced to bottled-up seething and dysfunction. But when Mom and Dad deliver a line, they usually get the last laugh.

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