Critic Consensus: Better Things' second season plays even more adroitly to its strengths, weaving confidently between stinging humor, caustic observation, and poignant drama.
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It's emblematic of what this show does at its very best: highlight how cruel people can be to each other, especially mothers and daughters, while ultimately finding a way to let their humanity shine through the pettiness.
You're not going to find a more emotionally satisfying family comedy this season than Better Things.
The multigenerational, all-female household on Better Things looks like Lauren Greenfield's iconic "Girl Culture" photographs come to life.
Adlon comes as close to a pure auteur as TV gets. That her story is one imbued with both sadness and light makes Better Things one of television's very best shows-in any genre.
Adlon's insistence on focusing on the nuances of work, dating, parenting, and socializing gives the show a unique level of intimacy.
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