Pamela Adlon responds with shock and grief to Better Things co-creator Louis CK's admissions

Pamela Adlon has released a statement today about the allegations and admissions made against and by her long-time collaborator Louis CK this week, stating that she is “devastated” and “grieving” over CK’s statement that several stories recently printed about him in The New York Times—alleging that he masturbated in…

An uneven Better Things still packs a wallop

For an episode that dips into the spiritual, “White Rock” gets awfully literal. The ghosts are from Phil and Sam’s pasts, but it’s young Duke who’s seeing dead people. And despite Olivia Edward’s best efforts—she does the “little old soul” thing well here—the scenes with the First Nations man and the apparition in…

Better Things straddles the line between decent and dickish

Closure is a tricky thing. The first season of Better Things picked up well after Sam and Xander’s divorce, diving right into her single-mom life. But Xander’s always been at the back of her mind, just like he’s in the periphery of his kids’ lives. The reasons for their split haven’t really been explored, but in his…

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A charmingly digressive conversation with the kids of Better Things

After playing sisters for two seasons of Better Things—the second of which debuts tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern on FX—Mikey Madison, Hannah Alligood, and Olivia Edward have developed a certain bond. “I love them so much, it’s nauseating sometimes,” Madison told The A.V. Club at this summer’s Television Critics Association…

The 35 best TV performances of 2016 (and one worst)

With more scripted television programs in production than ever before, it follows that there are now a wider range of opportunities for television actors. Looking back at the performances that caught The A.V. Club’s eyes in 2016 confirms that hypothesis: While some of our favorite character actors found new facets of…

Better Things closes out its first season by inadvertently proving how vital it is

Better Things wraps up its first season with the stellar “Only Women Bleed,” named after the Alice Cooper song that the Fox women sing at the end of the episode together. “Only Women Bleed” is a song about a woman in an abusive relationship, and on was read for as misogynist when Cooper first released the ballad that…