by Sandi Berg
Get ready for some laughs with this new half-hour comedy series, Better Things, co-created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. It’s a little edgier than most which sets it apart from the average family sitcom. Definitely a nice change of pace.
Better Things centers on “Sam Fox” (Pamela Adlon), a single, working actor with no filter, raising her three daughters, “Max” (Mikey Madison), “Frankie” (Hannah Alligood) and “Duke” (Olivia Edward), in Los Angeles. She’s mom, dad, referee and the cops. Sam also watches out for her mother, “Phil” (Celia Imrie), an English expatriate, who lives across the street.
Sam is flawed and fierce with her love for her daughters and her own mother, as well, sometimes heaping the love on when she feels guilty. Sam’s just trying to earn a living, navigate her daughters’ lives, have fun with a friend or two and also—just maybe— squeeze in some private time once in a while.
Sandi Berg is also a freelance journalist and writes about television for several magazines including Written By (Writer’s Guild of America), Life After 50 and Whole Life Times Magazine.