Better Things Season 5 Ep 1 – 2 are the first two episodes of the 5th season of an American comedy-drama television series created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. for FX, starring Adlon as a divorced actress who raises her three daughters on her own. This final season brings back Sam Fox (Adlon) and her dysfunctional family of daughters, mother, brother, ex-husband and assorted close friends.
It’s been awhile but definitely Better Things Season 5 Ep 1 – 2 reminded us of all the reasons why we love Better Things so much – a unique TV sitcom that stands out and stands alone. There are no cheap laughs here, only the closest approximation of real life you are likely to find in the US TV sitcom wasteland. In the eye of the storm is Sam, trying to come to terms with all her several roles viz. mother, daughter, sister, friend and creative.
Nothing earth shaking takes place in Better Things Season 5 Ep 1 – 2 though Sam and brother Marion find out startling truths about their family background. In the meantime, Sam also discovers a secret that was kept from her. All of this happening against a background of impending empty nest syndrome as Sam’s daughter grow up and out of her maternal care. It’s a lonely and frightening time for Sam but it is part and parcel of growing older.
Pamela Adlon is at her usual brilliant self, imbuing Sam with that likeable unpredictability that is difficult not to engage with. The viewer is always able to identify with Sam despite her quirks and foibles, especially for those of us who happen to be parents as well. Everything Sam experiences is so easy to understand and emphatize with.
Better Things Season 5 Ep 1 – 2 is a welcome return to this excellent series. Don’t miss out! Highly recommended.
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