In the last several years, FX has established itself as the home of a number of quirky shows ranging from Fargo to Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story anthology. One of the funniest projects has to be Pamela Adlon's Better Things. Currently in its second season, Better Things has been a hit with critics and fans alike. Now, FX has some very good news: Better Things has officially scored a renewal order for a third season.
Only half of the second season has aired so far, so it's a sign of how much faith FX has in Better Things that the show already landed a renewal. Then again, FX renewed Better Things for Season 2 after only a couple of episodes aired. Better Things is clearly a project that gets a lot of support from its network. Season 3 will air in 2018. No episode count for the third season has been announced. That said, given that Seasons 1 and 2 were both ordered for 10 episodes each, the odds are that Season 3 will run for 10 episodes as well.
Pamela Adlon is involved on just about every level of Better Things production. She serves as star, co-creator, writer, and executive producer, and she directed all 10 episodes of Season 2. She frequently collaborates with Louis C.K. for writing episodes, which brings the two together after working on Louie for several years.
Better Things hasn't gotten all the awards recognition that it necessarily deserves so far, but it has been honored in different ways. The show won a distinguished Peabody Award in 2016 for Season 1, and Pamela Adlon scored a nomination in the Emmys category of Outstanding Lead Actress, although the trophy ultimately went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus yet again for her work on Veep.
If you still haven't watched Better Things, here's what you're missing: Pamela Adlon plays single mom/working actor Sam who totally lacks a filter when it comes to raising her three daughters. Max, Frankie, and Duke all have different personalities that try their mom's patience in different (and often hilarious) ways, and Sam's mother Phil lives across the street, which at times is far too close for Sam's comfort. The show never holds back on delivering unexpected comedic twists, and viewers never really know what they're going to get out of a given episode.
Fortunately, we still have a fair amount of Season 2 in store before the end of 2017. New episodes air on Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX. The October 19 episode was written by Louis C.K. and will focus on Sam's demand for satisfaction. For your other viewing options now and in the coming weeks, take a look at our fall TV guide and our 2017 Netflix premiere schedule. The full first season of Better Things is available streaming on Hulu if you want to check it out.
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