Pamela Adlon’s unique half-hour show, "Better Things" — not quite a sitcom, with lots of drama and some absurdity — is even better in its second season.
It was another great, crowded year for TV. If you were to ask us to choose the 20 episodes everyone should have watched, here are our picks. Use your holiday vacation wisely, friends.
As was true of my Best Dramas list, there’s only one show here from network television, and it’s not because I think sitcoms need premium-cable freedom to use naughty words to get laughs. The list is alphabetical, because I really couldn’t say that the kind of laughs you get from John Oliver are “better” than those of, say, Broad City. Better Things (FX): Pamela Adlon, working with Louis C.K., has created a new kind of single-mom-with-kids sitcom — moodier and more fraught, but never losing sight of its mission to keep the laughs coming.
From Mary and Rhoda to Sydney and Francie, see who inspired some of the women influencing the next generation of women today.