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The series follows Sam Fox, a working actor with no filter trying to earn a living, as she raises three daughters, in Los Angeles while juggling the pressures of working in Hollywood and being a single parent.
Adlon's whole gestalt, her black clothes and her raspy voice, her tough love and her exasperation, make the sweet beats feel like treats instead of a bellyache, like the largess of life, not the brainstorms of a clever writers' room.
It's hard to break down why this season of Better Things is so fantastic... It's about those quicksilver moments, and the show's ability to create an emotional impact without ever being even slightly manipulative.