‘Better Things’ Review: Season 3 Finale Wraps a Powerful, Unparalleled Ghost Story

‘Better Things’ Review: Season 3 Finale Wraps a Powerful, Unparalleled Ghost Story
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Better Things” Season 3, Episode 12, “Shake the Cocktail.”]

For Sam Fox’s 50th birthday, she gave herself the gift of peace. Of acquiescence. A break from her persistent quest for perfection — not that she thinks she’s perfect, but, like most people, she wants to get it right whenever possible. Mainly, Pamela Adlon’s lead character wants to be good to her daughters, but there’s Rich (Diedrich Bader), her mom (Celia Imrie), and her friends, as well. There are a lot of folks to look after in Sam’s life, and yet, as Season 3 made clear, who she really needs to look after is herself.

Ghosts haunted Sam this season. If they had to go through her family to get to her, so be it, but they drove her back into her memories, her past, and the problems they create in her present. Self-assessment became a fixture in Sam’s life,
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