“Better Things” (Hulu)

I watched two episodes and I am hooked on this recommendation from reader, Deborah. It stars the same Pamela who appeared on the Louis CK show. Ignore that he directed the first season (booted for the remaining two) and just enjoy the funny travails of a single mom, grade B actress raising her three children in L.A.

Like the also very amusing “Never Have I Ever”, episodes are 1/2 hour. If you are not in the mood for a movie or just want a quick dose of escapist television watch an episode of each back to back. They have a lot in common. Both feature single mothers (one a widow and the other divorced.) Both are set in Southern California. And in each, teenagers are the source of most plot development. And while neither family is super rich, they are definitely comfortable (three bedroom houses, nicely furnished, safe neighborhood, etc–these are privileged families) . Neither, of course reflects the grim reality of the average single mom. But again, this is television designed to soothe, distract and it does just that.

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