TV Club: Better Things closes out its first season by inadvertently proving how vital it is

Better Things wraps up its first season with the stellar “Only Women Bleed,” named after the Alice Cooper song that the Fox women sing at the end of the episode together. “Only Women Bleed” is a song about a woman in an abusive relationship, and on was read for as misogynist when Cooper first released the ballad that became one of his bigger hits. But when it comes out of the Fox women’s mouth, it feels anything but. It sounds like a plaintive rallying cry. Better Things, unlike any show I’ve ever seen, has illustrated how difficult and worth it is to be a woman, a mother, and a daughter. Adlon has a created a show that feels vital, giving voice to those who often don’t get them: single mothers, young girls, middle-aged women (or, at least women who are not in their twenties). It feel like …

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