Better Things is coming back to FX for Season 5.
The series premiered on FX in September 2016 to favorable audience response and positive critical reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, it scored a critics’ approval rating of 95 percent (based on 57 reviews) and an audience approval rating of 84 percent (based on 640 user reviews).
Better Things won a Peabody Award in 2016, and Adlon, who also created the series with Louis C.K., was nominated in 2017 and 2018 for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress.
The 10-episode Better Things Season 4 ended on a positive note on April 30, with Sam taking a bank loan to pay off her debt to her ex-husband Xander (Matthew Glave).
Since then, fans have been looking forward to the next season and awaiting updates on the future of the show on FX.
Here is everything we know about Better Things Season 5.
Is there going to be a Season 5 of Better Things?
Deadline first reported on May 26, 2020, that FX had renewed Better Things for Season 5.
Variety also reported in July that FX had renewed the series for Season 5 and signed an overall deal with Adlon covering scripted and unscripted shows.
The overall deal meant that any project Adlon does would be exclusively for FX and other divisions of Walt Disney TV.
Don't worry, we're coming back! pic.twitter.com/yT3DDBNr1a
— Better Things (@BetterthingsFX) August 10, 2020
The renewal of Better Things for Season 5 came despite decreasing ratings and viewership.
The series also ranked low among FX Shows in the 2019-2020 season. It ranked No. 14 out of 15 shows on the network, outranking only Breeders.
Despite the decreasing ratings, the renewal of the show for Season 5 did not come entirely as a surprise to fans, after Season 4 was nominated for two TCA Awards.
On Rotten Tomatoes, Better Things Season 4 scored a 100 percent approval rating (based on 13 critical reviews) and an audience approval rating of 86 percent (based on 35 user responses).
FX’s renewal statement also gave glowing praises to Better Things Season 4, describing it as the “best yet.”
According to Eric Shrier, president of FX Productions:
“The most recent season of ‘Better Things’ was its best yet and we’re excited about what’s to come in season five, as well as all of the future projects we are working on together.”
Release date latest: When is Better Things Season 5 likely to come out?
In July 2020, Hollywood Reporter and other sources reported that Better Things Season 5 was expected to return in 2021. However, it became uncertain if the show would be able to make an early 2021 return date.
The last two seasons of Better Things, Seasons 3 and 4, premiered in early February 2019 and March 2020, respectively.
Going by the premiere dates for Seasons 3 and 4, many fans had expected that the series would return for Season 5 in early 2021.
However, the coronavirus pandemic is expected to cause a delay in the 2021 premiere date.
When TVLine asked Adlon back in April (days before the Season 4 finale aired on FX) about her plans for Season 5, she was dismissive. Adlon said that due to the uncertainties caused by the coronavirus pandemic she wasn’t thinking about Season 5 yet.
When the coronavirus pandemic started in March, Adlon was working on Season 4 post-production. She said that she wasn’t thinking about Better Things Season 5 while she was working on Season 4.
But after finishing work on Season 4 in April, Adlon said she wasn’t planning to start writing Season 5 anytime soon because the coronavirus pandemic made the future of the show on FX uncertain.
” I really don’t give a f**k about Season 5 until we finish corona because I don’t know what’s going to happen. I can’t imagine writing a whole season for Better Things and then never producing it. That would be heartbreaking.”
It isn’t clear whether Adlon has started writing the next season since she made those comments in April, so it is difficult to predict how soon the show will premiere in 2021 if it does at all.
However, some hope remains that the show will premiere later in 2021 if it misses an early 2021 date.
Better Things Seasons 1 and 2 premiered in September 2016 and September 2017, respectively, so FX could target a 2021 fall season release date instead of a spring release date.
Better Things Season 5 cast updates
The Season 4 main cast is expected to return for Season 5.
That means Pamela Adlon will return as Sam Fox, Mikey Madison as Max Fox, Hannah Alligood as Frankie Fox, and Olivia Edward as Duke Fox.
Celia Imrie is also expected to return as Phyllis.
Better Things Season 5 plot
Season 4 ended with Sam paying off her debt to Xander by taking out a loan. A bit later, viewers saw her enjoying a swim in the pool with Phil and Rich.
The closing scene showed Max, Frankie, and Duke at the beach, looking at the sunset. They turn to look at the camera with the ocean behind them.
While it is too early to speculate about the Season 5 plot, Season 4 ended on a note that hints more positive developments and breakthroughs for the family in the upcoming season.
Better Things is currently on hiatus on FX with Season 5 TBA.