Pamela Adlon on the 'Better Things' Finale, the FX Show's Legacy, and More: 'Top 5' Podcast by 'CaseCase

Pamela Adlon on the 'Better Things' Finale, the FX Show's Legacy, and More: 'Top 5' Podcast by 'Case ...

[Warning: This story includes spoilers from the series finale of FX.]


The writer-director-star of the comedy said, "This is gonna be a wrap on Sam Fox" in October.

Fans of the comedy might be crossing their fingers on the "for now" piece of the equation, wishing that Sam, Max (Mikey Madison), Frankie, and Duke (Olivia Edward) might return to our televisions sooner than later, but if Monday's (April 25) series finale was the end of the Fox clan, it was a surprisingly satisfying conclusion.

Another fantastic pre-credit music video, Sam got a new piece of art for her upstairs landing, and a wedding brought many of the show's beloved supporting characters back to life, complete with shooting stars, northern lights, and, if you stuck it out until the end, a very bizarre and unexplainable occurrence.

In our second Showrunner Spotlight standalone podcast, Adlon shared a wide-ranging, wonderful digressive conversation about the show's journey during the January season.

Listen to the full interview.

Adlon was the last in-person guest for TV's Top 5 back, bringing forth many nostalgic memories of the changing world.

Adlon tells Lesley Goldberg and Daniel Fienberg that season five would be the show's last before she started writing it, and while she suspects that FX would have allowed her to do more if she's asked, "It feels good to finish the show feeling good rather than slumping toward the finish line."

Every day, she notices new things in her "notes" folder that might have been Better Things plotlines, but she states, "I wanted to keep the story going as if the stories would continue to unfold." Truth is that this has been seven years of my life. I've lost many people, I've had to make adjustments in terms of pivots and important life changes."

Adlon discusses the various difficulties that came with COVID-19 production (and why COVID wasn't a part of the season). The season five song selection, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," returned to Monty Python's "Galaxy Song," which was a nod to old, old, and supporters.

Adlon says, "When we conclude on "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," that said: "Everyone who watches this show is, everybody who has yet to discover it." Because I know what my show is, and I know it is a marathon and not a race. People will catch up to it soon. It is still not there and it doesn't have eyeballs of those huge screen shows that are so many eyeballs, and people are talking about hate-watching, which is so

Adlon discusses bringing her own genealogical insight from Finding Your Roots to the season, how baseball cards became a crucial component of the season's arc, and how the nighttime sky in the final shots came together, and what that unidentified flying object means to her.

What is Adlon's second plan? She gives us some suggestions.

Listen to the full TV's Top 5 Showrunner Spotlight special episode, above. Goldberg (West Coast TV editor) and Fienberg (chief TV critic) have arranged a weekly television podcast, which includes news, analysis, reviews, and interviews with new and established showrunners.

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