Two comedies are launching this week to get a jump on the flood of new network TV shows that will launch throughout September and October. “Better Things” starts on FX, while “One Mississippi” is the latest offering from Amazon’s streaming service.
Both are dark comedies inspired by the lives of the women who created the shows. Here’s what you need to know about the shows.
“Better Things,” 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, FX
The story goes: Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon), a single working actor with no filter, raises her three daughters. Sam also watches out for her mother, who lives across the street. Sam is flawed, but she never waivers in her love of her daughters.
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The cast: Adlon, Mikey Madison, Hannah Alligood, Olivia Edward, Celia Imrie.
How the heck do you know Pamela Adlon? You probably know her voice best. She did all the speaking for Bobby Hill on “King of the Hill.”
What Adlon says about creating a series based on her own life: “I’m very aware of things that would be too personal, and my daughters know that I wouldn’t co-opt their lives. But, my dad would always say, ‘Write what you know.’ And all my daughters are writers. I don’t walk into a room and go, ‘Wait. Hang on. I’ve got to go write what just happened.’ Although I do that with my mother. She walks into the kitchen, and I just get out a pen, and I go, ‘Go.’ Because I know it’s just going to be material for me right now. I’m like, ‘Oh, this is going to be good. OK. Tell me about the Neighborhood Watch meeting, Mom. Let’s go.’ ”
Interesting fact: One of the executive producers is Louis C.K.
Interesting fact No. 2: Adlon was the voice of Pumyra in “Thundercats.”
You’ll like this show if you like: “Life In Pieces,” “Louie.”
“One Mississippi,” 12:01 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, Amazon Prime
The story goes: The dark comedy has been inspired by comedian Tig Notaro’s life. Tig Bavaro (Notaro) must return to her childhood home following the unexpected death of her mother. She not only has to deal with the emotions following the loss, but also with the first real examination of her own mortality.
The cast: Notaro, Noah Harpster, John Rothman, Casey Wilson, Beth Grant.
How the heck do you know Tig Notaro? She has a recurring role as Barb on “Transparent.”
What Notaro says about her passion for comedy: “I had followed stand-up since I was a child and sketch and just devoured all comedy, and I didn’t think I could be a stand-up, though. I thought that was for chosen people that were floating around outer space. People become president and people get to become stand-up comedians. Those were on the same level to me and it wasn’t until I moved out to Los Angeles that I went and saw stand-up comedy at coffee shops and bars and comedy clubs that I started to see what was out there.”
Interesting fact: Notaro enjoys bird watching with her wife at their home in Los Angeles.
Interesting fact No. 2: She’s a real Mississippi native.
You’ll like this show if you like: “Designing Women.”