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Better with You

Better with You
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Genre Sitcom
Created by Shana Goldberg-Meehan
Starring Joanna Garcia Swisher
Jennifer Finnigan
Josh Cooke
Jake Lacy
Kurt Fuller
Debra Jo Rupp
Opening theme "Better With You"
by Ben Kweller
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Shana Goldberg-Meehan
Greg Malins
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Warner Bros. Television
Bonanza Productions Inc.
Silver and Gold Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original channel ABC
Original release September 22, 2010 (2010-09-22) – May 11, 2011 (2011-05-11)

Better with You is an American romantic sitcom TV show starring Joanna Garcia Swisher and Jennifer Finnigan. The series aired on Wednesdays at 8:30 pm Eastern/7:30 pm Central on ABC and ran from September 22, 2010 to May 11, 2011.[1][2][3]

The series was officially cancelled on May 13, 2011 by ABC.[4]

Plot

The series revolved around three different relationships that are tightly intertwined in one family, as it follows a couple, Maddie and Ben, who had been dating for nine years and are happy just living together despite not taking the next step, marriage. Maddie's life is thrown for a loop when her younger sister Mia announces that she is pregnant and is about to marry Casey, a guy whom she has only known for seven weeks. To make matters worse, Maddie is stunned that their parents, who have been married for 35 years and have their issues, approve of the union, leaving Maddie and Ben questioning themselves about their own relationship. The story followed their lives and struggles.

Cast

Production

Better with You was previously known as Better Together, Couples, Leapfrog,[5] and then briefly as That Couple.[6][7] On January 15, 2010, ABC green-lit the pilot, which was written by Friends writer and executive producer Shana Goldberg-Meehan and directed by James Burrows.[8] The show was produced by Bonanza Productions, Silver and Gold Productions, and Warner Bros. Television. Better with You aired on Wednesday at 8:30 after The Middle and before Modern Family.[9] On October 26, ABC announced that Better with You was picked up for a full 22-episode season.[10]

Ben Kweller wrote the theme song for the show.[11] Country music singer Reba McEntire made an appearance in episode 8 of season 1, "Better with Flirting," as wedding planner Lorraine Ashley. Series regular Joanna Garcia Swisher and McEntire both starred in the WB/CW series Reba.

Better with You marked the second time Josh Cooke and Jennifer Finnigan have co-starred on a sitcom, the first being the short-lived 2005 NBC series Committed; it is also the second time that Cooke and Kurt Fuller co-starred in a sitcom, having previously starred in the short-lived 2006 ABC series Big Day.

Episodes

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Reception

Critical reception

Better with You received generally positive reviews and had a Metacritic Metascore of 64.[12]

Ratings

Season Episodes Timeslot (EDT) Original airing Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Network
Season premiere Season finale TV Season
1 22 Wednesday 8:30 pm (September 22, 2010 – May 11, 2011) Monday 9:30 pm (April 25, 2011) September 22, 2010 (2010-09-22) May 11, 2011 (2011-05-11)[13] 2010–2011 #75 6.60 ABC

Awards and nominations

Year Presenter Award Result
2011 People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Comedy Nominated

International broadcasts

Country Network Start date
20px Latin America Warner Channel November 1, 2010
23x15px Brazil Warner Channel Latin America
SBT
November 1, 2010
August 14, 2012–December 4, 2012
23x15px New Zealand TV2 January 19, 2011
23x15px Poland HBO Comedy March 1, 2011
23x15px Serbia
23x15px United Kingdom 5* March 9, 2011
23x15px Italy Mya July 25, 2011
23x15px Australia Nine Network September 19, 2011
23x15px Bulgaria bTV April 6, 2013
Template:Country data Israel Israel HOT 3
23x15px Croatia Doma TV March 5, 2012
Template:Country data Iceland Iceland Stöð 2 March, 2012
Template:Country data India India Zee Café
23x15px Philippines 2nd Avenue/(RJTV)
23x15px Portugal Fox Life
23x15px Romania HBO Comedy
23x15px Turkey CNBC-E
23x15px Ireland 3e

References

  1. ^ Hanh Nguyen (May 18, 2010). "ABC's fall TV schedule, night by night". Zap2it. Tribune Media Services. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Fall 2010 Day-By-Day TV Schedule". TVGuide.com. 
  3. ^ ABC Announces Fall Series Premiere Dates, TV By the Numbers, July 8, 2010
  4. ^ "‘Better With You’ Cancelled By ABC - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  5. ^ "Development Update: Friday, September 18". The Futon Critic. September 18, 2009. Retrieved May 23, 2010. 
  6. ^ ""Chuck", "V," Eight Pilots Make the Cut for 2010-11". The Futon Critic. May 13, 2010. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  7. ^ Berman, Marc (May 18, 2010). "ABC: Seven New Series; Changes Affect Four Nights". Media Week. Retrieved May 23, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Development Update: Friday, January 15". The Futon Critic. January 15, 2010. Retrieved May 23, 2010. 
  9. ^ ABC Announces 2010-11 Primetime Schedule, TV By the Numbers, May 18, 2010
  10. ^ "Love That TV | Boston Herald". News.bostonherald.com. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  11. ^ "‘Better With You’: Theme songs are better with Ben Kweller - Zap2it". Blog.zap2it.com. 2010-11-18. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  12. ^ "Better With You - Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. 2010-09-22. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  13. ^ "ABC Announces Season Finale Dates (‘Castle,’ ‘Modern Family,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Desperate Housewives’ and More) - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 

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