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Generation X’s tendency to be grouchy is perfectly encapsulated on Better Things and Loudermilk

  • "Lately we seem adept but boring," Hank Stuever says of the TV portrayal of him and his fellow Gen-Xers. Pamela Adlon's FX dramedy and the Ron Livingston's new Audience Network dramedy, on the other hand, both “feature main characters who each offer unapologetic expressions of Generation X in a state of grumpy, middle-aged dissatisfaction,” says Stuever. “Too many of TV’s Gen-X characters are seen as icy, hypercapable bosses (see 48-year-old Anne Heche as an intelligence officer who remote-commands a special-ops outfit in NBC’s The Brave), working overtime to prevent chaos (50-year-old Kiefer Sutherland as a conspiracy-plagued U.S. president in ABC’s Designated Survivor; 51-year-old Téa Leoni as an overworked diplomat on CBS’s Madam Secretary; 40-year-old Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in ABC’s Scandal), or, once in a while, serving as master manipulators (48-year-old Christian Slater in USA’s Mr. Robot).”

    TOPICS: Audience Network, FX, Better Things, Loudermilk, Pamela Adlon, Ron Livingston, Generation X