Better Than Us

Better Than Us takes place in a future where androids serve the population, even replacing humans in certain jobs. They raise children and work as chauffeurs and security guards. China’s one-child policy led to a critical shortage of women, so an engineer designs an advanced robot named “Arisa.” Arisa is programmed to act as both a wife and a mother and is not programmed with Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics.

Purchased by a powerful robotics company, Arisa ends up killing a man who tried to sexually assault her and then escapes. She encounters a little girl and an automatic bonding response takes place.

The series follows the family she creates, what she will do to protect them and herself, the actions of the anti-droid militant group, “the Liquidators,” as well as the many dark and disturbing secrets of the head of the robotics company.

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Paulina Andreeva as Arisa
Kirill Kyaro as Georgy N. Safronov
Aleksandr Ustyugov as Viktor Toropov
Olga Lomonosova as Alla Safronova
Eldar Kalimulin as Yegor Safronov
Vita Kornienko as Sonya Safronova
Aleksandr Kuznetsov as Bars (Barsenev)
Vera Panfilova as Zhanna Barseneva
Fedor Lavrov as Gleb
Sergey Sosnovsky as Alexey Stepanovich Losev
Pavel Vorozhtsov as Igor Mikhailovich Maslovsky
Irina Tarannik as Svetlana
Sergey Kolesnikov as Anatoly
Kirill Polukhin as Pavel Borisovich Varlamov
Valentina Muravskaya as Boutique saleswomen

Created by

Andrey Junkovsky
Aleksandr Dagan
Aleksandr Kessel

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Release Date

The filming of the television series began in the summer of 2016. In August 2019, the first season was available to stream on Netflix markets outside of Russia and China. It is the first Russian series presented as a Netflix Original.

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Editor’s Note:

This is one of the best sci-fi, or maybe not so sci-fi, shows I've seen. There was a good mix of story, action, and thought-provoking content that it kept me entertained throughout the whole series. I hope they make another season in the future. It is dubbed, but because of the quality of the show, I didn't mind. Definitely something to have on your watch list!

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