As Max, the teenage daughter of a beleaguered single working mom (Pamela Adlon), Madison ups the angst factor to eleven. At first, Max is painted as a typical – yet very open – teenage girl. She begs her mother to score weed for her, has co-ed sleepovers right under her mom's nose, and blows off school so she can party. Throughout the first few episodes of the series, Max floats through life as an acerbic and opposing force in the household. She seems to be selfish, rude, and self-centered. However, layers are pulled back as the series progresses and her character begins to take on nuance. Madison slowly reveals vulnerabilities and insecurities in Max that remind us all that no one has it all figured out at eighteen.