TV REVIEW: Workin’ Moms – Season 1

A group of moms who attend the same mom and baby group reach the end of their maternity leave and prepare to return to the world of work. None of them have realised just how much motherhood has changed them or the challenges they will face trying to balance parenting, their careers or their relationships.

The premise I have described here probably sounds a bit stale, if not potentially twee and cheesy and overdone. We’ve all seen this working moms thing before, haven’t we? Well, this one is a bit different. Or maybe I am just seeing it a little bit differently because I am now a “working mom” myself.

Anyway, the moms in this dramedy are all facing different challenges that are very representative of modern motherhood and the identity crisis that can come with it.

Kate (Catherine Reitman) is a PR dynamo who is looking for a step up into her next role but while she’s been away everyone seems to have forgotten she existed. Acerbic therapist Anne (Dani Kind) has discovered she is pregnant with her third child only months after her second was born and will now need to decide whether she’s going to keep the baby… while also trying to bond with her stroppy pre-teen daughter. Frankie (Juno Rinaldi) is suffering from undiagnosed post-partum depression that is threatening to destroy her relationship, her career as a realtor and her grip on reality. And Jenny (Jessalyn Wanlim) is feeling trapped by motherhood, which is causing her to act out in a worryingly rebellious fashion.

There are some very funny moments in the show but the characters feel very real and what they are going through is very real. I connected with the self-doubt and mum guilt they experience on a visceral level. While my child is older and I feel like I have survived the identity crisis that happens immediately after having a baby, seeing these women try to figure out who they were as people was so familiar and relateable.

The central performances are really strong but the side characters, mostly partners and co-workers are also well written and complex characters. Even the ones just played for laughs are fun. I really loved Mean Nanny (Jess Salgueiro) and Kate’s hapless assistant, Rosie (Nikki Duval).

This one isn’t going to be for everyone but it was definitely for me. I did think the character of Stormager, a working mom from a different era was probably a bit too much. But overall it was a great show and I am looking forward to Netflix getting more seasons.

4/5

4 Comments

  1. Maybe it’s a ‘you have to be there’, Abbi. But I’m happy that you like it.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Yeah if you’re not a parent of a small child this probably isn’t for you.

  2. Loved this show!

    1. It was great. Definitely a “niche market” but very relatable.

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