The fourth season of Workin’ Moms sees Kate (Catherine Reitman) back together with Nathan (Philip Sternberg) and trying to rebuild her relationship while simultaneously building her business. Anne (Dani Kind) is attempting to write a parenting book, while her daughter, Alice (Sadie Munroe) is still on off the rails. Meanwhile Frankie (Juno Rinaldi) is worried her girlfriend, Bianca (Tennille Read) is being duped by her son’s biological father. And Jenny (Jessalyn Wanlim) takes on her boss with the hope of bridging the gender pay gap.
I really enjoyed the first and second seasons of Workin’ Moms but then the third season jumped the shark for me. I potentially wouldn’t have watched this season if I wasn’t looking for something a bit unchallenging in lockdown.
Unfortunately things haven’t really improved. It seems Reitman who is the creator and star of the show really just wants to amp things up every season and so that means it gets crazier and crazier and we get further from the emotional heart of the characters. Kate and Nathan’s worries about their son’s development and their different approaches to it should have been moving but it really doesn’t land. Both Frankie and Jenny’s behaviour is a bit hard to swallow and I ended up not liking anyone anymore.
In terms of the characters it’s interesting to see which main characters and stayed and which have gone. Val (Sarah McVie) has all but disappeared and Giselle (Oluniké Adeliyi) and Ian’s (Dennis Andres) storylines have just been cut. Possibly this is because the series run is eight rather than the usual thirteen. Weirdly Juniper (Aviva Mongillo) is still around. I think she’s supposed to be comic relief but her living with Frankie and Bianca is implausible.
The shorter episode run makes everything a bit rushed and the ending felt a bit abrupt. I appreciated that Kate and Anne’s relationship was still the in forefront and that the complexities of keeping an adult friendship alive were explored. It wasn’t enough though.
I think it’s unlikely that I’ll watch another season of this dramedy, which is a pity since it had so much potential. There are just much better shows about balancing work and parenting out there. Happy to provide recommendations if anyone asks.