TV Show Reviews
Review of "Motherland"
airs now on Sundance Now
This is a British sitcom, but I didn't find it very funny
at all. Perhaps if I'd had children, I would find it more
so. The show is about a harried mom, Julia, trying to cope
with kids, husband and job.
In the first episode,
Julia is trying to get her kids to school so that she can
get to her job, but everything goes wrong. She forgot that
her kids' school is closed for break, her mom refuses to
babysit any more, her husband is not being helpful, and her
boss keeps phoning her to ask when she'll be in. She meets
some other moms at a coffee place, so she hopes to get
involved with them, and hopefully get some emotional support
as well as childcare help. That doesn't go so well, either.
Usually I like British sitcoms, but this one falls flat.
Someone must think it's funny, though, because it was
already renewed for a second season.
is a new streaming pay service, similar to CBS All Access or
Meet the Alpha Moms, headed by
Amanda (Lucy Punch), very much the queen bee. Everything
is organised, clean and sparkly - even the kitchen cork
board is a statement of success. At the other end of the
spectrum, we meet Liz (Diane Morgan), who is totally
chaotic and feels the kids should enjoy free expression
- if they want to do kamikaze jumps of the sofa, she
drags a mattress round for safety. Somewhere between
Amanda and Liz is Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin) - she is
organised - she has to be as she is a successful events
organiser - but when her mother Marion (Ellie
Haddington) decides she is no longer going to be the
free child-sitter and school-run taxi, Julia finds her
organisation skills are taxed and nowhere near the level
of the Alpha Moms. Also in the mix is Kevin (Paul Ready)
- he is the stay-at-home dad, who, rather than fighting
against that, is embracing it with gusto - much to the
irritation of the other mums.
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