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Review of "Motherland" 5/11/18 by Suzanne
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.

Sundance Now is a new streaming pay service, similar to CBS All Access or HULU.


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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