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TV-MA | | Comedy | TV Series (2016– )
This is a programme about navigating the trials and traumas of middle-class motherhood, looking at the competitive side and unromantic take on parenting - not the cute and acceptable public face of motherhood.
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Series cast summary:
Anna Maxwell Martin ...  Julia 14 episodes, 2016-2020
Lucy Punch ...  Amanda 14 episodes, 2016-2020
Diane Morgan ...  Liz 14 episodes, 2016-2020
Paul Ready ...  Kevin 14 episodes, 2016-2020
Phillipa Dunne Phillipa Dunne ...  Anne 14 episodes, 2016-2020
Ellie Haddington Ellie Haddington ...  Marion 8 episodes, 2016-2020
Tanya Moodie ...  Meg 7 episodes, 2019-2020
Oliver Chris ...  Paul 7 episodes, 2016-2020
Jackie Clune Jackie Clune ...  Mrs. Lamb 6 episodes, 2017-2019


Meet the Alpha Mums, headed by Amanda, 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, 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 - she is organised - she has to be as she is a successful events organiser - but when her mother Marion 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 Mums. Also in the mix is Kevin - 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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Was originally a 2011 pilot on the American network ABC. However, Sharon Horgan reworked the script when the pilot wasn't picked up for a full season and collaborated with Graham Linehan on turning it into a British comedy series instead. It was picked up for a full season in October 2016. See more »


Remake of Bad Mom (2011) See more »

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Genuinely funny comedy.
13 September 2016 | by chriscockerhamSee all my reviews

Came across this rather by accident when flicking through the television for something to watch, and gave it a chance.

Motherland was far more funny than the vast majority of shows around at the moment. Far better than the toilet humour of many panel shows and the repetitive and predictable gags of sitcoms like Big Bang Theory and devoid of the cringe inducing snippets of canned laughter which nowadays run alongside weak comedies to make viewers think it is funny.

Motherland knew what sort of show it wanted to be and the story it wanted to tell, and didn't deviate throughout the pilot episode. The episode was full of humour throughout and enough drama to keep the story going and feeling fresh, and didn't have to rely on the old humour fallback of "child says something funny" clichéd trope, popularised by things such as Kids Say the Darndest Things and use effectively in Outnumbered, but the world does not need another Outnumbered.

Motherland was a raw, entertaining and an ultimately funny TV show, which I am looking forward to watching more of. It would be a real shame if the show isn't taken on for further filming.

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6 September 2016 (UK) See more »

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