Audrey is determined not to be defined by motherhood. In theory, this seems fairly easy. In practice, her career-focused husband, self-obsessed mother, and fancy-free best friend, make it damn near impossible.
Sisters follows the story of three women who discover that they are sisters. Julia finds out that her Nobel prize winning father secretly used his own sperm in a number of "In Vitro Fertilisation" procedures.
New mother Audrey is having a hard time adjusting to motherhood. Exhausted, struggling to breastfeed and lacking support from her husband, her selfish and flighty mother, and friends who don't invite her out clubbing, she turns to a new mothers group. What she finds is a mixed bag of women and one man who are all in the same boat. Together they are united by their horror birth stories, sleepless nights and loss of identity. The letdown is a humorous yet truthful insight into new parenthood, a must watch that will make you reminisce and cry at the same time.Written by
After two episodes, I have warmed to the premise of this show. It offers an amusing and fairly convincing glimpse into the experiences of childbirth and early-parenting, and it seems to hit its targets more often than it misses.
Audrey is the new mother at the center of the story. Much is made of her feelings of inadequacy and inferiority, especially when surrounded by mothers for whom it seems to come all too easily. The first episode rolled out an admittedly predictable roster of clichéd mother-types to stand as Audrey's peers - the ambitious career-mother, the perfect angel-mother, the airhead hippy-mother - but to its credit, the show seems willing to push beyond these thin characterizations, allowing us to see the insecurities that prompt mothers to produce confident and overachieving facades. As Audrey learns this, she herself emerges as more capable and self-assured. It is a positive portrayal of motherhood and parenthood, and I hope that The Letdown continues to pursue this message through its run.
I will also watch in hope that the show does not eventually succumb to lazy stereotypes with some of its characters. So far, only brief glimpses have been offered of a young Asian mother and a non-gender binary parent (who prompts a not-very-tolerant eye-roll from other characters). As the show develops, it may give sharper focus to these characters - it would be a shame if they faded into the background.
Of course, a show like this is compulsory viewing for anyone who is recently a parent, but I think its message remains true for anyone, as it is one of those rare programs that succeeds in making our failings and frailties sharply entertaining. I will be watching with interest to see where it goes from here.
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