TV Review: Workin’ Moms Season 1 👩🏼‍💼👶🏼🍼

A brilliant and original TV series about the lives of four moms who are struggling with managing their working life and baby.

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Workin’ Moms stars Catherine Reitman (bottom) as Kate, Dani Kind (bottom left) as Anne, Juno Rinaldi (top left) as Frankie, and Jessalyn Wanlim (top right) as Jenny. CREDIT: CBC Television

This post for Workin’ Moms Season 1 contains spoilers.

It’s all thanks to Netflix and its effect that I recently discovered and binge-watched the Canadian TV series Workin’ Moms (2017—, created by Catherine Reitman) (note: as of this writing Netflix is streaming Season 1 globally, Season 2 will premiere April 12 globally; both Season 1 and Season 2 are on Netflix Canada, but this series currently has three seasons on CBC). The series follows the lives of four moms—Kate (Catherine Reitman), Anne (Dani Kind), Frankie (Juno Rinaldi), and Jenny (Jessalyn Wanlim)—who meet up once a week at a mommy and me group. The series starts off with the moms ending their maternal leave and going back to their normal working lives.

Even though I’m not a mom, I can see the appeal of this series and how relatable it can be for real-life working moms.

The series dares to show the nitty-gritty aspects of being a working mom, and doesn’t shy away from discussing topics such as sex, abortion, breastfeeding, postpartum depression and even the “no” word in front of a baby.

There are a couple of standout episodes and clever one-liners that is bound to entertain audiences. In “Pilot” (S01E01), a kodiak bear even appears and you get to see the true power of motherhood. “The bear is very integral to the story. The bear serves as a metaphor for the incredible hardships and challenges that most working parents come up against.” – Catherine Reitman

There is also an episode titled “Bye Bye Kate” (S01E11) that explores Marie Kondo’s Konmari method (this is before Marie Kondo went viral with her Tidying Up series on Netflix), where Frankie takes a temporary leave from her realtor job and falls into the trap of selling everything that doesn’t “spark joy” in her life, as per the Konmari method.

Although all the moms are great—my favourite character, without a doubt, is Anne. I love her forward personality and the way she doesn’t give a f*ck about anything. When I first saw the character, I thought of Ellie Kemper who plays Kimmy Schmidt in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; but I realised that apart from Kind’s and Kemper’s indistinguishable red hair, their TV character personalities are complete opposites.

Anne has some of the best lines on this show (see examples below), and I absolutely adore the relationship she has with her nine-year-old daughter Alice. Even in front of her daughter, she doesn’t hold back her emotions or words, and I guess this is why Anne is my favourite.

I do find issues in the way that the character focus tends to be lacking for Jenny—the Asian mom. I think there can be an improvement for diversity in this show, but then again I understand that this series was inspired by Reitman’s real-life, thus it’s certainly understandable why it’s so white. And while I did mention earlier that Workin’ Moms focuses on four moms, I think Kate and Anne are prioritised more than Frankie and Jenny in Season 1, but for the following seasons the character focus changes quite a bit so you will have to watch it for yourself to find out what happens.

I do love this show and I’m so glad that it now has a global platform to gain more audiences. If you love honest, witty, dark humour about parenthood, then Workin’ Moms is the perfect series for you to watch.

Rating: 5/5

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