The Best TV Shows About Working Moms | the islander
Spoiler alert. Season 6 of working moms is the best TV you’ll see all year. Well ok, the best TV if you like watching shows that somewhat reflect your own mundane life. Good luck to you if your life resembles that of Kevin Costner in Yellowstoneride free in the mountains of Montana, or you sail the Mediterranean like Captain Lee on Under the bridge.
My life is nowhere as exotic as this. It never was. Here are my favorite shows about motherhood, especially motherhood at work. Those who succeed rather well even if it is far from being glamorous.
So I’m going to start with working moms, a Canadian show created by Catherine Reitman who plays Kate Foster, public relations manager and mother of two children. Season 1, in 2017, opened with Kate returning to work from maternity leave and since then Reitman has been pushing the envelope. Season 6 is all about the extent to which women push themselves to seem like they have everything under control. And how far is too far.
Where to watch: Netflix
It’s not my favorite show though, that accolade belongs to better things, a wonderful show starring Pamela Adlon. She is a middle-aged single mother who takes care of her three children and an aging mother while working as an actress in Hollywood. The episodes oscillate between humor and darkness, it’s personal and you feel like part of the family. The fifth and final season has just ended and the world will be less for it.
Where to watch: Disney+
Disaster is another show that is over. Four Seasons of Laughter and Tears by Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney. Horgan plays Sharon, who becomes pregnant after a one-night stand with Rob, an American in London on a business trip. It tackles radical ideas of love and romance, their relationship isn’t easy, parenthood isn’t easy. But this show is very easy to love.
Where to watch: Stan
Horgan is one of the writers of this British series which follows a group of middle-class mums dealing with the politics of the school gate and competitive motherhood and the very idea of having it all. In this group of women, you will see so many aspects of your own circle of friendship and it will scare you.
Where to watch: Apple TV
Girlfriends Guide to Divorce
Girlfriends Guide to Divorce out of the USA. Based on the books by Vicki Iovine, it follows Abby McCarthy (Lisa Edelstein), a self-directed author who faces enough trouble. These five seasons have been full of pointed observations on divorce, alongside parenthood, work-life balance, and female friendships. It got messy, Edelstein was wonderful, and an appearance by Janeane Garofalo in the first season was a highlight.
Where to watch: Stan
SMILF was another edgy show based on Frankie Shaw’s award-winning short film of the same name. Shaw stars as Bridgette, a young single mother, who tries to combine motherhood with a “normal” life. Not many topics he didn’t touch on. In the first episode, she brings a date home and tries to have sex with him while her young son is sleeping on the bed. Also starring Rosie O’Donnell, Connie Britton and Samara Weaving as her baby dad’s new girlfriend.
Where to watch: Paramount
My Favorite Real-Life Working Mom, Megan Doherty Recommends The middle, with Patricia Heaton. I admit I haven’t watched it, but I trust Megan’s good judgment. She’s the hardest working mom I know. Heaton plays Frankie, a middle-class, middle-aged mother from the Midwest, who narrates the show. It first aired in 2009 and ran for nine seasons until 2017. Squire the magazine named it “the best show you’re not watching” in 2016, an underrated gem. I’ll take Megan’s advice. She is a mother who knows what she is talking about.