In the Motherhood: Season 1 (2009)


Season 1
In the Motherhood

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Even with a cast of fully-capable comediennes, In the Motherhood is a poorly written version of the web series it was based on.

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Air date: Mar 26, 2009

A sitcom about three women with radically different parenting skills dealing with everyday life. In the premiere episode, Jane (Cheryl Hines) reenters the dating pool, but she's nervous about how much the rules for the singles scene have changed. Meanwhile, Rosemary (Megan Mullally) tries to take advantage of the perceived special treatment that pregnant women receive, and Emily's attempt to be honest with her young son backfires. The show is based on an Internet series of the same name.

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Air date: Apr 2, 2009

Time off for Jane with her baby feels more like work; Rosemary sings the praises of unionizing to Jane's nanny, Horatio (Horatio Sanz); a stay-at-home vacation for Emily and her husband earns their kids' disapproval.

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Air date: Apr 9, 2009

Jane stands up to a bully at Annie's school, but also adopts some tried-and-true tormentor's tactics to get her way at work; Emily's role as head mom at the preschool is challenged by a newcomer; Rosemary tries to reform the band she had in the 1980s.

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Air date: Apr 16, 2009

Jane rejoins a kickball league at work to teach Annie a lesson about staying the course when she wants to quit her karate class; Emily and Jason worry about the temperament of their son's imaginary friend; Rosemary shows off her skills at a parenting seminar.

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Air date: Jun 25, 2009

Jane questions her parenting skills when her boyfriend, Shep, immediately hits it off with the kids and Horatio; Rosemary gives Emily a tutorial in the cutthroat world of carpooling after a neighbor challenges her supremacy.

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Air date: Jul 2, 2009

Emily begins a covert plan to make Jane the legal guardian for her kids in the event something happens to her and Jason. Meanwhile, Rosemary throws herself a wake to enjoy the party while she's still alive.

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Air date: Jul 9, 2009

In the series finale, Jane tries to show her boss that neither motherhood nor the flu can keep her from meeting a deadline. Meanwhile, Rosemary competes for Horatio's friendship, and Jason's illness tests Emily's patience.

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Critic Reviews for In the Motherhood Season 1

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (16)

Utterly without style or any relatability, In the Motherhood is about as funny as bleeding gums.

Sep 24, 2019 | Rating: D- | Full Review…
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Not so-bad-it's-good. Just bad. Plain bad. Why am I watching this?-level bad.

Jan 31, 2014 | Full Review…

The tedium and unoriginality of this new ABC sitcom, the latest entry in the vastly overworked motherhood-as-martyrdom genre, has to be seen to be believed, though my strong and sincere suggestion is that you just take my word for it

Jan 31, 2014 | Full Review…

It's stunning that ABC's new sitcom In the Motherhood, built on stories of life as Mom, manages to come off as stiff, disjointed and curiously unlikable.

Jan 31, 2014 | Full Review…

To stand out from the pablum of domestic sitcoms, the series needs to lose the working-mom cliches and be more willing to be mean.

Jan 31, 2014 | Full Review…

The show rises to mediocrity on the strength of the occasional snappiness of the dialogue.

Jan 31, 2014 | Full Review…
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Perhaps it's time for an ABC sitcom intervention.

Jan 31, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

With jokes so bad, they make Carrot Top look funny, it's a tough haul for all - all around.

Jan 31, 2014 | Full Review…

If series like In The Motherhood are designed as Trojan horses for product placement, they won't have much impact if they're as weakly written as this Frankensteinian mulch of mommy-war clichés and "Santa is dead" gags.

Jan 31, 2014 | Full Review…

If ABC wants In the Motherhood to resonate with moms, its writers should spend more time telling stories that reflect moms' actual lives and less time pitting one motherly stereotype against another.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

It feels like a show that should have a laugh track, and without it, it's hard to know where to fake laugh. The humor is forced, the pilot's storyline is trite and predictable, and the cast is completely wasted on bad material.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

This series reaps the benefits of good writing and a strong cast.

Jan 31, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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