Motherland: Season 1 (2016)



Critic Consensus: Motherland pulls no punches, creating an honest and hilarious portrayal of parenthood buoyed by brilliant performances from its seasoned cast -- though for some viewers it may hit a little too close to home.


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Air date: May 10, 2018
Air date: May 17, 2018

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Sitcom about navigating the trials and traumas of middle-class motherhood.

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Critic Reviews for Motherland Season 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4)

Well-intentioned and with strong ideas worth supporting - seriously, people, help out your spouses -- the Sundance Now comedy can't balance the chaos it creates with the chaos it instills in viewers.

May 9, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Motherland has painted a blisteringly accurate portrait of a horrible, self-absorbed mother - and had an awful lot of fun with it, too.

Dec 29, 2017 | Full Review…

But it's the underlying awareness of this particular certainty that makes the series' writers (Sharon Horgan, Graham Linehan, Holly Walsh, and Helen Linehan) feel borderline revolutionary at times.

Dec 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Alongside the blazing brilliance of leads Maxwell Martin and Morgan, it was these observational details - facial expressions, nonverbal noises, body language - that made the characters so engrossing.

Dec 29, 2017 | Full Review…

The main problem is that Motherland feels like comedy created by committee - and in this case a committee that's not sure what sort of comedy it wants to create.

Sep 5, 2018 | Full Review…

If you need some affirming entertainment while you collapse on the couch post-bedtime, exhausted and clutching your own bottle of merlot.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

One of the benefits of Sundance Now making all seven episodes available to critics is that some of the issues that were bothering me are addressed before the first season comes to a close, but not enough.

May 11, 2018 | Rating: 6.9/10 | Full Review…

Helpfully, the kids don't get a look-in: this is all about mums. The lifelong panic of being a mum. It is, also helpfully, appallingly funny: best comedy of this year.

Mar 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Motherland gets all of this and captures it with energy, audacity, and style; at its most frenzied, it evokes the final 30 minutes of Goodfellas, minus the cocaine, helicopters, and Harry Nilsson.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

But even with several other mostly winning performances from fine actors, the cast can't overcome the constraints the show puts on them in service of ever-escalating scenarios meant to be wince-inducing and funny at the same time.

May 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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