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Thank God, thank God, thank God for Motherland, which has returned for a full series following on from the pilot last year, and is not just in command of its comedy chops but creates a world that feels true.
The best comedy takes reality and stretches it just enough to be funny but still believable. Every mother (and for that matter, father) will find plenty to relate to in Motherland. They'll find even more to laugh their heads off at. Riotous.
The writers (Sharon Horgan, Graham Linehan, Holly Walsh and Helen Linehan) observe with exquisite, excruciating intensity the petty (in all senses) gradations and snobberies of the various substrata of the British class system.
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.
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.
Though the writing in this season-opener was as sharp as ever, most of the set-ups and gags were squirm-inducing rather than truly amusing, while the troupe of supercilious alpha-mums were almost cartoonish in their social shallowness.