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Motherland: Season 1 Reviews

November 20, 2017
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.
May 8, 2018
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 11, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.9/10
December 29, 2017
It may be early days, but Motherland has the hallmarks of a classic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 29, 2017
It is no surprise that Horgan is behind this - anyone who has watched her show Catastrophe knows how she manages to find hilarity in the nuances of everyday life.
December 29, 2017
It's one of the best TV comedies I've seen in the last ten years.
December 29, 2017
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.
November 20, 2017
If there's a bum note, then it comes with the dads. I hesitate to mention this, because even here Motherland is hilarious.
November 20, 2017
This isn't belly-laugh comedy, it goes deeper than that. In an age when motherhood has been sanctified and rhapsodised it is refreshing to see it kicked off its pedestal and bathed in hard truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 29, 2017
Motherland is exclusively about the adult experience post-procreation and, as such, is terrifyingly good.
November 20, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 20, 2017
Rest assured, there's something in it for everyone. Those with children can laugh with them; those without children can laugh at them.
November 17, 2017
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.
December 29, 2017
Motherland has painted a blisteringly accurate portrait of a horrible, self-absorbed mother - and had an awful lot of fun with it, too.
May 14, 2018
If you need some affirming entertainment while you collapse on the couch post-bedtime, exhausted and clutching your own bottle of merlot.
November 20, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 9, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 13, 2018
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.
December 29, 2017
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.
May 14, 2018
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.