Back in February, Netflix dropped the first season of Workin’ Moms and I am only mildly ashamed to admit I binge watched it in a day.
How you may ask?
The episodes are approximately 20 minutes a pop which is great because, with some clever maneuvering, you too can squish them into your schedule and watch a season in a day (please do this so I don’t feel so bad!)
As you probably know, I am a working mom myself, and so it is pretty obvious why I chose to watch the show but it must be said that I am of the belief that ALL moms need something to relate to and figured I would give the first season a Tash-bash and of course, share my thoughts here with you.
What Is Workin’ Moms?
As you may have guessed by the name, Workin’ Moms is a 13 episode series following the lives of four moms who are part of a “mommy and me” group and whose maternity leave is coming to an end.
There are aspects of the show that I love and relate to like nobody’s business!
And then there are those that have me pulling awful faces at the screen and just questioning my general life choices like ‘Why am I still watching this?’
Workin’ moms touches on all sorts of topics like breast-pumping and feeding, postpartum depression, boobjuice vs formula, nannies, overbearing family members and the transition of going from mommy – where you are literally the most important person in someone’s life – back to an employee (and obviously the mom guilt that comes with this!)
If you haven’t already, you should definitely check out the trailer, this alone has many a mom’s mind made up as to whether or not they will be trying it out.
In this next bit, I am going to tell you what I love about the show, what I don’t love and introduce you to the characters.
I’ve done my best not to include any season one spoilers, but I have mentioned one or two elements of the storyline.
What I love about Workin’ Moms
Working Moms In The Spotlight!
I love, love, love the fact that an entire show has been created about moms and how they fit into the work world.
I don’t think I have ever even heard of a show focusing on the life of a working mom and I am so happy that more attention is being given to this oft-ignored topic.
Kinda Based On A True Story?
Catharine Reitman – the creator of the show – is the main character and a lot of the content of the show is derived from experiences in her own life as an actress turned momma who was sick of not getting work – so I like that from the get-go there is a feeling of authenticity to the show.
The first couple of episodes feature hilariously relatable scenes of breast-pumping in the workplace and some of the issues most of us working moms will or have faced (like co-workers reactions, your designated pump spot being the bathroom and supply problems – in fact pretty much everything I wrote about in my own post about breast-pumping in the workplace) and so this is a big win in my eyes.
It Is Relatable
It is great to see that all moms, whether they are first time parents or have had previous children, struggle with the most random of issues.
Think getting the pram to actually fit in the boot.
Plus, some of the things these moms struggle with make me feel particularly wonderful about my parenting abilities.
Showcases Missing The Milestones
In the first episode we see Kate, on her very first day back at work, already missing out on milestones.
As any working mom will know, this is unavoidable and it sincerely sucks.
It is nice to see that we all go through this in some way, shape or form together.
Touches On The Nanny Woes
A couple of points in the show emphasize just how hard it is to leave your baby with a nanny.
Toward the end of the first episode, Kate’s co-worker asks if the baby is calling the nanny mommy yet and this struck a cord for me.
Raw (Sometimes Rough) Honesty
I thoroughly enjoyed the honesty that came through on the screen.
They admit things that are extremely difficult to say out loud – like it’s easier going to work than looking after their own child.
Modern Day Dad’s
I love how the show highlights dad’s in such a positive way and not as the guy who sits back on the couch with a beer in hand and watches sport while the dutiful wife is changing nappies.
The partners in this show all offer plenty of support to their back-to-work wives, which I find refreshing.
What I Don’t Love About Workin’ Moms
The Bad Language
Guuuuuuys, the language is genuinely appalling – if you can’t look past that, and believe me I almost couldn’t, then this show is 100% not for you.
The Cliquey Moms
There’s a cliquey feel.
Those who aren’t lucky enough to be a part of the awesome foursome are either ignored or mocked – which I can’t stand.
The girls constantly make fun of one of the other members of their ‘’mommy and me’’ group and they often team up to bring her down.
As a working mom myself, there are some things that I find mildly implausible.
For starters, how do a bunch of employed mom’s manage to fit a mommy’s group into their workdays?
Doesn’t Set The Best Example
I hate the fact that one member of the group deemed to be successful in her return back to work ‘’balances’’ her work/life by missing date nights, coming home late and, ultimately, choosing her work over her child.
On multiple occasions.
Stinks Of Privilege
From the first scene, there is a smelly whiff of privilege.
All these women are attending a ‘’mommy and me’’ group that will lead to their kids attending the best school in the area – as such, seats in the group are coveted.
They all live in homes I couldn’t dream of affording and it kinda leaves you questioning how a pretty rubbish real estate agent and her stay at home mommy wife can get by, more than comfortably, on a single income.
I get that the show is Canadian and Canada is great – I just found this particular aspect hard to relate to.
Bashes Non-working Moms
There’s a sliiiight mom bashing vibe against non-working moms.
A member of the group is almost exclusively excluded because she is a stay at home mom.
There’s a scene where Kate feels she is being judged by a bunch of moms who she is blocking from crossing the street, naturally decked out in the stereotypical yoga gear, for being, well, a working mom. They shake their heads at her as she clumsily hands her baby through the car window to the nanny so she tells them to ‘’eat a bag of d***s’’ and speeds off.
The nonchalant approach one of the girls have to the topic of abortion makes my skin crawl.
Don’t get me wrong, I am super duper happy to live in a world where women have the right to make such choices and I am glad that people talk about it – but at the end of the day I firmly believe a discussion around a baby’s life should never end in a punchline.
I really did not dig this.
One of the characters has the ‘teeniest’ bit of postpartum depression, and while I truly do appreciate some light being shed on this, I think the baby blue’s storyline was assigned to the wrong character.
I feel like they could have used this storyline to educate and spread awareness and simply done so much with this topic, and they didn’t.
The mom who gets postpartum depression is so odd and eccentric to begin with that (this is heavily emphasized) the other characters don’t know anything is ‘wrong’ with her because she’s so damn strange on a normal day.
Meet The Workin’ Moms
Kate (Cathrine Reitman) is the co-creator and star of the showS he is wife to Nathan (Philip Sternberg – who is also her hubby in real life!) is a first-time mom to the adorable Charlie.
She works as a PR executive at an advertising company called Gaze. A career woman of note, when Kate started her maternity leave she was a high hitting executive member of the team and upon her return, she finds she needs to prove herself all over again.
One of her defining characteristics is her workplace ambition.
A note I feel I should include is that when she is on screen I literally cannot stop staring at her lips, they are transfixing.
Anne (Dani Kind) has been Kate’s best friend since their college days and this friendship is the glue that holds this show together.
The straight-talking physiatrist is a mom of two and wife (of one) who works from home.
In the show, you will find her struggling with her pre-teen daughter, battling with working from home and experiencing the horrid feeling of her kid connecting to the nanny more than her.
Jenny (Jessalyn Wanlim) makes me cringe.
As we all know, in order for a TV show to be a success there needs to be a character that is all too easy to hate – this is where Jenny comes in.
When her maternity leave is up she returns to work at her IT job and is mega resentful that her husband gets to stay home with her daughter.
Alienated from her role as mom and wife, she goes on a downward, self-sabotaging, spiral and firmly positions herself as the ‘villain’ of the show.
Frankie (Juno Rinaldi) is a real estate agent, first-time mom and partner to Giselle (Olunike Adeliyi) who is experiencing postpartum depression and she starts thinking/saying/doing some proper crazy stuff due to this.
Self-sabotaging in her own way, we watch her face struggles at work, at home, socially and in the arena of mothering.
She is a total oddball.
The Verdict from This Working Mom
Overall, if you are, or have been, a working mom – I recommend giving it a watch and deciding for yourself whether or not this show is your cuppa tea.
I am interested to see where the show goes, how certain storylines play out and how the characters develop – therefore I will definitely try out the following seasons.
Although, perhaps when seasons 2 and 3 drop I will change my Netflix settings to bleep out the swear words (if that’s even a thing!)
Have you watched the show yet? If so, I would love to hear your opinion on it!
If you haven’t watched the show, will you give it a bash or will you be skipping it?