Why ‘Workin Moms’ is everything and more
Written by Gunn
You may have noticed: there is something explicitly funny about seeing mother characters not having their shit together on our screens. Whether its Kitty Forman in ‘That 70’s show’ throwing her son’s phone out the window or Lois in ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ shaving her husband’s whole body naked as the kids fight breakfast — seeing these motherly outlandish ways of parenthood gives us endless joy. Netflix has recently released the fourth series of ‘Workin Moms’ showcasing ballsy, outrageous, and admirable modern mums at it’s best.
‘Workin Moms’ does exactly what it says on the tin. It shows the reality of wanting to get straight back to work after popping out a kid. When I look back at the previous representations of mother figures in comedies, it’s rare to see these composed women ever working a full-time job. Let's look at the bossy, but loved, ‘Clair Dumphy’ in ‘Modern Family’. She is a ‘stay at home’ mum at the beginning of the series, frequently having minor meltdowns. She doesn’t start working with Jay until much later on when the children are grown up. Claire’s on-screen stepmother ‘Gloria’ is also a ‘stay at home’ mum after she gives birth to her second child ‘Joe’. There’s frequently an assumption across television that women cannot return to work with a newborn. However, Kate, Anne, Jenny, and Franky define these stereotypes in ‘Workin Moms’ exploiting that it can be done, with some chaos, in four different working industries.
In the first series, you see Kate (new mother and PR executive) breastfeeding in the toilet at work, screaming on a run in the forest, and swearing as she attempts to fold her pram into the confined spaces of her boot. It’s a comedy disaster at it’s finest. Like me, you don't have to be a mum to find this program joyfully accurate. The friendship between the middle-aged females is incredibly reassuring as they confess their battles in their judgmental mommies’ group. The frequent conversations between the women are so open they left me in stitches. The car drives and lunch dates reminded me of scenes from ‘Sex in the City’, for instance, Anne says, “I tell my family I have IBS so I can lock myself in the bathroom and play candycrush.”
Series 4 promises some equal side stitches of humour. As the kids grow up, the four women look at various tactics in balancing work life and with the development of their children. Kate struggles with being overly attentive for her boy's independence, and Anne fights off modern-day bullies from her daughter Alice. We again see a sense of truthfulness in the relationships with their partners. There is an amusing scene in Series 4 where Kate tries to spice up her sex life. Fully dressed in the shower after reading something online, she attempts weird animal impersonations with very her confused partner. She also takes a break at work to go and have sex with Nathan in a parking lot in one episode. The fact the program draws upon the realisation that these mothers, like most men,
I, for one, relish in the women's disasters throughout this admirable series. It helps the audience sympathise with their moments of mishaps, when they forget their kid's cupcakes for nursery or lose them in the park, to instead laugh for a split second at the fact that life does still go on. If you're open to seeing the life of hard-working women with screaming toddlers, clutching onto files of documents and nursing a hangover of wine — then laugh your head off in lockdown with these women.