Workin' Moms

Workin' Moms. (Screengrab: Netflix)
Workin' Moms. (Screengrab: Netflix)


Maternity leave is over and it's time for these four moms to return to work while navigating kids, bosses, love and life in modern-day Toronto.


The thing I like about Workin’ Moms is that it’s highly relatable to so many women who have to go out and work. But also I like that it’s 20 minutes long yet so much happens. Twenty minute shows used to be for sitcoms, but Workin’ Moms is very much a drama despite being unintentionally hilarious at times.

It tackles issues that are seemingly taboo to talk about. Mothers aren’t allowed to say that they don’t love being mothers. They aren’t allowed to say they value their careers as much as men. They aren’t allowed to be seen as sexual beings. How many times has a celebrity been told to cover up or not be sexy because they are a mother now?

Workin’ Moms tackles all these issues and also the plight of the single dad with bringing in Ian as the newest member of the Mommy and Me club.

I love that he’s essentially replaced Jenny this season because Jenny was a whole mess. Jenny obviously loves her daughter, but I don’t think she really wanted to be a mother, and she certainly didn’t expect how it would change her relationship. And while one can sympathise with her situation, it’s just never an excuse to leave your baby in the car unattended while you go shopping. This is a big wake up call for Jenny though who signs over all her parental rights to Ian.

But Ian’s fitting into the club well, the women welcome him openly except for Val who continues to be uncomfortably inappropriate.

Kate is one of the most relatable characters to mothers in this series as the former wild child now wife, mother and career woman. Kate’s dealing with a lot. Aside from dealing with the sudden death of her father, she is also trying to salvage her career in a male-dominated world of advertising. But she’s fighting an uphill climb in an old company dominated by an old school Boys Club. And because she’s so used to this environment is thrown completely when she finds work at a new company run by younger people who are more open to a healthy work-life balance.

Then there’s Anne who is dealing with a lot; her new office is right next door to controlling and gaslighting ex-husband. It seems like his control issues have gotten worse since the divorce and he’s now using hypnosis to manipulate and harass his female students. So between this and her best friend ghosting her, she’s a bit of a mess yet still the most put together of them all.

Frankie’s storyline this season was the least relatable. But while the shenanigans with her dating both an older and younger woman are clearly a mid-life crisis. But it helps her realise a few things and puts things in perspective for her.

The season ends on a good note for almost everyone except Kate. That betrayal by her husband was so shocking that even I feel betrayed by him. Lionel, however, continues being the best. May we all be so lucky as to have a Lionel.