Motherhood hasn’t been this funny, or realistic, on TV in a long time. Instead of portraying the mom role as the perfect homemaker, or somehow magically balancing a work/life balance, Workin’ Moms shows the messy side of having kids from the point-of-view of a group of Toronto parents.
Starring Catherine Reitman – who also created, writes and produces the show – as Kate Foster, a mom who struggles to be there for her son, her husband, her job in advertising, and her friends. Those friends include Anne Carlson (Dani Kind), the high strung and deeply loyal best friend; and Frankie Coyne (Juno Rinaldi), the eccentric and loving friend who deals with post-partum depression.
We see the parts of motherhood that aren’t usually portrayed, or discussed in popular media, like Frankie’s mental health issues, or the identity crises, seen in Jenny Matthews (Jessalyn Wanlim). Bringing a large dose of the humour is Val (Sarah McVie), who runs the Toddler Time groups in all of her delightfully weird splendour.
As the women split from their partners – Jenny splits from her husband Ian (Dennis Andres), who begins to fill her spots at the Toddler Time group – have fights with their older kids, and disagree with their parents, Workin’ Moms finds humour in these situations bringing the audience with them.