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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 26, 2009
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: In this comedy based on a Web serial and real-life stories, Cheryl Hines, Megan Mullally, and Jessica St. Clair are mothers with very different parenting methods.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Health & Lifestyle
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 10 out of 21
  1. 80
    Long story short: These girls are golden.
  2. Reviewed by: Randee Dawn
    While the premiere episode holds together well (Emily's son learns there's no Santa and shares that with his fellow kindergarteners, sparking a riot; Jane has a date; Rosemary fakes pregnancy), the follow-up episode--featuring a nanny strike, bad teeth and Jane getting locked out of her house--doesn't hold together.
  3. Even though In the Motherhood may have universal appeal, overly familiar premises can lead to lameness, so ABC better hope the rest of the episodes play more like the one on Thursday and less like the one a week later.
  4. I hate to say it, but if it weren’t for Sanz and Mullally, there would be no reason at all to watch this sitcom.
  5. If series like In The Motherhood are designed as Trojan horses for product placement, they won’t have much impact if they’re as weakly written as this Frankensteinian mulch of mommy-war cliches and "Santa is dead" gags.
  6. The ABC sitcom, which runs what seems like an excruciating 21-22 minutes, it's a trio that deserves better.
  7. It is really, really atrocious. Not so-bad-it's-good. Just bad. Plain bad. Why am I watching this?-level bad.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 2 out of 2
  1. suesanj
    Apr 4, 2009
    I have been a huge fan of the web show. This remake of the fabulous web show was horrible. I could only stand to watch half of the tv show because I felt it was a disservice to the actresses and the stories on the web show. If you have only watched the tv program, do yourself a huge favor and watch the show on line. The original actresses are hilarious unlike the tv show which seemed forced and unnatural. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Mar 27, 2009
    Terrible show! Why is no one mentioning that it is on during prime time? Which means kids are still up! Why mention the "santa" situation during that time? What about the sex/date talk? At 7pm CST? Really? I was so excited for this show. What a huge disappointment! Expand