• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 26, 2009
  • Season #: 1

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 10 out of 21
  1. 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.
  2. 25
    With jokes so bad, they make Carrot Top look funny, it's a tough haul for all--all around.
  3. 30
    In the Motherhood represents ABC's feeble attempt to transform a successful Web series into a sitcom. The main problem: The three moms are mighty annoying.
  4. It's stunning that ABC's new sitcom In the Motherhood, built on stories of life as Mom, manages to come off as stiff, disjointed and curiously unlikable.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Flat and obvious, Motherhood stars a trio of superior funnywomen--Will & Grace's Megan Mullally, Curb Your Enthusiasm's ?Cheryl Hines, and Jessica St. Clair of Best Week Ever and Worst Week--as moms who pal around and joke about the stresses in their lives.
  6. 80
    Long story short: These girls are golden.
  7. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    The show rises to mediocrity on the strength of the occasional snappiness of the dialogue.
  8. 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.
  9. In the Motherhood worked as a Web series based on real-life stories but not, it would seem, as a television series based on overused stereotypes.
  10. 40
    To stand out from the pablum of domestic sitcoms, the series needs to lose the working-mom cliches and be more willing to be mean.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    The result is tonally uneven, too-rarely funny and rehashes material that isn't as relatable as it should be to the average parent.
  14. The show is so bad, it might be gone anyway, quickly canceled as ABC scrambles to recover from an 0-for-2 comedy start on its new spring schedule.
  15. 10
    The tedium and unoriginality of this new ABC sitcom, the latest entry in the vastly overworked motherhood-as-martyrdom genre, has to be seen to be believed, though my strong and sincere suggestion is that you just take my word for it.
  16. It is really, really atrocious. Not so-bad-it's-good. Just bad. Plain bad. Why am I watching this?-level bad.
  17. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    It's got snappy writing and superior stars, but treat yourself by looking up the original shows.
  18. It’s an impressive cast and a perfectly good premise, but for some reason, Thursday’s pilot episode is not very funny.
  19. The ABC sitcom, which runs what seems like an excruciating 21-22 minutes, it's a trio that deserves better.
  20. 25
    What you get from Motherhood are witless, barely connected vignettes about three unpleasant, unbelievable women.
  21. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    It's bright! It's energetic! It has that sort of dialogue that zips, zaps and zings! It's even ironic! Yet, at its very core, Motherhood is completely vacant.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »
  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! Full Review »