• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 13, 2021
Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
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  1. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    May 11, 2021
    60
    Once she is indefinitely ensconced in the comfy AirBnB-esque guest house run by quasi-love interest Danny (Patrick Brammall, “No Activity”) and the other characters, including Austin Crute as Jackie’s roommate and Emma Caymares as Freddie’s girlfriend, have entered their mutual orbits, things relax and improve.
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 15, 2021
    50
    Reduces The Closer's formidable Kyra Sedgwick to a clingy and neurotic noodge. [18-31 Jan 2021, p.10]
  3. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Jan 12, 2021
    50
    Sedgwick breezes through the scenes as if she has been playing something like this for years but Lizer doesn’t give much motivation for her characters’ moves. ... Throwing in a few more Iowa references (we’ve got plenty of them) would help “Mother” distinguish itself from dozens of similar comedies. “Bless This Mess” took its “Green Acres” plot, infused it with a big helping of Nebraska and found a way to thrive. “Call Your Mother” could do the same thing.
  4. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jan 18, 2021
    40
    It's not the worst of the genre, but that's light-years away from calling it good.
  5. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Jan 13, 2021
    40
    The series hits in its pilot episode — the only one made available to critics — notes that are alternately too familiar or jarring for the wrong reasons. The show has a pleasant warmth, but it seems to have too little of a sense about what within it works to find its footing.
  6. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Jan 13, 2021
    40
    Ms. Sedgwick seems positioned to carry most of the burden, and other than Jean being meddlesome or looking for a sex life—or delivering mawkish soliloquies about the importance of family—there aren’t any obvious avenues to be followed. On the other hand, only the one episode was available for review, so they might fool us all. Let’s hope.
  7. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jan 12, 2021
    40
    Jean is thus far easily the show’s least interesting character, despite the inherent desperation of her show-launching move. The premiere of the laugh-tracked, multi-cam Call Your Mother is nearly all table-setting, stock characters and unfunny jokes. ... If the show is too timid to give its protagonist any flaws other than “loving her children too much,” it’s at least auspicious in exploring how her helicopter parenting has affected her children, especially their relationship to each other.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. May 11, 2021
    3
    Barely tolerable,but better than most other current half hour sitcoms.

    Predictable in the worst ways, the situation comedy suffers from
    Barely tolerable,but better than most other current half hour sitcoms.

    Predictable in the worst ways, the situation comedy suffers from formulaic plot lines and superficial character development. The redeeming quality of this show is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

    Thankfully the showtime without commercials is so short, one does not have to endure the whining of the loser kids or the milk-toast landlord/boyfriend for too long at a sitting. This show is definitely not to be binge watched. It would lower the viewer's IQ to the level of dirt if consumed in large quantities.

    A tolerable diversion, but viewer beware.
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