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In the Motherhood



Sitcom's humor is best for parents who can relate.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show offers a skewed view of parenthood and plays up traits like irresponsibility, selfishness, and dishonesty for humor. The lone married couple is cast as rigid and formulaic, slaves to the rules they've set for their kids and themselves. References to extramarital sex are common.


Accidents like a fall from a roof are meant to be funny, and injuries aren't shown.


Sex is a hot topic for these three ladies, and their chats often bring up frequency, style preferences, and number of partners. Rosemary and Horatio allude to their own intimate history. Foreplay like kissing and fondling is shown, and terms like "get down on it" are often tossed in with casual conversation.


Infrequent use of "hell."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Adults often enjoy wine or other alcoholic drinks at dinners and parties -- or at home to relax.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that sex is a hot topic for the women at the center of this sitcom, so references to frequency of sex, likes and dislikes in bed, and partners' sexual prowess are all fair game -- as is foreplay like kissing and fondling. Expect some drinking and a dash of salty language tossed into the mix. Although none of that will be new to teens familiar with primetime television,. the show's humor is definitely geared toward parents -- particularly moms -- so teens won't appreciate much of the content that's rooted in been-there, done-that experience.

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What's the story?

Three moms with vastly different views on parenting are the source of plenty of laughs on IN THE MOTHERHOOD. The show centers on free-wheeling Rosemary (Megan Mulally), newly single mother of two Jane (Cheryl Hines), and aspiring "perfect" mom Emily (Jessica St. Clair) -- three women trying to balance the challenges of family, work, and social life while also maintaining their sanity. Their different styles and situations sometimes put the women at odds with each other, but they're all working toward the same goal of surviving the rocky road of parenthood.

Is it any good?


This series reaps the benefits of good writing and a strong cast, which includes Saturday Night Live alum Horatio Sanz as Jane's male nanny (or "manny") and RonReaco Lee as Emily's equally obsessive husband, Jason. The characters do a good job of representing the true spectrum of parenting styles, and adult viewers will easily find the humor in relating what they see on the show to their own circumstances or those of someone they know.

The show's frequent sexual references and occasional strong language aren't envelope pushing by primetime standards, nor are Rosemary's irreverent comments on everything from pregnancy to overweight people. That said, the show is best appreciated by those with first-hand knowledge of the ups and down of parenting, so teens who lack that experience will miss some of the context that makes the series funny.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about being a parent. Teens: Do you look forward to having kids someday? What challenges do you foresee as a parent? How do you plan to cope with them? How do you think your own parenting style will be shaped by your upbringing? Do you think the media does a fair job of representing the struggles that parents face today? Why or why not? How does family life in TV shows like this one compare to your own? Which shows portray the most realistic families?

TV details

Cast:Cheryl Hines, Jessica St. Clair, Megan Mullally
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written bycritique March 27, 2009

In the whaterhood? Please script writers, not struggling humor

Yes, this P/T writer's opinion, but writers can you not sqeeze humor into where little is? I'm not condemning this series. Trying to recommend its writing/directing to hold however many are NOT compelled to give time lameness. No, not the actors. They passed auditions then is up to production to attract viewing. Come one ABC, we know you can do it. How? Samantha Who follows this.


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