The amazing “Workin ‘Moms” balancing act, on Netflix


Those who know know, as the youngest say. They know that Workin’ Moms, series released in 2019 on Netflix without fanfare, is worth much more than its title, true call to “woman responsible for purchases under 50 years”. Evidenced by the enthusiasm expressed on social networks by a public who had been waiting, for eighteen months already, to “binger” the fifth season of the adventures of Kate, Anne, Frankie and Jenny.

Created by Canadian Catherine Reitman, daughter of the director of Ghostbusters, Workin’Moms was launched in 2017 on the CBC, the national channel, before being offered internationally on Netflix, two years later. In its country of origin, the series accumulates the rewards. Abroad, it brings together a solid “fan base”, essentially for two reasons: a perfect mix of seriousness and comedy, and a format compatible with the schedule of working mothers, obviously its target audience. . In 10 episodes of about twenty minutes for this season, the case is folded.

Flirts regularly with the sitcom

The children of the four Torontonians, of which the publicist Kate and the psychiatrist Anne form the hard core, have grown up well. This does not mean that their mothers are more relaxed. Frankie, the real estate agent is struggling to build a relationship with her youngest child, Jenny never stops recovering her femininity in the arms of more or less interchangeable men, Kate goes on calls for tenders and wonders about the abilities of her eldest son… Anne, for her part, followed her husband to Cochrane, a rural town and a little redneck, into which she tries to integrate by participating in “D & D” evenings (denim and diamonds) while his eldest daughter lets herself be seduced by a young conspiratorial conservative.

More and more fluid with the seasons, the series flirts regularly with the sitcom but it never lets go of its ambition: to speak directly to the women who watch it. This fifth season therefore continues the reflection started in the previous ones on self-confidence, the need for autonomy and recognition, the dynamics of a couple, the ingratitude of the role of parent.

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Without ever sending back to back men and women, or even women between them (the series has included a lesbian couple since its first season), Workin’ Moms works on nuances, moves forward with tact – and sometimes a little reluctance – on sensitive subjects without ever sparing a salacious joke, a burlesque escape. Discreetly inclusive, the series teaches no lessons, lets its characters navigate on sight and fail miserably, but always with panache, tenderness and humor. It’s good.

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