10 Best Episodes of Motherland

Sitcom about navigating the trials and traumas of middle-class motherhood, looking at the competitive and unromantic side of parenting.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 06, 2023.

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#15 - Soft Opening (Season 2 - Episode 2)

Julia reluctantly agrees to help Amanda launch her new shop. But a careless online post threatens to destroy her good work.

The episode was rated 7.26 from 76 votes.

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#14 - Auction of Promises (Season 1 - Episode 2)


Julia gets involved in a school fundraiser, where she hopes to impress a former colleague. Kevin has a battle with the cloakroom, and despite Anne's protests, Liz takes care of the bar.

The episode was rated 7.30 from 102 votes.

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#13 - The Cavalry (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Julia's in-laws arrive to help while her husband Paul is away. Luckily, Kevin is around and loves old people. Amanda reluctantly gives Liz her old coat, which has a surprising effect on Liz.

The episode was rated 7.34 from 86 votes.

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#12 - The After Party (Season 1 - Episode 5)


Anne's carpool propels her into the limelight. Kevin finds himself in the role of confidant for Amanda, who shares a deep secret with him. Liz and Julia's friendship teeters on the brink.

The episode was rated 7.36 from 84 votes.

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#11 - Mother's Load (Season 2 - Episode 3)

Julia finds that working from home is impossible due to all the other tasks loaded upon her. Liz finds herself at a loose end when her youngest starts nursery.

The episode was rated 7.40 from 62 votes.

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#10 - Catchment Area (Season 3 - Episode 2)


The mums (and dad) join the merry go round of secondary school open days as they face the choice of where to send their kids at 11. Julia panics about which catchment area she lives in and even considers a fake religious conversion to beat the system. As Kevin’s divorce progresses, Liz helps him navigate the shark pool of lawyers and makes a worrying discovery about her own situation along the way. Meanwhile, queen bee Amanda struggles with playing second fiddle to Meg’s illness.

The episode was rated 7.40 from 57 votes.

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#9 - Mother's Day (Season 3 - Episode 3)

Mother’s Day leaves Julia feeling ignored while Meg gets spoilt rotten. Amanda endures a passive aggressive lunch with her appalling mother Felicity, played by Joanna Lumley.

The episode was rated 7.47 from 58 votes.

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#8 - Nit Blitz (Season 3 - Episode 1)


As a nit pandemic sweeps the school, Julia stands accused of triggering a second wave, so she throws a nit treatment party that brings all the drama (and headlice) to her door.

The episode was rated 7.47 from 75 votes.

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#7 - School Trip (Season 3 - Episode 4)

Julia, Liz and Meg endure the school coach trip from hell with their nemesis Ashley (Martha Howe Douglas) while Kevin helps Amanda pack up her shop with unimaginable consequences.

The episode was rated 7.48 from 61 votes.

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#6 - The Caretaker (Season 1 - Episode 6)


Julia's childcare woes are over when she finds the perfect nanny, but her friendship with Liz becomes strained. Amanda keeps a low profile after Kevin blurts out her secret.

The episode was rated 7.49 from 79 votes.

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#5 - Good Job (Season 2 - Episode 6)

Julia struggles to abide by the rules at sports day. Kevin is devastated that a work presentation means he will miss the dads' race.

The episode was rated 7.51 from 71 votes.

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#4 - No Mum Left Behind (Season 2 - Episode 1)


A new mum at the school gates attracts the attention of Julia, Liz and Kevin. Does high-flyer Meg really have it all? Meanwhile, Julia agonises over a promotion and the gang have a night out.

The episode was rated 7.55 from 75 votes.

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#3 - Amanda’s FUNraiser (Season 3 - Episode 5)

At the PTA charity FUNraiser, Julia resolves to leave Paul for her builder Garry, Kev’s attempts to clear the air with Amanda backfire, and Anne finally loses her rag.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 63 votes.

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#2 - The Purge (Season 2 - Episode 4)


Kevin reluctantly hosts a last minute Halloween party. Julia takes the kids trick or treating in an attempt to meet a celebrity who has just moved into the neighbourhood.

The episode was rated 7.60 from 70 votes.

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#1 - Le Weekend (Season 2 - Episode 5)

The gang are delighted when Kevin books a cottage for them to spend half term in the countryside with all their kids.

The episode was rated 7.60 from 68 votes.

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