72 votes


BBC Two 2017

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

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The 10 Best Episodes of Motherland

Motherland - S2E5

#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 7.55 from 60 votes.

Motherland - S2E4

#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 7.53 from 60 votes.

Motherland - S3E5

#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 7.52 from 48 votes.

Motherland - S2E6

#4 - 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 7.49 from 63 votes.

Motherland - S2E1

#5 - 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 7.45 from 64 votes.

Motherland - S1E6

#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 7.40 from 72 votes.

Motherland - S2E3

#7 - 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 7.35 from 52 votes.

Motherland - S3E1

#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 7.34 from 61 votes.

Motherland - S1E2

#9 - 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 7.31 from 95 votes.

Motherland - S3E3

#10 - 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 7.30 from 46 votes.

Motherland - S1E4
#11 - 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 from 78 votes.
Motherland - S1E5
#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 from 74 votes.
Motherland - S1E1
#13 - The Birthday Party
Season 1 - Episode 1

Julia throws a birthday party for Ivy, but with her mom refusing to help, Julia must rely on Liz and Kevin's party skills along with her own event-organizing savvy to make it a success.

The episode was rated from 112 votes.
Motherland - S3E2
#14 - 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 from 46 votes.
Motherland - S3E4
#15 - 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 from 47 votes.
Motherland - S2E2
#16 - 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 from 64 votes.
Motherland - S1E3
#17 - The Pool Party
Season 1 - Episode 3

A pool party ruins Julia's plans right before an important event at work. Liz looks for a date, and Kevin gets annoyed by a new dad on the scene, who goes way back with Amanda.

The episode was rated from 87 votes.

Last updated: sep 04, 2022



With a couple of power house writers like Sharon Horgan and Graham Linham on board then you expect Motherland to be good and I'm pleased to report it's every bit as good as there previous work. I'm guessing the writers have based the material on there own experiences bringing up young kids, trying to juggle jobs between the school run and a lazy ex husband and a mother who would rather be socialising than looking after her gran kids. Anna Maxwell Smith is terrific as the frustrated mother who seems permanently on the point of a nervous breakdown and Diane Morgan is very funny as The worldly wise mother who knows every trick in the book when it comes to parenting on the cheap and who to avoid and befriend in the world of Motherhood!


I’ve never peed from laughter while watching a series… correction… I’ve never peed from laughter while watching a series till now


Diane Morgan is so hot - the program is funny too but she’s my reason to watch ;-)


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