10 Worst 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.

PS: The following content contains spoilers!

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Motherland - S3E1

#10 - 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.

Motherland - S3E3

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


Motherโ€™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.

Motherland - S3E2

#8 - 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 Kevinโ€™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 Megโ€™s illness.

The episode was rated 7.40 from 57 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 7.40 from 62 votes.

Motherland - S1E5

#6 - 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 7.39 from 85 votes.

Motherland - S1E4

#5 - 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 7.37 from 87 votes.

Motherland - S1E2

#4 - 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 7.33 from 103 votes.

Motherland - S2E2

#3 - 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.

Motherland - S1E1

#2 - 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 7.22 from 121 votes.

Motherland - S1E3

#1 - 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 6.98 from 93 votes.

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