After I finished Season 2 of Dead to Me, I was looking for another juicy series to get lost in and found Bad Mothers. Season One is currently streaming on Sundance NOW on Thursdays or available On-Demand.
Bad Mothers reminded me of an Australian version of Desperate Housewives crossed with Big Little Lies. Like its predecessors, Bad Mothers follows the lives of a group of suburban women as they juggle motherhood, romantic relationships, career, and friendships.
The eight-part drama introduces viewers to Sarah, a woman who seems to have it all. Sarah is a mother of two, and she has a career working alongside her smoking hot chef-husband named Anton at the restaurant they own together. To round out her perfect life, Sarah also has a fabulous clique of snooty girlfriends, the Bedford Women’s Club, which includes her BFF Charlotte. Of course, a television show about an idyllic life and marriage would be dull, so before the first episode ends, Sarah’s life starts falling apart. This is terrible for Sarah but great for those of us that get to sit back and watch it unfold.
It starts with Sarah’s discovery that her husband is having an affair. It worsens when she finds out that the woman “banging her husband is her best mate” Charlotte (with friends like that …) Having been doubly betrayed by her spouse and friend, Sarah is so mad she could kill someone, and in fact, she says that aloud in front of people. The only problem is that someone beats her to it. (Not a spoiler!) In the opening scene, Charlotte is dead, bleeding on the floor of a drool-worthy kitchen. After briefly questioning Sarah, it’s her husband, Anton, that winds up being the prime suspect, and the police arrest him for the killing. However, he adamantly denies that he committed the crime.
With her once ideal existence now a complete disaster, Sarah could use some support from her friends. In her time of crisis, the Bedford Women’s Club is nowhere to be found. Instead. Sarah winds up finding comfort from a group of mothers she used to disdain, the self-named, “The Bad Mothers Club.” Danielle, Bindy, and Maddy are ideal new companions for Sarah as their lives are as messed up as Sarah’s.
In between driving their kids to school, helping with homework, attending work meetings, and getting together for more than an occasional wine night (or afternoon), this group of unlikely friends also finds the time to become amateur detectives as they work together to figure out who killed Charlotte.
Bad Mothers is the perfect antidote for cabin fever brought on by COVID-19. The plot moves fast and has tons of laugh out loud moments. The acting is excellent and there is lots of chemistry between actors Tess Haubrich, Mandy MacPherson, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Jessica Tovey, and Melissa George. It’s fun to live vicariously through these women and imagine yourself on a girl’s night out without worrying about social distancing and hand sanitizer. Also, if you are a House Hunters fan, the character’s homes are great eye-candy and the Australian setting is drop-dead gorgeous.
They may be bad mothers, but the show is good fun.
Sundance NOW is currently offering a free 30-day trial when you use the code PRIME and after that plans start at $4.99 per month. The second season of Bad Mother is in the works, but no premiere date has been set yet.
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Featured Photo (top): Don Hany as Kyle Evans & Tess Haubrich as Sarah Pooley. Photo Scott McAulay.