Workin’ Moms Season 4 continues to deliver more of the same, which won’t be a bad thing for established fans even if the show could still stand to venture outside of its comfort zone.
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The latest season of Catherine Reitman’s beloved and increasingly self-assured motherhood dramedy Workin’ Moms is now available on Netflix, and since I reviewed the previous outings the responsibility falls to me to tell you that… it’s pretty much the same as it was before.
This is no bad thing, obviously. Since the first season – which I criticized heavily for being about moneyed, upscale, mostly white women who felt somewhat detached from reality – introduced Kate Foster (Reitman), Anne Carlson (Dani Kind), Frankie Coyne (Juno Rinaldi) and Jenny Matthews (Jessalyn Wanlim), viewers who got to enjoy three basically back-to-back seasons of the Canadian import last year have become rather invested in their personal, romantic, family, and working lives. Now that Netflix has basically caught up to the show, the wait for a fifth season will presumably be longer, but in the meantime, Workin’ Moms Season 4 delivers enough of the same drama to keep fans happy in the intervening period.
Anyway, let’s take stock. We have romantic shenanigans with Kate, her business partner at her PR firm, Mike Bolinski (Victor Webster), who has become a kind of cartoon villain after their revenge affair, and her philandering husband Nathan (Philip Sternberg), with whom she’s now happier than ever. Anne is still dealing with her teenage daughter being a pathological liar – aren’t they all? – and Jenny takes on the fight for workplace equality.
It’s business as usual in Workin’ Moms Season 4, then, which remains somewhat stubbornly anti-progressive in that it continues to be about women who tend to do pretty well for themselves and enjoy relatively comfortable lives only beset by problems largely of their own making. But the crux of the show is that women like this struggle too, just in different, less systemic ways, and motherhood is hard for everyone. That essential vein of relatability is what makes the show tick even if you can’t necessarily see yourself in the shoes of its subjects.
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