Whether you’re a new mom settling into a routine of nursing and being on maternity leave or a veteran mom who needs some good ole fashioned me time with her couch and her remote control, I’ve got you covered with my five top binge worthy Netflix shows for moms.
- Workin’ Moms – Warm, loyal PR executive Kate and her longtime friend, no-nonsense psychiatrist Anne, attend a judgmental mommies’ group, where they meet timid IT tech Jenny and blindly optimistic real estate agent Frankie. The four quickly form an unlikely friendship, sharing struggles of urban motherhood filled with the chaos of toddlers, tantrums, careers, and identity crises, all while trying to achieve the holy grail: a sense of self.
This show is my life in sitcom format. Watching Anne and Kate try to balance working and parenthood while keeping their marriages alive is comical but also raw. There are some sensitive topics intertwined in this show that give viewers real insight into the complicated effects of pregnancy.
- The Let Down – New mother Audrey needs help with the new addition to her family, so she joins a support group for new parents. While attending meetings, she makes quirky friends who are facing their own challenges and life changes. Outside of the group, she seeks support from work-stressed partner Jeremy and even the neighborhood drug dealer. As Audrey navigates the learning curve that comes with motherhood, she deals with issues that include sleeplessness, shifting relationship dynamics and Jeremy’s career ambitions.
This Australian based show also highlights the hilarious sides of early motherhood. I connected with Audrey because motherhood didn’t come natural to either of us, and I see myself in her.
- Call the Midwife – This drama series is a moving, funny, colorful look at midwifery and family in 1950s East End London. It follows newly qualified midwife Jenny, who joins an eccentric, lovable community of nuns.Jenny is surprised to find herself at a convent – she thought she was being sent to a small private hospital — and is initially daunted by her surroundings, most notably the formidable Sister Evangelina and the unconventional Sister Monica Joan. But Jenny gradually begins to find her way and develops incredible friendships among the nurses as they are drawn into the lives and homes of the women and families they treat.
This show highlights the revolution of care for women during pregnancy and the difference in culture. It’s interesting to see how far we’ve come in prenatal care.
- The Crown – This lavish, Netflix-original drama chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth IIfrom the 1940s to modern times. The series begins with an inside look at the early reign of the queen, who ascended the throne at age25 after the death of her father, King George VI. As the decades pass, personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries are revealed that played a big role in events that shaped the later years of the 20th century.
I am a sucker for anything royal and I never knew about all the drama the royal family has experienced. This is a great history lesson on top of top notch acting.
- On My Block – This series follows a quartet of bright, street-savvy friends who are navigating their way through high school, including all the of the triumph, pain and newness they experience along the way. Lifelong friendships are tested as Monse, Ruby, Jamal and Cesar confront the challenges of adolescence and life in their predominantly Hispanic and black neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles in this coming-of-age comedy series.
Honestly, I started watching this show when it was rated #1 out of 60 shows to watch on Netflix. I gave it a shot and I am so glad that I did. These young actors are fantastic and the multiple story lines are compelling. It’s a comedy that also touches on real-life situations for kids growing up in the South Central LA area.
*Series descriptions sourced from Wikipedia.com