15 Movies & Series for Tired Moms to Enjoy on Netflix

Martha Sorren | Nov 12, 2019 Movies
15 Movies & Series for Tired Moms to Enjoy on Netflix
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Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler, and Paula Pell in Wine Country
Netflix

This is not ground-breaking information, but being a mom is exhausting. We're all balancing home life, chores, child care, maybe a spouse, possibly a career, and our own needs -- and it can get real old, real quick. But since self-care for moms is so trendy right now (and, on the real, essential for our mental sanity and continued ability to be a good mom for our kids), we can take a break from it all to watch these movies and TV shows for moms on Netflix.

Some of these series will transport us to another place (Italy, India, Bali, a vineyard in California, luxurious Australia), and others will make us feel less alone by showing us moms who are struggling in many familiar ways. 

There's not only one way to be a mom -- we are all doing the best we can. These TV shows and movies acknowledge and reflect that we're all in this together. And while not every character in these projects are about moms themselves, moms will love to watch for the escapism, validation, or just plain fun that they bring. (There are some genius comedy women in these offerings, like former Saturday Night Live actors Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, among others.) 

So throw a girls' night and have the whole gang over to watch. Or stay in for a little much-needed alone time, just cuddle up in bed, in the bath, or on the couch with some popcorn, a glass of wine, and the coziest blanket for some relaxation, validation, and laughs. 

These 15 movies and shows will take our minds off whatever nonsense motherhood threw at us that day, and we'll be able to hit the ground running to do it all tomorrow. 

  • 'Otherhood'

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    After motherhood comes "otherhood," when moms suddenly have to figure out how they fit into their adult children's lives. In this movie, Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett, and Felicity Huffman play three best friends and mothers who decide to reconnect with their children on Mother's Day. And they may end up reconnecting with themselves, too, along the way.

  • 'Good Girls'

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    Christina Hendricks, Retta, and Mae Whitman in Good Girls
    NBC

    Most moms would do anything for their kids, but the women of Good Girls take that to a whole other level when they decide to rob a grocery store to help their cash-strapped families. Soon, one robbery job turns into a crime empire that they find themselves actually enjoying running. 

    The juxtaposition on the show between their regular mom duties (school pickup, bake sales, field trips) and their illicit activities makes for a hilarious watch.

  • 'I Don't Know How She Does It'

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    Sarah Jessica Parker stars in this movie about a mom who is trying to "do it all" by being a good mom, wife, and the breadwinner of the family. This film is for every mother who's dealing with this same delicate balancing act that no one around her seems to understand. We've got this. 

    Moms are superheroes. 

  • 'Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce'

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    Usually, Bravo is known for its reality TV shows, but Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce was the network's first scripted series. It's like a modern day Sex and the City for the moms, and now it's available on Netflix. Fall in love with the BFF bonds that these women have as they deal with divorce, motherhood, exes, dating in one's 40s, and more. Life is tough out there, but good friends help make everything better.
  • 'I'm Sorry'

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    Sure, there's a place for being the straight-laced wife and mom, but Andrea is not that. That's not to say she's a bad mom -- she just tells it like it is and has fun in life while doing it. When watching I'm Sorry, we find ourselves being like, yep, mhm, at almost every scene. 

    It's all so relatable. 

  • 'Fun Mom Dinner'

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    What could go wrong at a fun mom dinner that features alcohol, karaoke, and a cute bartender played by Adam Levine? Four preschool class moms are about to find out in this hilarious film that stars Toni Collette, Molly Shannon, Katie Aselton, and Bridget Everett.

    Every mom deserves a night off, and watching this movie is just that.
  • 'Schitt's Creek'

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    When a wealthy family loses everything except the rundown town they own called Schitt's Creek, they're forced to move there and live a life without luxury. The horror! This series is a cult favorite and it's so easy to fall for these spoiled but ultimately lovable characters. 

  • 'Jane the Virgin'

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    Told in a telenovela style, this TV show features several generations of moms helping Jane prepare to be a mother as well when she's accidentally inseminated at a routine OB-GYN appointment. 

    (Whoops.) 

    The shocking twists and turns every episode keep us all wanting to hit "play next episode," immediately after one ends.

  • 'Workin' Moms'

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    Catherine Reitman, Juno Rinaldi, and Dani Kind in Workin' Moms
    CBC

    Some moms don't like to work, some moms do, and neither choice is wrong. For those of us who are working mothers, this TV show will hit home as we watch the parents juggle home life and career with (thankfully) a group of super understanding mom friends by their side. 

  • 'Yummy Mummies'

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    The show is basically the definition of a guilty pleasure. It's a docuseries about a group of Australian mothers who live a luxurious life and want their babies to be just as well off. We can't believe the lengths these ladies will go to achieve their luxe goals, but money bouquets and horse-drawn carriages do make an appearance. So that gives viewers a little hint about what to expect when these moms are expecting.

  • 'Eat Pray Love'

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    Based on the popular memoir of the same name, this movie follows Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) as she leaves behind her home, husband, and career to find herself. Her adventure takes her through Italy, India, and Bali as she finally puts herself first and tries new things on this global adventure. 

    While watching, we feel transported out of our own lives and around the world with Liz.

  • 'The Letdown'

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    Audrey is new to this whole mom thing, so she joins a parenting support group and makes friends with people who are struggling just as much as she is. This series may not take us out of our exhausting motherhood journey, but it makes us all feel less alone in our own struggles. 

  • 'Fuller House'

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    Imagine having a whole home of built-in babysitters for the kids. That's the luxury that Fuller House provides. The show is a spin-off of the '90s series Full House, but watching that isn't required for diving in to the new show. Fuller House has also been modernized for its new audience and shows the three leading women struggling with parenthood in all its forms but loving their large family through it all. 

  • 'Wine Country'

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    To celebrate a friend's 50th birthday, six women travel to a vineyard in California's Napa Valley. From there, everything goes downhill in the most hilarious of ways -- although the movie has its moving, serious moments as well. It's also overflowing with comedy talent like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, and more. It's hard to not want to spend a free night (what are those?) watching this film.

  • 'Grace and Frankie'

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    When Grace and Frankie's husbands leave them for each other, the former rivals become best friends. In this hard battle of motherhood, there's nothing like having a friend who understands everything we're going through. May we all have Graces to our Frankies and vice versa. 

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