|Created by||Jessica Butler
|Developed by||Howard Michael Gould|
Sheryl Lee Ralph
Tylen Jacob Williams
|Theme music composer||The Transcenders|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||17 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Howard Michael Gould
|Running time||20–22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Stockholm Syndrome
|Original channel||Nick at Nite|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original run||September 29, 2013– present|
Instant Mom is an American sitcom developed by Howard Michael Gould and starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict as a stepmother of three children alongside her husband. The series airs on Nick at Nite and premiered on September 29, 2013 as part of the 2013-14 TV season; it produced the block's best debut ratings in the channel's history. On November 22, 2013, the series was renewed for a second season of twenty episodes.
Stephanie Phillips is a food blogger and party girl, who has to drastically tone down her erstwhile partying ways when she marries an older man, Charlie Phillips, who is a father of Gabrielle, a teenager and high school freshman, plus his younger sons James and Aaron. Stephanie has to quickly learn how to be a full-time stepmom with the help of her overbearing mother, Maggie, while attempting to keep her social life active.
- Tia Mowry-Hardrict as Stephanie Phillips
- Michael Boatman as Charlie Phillips
- Sheryl Lee Ralph as Maggie Turner
- Sydney Park as Gabrielle "Gabby" Beatrice Phillips
- Tylen Jacob Williams as James Phillips
- Damarr Calhoun as Aaron Phillips
On August 3, 2012, Nickelodeon announced that it had green-lit the Instant Mom pilot. Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Duane Martin, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Sydney Park, Tylen Williams, and Damarr Calhoun were cast on November 26, 2012. Michael Boatman would later replaced Duane Martin. It was announced on April 3, 2013, that Instant Mom was officially picked up for a thirteen-episode first season to air on NickMom in late 2013. Later on August 19, 2013, Nickelodeon ordered seven additional episodes bringing the series' first season to twenty episodes. On November 22, 2013, six additional episodes were added first season. Despite previously being announced that the series would air on NickMom, it has since been shifted to air on Nick at Nite first then repeat on NickMom later the same night, presumably due to the former's ubiquitous distribution. Filming took place at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired (U.S. dates)|
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||26||September 29, 2013||2014|
Season 1 (2013/14)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|1||1||"Pilot"||John Fortenberry||Story by: Jessica Butler & Warren Bell
Teleplay by: Jessica Butler & Warren Bell and Howard Michael Gould
|September 29, 2013||101||1.27|
|Stephanie Phillips, a newly-married stepmom, tries to be more strict when her oldest step daughter, Gabby, wants to go a house party on a school night.|
|2||2||"The Lying Game"||Victor Gonzalez||Lori Kirkland Baker||October 6, 2013||106||1.17|
|Getting advice from Maggie, Stephanie resorts to telling lies to get out of tough situations. However, Stephanie begins to set a bad example, when James is caught in a lie at school.|
|3||3||"Harp & Soul"||John Fortenberry||Annie Levine & Jonathan Emerson||October 13, 2013||103||1.24|
|Stephanie forces the kids to play musical instruments. Gabby is later stuck playing the organ at the church, when she does not know how to play, fooling Stephanie the entire time.|
|4||4||"Forty-Two Inches of Pure Evil"||Victor Gonzalez||Colin Garland||October 20, 2013||105||1.30|
|Stephanie tries to help Aaron when he is bullied by another student. Maggie goes overboard helping Gabby with her cheerleading.|
|5||5||"Not a Date"||Jody Margolin Hahn||Matthew Claybrooks||October 27, 2013||108||1.20|
|Gabby seeks help from Stephanie to convince Charlie to let her date. James tricks Aaron to let go of a toy, so he can have it for himself.|
|6||6||"Rock Mom"||Jonathan Judge||Larry Doyle||November 3, 2013||110||1.29|
|Stephanie starts to feel insecure about her age. James and Aaron try to bribe Maggie for money to buy a video game.|
|7||7||"Dances with She-Wolves"||John Fortenberry||Regina Y. Hicks||November 10, 2013||104||0.86|
|Stephanie tries to fit in with a group of moms planning the dance at James' school. James gets advice from Charlie on wanting to speak to a girl he likes. Gabby keeps in contact via FaceTime with one of her friends who now lives in an African safari.|
|8||8||"In Blog We Trust"||John Fortenberry||Glenn Gers||November 24, 2013||102||0.88|
|Stephanie seeks parenting advice by starting an anonymous blog and receives helpful tips until she discovers that the “helpful” users are the kids living under her roof, who have an agenda of their own.|
|9||9||"The Gift of the Maggies"||Steve Zuckerman||Glenn Gers||December 8, 2013||114||1.02|
|Stephanie surprises the family with a visit from her father, Franklin, on Christmas. However, the visit upsets Maggie, who has not gotten along with Franklin for years, until she suddenly has a change of heart, which even surprises Stephanie. James schemes to get many Christmas gifts.|
|10||10||"Staycation"||Jody Margolin Hahn||Glenn Gers||January 5, 2014||109||1.07|
|Stephanie comes up with activities at home when the family gets snowed in on a planned vacation. Charlie injures his back after taking the luggage upstairs, ignoring Stephanie's advice to be careful.|
|11||11||"Babysit This"||Jonathan Judge||Russ Woody||January 12, 2014||111||1.14|
|Stephanie goes to a hospital-related event where Charlie is the speaker, leaving Gabby to babysit James and Aaron when the babysitter that Stephanie hired leaves. However, Stephanie's decision to leave Gabby in charge upsets Charlie, feeling that Stephanie should have consulted with him first, before making that decision.|
|12||12||"Dine Hard"||Victor Gonzalez||Sean Presant||January 19, 2014||113|
|Charlie invites his boss over for dinner, to get a promotion at the hospital, with Stephanie planning the dinner. However, the kids bad behavior ruins the plans.|
|13||13||"True Romance"||Shannon Flynn||Annie Levine & Jonathan Emerson||February 9, 2014||116|
|Stephanie is upset after finding out that Charlie used same the vows from his first wedding again in his wedding to her. Aaron gives away Stephanie's jewelry to his girlfriend Sam as a Valentine's Day gift. Sam then gives the jewelry to her grandmother (Annie Potts), who is reluctant to give them to Stephanie. Gabby tricks James into thinking that his Valentine is stalking him.|
|14||14||"A Kids' Choice"||Howard Michael Gould||Story by: Howard Michael Gould
Teleplay by: Regina Y. Hicks & Lori Kirkland Baker
|March 29, 2014||126||3.44|
The kids compete making a music video covering Cody Simpson's song "La Da Dee", with the winner of the best video then meeting Cody Simpson and attending his concert.Note: This is the highest rated episode out of the whole series.
|15||15||"Chore Money, Chore Problems"||Bryan Barber||Yamara Taylor||April 3, 2014||119|
|Stephanie cancels the weekly cleaning service, seeing that the kids have been lazy, so she makes them do the chores, but her plan backfires after the kids go on strike.|
|16||16||"Requiem for Mr. Floppity"||Roger Christiansen||Russ Woody||April 10, 2014||112||1.35|
|Aaron brings his class rabbit home to take care of it for the weekend but after it dies, Stephanie steps in and is determined to explain the nature of loss to Aaron, despite his teacher's objections. Gabby gets a pet mouse and James gets a pet snake hiding it from the rest of the family.|
|17||17||"Buy Any Jeans Necessary"||John Fortenberry||Sean Presant||April 17, 2014||115|
|Stephanie and Charlie take sides when Gabby is held for shoplifting after returning a pair of jeans with the sensor still on. James sells unopened wedding presents to make extra money.|
|18||18||"Distant Mom"||April 24, 2014||120|
|19||19||May 1, 2014||117|
|20||20||"Not Your Mother's Day"||May 8, 2014|
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