The Letdown

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The Letdown
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Created by
Written by
Directed byTrent O'Donnell
Country of originAustralia
Executive producer(s)
  • Julian Morrow
  • Rick Kalowski
  • Rebecca Anderson
Producer(s)Martin Robertson
Production company(s)A Giant Dwarf Production
Original network

The Letdown is an Australian television comedy series first screened on the ABC in 2016. It follows the adventures of Audrey, including her struggles as a new mum in an oddball mothers' group. She navigates the steep learning curve of motherhood, deals with sleeplessness, shifting relationship dynamics, her issues with her own mother, and her partner's career ambitions.[1]

The title is a play on the word letdown, which refers to the letdown reflex in breastfeeding, but is also a colloquialism for disappointment, both of which are key elements of Audrey's story.


The series began as part of the comedy anthology series Comedy Showroom which screened on 4 May 2016. It was one of six new comedies screened in the series, which were seen as potential pilots for a full TV series.[2]

In June 2017, the show was picked up to series by ABC, with Netflix as a co-producer.[3] The series premiered on 25 October 2017 on ABC.[4] The series premiered internationally on Netflix on 21 April 2018.



Guest cast[edit]


No. in
Title[5] Directed by Written by Original air date AUS viewers
11"Pilot"Trent O'DonnellSarah Scheller & Alison Bell4 May 2016 (2016-05-04)N/A
22"Frankenstein"Trent O'DonnellSarah Scheller & Alison Bell1 November 2017 (2017-11-01)424,000[6]
33"Genealogy"Trent O'DonnellSarah Scheller & Alison Bell8 November 2017 (2017-11-08)455,000[7]
44"Trivial Pursuits"Trent O'DonnellSarah Scheller & Alison Bell15 November 2017 (2017-11-15)N/A
55"Super Mum"Trent O'DonnellSarah Scheller & Alison Bell22 November 2017 (2017-11-22)474,000[8]
66"Mother Nature"Trent O'DonnellSarah Scheller & Alison Bell29 November 2017 (2017-11-29)N/A
77"Matrescence"Trent O'DonnellSarah Scheller & Alison Bell6 December 2017 (2017-12-06)N/A


  1. ^ "Cameras roll on The Letdown series for ABC, Netflix". 16 June 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Airdate: Comedy Showroom". 29 March 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Netflix, Australian Broadcasting Corp. Partner on Comedy Series 'The Letdown'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-07-17.
  4. ^ "Returning: The Letdown". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  5. ^ "TLD episode guide". Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  6. ^ Knox, David (19 November 2017). "Timeshifted: Wednesday 1 November 2017". TV Tonight. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  7. ^ Knox, David (19 November 2017). "Timeshifted: Wednesday 8 November 2017". TV Tonight. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  8. ^ Knox, David (3 December 2017). "Timeshifted: Wednesday 22 November 2017". TV Tonight. Retrieved 3 December 2017.

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